Gain the knowledge and skills to manage finances with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting
If you enjoy working with numbers and finances and want to refine your analytical skills, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Marymount University can be your ticket to success. Accountants have been in high demand at businesses both large and small, as well as in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. At Marymount, we’ll prepare you for careers in public and corporate accounting, internal auditing, and more.
Our B.S. in Accounting program, part of Marymount’s College of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology (BILT), will equip you with in-depth knowledge, skills, and credentials to begin a rewarding and lucrative career. Students in Marymount’s B.S. in Accounting program can minor in Finance, and are qualified to sit for the Uniform CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam, required by accounting firms for managerial positions in the field.
- Accounting within the realm of business
Our small classes (less than 25 students) are taught by faculty who have hands-on experience in economics, finance, business law, management, and marketing. That means students will gain a breadth of knowledge in core business sectors and the depth of knowledge to enter the professional accounting field.
- Valuable experience near Metro D.C.
Courses in financial and managerial accounting, tax accounting, and auditing will prepare you for important career opportunities in government and nonprofits in nearby Washington, D.C., one of the largest hotspots across the country for accountant and auditor jobs.
- Internships and career development
Marymount’s relationships with a variety of public and private corporations, as well as government agencies — provide entry to quality paid internships that often lead to permanent jobs. Students have landed part-time accounting jobs with Marymount’s partner firms and have studied abroad through Marymount’s Global Education Office.
- 120 credits (includes 58 credits of interdisciplinary business core courses and 24 credits of specialized accounting coursework)
- $1,190 per credit hour
- Courses offered on campus only
- Fall and Spring intakes
- Program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Marymount University is accredited by the Southern Assoc. of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- Completed application submitted through the Marymount Application or Common App
- High school transcripts
- Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
- Personal essay (optional, although highly encouraged)
- A résumé may be provided should an applicant have any gaps in enrollment
- Non-native English speakers must meet our English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Students or former students of schools outside the U.S. may be considered international applicants, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, and be subject to additional international admissions requirements
Marymount University does not consider SAT/ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
ACT 201: Principles of Accounting I
An introduction to the basic concepts of financial analysis and recording. Introduction to the entire accounting cycle through preparation of worksheets and financial statements, special journals, and subsidiary ledgers.
ACT 306: Cost Accounting
Topics include the study of cost accumulations in a manufacturing environment, inventory valuation, income determination, and the reporting of internal accounting data.
ACT 430: Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the specialized reporting practices of governmental and not-for-profit organizations. It describes how those organizations can better meet the information needs of a diverse set of financial statement users and decision makers.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Accountants and auditors often work in teams but some work independently, executing services in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll. Other work settings include banking, finance, insurance, government, and private enterprise.
The annual median salary for accountants and auditors was $77,250, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report for May 2021, and can reach well over $100,000 based on experience and qualifications. The BLS also reports that the Washington, D.C./Arlington area has one of the highest employment rates of accountants and auditors in the U.S. Recent data published in the Wall Street Journal indicates a growing need for accountants. Businesses have increased salaries and the number of accountants they hire in an effort to strengthen their financial teams.
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the School of Business, one of three Schools within Marymount University’s College of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology (BILT). The School of Business is proud to offer a wide variety of highly customizable undergraduate and graduate business programs to equip you for success in the “What’s Next Economy.” And because of our partnership with BILT’s School of Technology and Innovation, we can prepare you for the new world of work at the intersection of business and technology.
For undergraduates, we offer programs in Business (B.B.A.), Accounting (Accounting B.S.), Economics (Economics B.S.), and Fashion Merchandising and Marketing (Fashion Merchandising and Marketing B.A.). The Bachelor in Business Administration (B.B.A.) program is unique in that it offers a breadth of understanding of business as well the opportunity to explore more deeply (via minors) traditional areas of business (e.g., Marketing or Finance), or topics with a technology emphasis (e.g., Cybersecurity or Data Science). There are 20 minors for B.B.A. students to choose from, including a new minor in Entrepreneurship.
The B.S. in Accounting presents students with the same foundational business courses as the B.B.A., but also offers an extensive set of Accounting-specific courses. In Economics, students are offered a quantitative, technology-focused track (the B.S. in Economics).
For graduate students, we offer programs in Business (M.B.A.) and our Online Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). However, a unique aspect of our state-of-the-art master’s programs is the ability to earn a dual degree in a time-effective and cost-effective manner. Because of our partnership with the School of Technology and Innovation, you could earn a dual degree with an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Cybersecurity. This option, and several other dual degrees, are available to our graduate Business students.
Please spend some time exploring our website. You’ll see how customized our programs can be and how we embrace the intersection of business and technology. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always available to engage in a dialogue in which we can learn more about you, and you can learn more about us.
James F. Ryerson
Associate Professor and Director, School of Business
“I had an incredible experience studying for my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting & Finance at Marymount University’s College of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology. The professors were knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, and they always made sure to create a dynamic and engaging learning environment. Even though the curriculum was rigorous and challenging, the professors were supportive every step of the way. The College of BILT provided many opportunities for me to gain practical experience through internships and research projects. The College’s connections with local businesses gave me a unique advantage in the job market, and I was able to secure a job in my field before graduation. What I loved most about Marymount was the sense of community. Throughout my time there, I met incredible people who made me feel like I was part of something much bigger than myself. Overall, I am incredibly grateful for the education I received at Marymount. It has prepared me well for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in accounting, business or advance their career. The institution’s excellent reputation and top-notch faculty make it an exceptional choice.” — Thais Ribeiro, Class of 2015, SVP & Director of Operations at Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. in McLean, VA