The objective of the accountancy major is to educate students for professional careers in public, industrial, governmental, and not-forprofit accounting. To this end, the program provides a broad educational experience for students and gives them a background for completing professional accounting examinations such as the CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant). Accountancy majors may consider a minor in either management information systems or computing and information technology. Contact an advisor in computer science for details on the CIT minor. Students interested in financial management are encouraged to complete a series of accountancy and finance courses designed to prepare them for the CFM (Certified Financial Manager) exam. This major also provides an excellent undergraduate background for a degree in law.
Students who plan to take the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam should pursue the Master of Accountancy program upon completion of the bachelor program in order to meet the education requirements of the Accountancy Board of Ohio.
Transfer students who major in accountancy should note that at least 20 credit hours of their accountancy courses must be taken at Wright State.
The department has a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national accountancy honorary fraternity.
Statement of Academic Integrity
Accounting professionals are expected at all times to maintain a high level of integrity. Similarly, accounting students are expected to maintain a high level of integrity and ethics in their study of the discipline. Accordingly, any student found to be guilty of academic dishonesty, plagiarism, etc., may be subject to expulsion from any undergraduate or graduate program offered by the Department of Accountancy.
Laws in the state of Ohio and most other states require that to become a CPA, a candidate must have the equivalent of five years of college work (150 semester hours). Upon completion of a 120 semester hour BSB degree in Accountancy students interested in taking the CPA exam are encouraged to apply for and obtain a Master of Accountancy (M. Acc.) degree. This 30 semester hour program will enable graduates to be eligible to take the CPA exam throughout the U.S. Students may apply for the M. Acc. program once they have completed 90 semester hours along with ACC 3020, ACC 3260, and ACC 3430. Students interested in pursuing a CPA are urged to contact the Department of Accountancy early in their junior year for more details.
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