Accounting and Financial Management

The accounting and financial management program, offered on weekends and online at Hiram College, develops your abilities to evaluate, analyze and critique business strategies and transactions based on a complex body of accounting, tax, auditing and cost management principles.

This adult degree program also further enables you to recognize the financial and economic impact of such business strategies, use and develop financial models to assist in the analysis of business strategies, and effectively communicate the results of such analysis. The program is an ideal fit for students hoping to take convenient weekend accounting courses in Northeast Ohio.

For students not planning to pursue careers in public accounting:

The bachelor’s degree program in accounting and financial management prepares students for a variety of careers in business, industry, finance, nonprofit organizations or government.

Students interested in pursuing a career in public accounting may consider the following options:

  • Additional undergraduate hours: Students may take extra courses at the undergraduate level to obtain the required 150 semester hours of college credit to sit for the certified public accountant (CPA) examination and prepare for accounting careers. (See requirements below.)
  • Graduate School: Students may take the additional hours in a graduate school program of their choice. Hiram College has an agreement with Case Western Reserve University that enables students to apply and be accepted at the end of their junior year to Case's Master of Accountancy program, a program that begins after the student's graduation from Hiram College, either on a full- or part-time basis.

CPA Exam Requirements

The state of Ohio has three options for students wishing to pursue CPA licensure:

Option 1 – Additional undergraduate hours: Students may take extra courses at the undergraduate level to obtain the required 150 semester hours of college credit needed to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Option 2 – Associate, bachelor’s or no degree and the GMAT: Students who earn a score of 620 or above on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and meet the CPA exam requirements below may sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Option 3 – Graduate school: Students may take the additional hours in a graduate school program of their choice. Hiram College has an agreement with Bowling Green State University and Case Western Reserve University that enables students to apply and be accepted at the end of their junior year to Bowling Green or Case’s Master of Accountancy program, a program that begins after the students graduate from Hiram College and may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis.

CPA Exam Requirements

30 semester hours of accounting courses in the following areas:

Auditing

  • Accounting 319: Auditing (4)
  • Accounting 340: Accounting Information Systems (3)

Financial Accounting

  • Accounting 225: Financial Accounting (4)
  • Accounting 351: Intermediate Accounting I (4)
  • Accounting 352: Intermediate Accounting II (4)
  • Accounting 330: Financial Statement Analysis and Securities Valuation (4)
  • Accounting 441: Advanced Accounting

Management Accounting

  • Accounting 226: Managerial Accounting (3)
  • Accounting 325: Cost Accounting (4)

Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

  • Accounting 240: Professional Responsibilities (3)

Taxation

  • Accounting 309: Federal Taxation Accounting (4)

24 semester hours of business courses which would include finance, management, economics, and marketing, as well as “business” courses designated as such by a college or university (business law, business communications, business statistics, etc).

Several of the courses offered as part of the bachelor’s degree in accounting and financial management will satisfy some of these areas. Please consult with a program counselor to plan an appropriate course of study.

If you’re hoping to earn your bachelor’s degree and take finance courses in Northeast Ohio, contact Hiram College today to learn more.

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