Why Major in Accounting?
New to accounting or wish to build on your current career through Belmont's Adult Degree Program?
Explore what it takes to become an accountant, a career that is always in demand. A degree in accounting from Belmont provides you with the relevant financial and business skills you need to work with people, solve problems, and create plans that lead to secure futures. You’ll be equipped to pursue a wide range of areas – from auditing, tax advising and consulting to financial management, banking and criminal investigation.
Through our strong reputation and alumni network, Belmont offers outstanding placement opportunities for internships and permanent positions to our accounting students and graduates. Approximately one third of our graduates will find employment with a Big 4 accounting firm, another third with a regional accounting firm and the final third will go on to work for local corporations, with a large portion securing positions in healthcare.
Our accounting alumni have found employment with companies, such as AMSURG Inc., BDO, Community Health Systems, Deloitte, Dollar General Corporation, EY, Hospital Corporation of America, KPMG, Kraft CPAs, LBMC, Lifeway, Mars Petcare USA, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tractor Supply Company, to name a few.
Benefit From the Expertise of the Jack C. Massey College of Business
In addition to the expertise of our Adult Degree Program staff, you will also have access to the Jack C. Massey College of Business’ caring faculty, providing the high-quality accounting and business education we are known for.
A faculty advisor will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic and career interests, and you will be supported by the Massey College of Business Career Services Center. However you design your accounting education to meet your needs, the accounting program at Belmont University is Business Your Way!
Am I an Adult Student?
Adult Degree applicants should be 24 years or older. However, exceptions for those under the age of 24 might include evidence of two years or more of military service, marriage or having a family of your own.
What makes Adult Degree Programs special?
Your Success is Personal: Our students are not one-sized fits all, and neither is our commitment to you. Your path to a college degree is unique, and we take your success as personally as you do. Our staff and faculty will be with you from the first point of contact all the way through graduation and beyond, providing personalized guidance and assistance so you don’t have to go it alone.
Education Designed to Elevate Your Career: Whatever adult degree program option you choose, a career-focused curriculum will help you elevate your current career or prepare you for new professional or personal opportunities.
Unique Tuition Discount for Adult Degree Program Students: Belmont is dedicated to offering access to high-quality education for busy adults. Students in Belmont’s Adult Degree Program receive more than a 40% discount off of the tuition cost that traditional Belmont students pay for the very same quality, private school education.
What You'll Learn
As an accounting major at Belmont, you'll get a strong foundation in management, marketing, ethics, economics, finance, analytics, law and other topics in business. You’ll also take accounting courses specific to your career goals. You will learn to:
- Develop business plans and use accounting information for decision making, record transactions, preparing financial statements and performing ratio analysis.
- Utilize a variety of audit techniques to perform audits in the context of a financial statement audit.
- Interpret accounting data used by management in planning and controlling business activities, including costs of manufacturing a product or rendering a service with attention given to job order, process and standard cost systems, as well as budgeting, variance analysis and relevant costs for decision making.
- Explore the time value of money, current and non-current liabilities, leases, deferred income taxes, pensions, stockholder's equity, earnings per share, accounting changes and errors and statement of cash flows.
A degree in accounting from Belmont University sets you up for a wide variety of career options in public accounting, consulting, or management roles in private businesses, government or non-profit agencies. Here are just a few of the careers you'll be equipped to pursue:
- Staff Accountant
- Tax Accountant
- Budget Analyst
- Tax Analyst
- Financial Advisor
"I decided to come back to school when I was working in healthcare - I knew that a degree in accounting could afford me more opportunities in the industry. Belmont’s Adult Degree Program offers the resources and support anyone would need to transition smoothly into academia again."
A major in accounting leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and requires a total of 128 credit hours of coursework:
- BELL core requirements: 50 hours
- Business courses: 35 hours
- B.B.A. core technical requirement: 3 hours
- Accounting Concentration courses: 21 hours
- General electives: 19 hours
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Courses You'll Take
ACC 2430: Integrated Accounting Principles
This course is an introduction to financial and managerial accounting concepts. The course emphasizes the role of accounting in a business organization.
ACC 2440: Integrated Accounting Principles I
This course examines accounting for service and merchandising business models. Students will develop business plans and use accounting information for decision making, record transactions, prepare financial statements and perform ratio analysis.
ACC 2450: Integrated Accounting Principles II
This course examines accounting for manufacturing business models and for corporations. Students will develop business plans, use accounting information for decision making, record transactions, prepare financial statements and perform ratio analysis.
ACC 3310: Intermediate Accounting I
The first of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, the conceptual framework, development of generally accepted accounting principles and applications are stressed. Topics include the income statement, the statement of cash flows and the balance sheet, specifically asset accounts and current and contingent liabilities accounts.
ACC 3320: Intermediate Accounting II
The second of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, concepts and applications are stressed. Topics include time value of money, current and non-current liabilities, leases, deferred income taxes, pensions, stockholder’s equity, earnings per share, accounting changes and errors and statement of cash flows.
ACC 3350: Federal Income Taxes
A study of federal income tax laws with particular emphasis on the preparation and filing of individual, partnership and corporate tax returns.
ACC 3460: Cost Accounting
A study of how accounting data can be interpreted and used by management in planning and controlling business activities. Included in this study are the accounting for costs of manufacturing a product or rendering a service with attention given to job order, process and standard cost systems. Budgeting, variance analysis and relevant costs for decisions making are also covered.
ACC 3520: Accounting Information Systems
This course provides students with a broad awareness of basic IS concepts, including inputs and outputs, processing procedures, files and controls as well as how IS impacts managerial decision-making and organizational structures. The course introduces students to a range of IS analysis and design techniques and steps in the system’s life cycle.
ACC 4350: Auditing
This course introduces the vocabulary, concepts, principles and techniques of auditing. After completing this course, students should understand the audit process and be able to use a variety of audit techniques to perform audits in the context of a financial statements.
MIS 3620: Business Data Management and Analysis
This course provides students with a greater understanding of data management and analysis, organizational systems, work-flow processes and user requirements that translate into vital skills for individuals looking to better manage organizational assets and maximize shareholder wealth.
The Jack C. Massey College of Business offers a variety of co-curricular leadership and learning opportunities to qualifying students in the form of student organizations and honors societies. Each organization has a faculty advisor, if not multiple. Therefore, our students are able to network and collaborate with faculty both in and out of the classroom.
- Association for Information Systems
- American Marketing Association
- Business Student Advisory Board
- Collegiate DECA
- Equity Trading Club
- International Business Society
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Student Center for the Public Trust
- Beta Alpha Psi
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Omicron Delta Epsilon
- Sigma Nu Tau
The admission decision process for the Adult Degree Program is different from what someone might experience right out of high school. To be eligible for an Adult Degree program, applicants must be 24 years or older or provide evidence of two years or more of military service, marriage or having a family of your own.
Even if you struggled academically when you first attended college, the Belmont Admissions Committee looks at more than just your academic history. We also consider your professional experience and personal accomplishments as we review your application materials.