Program Overview

Financial services is a lucrative and stable industry; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 13 percent growth in the accounting field by 2022. Now, gain the fundamental skills you need for a career in accounting or auditing roles with an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Point Park University. Advance your current career or begin a new path as a financial analyst or tax preparation expert, or gain the solid foundation you need to prepare to become a certified public accountant. With an online accounting degree, you’ll earn the credentials you need to advance in a format that fits your life.

Curriculum Overview

Our fully online accounting degree offers students relevant, fundamental skills, including macroeconomics, business law and application of computers to accounting. Courses in the online bachelor’s in accounting program are created by professionals for professionals and focused on preparing students for a career in the field. Instructors all have years of real-world experience, so students in our online accounting degree program gain the knowledge needed for entry-level roles. Get the support you need to succeed in a flexible environment designed for your success.

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  • Next Start Date:January 7, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:126
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$433
 
Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 – Oral Comm. & Pres.
  • ENGL 101 – College Composition
  • UNIV 101 – City-University Life
  • Explore the World
  • Investigate Science
  • Investigate Mathematics – MATH 180 – College Algebra
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate & Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology – CMPS 114 – Problem Solving with Information Technology
  • Senior Capstone – BMGT 481
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Course Description
This course included communication theory, as well as speech preparation, delivery, and communication technology. Student learning focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and impromptu speeches and presentations. Topics include research, analyzing and adapting audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages and effective use of visual aids and technology. This course will develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively with respect to audience and purpose. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of presentations ranging from one-on-one pitches, and small group discussion, to large audience speeches.
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Students will write argument-based assignments leading to an independently researched project based on academic and professional goals. Students will be required to 1.) find and integrate a variety of sources, 2.) read and analyze these sources, 3.) develop strong thesis statements that reflect perspectives on topics or issues, and 4.) construct persuasive arguments that engage with the viewpoints of experts and commentators. As the term progresses, students will have the opportunity to re-think or revise the ideas and perspectives they explored in earlier writing assignments by engaging with peer feedback and revising earlier drafts. Placement recommendations will require students to take ENGL 101 as a three credit course OR in conjunction with an additional credit of lab or studio instruction. Students who earn F or NP grades in ENGL 101 will be required to re-take the course in conjunction with a one-credit Writing Studio course.
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This course introduces students to the kinds of communities that people construct for themselves (e.g. social, political, artistic, etc.) and the values and dynamics that define such communities (e.g. cooperation, civility, tolerance, responsibility, etc.). The notion of what it means to be a responsible member of the “community” will actively be explored and discussed by engagement and analysis of multiple communities: the classroom community, the Point Park University community, and the Pittsburgh community. Students will also examine the responsibilities they have to their personal academic development.
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GCS 175 – Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • GCS/MLNG 205 – Languages of the World
  • HIST 201 – Western Civilization I
  • HIST 202 – Western Civilization II
  • PADM 210/POLS 204 – Public Administration
  • POLS 205 – World Geography
  • POLS 250 – Intro to Study of Gov’t Systems
  • PHIL 215 – World Religions
  • SOC/MLNG 260 – Japanese Culture
  • THEA 225 – History Theatre I
  • THEA 226 – History Theatre II
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CHEM 101 – General Chemistry I
  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II
  • NSET 120 – Environmental Science
  • NSET 122 – The Science of Light
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This college level algebra course includes the study of linear, polynomial, rational, radical, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs. Other topics include inequalities, factoring, systems of equations, complex numbers, and applications. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • EDUC 252 – Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 120 – Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • ENGL 255 – Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Literature
  • JOUR 225 – Deconstructing the Story
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • EDUC 220 – Family and Community Diversity
  • EDUC 228 – Educational Psychology
  • HIST 206 – Foundations in Feminism: Women’s History in Western World
  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations
  • PSYC 203 – Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • PSYC 230 – Characterological and Psychotic in Film and Fiction
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • BMGT 271 – The Money Thing: Life and Finances During and After College
  • BUS 404 – Business Ethics
  • CMPS 330 – Electronic Commerce
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • CINE 170 – Intro to Screenwriting for Non-Majors
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts
  • EDUC 251 – Art and Music in Teaching
  • ENGL 200 – Creative Writing
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • MLNG 220 – French Literature in Translation
  • PHOT 101 – Photography for Non-Majors
  • THEA 230 – Introduction to Theatre
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A course on how Information Technology impacts organizations and how to use Information Technology to solve problems. Topics include: main concepts of Information Technology at a general level, online collaboration tools, application software, and information literacy as applied to searching and using the Internet. In addition, students will become proficient at an intermediate level in using application software. The student will learn each of the four software applications (Spreadsheets, Database, Word Processing and Presentation) and be able to apply them successfully to problem solving scenarios.
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This capstone class requires students to interpret knowledge gained throughout their coursework in the University core and major program in order to conceptualize a business model (mission/vision/values), analyze a company’s business model, and create a business operations plan for a theoretical organization. An e-Portfolio will be utilized for assessment purposes. Prerequisites: ACCT, BMGT, or ECON/FIN Major. 90 or more credit hours. ACCT 101 & 102; BMGT 201, 202, 300; ECON 201, 202; and any 1 course in the student’s concentration area.
Departmental General Requirements (15 credits):
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 306 – Money and Banking
  • ECON 310 – Intermediate Price Theory OR ECON 421 – International Economics
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Data analysis and charts, rules of probability, conditional probability, distributions, random variables, sampling, confidence interval estimates, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.
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An introductory analysis of economic theory as applied to fiscal and monetary policy affairs.
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An introductory analysis of economic theory as applied to fiscal and monetary policy affairs.
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An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.
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The functioning of our monetary and banking system and the possible effects of monetary policy on the economy. Examines the ways domestic monetary policies affect global financial markets and international monetary arrangements. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or ECON 202.
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Course Descriptions
ECON 310 – Intermediate Price Theory
An insight into the determination of prices and quantities under various types of market conditions. Prerequisite: ECON 202OR

