ACCOUNTING

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What makes our program unique?

Accountants play a vital role in the business world as they examine and measure the results of activities, both past and potential, and then communicate that information to management, investors, creditors, clients, employees, and regulatory agencies.

The program at the University of Providence offers students an opportunity to study from faculty who have real-world experiences that they bring to the classroom. The faculty is known in the community and continues to grow their network of professionals who offer internships that allow students to explore the accounting field and apply the knowledge they are gaining in the classroom. With small classroom sizes, the students have access to the faculty for career guidance and development.

The accounting major provides students the educational background necessary for lifelong achievement and a rewarding career in the accounting profession.

4 + 1 Accounting Program

The University of Providence is proud to now offer four-plus-one accounting program! The new Master of Science in Accounting program can be completed entirely online in five semesters, with the first two semesters beginning during a student’s senior year of the undergraduate program at UP. This allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in a traditional four-year, campus based setting. Then they can complete the 30-credit Master of Science in Accounting degree in only one additional year – from anywhere in the US. Check out the Master of Science in Accounting page to learn more.

Learning Objectives

The curriculum offered blends the conceptual and practical aspects of accounting. Exposure to the underlying conceptual framework of accounting provides a basis of dealing with emerging accounting issues, while examination of technical pronouncements enables students to gain insight into practical issues encountered in an accounting environment. The curriculum strives to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Career Preparation

The degree programs offered at the University of Providence will prepare students for a wide variety of jobs available in the business world. Students will receive the skills needed to seek professional certifications to work in the public accounting fields, as well as private industry, including not-for-profit and government entities. Credentials that students may qualify to test for include CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accounting), CFM (Certified in Financial Management), and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor).

The accounting major provides the educational foundation to prepare graduates for successful careers in audit, assurance, tax preparation and planning, managerial accounting, financial planning, forensic accounting, and consulting.

Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Minors

The minor in accounting offers students an opportunity to gain an understanding the role accounting plays in the business world today. The accounting minor compliments many majors well, as it enables students to better to connect occurrences in the business world with the financial or accounting related consequences.

Student Stories

“The UP [formerly University of Great Falls] accounting program provides the perfect balance of experienced and qualified professors with small class sizes. This affords a level of one on one interaction and flexibility, which is lacking in larger programs. The faculty have a real heart for their students and make themselves available to help students navigate the challenges and reap the benefits of higher education.”
Mike Bedford, CPA,

The UP (formerly the University of Great Falls) accounting program provided me the necessary technical and professional skills to succeed in public accounting and pursue my CPA. Public accounting requires a diverse knowledge base, including financial accounting, tax and audit. The UP accounting department provided me with the necessary foundation and exposure to have a successful career in accounting.”
-Josh Tierney

“The accounting department is dedicated to the success of its students by providing opportunities for professional development and internships.”
-Tiffany Marks

Alumni Achievements

Our students are in rewarding careers and internships in public accounting, industry, governmental and not-for-profit accounting. Currently a UP student is serving in an internship with the FBI.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application for admission. There is a $50 application fee for graduate programs. If you are a University of Providence or UGF alum, please contact us to inquire about an application fee waiver.
  2. Request official transcripts from every school you’ve attended since high school. Ask that transcripts be sent directly to:
    Admissions Office
    University of Providence
    1301 20th Street South
    Great Falls MT 59405
  3. Upload a personal statement to the application portal addressing the following: In one page, please explain how this degree program will benefit you personally and professionally in your current and/or future career.
  4. Upload a current resume to the application portal.

Faculty

Zeffarie Heaton
Tami Park