This major helps students prepare for careers in auditing and public accounting, industrial and managerial accounting, and in governmental and not-for-profit accounting. It also provides a sound background for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in accounting or related fields. Students who complete the prescribed courses and earn a Bachelor of Science degree will satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Graduates may also elect to pursue other professional certifications, including Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Because the Harrisburg area is the center of industry and economic development for south-central Pennsylvania, students are provided with many opportunities to experience the world of business.
According to the 2016 NASBA report, Penn State Harrisburg accounting graduates ranked high in CPA Test performance.
|Testing Event||Average Score||Percent Pass||Rank out of Business Schools in Pennsylvania||Percentile Rank|
|Bachelor’s Degree: First-Time Testing Events Within 1 Year of Graduation||85.4||80.00%||4 of 41||90th|
|Bachelor’s Degree: First-Time Testing Events||77.3||61.80%||14 of 74||81st|