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.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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