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Why study Accounting 

The field of accounting is a leading professional discipline that provides diverse services to individuals, business entities, and governments at all levels.

The accounting program is designed to develop student skills in auditing, taxation, accounting information systems, computer operations, forensic accounting, cost accounting, and many other areas. Career path possibilities include: Accountant, Auditor, Tax Advisory Services, Credit Analyst, Loan Officer, and Management Advisory Services. Students who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to take a few more courses in accounting and finance (after graduation) in order to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, if desired.

Students learn to apply their skills in auditing, taxation, management policy, information systems, computer operations, and many other areas. Faculty-led experiential and service-learning opportunities provide student access to real-world experience that provides a foundation for a successful career in accounting. The College of Business provides funding and scholarship opportunities for students to participate in
community events, conferences, and networking functions Direct access to the College of Business Career Readiness Coach to help aide in advising, career preparation, and job search.

Faculty in this degree program have a PhD or a DBA in accounting, and routinely publish their research in some of the top accounting academic journals. In addition, many act as consultants within the field bringing decades of real-world experience.

What will I learn

Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

2022 Accounting Sample 4 Year Plan

General Education Core


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.

Wesley Gray

Wesley Gray

Business major

As a member of the Austin Peay cross country and track teams, a cadet in the University ROTC program and a Business student, Wesley Gray's schedule has him on the run – literally.

But with APSU’s online classes, Gray’s time management becomes a bit simpler.

“I love online classes,” he said, estimating about half his classes are online. “They fit my practice schedule, and it’s easier when I travel.

“APSU has allowed me to grow as an individual and opened many career paths along the way,” he said. “College has taught me how to adapt my schedule during overwhelming times in order to produce quality work, and the business professors I have had made it possible for me to be a student-athlete and an ROTC cadet.”