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Accounting

Become a highly skilled and successful professional accountant.

Our students receive the advance training to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exams upon graduation. In fact, Keystone accounting graduates have a 97 percent job placement record, proving that an accounting degree from Keystone will start you off on a great career path.

The Advantages of a Keystone Accounting Degree

  • 97% placement of our graduates
  • First year students accepted on a full-time basis into the accounting program may be eligible to receive the Professional Accounting Scholarship, ranging up to $4,000 per academic year
  • Student to instructor ratio of 11:1
  • Students can participate in PICPA or Institute of Management Accountants’ affiliates
  • Students are prepared to sit for the CPA and/or CMA exams
  • Students create a professional portfolio

Minor

The accounting minor meets the interests of those students who understand the importance of accounting to other career tracks.

This degree can be earned online.

Accounting Internships and Experiential Learning

Not all education happens in the classroom. Certain lessons can only be learned through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with real world experiences in the field. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students and other professionals. Students will acquire leadership and management skills, professional growth and personal fulfillment that can’t be gained in the classroom. All Accounting majors complete an internship of 6 credits.

Careers in Accounting

Accounting is a versatile degree and the job growth for the next eight years is expected to be 16%. Students who graduate with a degree in accounting may find jobs in many areas including:

  • Auditor
  • Bank Examiner
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Cost Accountant
  • FBI Agent
  • Financial Advisory (Municipal, County, State and Federal levels of government)
  • Financial Manager
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Internal revenue Service Agent
  • Investigator
  • Management Consultant
  • Operations Accountant
  • Tax Manager

Salary Information

Potential starting salaries in this field are close to $41,000 and have the potential during a career to reach from $81,000 to $300,000 or more. The big four accounting firms start at $61,690.

"The faculty at Keystone serve as mentors and friends. They are here for you when you need them, both inside and outside the classroom." 

Shane McGuire, CPA   |   Class of 2007
Major: Accounting

Shane is currently the Senior Financial Analyst at the United Methodist Home.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Accounting B.S. Degree
First Year
First Semester

  • Managerial Accounting
  • College Writing I
  • First Year Seminar
  • PC Office Applications
  • College Algebra
Second Semester

  • Financial Accounting
  • Speech Communication
  • College Writing II
  • Intermediate PC Office Applications
  • A & H Elective
Second Year
First Semester

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Individual & Business Taxes
  • Written Communication (BUSN 2130 recommended)
  • Business/Civil Law (BUSN 3150 recommended)
  • Principles of Economics I
  • A & H Elective
Second Semester

  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Principles of Economics II
  • Spreadsheets & Databases (IT 2140 recommended)
  • Statistics (MATH 2115 recommended)
Third Year
First Semester

  • Intermediate Accounting III
  • Acct. Information Systems I
  • Auditing
  • Advanced Cost Accounting
  • Business Ethics
Second Semester

  • Accounting Information Systems II
  • Accounting Policy & Professional Responsibility
  • Accounting Internship
  • Financial Management
  • Curr Elec (BUSN 3115 recommended)
Fourth Year
First Semester

  • Advanced Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior (BUSN 4115 recommended)
  • Curr Elective
  • Curr Elective
  • Science Elective
Second Semester

  • Senior Seminar / Capstone
  • Advanced Financial Management (BUSN 4130 recommended)
  • Curr Elective
  • Statistics & Research (MATH 3120 recommended)

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Our Successful Graduates

Keystone graduates have been hired by Arthur Anderson, AT&T, Bradford County Human Services, Cigna Healthcare, CPG Int., Davidson Fox & Company, LLP, Farley Financial, F.M. Howell & Co., Gibbons Ford, Guthrie Healthcare Systems, Harper Collins Publishers, Ingersoll-Rand, Landmark Community Bank, Lockheed Martin, Lowe’s, Mercy Hospital, Moody’s Investment Services, Nabisco, Parente Randolph, Paxar Corporation, Penn Security Bank & Trust Company, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Procter and Gamble, Prudential Financial, McGrail, Merkel, Quinn and Associates (MMQ), Robert Rossi & Co., and Time Warner.

Keystone graduates have pursued a master’s degrees at Marywood University in Finance/ Investments.

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Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.