Undergraduate Major

Accounting

Here, you'll gain the financial and analytical skills to launch a successful career in accounting.

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Program Overview

Ready to launch your career in accounting? Here, you’ll be able to tailor your academic journey to your career goals. You’ll also master the financial and analytical skills of accounting – from business leadership and management strategy to tax law changes and government regulation.

You’ll benefit from our connections, whether that means networking with our successful alumni or jumping into a co-op or internship with one of our many industry partners. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to lead public, private, and non-profit organizations on the path to healthy financial futures.

Learn more about our accounting program in this video.

The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This professional accreditation places Widener among the top one-third of college business schools in the U.S. and Europe.

Program Options

The accounting program is designed for students to customize their education and meet the 150 credit-hour requirement to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Let us help you choose a path:

  1. Complete 150 credit hours in just four years by adding a second major or a minor.
  2. Complete 150 credit hours by earning two degrees in five years. Earn a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in one of several business graduate programs.

Although all students are encouraged to pursue the CPA, we also know some students may be more interested in becoming a  Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a highly-valued credential in private industry. 

The accounting program ensures all students graduate with the financial and analytical skills to succeed.

The accounting degree is 127 credits over eight semesters. Several of the required courses are four credits, which means that if a student meets certain qualifications, he or she can earn an additional three credits per semester at no additional tuition cost.

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Mission of the School of Business Administration

We prepare students for successful careers and leadership positions in business. We provide a challenging educational environment that promotes lifelong professional and personal growth through service and experiential learning. Our commitment to diversity and ethics inspires our students, faculty, and staff to become proactive and socially responsible citizens. We value scholarship and generate knowledge that is valuable to our professional and business community. We embrace the interests of our stakeholders and engage them in our programs and activities.

Learning Goals & Objectives

Knowledge

SBA students will demonstrate the knowledge that is appropriate to the business discipline.

a) Core business disciplines – Students will demonstrate proficiency in accounting, business law, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations, and quantitative analysis.

Leadership

SBA students will apply leadership skills in the development of business decisions.

a) Collaboration – Through teamwork, students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others to accomplish tasks that lead to decisions.

b) Communication of ideas – Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver business information with regard to audience and setting.

Application of Concepts and Technologies

SBA students will be competent in the application of core business concepts and technologies.

a) Critical thinking – Through course assignments, students will demonstrate the ability to effectively incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods in the development of business solutions.

b) Technology – Students will use the appropriate technology in the analysis and development of business solutions.

Social Responsibility

SBA students will utilize social responsibility principles in decision making.

a) Diversity and Multicultural Issues - Students recognize the complexity and interconnectedness of diverse or international groups of businesses, people, and societies through participation in exercises designed to showcase these issues.

b) Ethics and Social Awareness Issues - Students will recognize the ethical, social, and environmental impact of business decisions through participation in exercises designed to showcase these issues.

Accounting majors who wish to develop expertise in the growing area of financial fraud can minor in forensic accounting. The minor is interdisciplinary and will weave together courses from social science, computer science, criminal justice, or philosophy.

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Program Highlights

Our accounting program prepares you for the increasing changes in government regulation and tax law.

100%

of undergraduate students who participate in a co-op receive job offers

92%

of undergraduates surveyed after graduation are employed or pursuing a graduate degree

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Real-World Experience

Through internships and co-op in accounting and related fields, you will apply what you've learned in class to solve real business problems and get your foot in the door for future job opportunities. Many accounting students receive full-time job offers from these experiences.

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Faculty Connections

Our professors are here to connect you with professional insights and pipelines to success. They've been recognized by leading accounting organizations for providing excellent instruction and showing a unique ability to connect with students.

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Mentoring by Industry Experts

Widener's unique Executives in Residence program brings industry leaders to campus and provides students with career mentorship and networking opportunities with experts in the field.

Without leaving campus, you'll meet business leaders, like John J. Nihil partner at Wipfli LLP, and Carlos P. Toscano, tax managing director at KPMG. 

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Gaining an Insider Edge

Our connections to industry partners will give you an edge in your future career.

Our Accounting & Information Management Advisory Board is filled with practicing accountants and financial executives who give us honest and thoughtful feedback to ensure our program is preparing you for the future. They also can provide you with the inside track to internships and co-ops.

Faculty

Our faculty are committed to the professional and personal success of every student, offering consistent mentorship, feedback, and support.

Stephanie G. Wendling
Instructor

"I believe that mentoring and working with my students on case studies, tax law, necessary forms for compliance, simulations of financial plans, and introducing speakers from the industry will help them succeed after graduation. I want to teach them not only the knowledge base required, but also the application of their work."

Joseph M. Hargadon
Professor

"Accounting is the language of business, so why not learn how to speak it? Today, accountants wear many 'hats' and are considered valuable business advisors. For this reason, we find that students graduate from Widener prepared for long-term career success with a degree in accounting."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Students like you have graduated from our accounting program and accepted positions with top accounting firms and other companies. By making connections and gaining real-world experience, you’ll put yourself in a position to join them.

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Global Tax Management
  • Wipfli
  • Marcum LLP
  • Aramark
  • Wawa
  • Vanguard
  • Tait/Weller

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • External Auditors
  • Internal Auditors
  • Controllers
  • Tax Accountants
  • Forensic Accountants

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Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.

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