Program Overview

Discover why an online accounting degree is right for you.

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.

Transform Your Experience into College Credit

Point Park University is proud to introduce a new Prior Learning Assessment and Advanced Standing/Experiential Learning Credit opportunities. Students can transfer credits from qualifying experiences including other college institutions, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST exams) or UEXCEL exams, Advanced Placement (AP) credit and experiential learning assessment portfolio submissions. Experiential learning credits are not considered current coursework for financial aid and they do not fulfill any of the minimum 30 credits that must be completed at Point Park University to graduate. In addition, experiential learning credits through portfolio submissions are capped at 18 credits.

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  • Next Start Date:January 4, 2020
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:121
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$480
  • Transfer Credits Accepted:Up to 90

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Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 – Oral Comm. and Pres.
  • ENGL 101 – College Composition
  • UNIV 102 – University and Community Life
  • Explore the World
  • Investigate Science
  • Investigate Mathematics – MATH 180 – College Algebra
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate and Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology – CMPS 114 – Problem Solving with Information Technology
  • Senior Capstone – BMGT 481
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Course Description
This course includes 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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Course Description
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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Course Description
This course introduces students to the different 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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Course Description
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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Course Description
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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Course Description
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 (34 credits):
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • ACCT 210 – Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 220 – Managerial Accounting
  • BMGT 201 – Business Law I
  • BMGT 205 – Principles of Marketing
  • BMGT 207 – Human Resource Management
  • BMGT 280 – Business Career Prep
  • BMGT 300 – Corporate Finance
  • BMGT 338 – Operations Mgmt/QA
  • BMGT 340 – Org Behav w/Topics in Mgt
  • CMPS 300 – Info Tech for Managers
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
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Course Description
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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The basic principles and procedures for gathering, recording, summarizing and interpreting accounting data.
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Course Description
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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Course Description
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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Course Description
Study of functions, institutions, marketing structure tools, career opportunities and the preparation of a complete marketing campaign for a job.
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Course Description
Selection procedures, training techniques, wage and salary administration, fringe benefits, grievance procedures and disciplinary action. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; PSYC 150.
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This Pass/Fail course will prepare each student for their formal review by a board to determine each student’s ability to enroll in the Cooperative Education program in the School of Business. Emphasis will be placed on resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, electronic portfolio, and various other methods to adequately prepare students for possible Cooperative Educational opportunities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
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Course Description
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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Course Description
Students will study concepts of operations management. Students will learn to use statistical techniques and quantitative analysis to apply to business type problems. Topics will include: Project management (PERT), use of formulas/mathematical equations/probability to make business decisions, models such as linear programming, forecasting, and basic inventory models.
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Course Description
Examines the role of individual and group behavior within work organizations. Review the traditional theories of management. Topics will include motivation, leadership, group behavior, organizational structure, conflict management, and resistance to change.
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The course focuses on the computerized and Web-based systems used in business. Topics covered will includeknowledge management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource management, and supply chain management.
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An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.
Departmental Major Requirements (33 credits)
  • ACCT 230 – Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 310 – Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 311 – Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 312 – Intermediate Financial Accounting III
  • ACCT 350 – Federal Taxation
  • ACCT 410 – Adv. Accounting Theory
  • ACCT 440 – Auditing
  • BMGT 202 – Business Law II
  • BMGT 221 – Business Communication & Research
  • CMPS 163 – Business Analytics
  • CMPS 214 – MicroComputing I
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Course Description
An introduction to computerized accounting information systems. Financial data processing and reporting, including application of accounting concepts, principles and preparation of reports, using systems commonly used in actual practice. Prerequisite: ACCT 210.
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Course Description
A study of accounting standards, the conceptual framework and financial reporting with a focus on the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of cash flows, and a detailed examination of accounting concepts related to cash, receivables and inventories. Prerequisite: ACCT 210, CMPS 214.
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Course Description
A study of accounting standards, the conceptual framework and financial reporting with a focus on the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of cash flows, and a detailed examination of accounting concepts related to cash, receivables and inventories. Prerequisite: ACCT 210, CMPS 214.
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Course Description
A study of accounting standards, the conceptual framework and financial reporting with a focus on revenue recognition, income taxes, leases, pension, and post-retirement benefits. Prerequisite: ACCT 311
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Basic principles and procedures of Federal Taxation with an emphasis on individual taxpayers. Perquisites: ACCT 210, CMPS 214 or permission of instructor.
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Accounting principles as they relate to business combinations and the consolidation process. Advanced complex financial accounting topics will be covered. Prerequisites: ACCT 312.
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An introduction to the fundamentals of financial statement auditing. A student of the principles and practices used by public accountants in examining financial statements and supporting data with an emphasis on the basic auditing concepts such as risk, internal control, evidence, objectivity and important relationships among these concepts. Perquisites: ACCT 312.
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Course Description
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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The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: ENGL 101.
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Course Description
This course will provide you with concepts and tools to utilize data for making informed business decisions. We will start with the raw data and work our way to conclusions and examine all the intermediate steps in detail. Topics as data collection, model selection, built-in assumptions, and uncertainty will be at the core of the course. You will familiarize yourself with tools to apply these concepts in practice.
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An introduction to spreadsheet, database management and communication software. A thorough understanding is achieved through laboratory assignments.
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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