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Juan Roman
D.B.A.: Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

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Associate of Science in Accounting




Program Description

This program is for those students who want to enter the business world as an entrepreneur or manager of a small business. An Associate of Science in Accounting prepares students for entry-level positions in bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in business strategy, financial statements, cost information, economics, management, and ethical issues. Students will be presented the various financial statements and learn how to record, present, and analyze financial data.

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ACBSPaccountingThis program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and has earned additional ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation.


Program Objectives

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Science in Accounting will achieve the following objectives:

  • Describe the general role of accounting in business in relation to its use by managers, investors, businesses, and regulatory agencies.
  • List Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and recall how GAAP is established.
  • Utilize the steps in the accounting cycle to prepare financial statements from raw financial data.
  • Complete accounting analyses and explain how this information is used to assist in making managerial decisions and controlling the financial aspects of business operations.
  • Recognize the ethical framework for accountants adopted by professional accounting organizations, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
  • Discuss basic business and economic terms and concepts.
  • Employ office productivity applications to create business and accounting related reports and presentations.
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Accounting majors have a wide-open door into the business world. No matter your passion, accounting can help you mix that passion into your career. Do you love sports but have no talent for playing or coaching? Become an accountant in the business office of your favorite team. Do you dream of being your own boss? An accounting background or degree provides a solid foundation on which to build a business. From entry-level book-keeping positions all the way to careers as chief financial officers for major corporations, accounting professionals are in demand, and the Department of Career Services is here to help you find your niche.

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Useful Skills within the Accounting Field

Mathematics — Using mathematics and statistics to solve problems

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions

Active Listening — Paying attention to what other people are saying and taking time to understand the points being made

Time Management — Allocating and budgeting one’s time for different tasks so that things get done when needed

Reading Comprehension —The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports

Communication — Concise writing skills and ability to speak in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions effectively

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems

Analytical Skills — Ability to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions

Detail-oriented — Pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation

Organizational Skills — Strong organizational skills are needed to develop specific goals, prioritize, and work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients


Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the accounting field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you choose may require additional education or experience.

Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerk
Budget Analysts

Credit Analysts
Financial Examiners
Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. The career services website has an extensive list of internships and fellowships. Browse through the internships organized by interest or by federal program.

There are government-organized internship programs which provide students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain real-life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. The best ways to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search, or to look at the agencies’ career portals. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.

The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university. Graduate students who have had their degree conferred in the preceding two years, from the opening of the vacancy announcement are also eligible for PMF.

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in accounting. The list below provides a few places one might find employment specific to this degree.

Armanino LLP
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Deloitte LLP
Department of Commerce
Department of Labor
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
EY (formerly Ernest and Young)
Federal Trade Commission

Moss Adams LLP
Office of Policy, Management and Budget
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Schenck SC
Security and Exchange Commission
WithumSmith+Brown, PC

While many of the major job search engines, such as or, will have several positions to choose from, those listed below are specific to this field.

Accounting Principals
Money Jobs


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations

Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up-to-date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations you may be interested in.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
Foundation for Continuing Education
International Federation of Accountants
The Institute of Internal Auditors
Institute of Management Accountants

Conferences and Expositions

AICPA Fair Value Measurements Workshop
Sept. 14-15, 2015
New York, N.Y.

AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference
June 15-17, 2015
National Harbor, Md.

IMA's 96th Annual Conference and Exposition
June 20-24, 2015
Los Angeles, Calif.

Get Connected: Social Media

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA®) - LinkedIn
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting (EFWA) - LinkedIn
American Accounting Association - LinkedIn
AMU & APU Business Administration and Management Programs - LinkedIn

Core Requirements
18 Hours
Accounting I
3 hours

Introduction to the purposes of financial accounting statements and the recognition, measurement, and disclosure concepts and methods underlying financial statements. Focus is on using and interpreting financial statements and on understanding the impact of transactions and events on financial statements and financial ratios. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: MATH110, MATH111 or MATH225)

Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110),College Trigonometry(MATH111),Calculus(MATH225)

Accounting II
3 hours

A continuation of Accounting I, this course includes study of managerial concepts, analysis of financial statements, internal controls, and contemporary accounting standards, practices, and issues. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT100).

Pre Reqs: Accounting I(ACCT100)

Basics of Business
3 hours

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the terminology, organization, and function of the American business system. The course will give the student a broad background about the contemporary American and global business environments as well as considering different business organizations, management principles and strategies. Topics covered include marketing, finance, personnel, customer relations, production and operations, e-business, world trade ventures, internal information systems and decision-making processes.

3 hours

Microeconomics is an overview course that covers how households (consumers), firms (producers), and governments interact in competitive and other markets to set prices, and determine what and how much is produced. Key concepts introduced include the role of scarcity and choice, incentives and competition, and the law of supply and demand.

3 hours

Introduction to Macroeconomics is a survey course that builds on the topics covered and skills developed in ECON101 (Microeconomics) in order to present a complete picture of the economy. Macroeconomics shows how consumers and markets fit into the overall or aggregated economy and provides a framework to assess government policies. Key topics covered will include economic cycles (growth and recession), economic indicators and measures and interest rates and money supply.

Basic Productivity Applications
3 hours

This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the word processing application in the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format documents; and use lists, themes, mail merge, watermarks, templates, graphics, navigation tools, tables, charts, citations and bibliographies This course uses the Discover Office 2013 Comprehensive Online courseware that does not require installations on individual computers. Students will participate in an engaging learning experience that aligns with Microsoft’s Exam. The course content maps to the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Word 2013 Certification.

Institutional Requirements
3 Hours
MATH125 – Math for Liberal Arts Majors will NOT meet the pre-requisites in this program and should not be completed as the Gen Ed Math requirement for this program.
Foundations of Online Learning
3 hours

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to the tools and resources available in the online classroom and campus. Students will be introduced to online research, formatting, and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.

General Education
38 Hours

Lower Level Electives
3 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

Program Completion Rates, Median Debt and More

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