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Accounting Degree Program

(Accounting Major, BS in Business)

Accountants track and analyze the financial performance of organizations and provide managers with crucial information for decision making. Recent economic and financial crises reinforce the importance of trustworthy, fairly presented accounting information. Menlo College’s Accounting degree is designed to prepare a student for a career in accounting. Students study all of the main areas of financial and managerial accounting in order to have a thorough overview of the field, which is complemented by a practical internship experience.

Accounting majors complete the core curriculum in business (39 units) that is taken by all business students.  The core curriculum insures that all business majors have a solid understanding of the totality of the business enterprise.  The accounting degree then consists of upper division courses in financial accounting, cost accounting, taxation, accounting information systems and auditing that total 30 units.  The accounting major can be completed in four years of study.

The Accounting curriculum enables graduating accounting majors to understand standard concepts and topics in accounting as well as demonstrate written and oral communication in the field of accounting. Learning outcomes for accounting majors include:

These learning outcomes prepare the accounting graduate to work in a variety of accounting positions in corporate and public accounting, to pursue further graduate level accounting coursework, and to work towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant if desired.

For students interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA),  please review the requirements as prepared by the board of accountancy in the state you plan to practice. For California, you are now required to obtain 150 credits of study in order to qualify for licensure as a CPA. The specific requirements as to the fields of study needed to obtain those 150 credits are quite complicated.  Please review the requirements as prepared by the California State Board of Accountancy: Educational Requirements for CPA Licensure (PDF). It is highly recommended that you read the following document, which explains which Menlo courses will meet the State Board of Accountancy requirements: Educational Requirements for California CPA Licensure: Impact on Menlo Accounting Majors.

While the Menlo Accounting program provides the educational units, studying for the CPA exams require additional individual preparation. To meet the California CPA licensure students must complete steps outlined by the California Board of Accountancy beyond the academic units.  Please note that the Menlo Accounting program does not require students to obtain a CPA licensure.

Disclaimer: Median salary information is based on sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other agencies. Menlo College makes no claims or promises about graduate salaries as these may vary.

Degree requirements

Accounting Degree Program requirements (PDF)
Accounting Degree Program requirements – CPA track (PDF)


Janis Zaima


Menlo College