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Accounting, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) , PA,
The program provides students with a broad general education and intensive study within the major as preparation for professional careers in public accounting, industry, consulting, government, and not-for-profit institutions.


The curriculum in accounting is designed to acquaint students with the conceptual framework and theory of accounting, transactional analysis, asset management, liabilities, owners' equity, and financial reporting. Cost analysis and control, accounting information systems, taxation, consolidated financial statements, and foreign operations also are covered, along with auditing techniques and an understanding of the ethical and performance standards of the profession.

Accounting majors are encouraged to join a professional student organization, such as:

  • Beta Alpha Psi (BAP--National Honorary Fraternity);
  • Institute of Management Accountants - Temple Chapter (IMA-T);
  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA);
  • Ascend.

Students seeking the CPA designation after graduation:

Effective January 1, 2012 the education and experience required to become a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania changed. All candidates seeking the CPA designation after January 1, 2012 must complete 150 hours of college education (undergraduate or graduate courses, or a combination of both), including 36 hours in accounting and auditing, business law, finance or tax subjects acceptable to the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy. With this change, Pennsylvania conforms to the national education standard of 150 credit hours and one year of public accounting experience—in addition to the successful completion of the CPA Exam—before the granting of a CPA license.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Quantitative Methods for Business I
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Leadership and Organizational Management
  • Quantitative Methods for Business II
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]
  • Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Letters of Reference:Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence and/or professional references (employers) who know the applicant well and can attest to her/his leadership ability.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, earned with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. They must also have completed the following prerequisite undergraduate accounting courses (or equivalent) with a grade of B- or better prior to starting the M.Acc. program: Financial Accounting; Cost Accounting; Intermediate Accounting I; Intermediate Accounting II; Federal Taxes on Income; and Auditing. Applicants may apply to the program while working on satisfying the prerequisite courses. Final acceptance is contingent upon completion of the prerequisites with a B- or better in each course.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree, not necessarily in a business discipline, is required.

Statement of Goals: The M.Acc. application requires one essay that discusses the applicant's professional plans and goals. The following questions must be addressed:

  • What past experiences prepared or motivated you to pursue the M.Acc. degree?

  • How would you expect to change over the course of the program?

  • What personal and professional values and skills do you hope to acquire through the academic content?

  • How will obtaining the M.Acc. help you achieve your career goals?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24032 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24032 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    14006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14006 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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