Southern’s accounting program equips students with the tools they need to become successful certified public accountants, certified management accountants, controllers, internal auditors and financial analysts, managers and more. In small classroom settings, highly qualified faculty prepare students for stimulating careers in a variety of challenging settings such as public accounting, private industry, governmental and not-for-profit institutions. Unique to Southern is our International Accounting course, as well as the opportunity to participate in an international accounting conference abroad.
Southern offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in accounting who currently hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college in a discipline other than accounting. This program has been developed in response to the tremendous demand for CPAs in the state of Connecticut. Students in the Certificate of Accounting program will be included in the regularly scheduled undergraduate accounting classes which are currently offered day, evening and online.
Students in the program take eight required courses in undergraduate accounting for a total of 27 credit hours. Graduates from the program will be eligible to sit for the CPA examination in Connecticut providing they have also earned 22 credit hours in general business courses.
To be licensed as a CPA, a cumulative total of: (1) 150 hours of education, (2) 36 hours in accounting, and (3) 30 hours in business education are required.
Admission to the Certificate of Accounting Program requires the following:
- An earned bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with conditional acceptance being considered for those with undergraduate GPAs from a 2.5.