Financial Concepts

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.

Accountants know the ins and outs of income taxation, auditing, business law, economics, cost accounting, budgeting and more. With strong skills in mathematics and business savvy, they are good stewards of their resources.

Students can focus on one or more of the following:

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); General Staff Accountant (Large Corporation - Statutory Accounting Principles, S.A.P.)

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, accounting students can develop their professional portfolios, build their resumes through internships, and take the lead in developing and implementing projects through the University’s Enactus chapter.

Accounting Careers

Public accountant, auditor, tax accountant, staff accountant, forensic accountant, management accountant, government accountant, internal auditor

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
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Quality Assurance

The School of Business at Olivet Nazarene University is preparing students for success in their chosen careers. Employers are underscoring the value of Olivet graduates in the workplace, specifically because of their integrity and skills in communication and problem solving. Alumni continue to report on the excellent jobs they are landing and promotions they are receiving.


Students have many opportunities to earn the certifications that set them apart from other college graduates. With these certifications, they will find many career doors open to them. Olivet is one of only 10 Illinois schools offering SAP certifications. SAP is the worldwide market leader in enterprise applications software.

Professional Certifications


Teach the business skills you learn in the classroom to those in the communities around you. Take the lead in developing and implementing projects focusing on market economics, financial literacy, success skills, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and ethics.


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Make Connections

Olivet Business Students make important connections with trusted companies resulting in internships and career first-steps, all while working to develop portfolios to present to future employers.

Hands On

Successful businesses and their leaders open their doors to Olivet students, allowing them to learn firsthand why and how they succeed, examining case studies of real companies facing real challenges.

Faith at Work

Christian formation and faith, principles of finance, human resource management, industrial/organizational psychology are all part of the complete business experience at Olivet.