ECON 421 – International Economics
A study of international trade covering topics such as absolute and comparative costs, factor movements, balance of payments, barriers of trade, the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on trade and multinational corporate issues. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or ECON 202.

Departmental Major Requirements (57 credits)
  • ACCT 101 – Introductory Accounting I
  • ACCT 102 – Introductory Accounting II
  • ACCT 201 – Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 202 – Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 203 – Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 204 – Computer Appl/Accounting
  • ACCT 300 – Adv. Accounting Theory
  • ACCT 303 – Tax Accounting
  • ACCT 305 – Auditing
  • BMGT 101 – Introduction to Business
  • BMGT 201 – Business Law I
  • BMGT 202 – Business Law II
  • BMGT 205 – Principles of Marketing
  • BMGT 221 – Bus Comm and Research
  • BMGT 300 – Corporate Finance
  • BMGT 310 – Management Science
  • BMGT 406 – Oper/Prod/Quality Mgmt
  • BMGT 417 – Strategic Planning
  • CMPS 214 – Micro Computing I
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The basic principles and procedures for gathering, recording, summarizing and interpreting accounting data.
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General accounting principles, special procedures for manufacturing operations and analysis of financial and fund statements. Prerequisite: ACCT 101.
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Preparation of financial statements. Additional principles for cash receivables, inventories, investments and income concepts. Prerequisite: ACCT 102. Co-requisite or prerequisites: ACCT 204, CMPS 116.
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An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.
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The principles of fixed assets, liabilities and equity accounting; statements of funds and cash flow; problems of business reorganization. Prerequisites: ACCT 201, CMPS 116.
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Use of accounting information for management planning and control and the interpretation of accounting data as a management tool. Prerequisite: ACCT 102.
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Use of a computer to process accounting data and a computer-assisted practice set. Analysis of a company’s evolution from a sole proprietorship to a corporation. Creation of journal entries and use of the computer to generate the annual journal, trial balance and financial statements. Prerequisite: ACCT 102.
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Accounting principles as they relate to partnerships, consignments, installments, branch relations and consolidations. Prerequisites: ACCT 202, ACCT 204, CMPS 116.
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Principles of tax accounting, types of returns, includable and excludable income, expenses, deductions, inventory and depreciation methods. Prerequisites: ACCT 102, CMPS 116 or permission of instructor.
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Principles and methods of verification of accounts and financial statements. Auditing theory and practical and theoretical applications of auditing standards and procedures. Prerequisite: ACCT 202.
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A survey of business and management using descriptive and analytical techniques including the study of human relations, delegation of authority and managerial communications.
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An introduction to the law in general and a survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of contracts, agency and employment, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, descendants’ estates, trusts and international law. Prerequisite: BMGT 101.
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A survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of sales, the Uniform Commercial Code, consumer law, commercial papers, partnerships, corporations, antitrust, labor, environmental, secured transactions, bankruptcy, insurance and administrative law. Prerequisite: BMGT 201.
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Study of functions, institutions, marketing structure tools, career opportunities and the preparation of a complete marketing campaign for a job.
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The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ENGL 101.
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The problems associated with the effective management of capital. Includes the development of corporations, legal aspects, securities market, and financial planning and development. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ACCT 102; MATH 175.
