A concurrent major in Accounting and Finance provides a unique opportunity to pursue a program that provides students with a firm foundation in the principles of accounting and finance, and integrates knowledge and skills in accounting and information management; financial analysis and management; investments; and financial markets.
The coursework is designed to satisfy the knowledge domain for certifications in both accounting (CPA, CMA, CFM) and finance (CFA). For example, the program provides students with the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary to prepare them for Level I of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Exam. The rigorous curriculum, including courses in finance, accounting, and economics, is based on the CFA Body of Knowledge developed through surveys of professionals involved in the practice of investment management. Similarly, the program satisfies the requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Exam in Pennsylvania and also the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Exam and other accounting certification exams. Students are encouraged to sit for the exams in their primary interest area after graduation. Students should discuss the applicable licensure requirements with their adviser.
Students can add either the Finance major to the Accounting major or adding the Accounting major to the Finance major. To earn a concurrent major degree in Finance and Accounting, students must earn 135 credits, and must earn at least a C-grade in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field. Five additional courses (15 credit hours) are required for a concurrent major. Students must complete the “Application for Approval of Concurrent Majors” form (available from the Black School of Business Office), and obtain the required signatures. See the Recommended Action Plan for more details.