Accountants oversee the accurate and efficient operation of business by assessing financial statements, preparing tax returns, managing payroll and much more. Since accountants are central to almost all organizational operations, they are often consulted to make business decisions and to find ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues and improve profits. Getting your start in accounting can lead to a successful business career.

Sullivan’s on-campus and online Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting incorporates a unique blend of accounting, business, information technology and general education requirements within the curriculum in order to graduate well-rounded, highly competent accounting professionals. Graduates will be prepared for careers in public accounting, management accounting, tax, not-for-profit, cost, governmental and internal audit.


To prepare students to earn CMA (Certified Management Accountant) certification.

To ensure all graduates gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and applications of accounting, including:

  • How to record business transactions using General Ledger Computer Software
  • How to use a “Practice Set” that provides a full understanding of the accounting cycle from initial entries through financial statement preparation
  • How to design an accounting system
  • Tax law through preparation of true-to-life tax returns for individuals and corporations
  • Payroll with a simulation model both as a manual system and a computerized system

Accounting bachelor’s degree students will also complete an interdisciplinary capstone business policy project in which they must monitor their own company, make crucial business decisions and evaluate those results.

  • Sullivan’s accounting programs follow a stair-step progression that makes it easy for you to move forward with your education at your own pace. Once you earn your bachelor’s degree, you can then go for your MBA with an accounting concentration that can take you even farther, equipping you for senior-level management positions and CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification. Best of all, we integrate Becker Professional Education CPA exam prep into all graduate accounting courses to ensure that you are well prepared for your certification exams.
  • You can choose to take all your Bachelor’s in Accounting courses online, on campus or a combination of both.
  • Our talented faculty team brings quality instruction to every course, incorporating hands-on learning experiences along with real-world applications in the classroom. Our faculty includes scholars, consultants, entrepreneurs and practitioners who provide their students with insight into real-world accounting practices.
  • Small classes allow for individualized attention and coaching in career opportunities.
  • We are committed to preparing all accounting graduates to pursue accounting certification, including CMA (Certified Management Accountant) certification.

180 Credit Hours
Length: 18 months beyond Associate Degree
Completion of the Associate Degree or its equivalent (see the Undergraduate Admissions section of the catalog for a description of Sullivan University’s 2+2 programs).
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
Total Credit Hours180
Accounting Core Courses (44 Credit Hours)44
ACT 101Principles of Accounting I4
ACT 102Principles of Accounting II4
ACT 103Principles of Accounting III4
ACT 201Intermediate Accounting I4
ACT 202Intermediate Accounting II4
ACT 203Intermediate Accounting III4
ACT 211Cost Accounting4
ACT 264Federal Taxation I4
ACT 334Federal Taxation II4
ACT 404Managerial Accounting4
ACT 424Auditing4
ACT 002Accounting Bachelor Competency Exam Review0
Business Support Courses (56 Credit Hours)56
BUS 204Introduction to Business Law and Ethics4
CMM 401Principles of Conflict Management4
CMM 402Managing Diversity4
CMM 403The Manager as Negotiator4
ECO 201Microeconomics4
ECO 202Macroeconomics4
FIN 324Financial Management4
MGT 304Principles of Management4
MGT 464Business Policy4
MKT 304Principles of Marketing4
MTH 201College Algebra4
MTH 202Introduction to Statistics4
MTH 301Quantitative Methods4
PHL 464Ethics4
Accounting Electives (16 Credit Hours)16
Students must choose four of the following Accounting Electives:
ACT 344Not-For-Profit Accounting4
ACT 394Accounting Externship I4
ACT 395Accounting Externship II4
ACT 405Advanced Financial Accounting4
ACT 414Senior Accounting Seminar4
ACT 425Advance Auditing4
ACT 430Financial Accounting Seminar4
Communication Courses (16 Credit Hours)16
ENG 101Composition I4
ENG 102Composition II4
ENG 204Advanced Writing4
COM 214Public Speaking4
Business Elective (4 Credit Hours)4
Students must choose one of the following Business Electives:
BUS 405Business Law II4
BUS 424International Business4
CMM 405Restorative Justice Philosophy and Process4
Computer/IT Core (8 Credit Hours)8
CSC 118Computer Applications I4
CSC 218Computer Applications II4
General Studies Electives (12 Additional Credit Hours)12
Students must choose three additional General Education classes, including one from the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category, one from the Social/Behavioral Sciences category, and one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category. These classes are in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.
Free Electives (24 Credit Hours)24
Students must choose additional classes in consultation with their faculty advisor to balance the program in keeping with the student’s personal objectives.

What qualities should a Bachelor of Science in Accounting student have?

This program would appeal to you if you like numbers and basic mathematics and mathematical relationships. In addition, this program will appeal to you if you are organized, analytical, attentive to detail, and able to work and communicate with others. At the bachelor’s level, greater understanding of accounting techniques and the ability to solve various financial and management issues are required.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

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