Accounting

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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Major
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Give yourself the flexibility to pursue a career in accounting or other areas of business you are passionate about. Through Westminster’s Accounting program, you will be able to read, interpret, and utilize financial data to make sound decisions, critically analyzing the financial transactions that make business possible.

Who It's For

Students in the Accounting program are interested in business and are looking for the flexibility to apply their knowledge in multiple areas. Accounting is characterized by its financial security and opportunities for advancement and also offers a multitude of directions in which you may choose to take your career.

Key Benefits

  • Frequent use of case studies in the course curriculum
  • Opportunities to gain real-world experience pursuing internships with various companies and organizations (with possible career placement)
  • Faculty comprised of practicing professionals who hold MBA, MAcc, PhD, CPA, and JD degrees
  • Small class sizes that foster personalized attention, collaborative projects, and dynamic engagement
  • By completing the program, you will have the educational background and prerequisites necessary to be successful in Westminster’s Master of Accountancy or Master of Business Administration (with an accounting certificate) program.

Accreditation Employers Trust

The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

About the Program

The Accounting program offers students the ability to explore different areas of accounting by engaging in in-class and out-of-class opportunities. Additionally, the diversity and flexibility of the program allow you to tailor your degree, including your choice of pursuing the bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree track based on your business interests.

What You'll Learn

  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant professional standards and the regulatory environment within financial accounting, cost accounting, tax, and audit.
  • Use technologies to facilitate and enhance accounting and financial reporting processes.
  • Develop research skills and methodology to make sound business judgments based on relevant standards, rules, laws, and principles.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely with decision-makers to convey relevant financial and non-financial information that aids in informed decision-making.

Plan of Study

You will have the choice to pursue the Accounting program through one of 2 degree tracks based on your interests. Both tracks require the completion of the common business core, which is designed to develop skills in all functional areas of business.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

If you choose to pursue the bachelor of science degree, in addition to accounting specific courses you will also be required to gain professional experience through an internship.

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

If you choose to pursue the bachelor of arts degree, you will complete accounting specific courses as well as either an academic minor outside of the School of Business or world language credits. You will also be required to gain professional experience through an internship.

If you choose to pursue the world language credits, you can either take credits of a single world language or combine credits of a single world language with a May Term Study Experience or an international study tour transferred from an accredited college/university.

Testing Requirements

You will be required to complete the ETS Major Field Test in Business before you are eligible to graduate. If you wish to qualify to sit for the CPA examination, you will need to complete additional graduate work in business and accounting.

Experiential Opportunities

You are encouraged to participate in the Westminster Tax Clinic to gain professional experience while serving your community. This Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides assistance to low-to-moderate income families, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. The clinic prepared over 2000 returns in 2019 for low and moderate-income individuals.


Sample Courses

Financial Accounting

This course will introduce you to fundamental accounting concepts. You will gain an understanding of how accounting is utilized by management, investors, creditors, and other organizational stakeholders, as well as how economic events and transactions affect the financial position of an organization.

Careers in Accounting and Finance Lecture Series

This course provides a unique opportunity to explore the various paths you may choose to take in your career by hearing from professionals in the accounting industry who have followed traditional paths or used their education in unique ways. Speakers may include individuals from audit, tax, law, forensics, government, data analytics, investment banking, valuation experts, and corporate organizations.

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Career Opportunities

The Accounting program prepares you for a successful career in many different roles and industries by establishing a strong foundation in multiple business and financial concepts. A required internship during your studies establishes professional experience before you finish the program, and some internships previous students have pursued have even led to a career following graduation.

Many graduates of this program also choose to further their studies through graduate programs, including Westminster's Master of Accountancy program or Master of Business Administration program (with an accounting certificate).

Potential Careers

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Controller
  • Tax Professional
  • Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Government Accountant
Tommy Jensen

“My experience with the accounting program at Westminster was that the relatively smaller class sizes provided me the opportunity to interact more with the tremendous professors, and allowed them to get to know me as well as my needs and capabilities. It also created an atmosphere where my professors could teach and challenge me personally, and help move me in the right direction. These relationships proved invaluable to me as I progressed through school and started making connections in the business community, and even today some of those relationships continue.”

Tommy Jensen, ’04

Other Accounting Programs

If you wish to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Utah or many other states, you will need to complete additional graduate studies. By completing Westminster’s Accounting program, you will have the educational background and prerequisites necessary to be successful in the Master of Accountancy or Master of Business Administration (with an accounting certificate) programs at Westminster.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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