Accounting and Information Systems and Analytics

The Accounting and Information Systems and Analytics Department in the Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Information Systems and Analytics.

Accounting is the keystone in the decision-making process in any organization, regardless of size. Referred to as the “language of business,” accounting is a high-demand, high-salaried field. All organizations need accountants.

Graduates from our BSBA-Accounting program can find meaningful employment as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) where they serve the needs of clients; a corporate accountant, serving the accounting needs of an individual business; government or not-for-profit accounting, working to fulfill the accounting requirements of various governments and agencies.

Our accounting degree program meets the educational requirements for you to take the CPA exam. Our graduates are employed in public accounting firms of all sizes. Students wishing to become a CPA would be able to sit for the CPA exam in most states upon completion of the 120-credit bachelor’s degree. It’s important to check the requirements of the State Board of Accountancy  where you wish to take the exam. The CPA designation will be finalized upon your completion of 150 credits and one year’s working experience supervised by someone who is a CPA. Our students are able to fulfill this requirement and take the additional 30 credits by completing an MBA at Shippensburg, and we offer an MBA Acc which has a concentration in accounting. After meeting certain qualifications, students are able to make a seamless transition from their BSBA degree to the MBA program.

There are many other accounting areas of practice. You may decide to work in the accounting department of an individual business where you may specialize in internal auditing, cost accounting, tax accounting, or general corporate accounting, to name a few specialties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and General Accounting Office are just two of the many federal agencies that hire our graduates. State and local governments, hospitals, insurance companies, charitable organizations, schools, and universities all require the services of accountants.

Our BSBA meets the academic requirements of many accounting specialties and their respective professional designations: Certified Management Accountant (CMA); Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); Enrolled Agent (EA) to practice before the IRS; and many others!

Information Systems and Analytics graduates have competency in technology, business knowledge, and data analytics. These skills and knowledge allow them to help organizations identify information needs, design and implement computer information systems, and take data-driven business initiatives to achieve success. They are in high-demand and receive one of the highest salaries within any organization. Information systems empower business. Today's economic conditions have accelerated the demand for graduates with strong business operations and technical skills. Most ISA majors are able to select from among multiple job opportunities upon graduation.

Department of Accounting and Information Systems and Analytics |  328 Grove Hall  |  (717) 477-1436

Master of Business Administration

Ship delivers its 30-credit MBA degree program in three convenient formats: part time, full time and online. The requirements are the same in each of the three delivery formats. You can also add a 6-credit concentration to your MBA program:

Post-bachelor's certificates are offered in:

Master of Science in Information Systems

Shippensburg University‚Äôs Master of Science in Information Systems program is a joint program between the Computer Science (CS) and Management Information Systems (MIS) departments that allows you to apply information systems and technology concepts to many business and technical situations.

Accounting : This student club allows you to explore career alternatives in your area(s) of study. Professionals from public accounting, private industry, and nonprofit organizations meet with students to share their experiences and provide guidance. Club members share their academic and internship experiences with each other, and plan field trips.

Management Information Systems: The MIS professional association was formed to help business majors expand their vision of information systems. Presentations and field trips to IT departments at established firms are scheduled to further the understanding of IT related fields.

Investment Management ProgramDuring your senior year, you may be invited to take part in the Investment Management Program class, where students manage a real-money portfolio. For more information, visit the IMP website. Outside of the classroom, the Investment Club gives you hands-on experience in managing the Ship Global Collegiate Fund. These groups have been recognized for excellence in portfolio management at regional and national competitions.

The College of Business Student Professional Organizations provide a variety of opportunities for you to develop professional contacts, enhance your course of study with hands-on application, and build lasting friendships within the business community. 

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, students earn one full credit hour to every equivalent of a 40-hour workweek they finish. Students can receive a maximum of 9 credits.

Accounting and Information Systems and Analytics - Grove Hall 328

Viet Dao, Chair | Professor
(717) 477-1415
vtdao@ship.edu

Susan Lee, Secretary
(717) 477-1436 Fax: (717) 477-4073
SPLee@ship.edu

Contact faculty for office location and hours.

Accounting

Hyunpyo Kim, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1641
HKim@ship.edu

Edward Pitingolo, Associate Professor 
(717) 477-1057 
edpitingolo@ship.edu

Tien, Keng-Ming (Terence), Associate Professor
(717) 477-11702
ktien@ship.edu

Information Systems and Analytics

Joseph Catanio, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1526
jtcatanio@ship.edu

Viet Dao, Professor
(717) 477-1415
vtdao@ship.edu

Yucong Liu, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1601
YLiu@ship.edu

Brian Wentz, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1601
bwentz@ship.edu