Accounting

"A Christian College with Cutting Edge Business Majors"

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in accounting is a program designed for the student pursuing a career in public, corporate, or governmental accounting.

Accounting students receive hands-on experience in taxation, auditing, mergers & acquisitions, cost accounting, budget forecasting and more. This program is taught by CPAs, Attorneys, Ph.D.s - all academic and professional practitioners. 

McGraw School of Business Faculty

By the Numbers
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2nd Highest Avg. Passing Score, State of IL in 2016 & 2018
84.5%
average passing CPA score
100%
career placement rate
100%
CMA pass rate
$132k
tax refunds found by students
QUALITY ASSURANCE
  • Certified Public Accountant
    • Illinois Board of Standard
    • The key certification authorized by each state, providing state approved license to practice
  • Certified Management Accountant
    • International Managerial Accounting Board
    • The key certification within large corporations
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
    • Fraud Examining Board
    • The key certification for auditors
  • QuickBooks Certification
    • QuickBooks Corporation Standards
    • Excellent for small company accounting
  • SAP University Alliance Recognition
    • SAP Corporate Standards
    • World's largest enterprise resource planning software for large companies

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Accounting is Ideal for Those Who Are:

  • strong in math and problem solving
  • conscientious
  • attentive to details
  • analytical
  • comfortable with computers
  • a good listener
  • able to communicate well with others
  • a critical thinker
Areas of Focus
  • Public Accounting
    • Certified Public Accountant, C.P.A.
  • Corporate Accounting
    • Certified Managerial Accountant, C.M.A. 
  • Government Accounting
    • Certified Fraud Examiner, C.F.E.
  • General Staff Accounting
    • Small Corporation - Quick Books Certification
    • Large Corporation - SAP University Alliance Recognition

 

At Olivet, accounting majors have a variety of opportunities to interact with local business leaders, meet and learn from nationally known business experts, take corporate field trips, and teach students in area schools about financial concepts.

Here at Olivet, accounting students can develop their professional portfolios, build their resumes through internships, and take the lead in developing and implementing projects through the McGraw School of Business Accounting Club, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) organization, or the University's Enactus chapter.

Accounting Careers
  • Auditor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Government Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Management Accountant
  • Public accountant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
Accounting Program Overview

Professional Certifications

Students have many opportunities to earn professional certifications specific to the field of accounting. With five major professional accounting certifications, Olivet accounting students can build a resume as competitive as many students in the nation.

Add in the hands-on experience of a quality internship and the challenge of integrating the Christian faith, our students are highly valued with a 100% placement rate.

Complete List of Professional Certifications

Degree Requirements

The accounting curriculum has been designed and is taught by professionals with a proven record of expertise as veteran CPAs, attorneys, insurance and computer software practitioners. Students will learn from national class material with an emphasis on real world application. 

Built within the Accounting courses are the opportunities to earn professional certifications. This is the "value-added" reason to attend Olivet's McGraw School of Business.

Course Requirements

Making Accounting Connections

Professional Competitions & Activities

Olivet's Accounting Club connects accounting students with regional and national accounting professionals from accounting firms and corporate leadership. Club leadership recruits speakers and promote job fairs so students secure internships to propel them to full time positions. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) challenges accounting students to apply their faith through volunteering time and intelligence to help less fortunate and economically challenged in the community. 

In 2018, VITA completed over 200 tax returns and helped the underemployed receive over $130,000 in tax refunds they might not otherwise receive.

Complete List of Professional Competitions & Activities

Career Management to Internships

At Olivet's McGraw School of Business, freshman and sophomore students attend specially designed seminars to advance their careers through resume writing, developing, interviewing skills, networking, and managing their online presence. 

All of the Career Management activities are designed for students to discover their strengths to help them attain an internship their junior and senior year. A full-time Internship Coordinator works with each student to help attain an internship in their specific field to help in building their resume for their future career.

Accounting Alumni Have Been Seen:
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Accounting Faith At Work

"A Head for Business, A Heart for God, and Hands for Humanity"

The motto for the Olivet McGraw School of Business is more than a byline for faculty and students. The culture and atmosphere are alive and excited with learning cutting edge knowledge, with a perspective of God's grace and presence as we seek to help individuals and business organizations to prosper and bring glory to the name of Christ.

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