Why Study Accounting

The undergraduate accounting program at Shippensburg University will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a successful professional accountant. The breadth of our program prepares graduates for a number of different career opportunities. Accounting is a high-demand, high-salaried field. Hospitals, insurance companies, charitable organizations, schools and universities all require the services of accountants.

If you exhibit a strong scholastic aptitude, excel in your academic performance, and possess accounting-related work experience, you may wish to apply for the accelerated 5-Year BSBA/MBA Program in Accounting. Contact the department with specific questions about admission requirements. 

Why Study Accounting at Ship 

Shippensburg University's undergraduate accounting program offers small class sizes and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one contact with faculty members. Classes are taught by professionals with both a strong theoretical understanding of business administration and a working knowledge of modern accounting practices. Our faculty has a diverse range of professional backgrounds, including government financial management, personal finance, portfolio analysis and more.

Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. While participation is not mandatory for the completion of an entrepreneurship concentration, you can earn one full credit hour to every equivalent of a 40-hour workweek you finish. You can earn a maximum of nine credits. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.

Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates

The constant demand for skilled accountants in business, government and non-profit organizations means you will have many rewarding opportunities for beginning your career. Today's accountants fulfill a variety of roles, from big-picture budgeting to research and analysis. Many accountants end up in managerial roles where strong people skills are an asset. Others will apply their problem solving abilities to taxation and internal auditing.

Shippensburg's undergraduate accounting degree program focuses on equipping you for success in a 21st century workforce. Required courses cover everything from organizational behavior to marketing and business administration.

The average salary for accounting jobs in PA is $56,000.