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Students in a classroom for the adult undergraduate accounting degree at Mount St. Mary's University

Adult Undergraduate Degree in Accounting, B.S.

Prepare for a career in accounting and finance

Mount St. Mary’s University's renowned undergraduate accounting program is now offered in an accelerated format for working adults. Whether you're looking to increase your salary potential, become eligible to sit for the CPA exam, learn valuable skills to apply to your current job, or just looking to finish a degree to meet a personal milestone, the Mount's bachelor's degree in accounting will help you get there.

Making it easy to go back to school

The Division of Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education strives to make it easy for adults to go back to school on a part-time basis, holding classes in the evening one to two nights per week at our convenient Frederick campus. It's important to us that you feel supported, can maintain your work-life balance, and have access to all of the resources you need to be a successful student.

Our faculty and advisors are here to work one-on-one with you to develop your degree plan, and to help keep you on track to finish your degree. We make the traditional college resources available to you to aid in your success, such as our Career Center, Writing Center, Library and Learning Services Office, just to name a few.

With the accounting degree you will also find unique student opportunities to help you grow in your field, such as access to the accounting club and formal presentation opportunities at conferences. 

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

Course Content

A bachelor of science degree with a major in accounting prepares you for a career in a broad range of organizational positions requiring accounting skills, though most students take the program to gain the skills and requirements necessary to sit for the CPA exam.

In this hands-on program you will work directly with financial statements and case studies to develop a thorough understanding of a firms financial activities and business position. You will also analyze financial behavior and discuss ethical decision making as it relates to accounting practice and procedure. Your accounting education at the Mount would not be complete without the examination of federal income tax laws and their application to individuals, a full understanding of the practice of auditing, and a solid two-course sequence in corporate finance. 

Course Sampling

  • Accounting Principles including Financial Statements
  • Public Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting 
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Auditing
  • Corporate Finance

Designed to fit your lifestyle

As a student in the Mount's adult undergraduate accounting program we make it easy for you to:

  • Attend convenient classes. Classes meet one night per week (6-10 p.m.). Our Frederick campus is minutes from I-70 and I-270, near the FSK Mall.
  • Finish at your own pace. Courses are offered year-round in accelerated 5- and 8-week sessions. Take the courses you need at your convenience.
  • Receive specialized support for adult students. One-on-one advising and a customized degree plan are available and encouraged for all students.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the CPA exam. Those interested in furthering their knowledge may also earn a graduate certificate in forensic accounting and fraud investigation.

 

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by 2026 10% expected Increase in accounting jobs
Median Salary $70.5K w/Bachelor's Degree

Where accounting majors go.

Graduates of the Mount’s accounting program have found success at organizations across the country, including:

  • RSM McGladry
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Hertzbach
  • KPMG
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Company
  • CohnReznick
  • Kearney & Company

From resume analysis to job search tools to networking with alumni, the Career Center is available through every step of your professional journey.

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Affordability & Financial Aid

Programs are designed to take one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the 5- and 8-week classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year.

  • $530 - Cost per credit *
  • No additional fees
*Tuition represents 2019-20 rates, effective July 1, 2019. Tuition is subject to change without notice. 

 

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans. The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college. Visit our Adult Undergraduate Student Financial Aid webpage for more details.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

Adult Student Financial Aid

Admissions & Application

Aadmission to the adult accounting program is rolling, which means we accept applications at any time of the year. Classes for the program begin throughout the year, and submitting your application four weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision. 

  • Admissions: Rolling
  • Classes begin: Year round
  • Priority Application Deadline: four weeks prior to start of first course
  • no application fee

Admissions Requirements

The Mount's adult undergraduate completion degree programs are for individuals looking to apply previous college credit toward a bachelor's degree. Admissions requirements include:

  • 3+ years of professional work experience.
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Minimum of 12 transferable credits from an accredited two- or four-year institution. Students may transfer up to 75 credits from a two-year institution or 90 credits from a four-year institution.
  • No application fee

A complete application includes

  • Free online application; Apply in 10 minutes or less
  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school; eTranscripts should be sent to Janene Petrie at petrie@msmary.edu.

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