Accounting

    • Gannon's accounting faculty is affiliated with professional organizations such as the American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, and the American Accounting Association.
    • Gannon accounting students have opportunities to participate in a variety of service learning opportunities, such as the IRS VITA Grant Program.

    You Will Learn

    Accounting is a promising and highly rewarding career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16 percent growth for accountants by 2020. This is much faster than the rate of growth for most other professions. Demand for financial documentation prepared by qualified accountants is expected to increase in response to recent financial crises and subsequent financial regulations. An additional 190,700 accounting and auditing jobs will be available by 2020. Accounting majors will gain analytical skills, develop an understanding of modern business needs, strengthen the ability to communicate effectively, and become aware of ethical and social responsibilities. Gannon accounting students will be well prepared for their future career, CPA exams, and other endeavors for higher education.

    You Will Experience

    Students have extensive paid and non-paid internship opportunities available locally and nationally. Gannon accounting students typically intern with public accounting firms, private industries, governmental organizations, or other not-for-profit organizations.

    You Will Achieve

    Opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • auditors
    • business consultants
    • financial planner
    • forensic accountants
    • tax attorneys
    • tax preparers/planners

    Career opportunities in private accounting and governmental organizations:

    • budget analysts
    • FBI special agents
    • financial accountants
    • internal auditors
    • internal revenue agents
    • managerial accountants

    You will Study

    Students obtaining a degree in business administration are able to choose from ten majors including accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare management, international management, management, marketing, risk management, sport management and marketing or supply chain management. The collaborative curriculum allows students to take courses in the various majors, including courses such as:

    ENTR 310: Organizational Innovation

    This course examines how individuals and organizations innovate. This is accomplished by studying organizations of all sizes to see what can be learned about the creative process of innovation, specifically around idea generation, evaluation and implementation. By the end of the semester, students will have identified and evaluated several product, service and non-profit ideas of their own.

    FINC 419: International Investments

    This course reviews and presents an analysis of the major investment vehicles, the instruments, the market, as well as the concepts of techniques used to analyze investments in a global context.

    SMGT 370: Principles of Sports Management

    This course covers the business of sport, including ethics in sport management, managing employee diversity in the sports industry, organizational theory and the study of sport, sport governance, international sport governance, basic law applied to sport, economics and sport, accounting and budgeting, financing sport, sponsorship, and group decision making and problem solving.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $43,500
    • Mid-year salary: $71,000

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).