Undergraduate Major - 60 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

Students are prepared to develop, interpret and communicate financial data for business reporting and decision-making. The focus is on analysis and problem-solving applications to business where students develop into financial leaders for all types of business.

Program Description:

Turn your love of numbers and balance sheets into a lucrative career. As an accounting student at BVU, you will learn to use your knowledge to advise upper management about important business decisions, assist in maintaining others' financial well being, and gather, track, and project corporate and individual financial status. Completion of BVU’s accounting major will provide you with the background you need to tackle the CPA and CMA.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Public accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Government accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Online
  • Ottumwa
  • Sioux City
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Business foundation courses

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 210 Basic Excel Spreadsheets
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 205 Decision Science Foundations
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 465 Production and Operations Management
  • MGMT 492 Business Policy and Strategy
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • BUSN 496 Business Practicum

Accounting Major Courses

  • ACCT 300 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 405 Auditing
  • ACCT 415 Individual Taxation
  • ACCT 416 Business Taxation

Accounting Other Elective and/or Experiential Courses:

  • ACCT 211 Intermediate Excel Spreadsheets
  • ACCT 212 Advanced Excel Spreadsheets
  • ACCT 390 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • ACCT 413 Advanced Accounting I
  • ACCT 428 Governmental/Nonprofit Accounting
  • ACCT 495 Accounting Internship
  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
  • FNBK 450 Portfolio Management

Accounting - additional courses for CPA candidates

  • ACCT 413 Advanced Accounting I
  • ACCT 428 Governmental/Nonprofit Accounting
  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication

Nebraska CPA candidates should plan to take COMM 230.

Accounting recommended additional courses for CMA candidates

  • FNBK 316 Corporate Finance
  • FNBK 430 Investments or FNBK 450 Portfolio Management
  • FNBK 460 Enterprise Risk Management
Admissions criteria for the Accounting program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Accounting program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

Don't miss the opportunity for financial aid. Fill out the FAFSA at and use BVU's institution code.

The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java ( Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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