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Program Description

No matter the industry, there will always be a strong need for professionals who know how to prepare and examine financial records.

Centenary University’s Accounting program is perfect for students interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) — the top certifications in the world of accounting and finance.

In fact, Centenary offers an innovative 150-credit dual major in Accounting and Business Administration: Finance. This program allows motivated students to complete the requirements for CPA licensure in just four years, saving time and money.

Our curriculum is designed to prepare you to sit for the CPA exam in New Jersey. Introductory courses focus on basic accounting principles. Advanced courses cover topics such as cost accounting, tax accounting, governmental accounting, and auditing.



To earn a B.S. in Accounting, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

  • General Education courses
  • Business core courses (39 credits)
  • Accounting courses (27 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.


Business Core:

  • AC171 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
  • AC172 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
  • EC181 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • EC182 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • IS224 Computing & Information Systems in Business (3)
  • BU121 Quantitative Business Concepts (3)*
  • BU211 Business Law (3)
  • BU213 Management Theory & Organizational Behavior (3)
  • BU221 Business Statistics & Probability (3)
  • BU241 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • BU335 Financial Management I (3)
  • BU491 Business Strategies & Policy (3)
  • BU450 Internship & Career Preparation (1)
  • BU451 Internship (2+)


  • AC272 Intermediate Accounting I (3)
  • AC273 Intermediate Accounting II (3)
  • BU319 Business & Professional Ethics (3)
  • AC371 Accounting Information Systems (3)
  • AC372 Cost Accounting & Budgetary Control (3)
  • AC471 Individual Federal Taxation (3)
  • AC472 Entity Federal Taxation (3)
  • AC473 Fund & Advanced Accounting (3)
  • AC478 Auditing, Attestation & Corporate Governance (3)

*BU121 may be waived if the student has achieved a B or better in MA107, MA109, MA110, or MA115.

Internships & Jobs

Requirements for completion of an internship:

  1. Discuss your intent to pursue an internship with your academic advisor and identify a faculty internship course instructor (which can be the internship coordinator, your advisor, or another School of Business and Digital Media full-time faculty member). Note that for most students, the requirement is to complete a 2-credit internship in your major and concentration, which involves 70 to 90 hours of career-type work with the company or organization at which you are interning.
  2. Complete the electronic Bus School INTERNSHIP Registration form found on http://www.collegecentral.com/georgian under the EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING tab .
  3. The dean’s office will notify the Office of the Registrar and you will be registered for the internship. You will receive notification via GCU e-mail that it has been processed.
  4. During the internship:
    • Maintain a weekly journal of hours worked, tasks performed, and personal reflections.
    • Regularly review your progress with your faculty internship course instructor and employer.
    • During the last week of the internship, please be sure you to return to College Central Network and complete the Bus School for Credit Internship COMPLETION form.  Advise your site supervisor that an electronic Intern Evaluation form will be sent to them and ask them to please complete it promptly.
  5. At the completion of the internship, submit a 1,500- to 2,000-word paper to the faculty internship course instructor containing:
    • an overview of the enterprise sponsoring the internship, including history, scope, mission, organizational structure, and clients;
    • your job description, including your interactions as an intern with others in the company, office, or organization;
    • how you achieved your learning objectives, including GCU courses and other skills you were able to apply; and
    • a self-reflection on the impact of the internship on your career choice, goals, and plans.

Financial Aid

Being able to pay for attending college is no easy task. Located in the Seay Building, the Office of Financial Aid offers assistance to you and your parents to ensure that you have the financial resources to focus on your education.