2022-2023 University Catalog 
    May 31, 2023  
2022-2023 University Catalog

Accounting - CPA (Online Program), B.S.

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  • Elizabeth Boyle, B.A., C.P.A.
  • Debasish Chakraborty, Ph.D.           
  • Catherine Giunta, Ph.D.
  • Paul W. Mahady, Jr., D.B.A.
  • Lyzona Marshall, M.B.A.
  • Doina Vlad, Ph.D.
  • Roland Warfield, M.B.A., C.P.A., C.I.A., C.G.M.A.

This major is designed for the Online Bachelor’s Degree & Certificate Program students. Students not enrolled in that program should consult with their advisor to determine whether this major is appropriate, based on learning and career goals. For more information about the Online Bachelor’s Degree & Certificate Program, contact the Office of Graduate and Online Studies at 724-838-4208 or gadmit@setonhill.edu.

The accounting curriculum prepares students for careers in private and public accounting and for graduate study, including law school. The courses are both theoretical and practical. By completing the program elements listed below, students have the credit requirements to sit for the CPA examination in Pennsylvania.  

The accounting program at Seton Hill University is accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education.

Learning Objectives: Accounting - CPA

  1. Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with clients and professionals.
  2. Demonstrate capacity to use critical thinking skills to analyze quantitative and nonquantitative information.
  3. Demonstrate ability to use analytical skills and the appropriate technology to analyze numerical data for the purpose of professional evaluation and decision making.
  4. Demonstrate ability to think and respond creatively to professionally-oriented situations.
  5. Articulate an ethical,values-based understanding of personal and professional practice.
  6. Incorporate a global perspective in professional decision making.
  7. Apply entrepreneurial skills in personal and professional practice.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to understand and use the theoretical framework supporting the discipline.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in accounting must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major, and develop competency in written and verbal business communication skills.

The capstone assessment includes successful completion of a showcase portfolio. Students are required to present how their professional identity is solidified by study in the liberal arts.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

Accounting students who have one or more years of professional work experience that is beyond the clerical capacity may apply for a replacement for the internship and will be required to complete additional upper-level accounting, business, or business-related courses to substitute for the SBU 430  requirement. The internship replacement request form affords students the opportunity to document their professional experience. The student submits the form and her/his resume to the Registrar. The documents are scanned and forwarded to the Business Administration Internship Replacement Review Committee (BAIRRC) to evaluate the student’s experiences and to determine whether or not the replacement is approved. If the replacement is approved, the advisor discusses the appropriate course work with the student, records the courses chosen on the form, signs it, and sends the form to the Registrar.

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