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The basic operations of research technology used in managerial and statistical decision-making: mathematical programming, inventory models and queuing theory. Dual listed as ECON 312. Prerequisites: MATH 175, MATH 180.
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An integrated view of operations/production with regard to strategic planning and relationships with other functional areas. The operations/production process is analyzed with emphasis on the solution of problems using contemporary management tools such as linear programming, the case study method and other selected mathematical/statistical techniques. Prerequisite: BMGT 310.
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A presentation of the concepts and procedures of strategic planning. Discussion relates strategic planning to the analysis of the external environment and an assessment of the internal strengths and weaknesses of the organization. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
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An introduction to spreadsheet, database management and communication software. A thorough understanding is achieved through laboratory assignments. Prerequisite: CMPS 110.
Departmental Major Electives (9 credits):
  • Select (3) courses in ACCT, BMGT, CMPS or MATH
  • *Math 190 Calculus recommended if graduate study anticipated.
General Elective Requirements (3 credits)
  • Electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.S. in Accounting program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a satisfactory transcript from either a high school or postsecondary institution. Transcripts from postsecondary institutions must include a minimum of 12 earned credits or six months of training. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The University reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and to use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

With a median annual wage of $63,550, the field of accounting offers security and a rewarding standard of living. Accounting graduates have a number of career options.
Management Accountant

Management accountants are upper-level accountants responsible for helping organizations improve the performance of their budgets. These professionals may analyze budget data, make forecasts, design budget systems, oversee lower-level accountants and help with financial decision making. Management accountants can be found in public companies, private businesses and government agencies.

Government Accountant

Government accountants work at all levels of government to help manage funds, investigate financial crimes and conduct audits. They require knowledge in a variety of accounting systems, including but not limited to fund accounting, financial data analysis and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Successful professionals have strong interpersonal, communication and analytical skills.

Internal Auditor

Internal auditors are responsible for assessing the internal financial structure of companies and organizations. These professionals may determine if operations are running efficiently, how reliable a company’s financial reporting is, whether fraud has occurred and whether a company has adhered to compliance standards and laws. Internal auditors must be excellent problem solvers and critical thinkers.

External Auditor

External auditors are responsible for examining financial statements of companies and organizations and determining whether they are presented fairly and accurately. Their work helps to identify errors and fraud issues and is often handed over to governing bodies, creditors and other entities upon completion. External auditors also provide consulting services for individuals, companies, organizations and others.

Financial Analyst

Financial analysts help companies and individuals make intelligent decisions about investments. They research economic conditions and company information to recommend sound courses of action and may specialize in areas such as risk, ratings, funds or portfolios. Financial analysts must possess strong skills in mathematics, decision making, computer usage, communication and analysis.

Tax Preparer

Tax preparers help clients successfully navigate the tax system, fill out tax forms and file returns. They may be responsible for computing taxes, reviewing financial records, offering advice regarding deductions, credits and liabilities, and other related tasks. Tax preparers may work for both individuals and companies.

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