Accounting Degree
(Accounting Major, BS in Business)

Accounting Degree Program

“A number of our accounting students have obtained internships as well as permanent positions at both the large, national “Big 4” accounting firms and large regional firms. It is very exciting to hear directly from them that they got these positions. It is good to hear that they are using a good portion of what they learned at Menlo in their new experiences.” — Jack Klingler, Professor of Accounting

Accountants track and analyze the financial performance of organizations and provide managers with crucial information for decision making. Recent economic and financial crises reinforce the importance of trustworthy, fairly presented accounting information. Menlo College’s Accounting degree is designed to prepare a student for a career in accounting. Students study all of the main areas of financial and managerial accounting in order to have a thorough overview of the field, which is complemented by a practical internship experience.

Accounting majors complete the core curriculum in business (39 units) that is taken by all business students.  The core curriculum insures that all business majors have a solid understanding of the totality of the business enterprise.  The accounting degree then consists of upper division courses in financial accounting, cost accounting, taxation, accounting information systems and auditing that total 30 units.  The accounting major can be completed in four years of study; see a sample curriculum.

For students interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you are now required to obtain 150 credits of study in order to qualify for licensure as a CPA in California. The specific requirements as to the fields of study needed to obtain those 150 credits are quite complicated.  Please review the requirements as prepared by the California State Board of Accountancy: Educational Requirements for CPA Licensure (PDF). It is highly recommended that you read the following document, which explains which Menlo courses will meet the State Board of Accountancy requirements: Educational Requirements for California CPA Licensure: Impact on Menlo Accounting Majors. In addition, accounting majors should have members of the accounting faculty designated as their advisors to help ensure that the state’s requirements are all appropriately met.


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