Bachelor's Degree in Business: Accounting

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The Accounting Industry

In today’s global economy, businesses need knowledgeable and ethical accounting professionals to guide them to success. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13 percent increase in job growth for accountants between 2012 and 2022. Accounting is an integral part of business operations and economic growth as companies look to accounting professionals to not only analyze information but to drive corporate structure and growth strategy. Accredited and top-ranked, Portland State University's Accounting program instills strong theoretical and technical foundations to help students gain a broad perspective of how accounting strategies can be applied to help businesses grow and plan for a better economic future.

Glassdoor ranks Tax Manager and Audit Manager as no. 2 and no. 10 in its "Best Jobs in America for 2016" listing.

The Accounting Degree Program

As Oregon's largest accounting degree program, we prepare our students to excel and innovate in all types of accounting career paths, focusing on corporate, public, governmental, and the non-profit sectors. We achieve this through our mission by:

  • Providing meaningful engagement between the accounting community, our faculty, and our students
  • Delivering a deep, practical accounting education and life-long learning skills to a diverse student body
  • Providing intellectual contributions of practical value that are understood and appreciated by our professional constituents.
AACSB Accredited
PSU is one of only 173 business schools worldwide (top 5%) to be accredited in both general Business and Accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

You will learn how to construct financial, cost, tax, governmental and not-for-profit accounting reports, and gain exposure to accounting software and tax research databases. Connect theory to practice by learning to analyze individual and corporate financial statements, prepare tax returns, research accounting issues, and identify and analyze corporate and industry risks. Build your technical skills through hands-on practice and graduate feeling confident and ready to jumpstart your accounting career.

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The Accounting Curriculum

Accounting is a rigorous, fast-paced, and challenging profession. That’s why our accredited and top-ranked curriculum focuses on building strong technical skills within the context of understanding the accountants' responsibility to serve the public. Prepare for your future and the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) licensure by building a solid foundation with our core accounting curriculum.  

Accounting Course Topics

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Accounting Mechanics
  • Introduction to Taxation
  • Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Auditing Concepts and Practices
  • Integrated Accounting Issues

Note for students planning to sit for the CPA exam: ACTG 485 counts toward the accounting elective requirements for the post-bac certificate and undergraduate degree requirements, and is strongly encouraged for students who plan to take the CPA.  However, if you plan to take the CPA exam in Oregon, undergraduate degree-seeking students will need to take a second elective in addition to ACTG 485 as it is considered "accounting related" for the purposes of CPA exam eligibility.

  • To prepare thoroughly for the exam, we recommend that you take all of the following electives: ACTG 422, 485 & 493.

Download the accounting sequence sheet and accounting advising guide for additional details about pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences.

Visit Degree Requirements for detailed requirements for your entire degree.

Accounting Students and Community

Located in the heart of Oregon’s business community, PSU’s downtown location provides endless formal and informal interactions with practicing accountants and financial leaders, providing you with soft skills that will differentiate you to employers in a competitive job market. Our dedicated professors and their connections to the business community will help you stand out from the crowd.

BAP Accounting Honors SocietyIncrease your visibility in the unique accounting recruiting process while connecting with like-minded peers by joining our Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) student accounting honors society in a highly active chapter that has earned international Superior Status. The key to landing an accounting job upon graduation is early preparation, so leverage the connections of this honorary organization to further help you focus on scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.

Accounting students start preparing for the recruiting cycle during junior year. The recruiting cycle for public accounting and some corporate employees start each spring and students begin by preparing for fall recruiting events where companies hire for internship and full time job positions for the following calendar year. With a network of experienced professors, professional academic and career counselors, and fellow accounting students, you will be well-supported throughout the entire process if you take advantage of BAP and all the resources available to accounting students.

Your Accounting Career

Executives from leading companies and industries, such as the "Big 4" accounting firms, Grant Thornton, Intel, Moss Adams, Nike actively recruit Portland State Accounting graduates.

Not only do we align you with the company best suited for your skills and passions, but we also offer a mentor program, job search workshops, internship opportunities, and guidance through the accounting recruiting process. In fact, over 800 internships, student jobs and career opportunities for business students and recent alumni are posted each year!

Accounting Mentor Program

The Accounting Mentor Program is an opportunity for accounting students to discuss their career goals with a professional accountant and to prepare for the fall accounting recruiting season. The program is open to current undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate (MSFA) accounting students in good academic standing who will still be enrolled as students at least through December of the current year. Preference for placement in the program is given to students in the final year of their program.

Student applications for the 2016 Accounting Mentor Program, including a current resume and a signed consent form, must be received by 12 noon on Monday, May 2nd. Please use this Google Form to submit your application.

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    Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate

    Have you already completed a four-year bachelor's degree and are now pursuing a second bachelor's degree or certificate? If so, you are a post-baccalaureate (post-bac) student. Learn more about our Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate.

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