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Accounting Degree Programs


At the Scott L. Carmona College of Business, our diligent Accounting students defy limits, overcome challenges, and soar to new heights. Our Cardinals are driven by grit and determination, fueled by passion, and dedicated to pushing themselves as scholars, leaders, and professionals. Accounting students can forge their own path and tailor their education to meet their own goals and career aspirations by selecting either the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree (BBA) or the Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree (BPA). With nearly 100 percent job placement, either option is a strong foundation for a successful career. Both programs include the same comprehensive fundamentals in accounting, but the BPA adds the 26 additional credits of coursework required to take the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), one of the most respected and desirable credentials in the business world. With programs led by experts and AACSB accreditation as one of the top 5% of business schools worldwide, our students are supported and challenged by their professors to maximize their potential and reach for the extraordinary. If you are driven to make an impact and advance in an ever-changing dynamic global business environment, we invite you to experience all that the SVSU Accounting program has to offer. 

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU hosts a dedicated career fair for accounting and finance majors every fall to connect students with internship and career opportunities. 

  • Collegiate organizations! DECA is an international association for students interested in marketing, management, entrepreneurship, business, finance and etc. An SVSU accounting major received a first-place nod in the entrepreneurship category in 2019.

  • The Accounting Society provides accounting majors with networking opportunities to engage with peers, professors and firms in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

  • SVSU's new Scott L. Carmona College of Business will feature state-of-the-art technology such as analytics labs and a Bloomberg Trading Room, which tracks stock data in real-time.

  • ‌The Dean's Student Advisory Council (DSAC) is comprised of up to 17 student members who have an undergraduate major in the Scott L. Carmona College of Business or are pursuing a Masters in Business Administration.

As an Accounting student, undergraduates will learn the fundamentals of business whether through pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Professional Accountancy (BPA). Both programs feature a cutting-edge curriculum beginning with business cognates that develop critical communication and quantitative skills. A robust business core builds on that foundation with a selection of courses from across all business disciplines while students are also developing expertise in a variety of advanced accounting courses that highlight the trends and technologies that are driving the profession. Over 124 credits of coursework, the BBA degree is intended to provide students with the preparation to go into an organization and make an immediate impact. Over 150 credits of coursework, the BPA goes well beyond the undergraduate level in accounting to prepare students to excel on the CPA exam and launch a successful career in a public accounting firm as a tax or audit expert. 

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Key Electives

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Complementary Minors

Our Students After Graduation...


Plante Moran
Yeo & Yeo CPA's & Business Consultants
Deloitte LLP
Mercedes-Benz USA
Andrews, Hooper, Pavlik PLC

Career Opportunities

Audit Manager
Accounting & Financial Services Consultant
Treasury Analyst
Consolidation and Reporting Analyst
International Tax Accountant
Accounts Receivable Manager
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

  • 7.4% projected growth for the employment of accountant or auditor with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $70,500 is the median yearly pay for an accountant in the U.S. in 2018. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Accounting program, career doors are open to a multitude of fields including public or corporate accounting, government work, education or nonprofit management and many more. 

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Mallory Fisher Accounting Major

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Kevin Finley Accounting Major

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.