Accounting and Financial Management

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

This on-campus and online degree program also further enables students 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 those in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and surrounding areas who wish to take weekend accounting courses in Northeast Ohio.

Course Requirements

REQUIRED MAJOR COURSESCREDIT HOURS
Accounting 22500: Financial Accounting:CA 4
Accounting 22600: Managerial Accounting 3
Accounting 35100: Intermediate Accounting I 4
Accounting 35200: Intermediate Accounting II 4
Accounting 24000: Professional Responsibilities:ES  3
Accounting 30900: Federal Taxation Accounting 4
Accounting 31900: Auditing  3
Accounting 44100:   Advanced Accounting 4
Accounting 48000: Senior Seminar/Capstone  4
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES  
Economics 20200: Principles of Macroeconomics  4
Management 21800: Organizational Behavior:CA  4
Management 30200: Corporate Finance  4
Mathematics 10800: Statistics:MM  4
Total Credit Hours (required courses)   49
ADVANCED COURSES (Choose two) 
Accounting 32500:  Cost Management 4
Accounting 33000:   Financial Statement Analysis and Securities Valuation 4
Accounting 33500:   Financial Decision Making 3
Accounting 34000:   Accounting Information Systems 3
Management 32100:   Business Law I  4
Total Credit Hours (Advanced Courses)  6 - 8
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR THE MAJOR   55 - 57
* NOTE:  Students must earn a C- or better in all Required and Advanced Coursework.
     
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  39-48
     
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR ELECTIVES 15-26
     
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE 120

Students who are not planning to pursue careers in public accounting:

The bachelor’s degree 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 semesters 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 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

The State of Ohio and most other states require students sitting for the CPA Exam to have 150 semester hours of college credit, including:

30 semester hours of accounting courses in the following subject areas:

  • Auditing
    ACCT 319 Auditing – 4 hours
  • Financial Accounting – 4 hours
    ACCT 351 Intermediate Accounting I – 4 hours
    ACCT  352 Intermediate Accounting II – 4 hours
    ACCT 330 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation – 4 hours
    ACCT 441 Advanced Accounting – 4 hours
  • Information Systems
    ACCT 280 Accounting Information Systems – 3 hours
  • Managerial Accounting
    ACCT 325 Cost Management – 4 hours
  • Professional Ethics and Responsibilities
    ACCT 280 – 3 hours
  • Taxation
    ACCT 309 Federal Taxation – 4 hours

24 semester hours of business-related courses with coverage in each of the following subject areas:

  • Business Ethics
  • Business Organization
  • Communication Skills
  • Economics
  • Group and Individual Behavior
  • Finance
  • Legal and Social Environment of Business
  • Marketing Quantitative Application

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 searching for a financial management program in Northeast Ohio, contact Hiram College today to learn more about this on-campus and online degree program.

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