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A-State Remains Closed Through Fri. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6 due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be closed on Thursday and will evaluate campus conditions on Friday morning.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • Wednesday's performance of "12 Angry Men" has been cancelled. Contact the Box Office for refund information.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Department: Accounting


The accounting major prepares students for rewarding careers as industrial accountants, cost analysts, controllers, tax accountants, members of financial regulatory teams such as the IRS or banking auditors, independent auditors in CPA firms, and internal auditors. ASU accounting graduates work for manufacturing firms, in government agencies, in banking, in not-for-profit entities, and in public accounting.

Accounting majors should not take accounting courses during their freshman year and should consult with their advisors concerning CPA exam requirements.

  • Careers

    Where Do Accounting Graduates Work?

    Successful accounting graduates are prepared to pursue a wide range of career paths, including, but not limited to the following entry-level positions:

    • Auditor
    • Bank Examiner
    • Budget Analyst
    • Corporate Accounting
    • Cost Analyst
    • Governmental Accounting
    • Public Accounting
    • Revenue Agent
    • Tax Preparer

    Beginning Salary Expectations

    Many factors influence the beginning salary of the new graduate. Included in these are your work history (including internships), your major, the area in which you wish to locate, the degree you are receiving and your success in your higher education studies.

  • CPA Exam

    Minimum Qualifications

    Most states now require first time CPA exam candidates to have 150 hours of basic education. The ASU Bachelor of Science in Accounting is 126 hours. While a uniform CPA Exam is given, minimum qualifications to sit for the CPA Exam can vary from state to state.

    Access rules for specific states >>

    Those interested in the CPA exam will need to be familiar with the specific residency and coursework requirements of the state where they plan to take the CPA exam and discuss these rules with their advisor in planning specific electives in their program of study.

    The Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy’s website includes information about the CPA exam, including Accountancy Rule 3 dealing with education requirements.

    First time candidates for the CPA Exam in Arkansas must have a Bachelor's degree. The college coursework must include the equivalent of 30 semester hours of accounting at the graduate or undergraduate level and 30 hours of business coursework. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each accounting and business course. A minimum of 150 hours of college credit hours required for licensure.

    Preparing at ASU for the CPA Exam

    ASU students have four tracks they can use to prepare themselves for the CPA exam:

    1. A B.S. in Accounting (120 hours) plus the Master's of Accountancy (MAcc) (30 hrs).
    2. A B.S. in Accounting (120 hours) plus another College of Business's graduate degree such as the Master's in Business Administration (33 hrs).
    3. A Bachelor's from the College of Business with a major other than Accounting (such as finance or information systems) plus 30 hours of undergraduate or 20 hours of graduate coursework in accounting. A minimum of 150 semester hours are required.
    4. A Bachelor's degree other than in a business areas plus 30 hours of course work similar to the College of Business core and 30 hours of undergraduate or 20 hours of graduate coursework in accounting.

    The first and second tracks above (B.S. in Accounting plus MAcc or other graduate business degree) are recommended to prepare for the CPA Exam in Arkansas, but the last two approaches provide flexibility for mature students coming back for a second degree.

    A requirement in Arkansas is that your education must include coverage of specific accounting topics. One of these topics, governmental/nonprofit accounting, is not required in the ASU Bachelor of Science in Accounting program. This topic is covered in ACCT 4123, and students planning to sit for the CPA exam in Arkansas must take ACCT 4123 as part of their undergraduate coursework.

  • Certifications

    Certification demonstrates proficiency in today's most sought-after skills. Employers prefer to hire and retain those who achieve and maintain their designation. Numerous certifications are available in accounting. Some certifications cross over into other business disciplines. Several are listed below along with websites where more information can be obtained.

Accredited by AACSB

AACSB LogoThe Arkansas State University College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Approximately 30% of the business schools in the U.S. (5% globally) achieve AACSB accreditation and it is the hallmark of excellence in business education.

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