Wilkes University

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accounting students take notes during a lecture at Wilkes University.

If you want to open pathways ranging from small business opportunities to government employment analyzing financial data, earning your B.S. in accounting is the right choice.

Accountants are always in high demand, and Wilkes accounting majors are some of the most sought after students on campus by employers.

Those enrolled in the program are taught how to collect, analyze, validate and present data and information about organizations and individuals that accurately reveal their financial position and performance. You’ll also develop your leadership, technical, communication and critical-thinking skills, which will be valuable no matter which field you enter.

Accounting is the basis for all business decisions and operations. Wilkes’ accounting majors begin their college experience with a combination of technical and entrepreneurial projects. The experience includes courses in financial, managerial and tax accounting while as well as complex projects that integrate knowledge. 

Students with this degree may enter careers in public accounting, private accounting, not-for-profit accounting, or in management.

CPA Option

Students interested in entering the public accounting profession may select the best path for achieving the required 150 credit-hours needed for licensure. By working with your advisor, you can select a four-year path that would require some summer courses. Or you can opt for a five-year program that includes an MBA. Individual advising will help you prepare to take the CPA exam in the specific state desired. Click here for information on various states.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Five careers for students with an accounting degree:

  • Auditor
  • Tax Accountant
  • Managerial Accountant
  • Governmental Accountant
  • Financial Analyst

Recent graduates have taken positions with:

  • AC Lordi
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
  • Jones Kohanski & Co PC
  • Marcum LLP
  • McGrail Merkel Quinn & Associates
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The Accounting program fully supports the undergraduate learning objectives of the School:

  • Students will be able to comprehend business issues in ethical decision making and social responsibility.
  • Recognize differences in organizational reports and prepare and interpret financial statements for businesses in accordance with appropriate standards.
  • Utilizing technology to facilitate and enhance accounting and financial reporting processes.
  • Understand the role of auditing in society, including auditing procedures and reporting requirements.
  • Understand Federal Tax Law & Procedures as applicable to individuals and businesses.
  • Using analytical and research tools to monitor evolving accounting standards and practices.
  • Apply cost accounting methods to evaluate alternatives, make decisions, and project business performance.

The Sidhu School of Business and Leadership Bachelor of Science degree in accounting requires you to complete 122 credits and includes these courses:

  • ACC-201– Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC-202– Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC-301– Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACC-311– Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACC-321– Taxes
  • ACC-322– Advanced Taxes
  • ACC-331– Auditing
  • ACC-341– Accounting Information Systems 

In addition to our academic rigorous program, we also emphasize leadership and decision-making through a hands-on process. This is why our students are required to complete a formal internship experience. Recent students from our program have interned with:

  • Decker Accounting LLC
  • John P Kearney CPA
  • Kirk Summa & Co LLP
  • Kronick Kalada Berdy & Co
  • Liberty Tax
  • McGrail Merkel Quinn & Associates
  • Robin M Yevak & Co
  • Rutkoski Fencing Inc.
  • City of Wilkes-Barre
  • GUARD Insurance Group
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Fellerman & Ciarimboli
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Jones Kohanski & Co PC

The Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is housed in the beautiful 80,000-square-foot University Center on Main. The $3 million state-of-the-art facility includes a financial market trading room with an electronic stock ticker, seven smart classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms for students, and student club spaces that allow for collaboration on projects. To top it off, there's even a Starbucks in the lobby.

ACBSP Accreditation LogoThe Wilkes Bachelor of Science in Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. This distinction shows potential employers, doctoral programs, and professional schools the comprehensiveness and excellence of Wilkes University's curriculum. The ACBSP accreditation creates a competitive advantage over others seeking a career in business or admission into a doctoral program.

AACSB Accreditation LogoThe Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is also a member of the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.