Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares graduates for a future career working as an accountant. Immediately upon completing the bachelors in accounting degree, students will be provided with the skills necessary to work in a variety of careers such as public accountants, corporate accountants, financial analysts, tax preparers or auditors. Learning the core foundations of accounting principles and procedures, students qualify to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. Graduates may qualify to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in most states, while continuing to work toward the 150-credit hour minimum required for licensure.

Coursework for the bachelors in accounting degree includes a focus on accounting principles and theories necessary for preparing financial statements in the United States, and for decision-making. Students will explore auditing standards, the procedures involved in the auditing process and ethical issues faced by auditors. Students will also study the theories and practices of preparing income taxes of corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts and individuals. In addition, principles of cost accounting, including job order systems, process costing, activity-based costing and budgeting are also examined in this bachelors of accounting degree.

Upon completing the bachelors in accounting degree, many graduates opt to further their education. GCU offers a variety of master's degrees in business including a Master of Science in Accounting, master's in business administration (MBA), an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting, and a Master of Science in Leadership.

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $2,830 $3,900
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $56,350 $68,150
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate 91% 100%
Median Private Loan Debt $0 N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt $31,674 $7,500
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Credit Analysts
Financial Examiners
Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
  1. It is the policy of the University to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations which require the University to remit tax where applicable. These regulations vary by location. Please note: It is also the policy of the University to require payment of sales, use, excise, and/or gross receipts tax. Payment of tax is ultimately the student's financial responsibility to the University regardless of financing arrangements. Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.5%. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.0%.
  2. Book costs are based on an average. Costs may increase or decrease depending on electronic availability or publisher's book costs.
  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
  8. Not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities.
  9. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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