Prepare for Your CPA With a Degree From GCU
The Colangelo College of Business’ Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an Emphasis in Public Accounting program is designed for students looking to become certified public accountants (CPA). This program prepares students to interpret and communicate financial information, assist organizations in complying with government and industry financial regulations, serve as ethical leaders within organizations and collaborate in business decision-making processes within organizations. This CPA degree program meets all five of GCU’s critical competencies: effective communication, critical thinking, Christian worldview, leadership and global awareness, perspectives and ethics.
Skills You Will Develop With a BS in Public Accounting
Students pursuing their BS in Accounting with an Emphasis in Public Accounting are taught by seasoned experts with extensive accounting knowledge. Through this 120-credit CPA program, students will learn about the accounting cycle, financial reporting in accordance with GAAP, accounting for mergers and acquisitions, governmental units, partnerships and foreign currency transactions, taxation, auditing, data analytics, assessment of risk, analysis of financial statements, internal accounting, cost-volume-profit analysis and capital budgeting. This online CPA degree provides a strong foundation of skills through relevant courses such as:
- Financial Accounting
- Management Accounting
- Cost Accounting
- Fundamentals of Business Finance
- Business Statistics
- Ethics in Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting
- Advanced Accounting
- Accounting Information Systems
In addition to passing all courses, all students are required to apply the concepts they have learned in this program by completing an accounting capstone.
Benefits of Earning Your Bachelor’s in Public Accounting Online
GCU specializes in online learning. With over 200 online programs, GCU knows what it takes to provide a quality online education that helps students succeed in today’s busy, competitive world. GCU’s online CPA students are offered the same benefits as on-campus students including fully-training faculty members, affordable tuition rates and valuable resources. GCU’s online programs were built with working professionals in mind and provide the flexibility needed to get ahead of the competition. For more information on online learning at GCU, visit gcu.edu/why-gcu/online-learning.
Career Opportunities With a BS in Public Accounting
GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an Emphasis in Public Accounting is meant for students who plan to pursue CPA licensure. It is expected that most students will continue on to earn their master's degree in order to complete the 150-credit hour requirement for CPA licensure that is mandated in most states and territories.
Graduates of GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an Emphasis in Public Accounting are prepared to work as accountants within the fields of public accounting, corporate accounting, financial analysis, tax preparation, auditing and consulting. Many CPAs remain in public accounting or go on to become controllers, finance managers or chief financial officers.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.