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.

Course Titles Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 180
Accounting Core Courses (44 Credit Hours) 44
ACT 101 Principles of Accounting I 4
ACT 102 Principles of Accounting II 4
ACT 103 Principles of Accounting III 4
ACT 201 Intermediate Accounting I 4
ACT 202 Intermediate Accounting II 4
ACT 203 Intermediate Accounting III 4
ACT 211 Cost Accounting 4
ACT 264 Federal Taxation I 4
ACT 334 Federal Taxation II 4
ACT 404 Managerial Accounting 4
ACT 424 Auditing 4
ACT 002 Accounting Bachelor Competency Exam Review 0
Business Support Courses (56 Credit Hours) 56
BUS 204 Introduction to Business Law and Ethics 4
CMM 401 Principles of Conflict Management 4
CMM 402 Managing Diversity 4
CMM 403 The Manager as Negotiator 4
ECO 201 Microeconomics 4
ECO 202 Macroeconomics 4
FIN 324 Financial Management 4
MGT 304 Principles of Management 4
MGT 464 Business Policy 4
MKT 304 Principles of Marketing 4
MTH 201 College Algebra 4
MTH 202 Introduction to Statistics 4
MTH 301 Quantitative Methods 4
PHL 464 Ethics 4
Accounting Electives (16 Credit Hours) 16
Students must choose four of the following Accounting Electives:
ACT 344 Not-For-Profit Accounting 4
ACT 394 Accounting Externship I 4
ACT 395 Accounting Externship II 4
ACT 405 Advanced Financial Accounting 4
ACT 414 Senior Accounting Seminar 4
ACT 425 Advance Auditing 4
ACT 430 Financial Accounting Seminar 4
Communication Courses (16 Credit Hours) 16
ENG 101 Composition I 4
ENG 102 Composition II 4
ENG 204 Advanced Writing 4
COM 214 Public Speaking 4
Business Elective (4 Credit Hours) 4
Students must choose one of the following Business Electives:
BUS 405 Business Law II 4
BUS 424 International Business 4
CMM 405 Restorative Justice Philosophy and Process 4
Computer/IT Core (8 Credit Hours) 8
CSC 118 Computer Applications I 4
CSC 218 Computer Applications II 4
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.


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