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Program Overview

Students selecting an accounting major will earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree under the program of study offered by the William G. McGowan School of Business in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. from the Kearney & Company Department of Accounting. A minor in accounting is also available.

 Our accounting students learn the skills necessary for success in a dynamic global business environment. We offer a core curriculum, business foundation, and accounting courses that emphasize an awareness of personal values, character development, and critical liberal arts skills such as communication, analytical thinking, team building, and strategic planning.

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What Makes the King’s Accounting Program Different?

Our early engagement with students on career development gives them time to explore a variety of career pathways, identify academic majors that fit their interests, build a resume, and develop effective employment search skills, all of which will help them pursue their careers in accounting.

The foundation of life-long learning and continued professional development in any career is built upon a comprehensive liberal arts education. The best accounting undergraduate programs encourage their students to sample various core and elective offerings from other programs.

Majors in the William G. McGowan School of Business are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than six percent of the world's business programs.

What can you do with an accounting degree?

Accounting training has moved beyond the traditional auditing and tax functions to include data analytics, consulting, and technology management roles. As such, individuals who major in accounting can also find success as business advisors, litigation support specialists, technology consultants, financial/estate planners, and forensic accountants.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, careers in accounting and auditing have a median annual wage of $78,000 as of May 2022, with related job opportunities projected to grow four percent from 2022 to 2032.

Recent graduates of the Kearney & Company Department of Accounting have found success in public accounting firms, private industry, and government.

List of employers
  • Baker Tilly LLP
  • BBD
  • BNY Mellon
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • CohnReznick LLP
  • Deloitte
  • EY Consulting
  • FTI Consulting
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Kearney & Company
  • KPMG
  • Kronick, Kalada, and Berdy (KKB)
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nisivoccia
  • Petroleum Service Company
  • PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • U.S. Army Audit Agency
  • U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Vanguard
Academic graduate opportunities
  • M.B.A. programs
  • M.S./Ph.D. programs in accounting
  • M.S. programs in taxation
  • MSA (Master of Science in Accountancy) - cooperative program with the University of Notre Dame
  • Law school
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Accounting Curriculum

Our accounting degree curriculum provides professional preparation for students who want to qualify as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Certified Management Accountants (CMAs), or Certified Internal Auditors (CIAs).

New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and most other states require 150 credit hours of education to receive a CPA license to practice.

We designed a cost-effective program that helps students who major in accounting attain the necessary 150 credit hours of education in four years of undergraduate study. Accounting students may elect to take 18 credits per semester during their junior and senior years. These additional three credit hours per semester are included in your regular tuition without any overload fee.

Students who wish to attain the 150 credit hours of education within the four years of the accounting degree program will need to take 15 credits of summer semester classes in addition to the 135 credits attained during their eight semesters at King's. Summer semester classes require an overload fee.

King's accounting students who wish to further their education can also enter the University of Notre Dame Master of Science in Accounting Program (MSA) upon graduation. This program is a collaborative agreement with King's College William G. McGowan School of Business and Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. Open to undergraduate accounting majors, this is a one-year, full-time (30 credit hours) program. Students who complete the program will also earn the credits necessary for a CPA license following successful completion of the CPA exam.

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Major Resources

Student Organizations

  • Accounting Association
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Lifetime membership in the King's College William G. McGowan School of Business Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma is by invitation. To be eligible for invitation, students must be in their second semester of their sophomore year and rank in the upper 10 percent of their class or be in the upper 10 percent of the junior or senior class. Other questions and requirements for invitation can be found on the Beta Gamma Sigma website.

Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor society for students who major in accounting, finance, and information systems. To be eligible for membership, students need to have completed their sophomore year, met minimum GPA requirements, and completed a certain number of accounting credits. Members of Beta Alpha Psi participate in professional development activities, community service projects, and networking events.

Contact Us

Tara Shawver, DBA
Department Chair, Kearney & Company Department of Accounting, Finance

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