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Accounting Major

Study Accounting at Azusa Pacific University

We'll help you graduate with unmatched preparation for the state CPA exam, contacts in the field, and two years of experience on your resume. You'll land internships in local, national, and international CPA firms in over 150 countries worldwide, and you’ll build the competence and character to work as a professional accountant and globally trusted business advisor. You'll understand the principles, theories, and concepts of the accounting profession, as you learn how to identify, analyze, and solve accounting challenges in ways that are practical, effective, and Christ-centered.

Program at a Glance

The LP and Timothy Leung School of Accounting offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in the growing accounting profession.

Upcoming Events

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  • March 8, 2024

Application Deadline

Early Action (Freshmen Only)

  • November 15

Regular Decision

  • March 1 priority application deadline
  • June 1 final deadline
  • August 1 final transfer deadline

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Program Units
70

Location

  • Azusa (Main Campus)

 

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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Advise small businesses to global corporations
  • Verify financial reports
  • Manage money in an organization, from the planning stage to success

By the Numbers

93 % of our domestic students received job offers before graduation
$92K annual mean wage of accountants and auditors in Los Angeles*according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2022
1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide

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Program Details

The BS in Accounting surveys the principles, theories, and concepts of the accounting profession while providing an intense review of the economic, quantitative, and managerial aspects of business. Its practical component leads to work assignments in international, national, and local certified public accountant (CPA) firms in students’ junior and senior years. The combination of classroom theory and real-world experience also prepares candidates for the CPA examination administered by the various state boards of accountancy in the United States.

Browse the tabs below—if you have any questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’re here to help you get the info you need.

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Current APU Students Applying to the School of Business and Management

Currently, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Priority for fall admission to the School of Business and Management will be given to students who have completed 12 units of study at APU and submitted an application for admission to the School of Business and Management prior to the March 1 application deadline, who are currently enrolled in APU’s spring semester, and hold a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.70.
  • MATH 110 College Algebra or MATH 151 Applied Calculus or MATH 161 Calculus must be completed with a B- or better (C- or better for Business Management majors).
  • Upper-division courses (BUSI 300-499) require admission to the School of Business and Management and may not be available to students outside the School of Business and Management, except as required by other majors.

International Students

International students must meet the following requirements:

  • The admission requirement for international students with English as a second language (ESL) is a minimum TOEFL score of 600. The School of Business and Management specifies that the TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE) and TOEFL Test of Spoken English (TSE) be included in the TOEFL assessment score since these are critical to the success in business.
  • Priority for fall admission to the School of Business and Management will be given to students who have completed 12 units of study at APU and submitted an application for admission to the School of Business and Management prior to the March 1 application deadline, who are currently enrolled in APU’s spring semester, and hold a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.70.
  • MATH 110 College Algebra or MATH 151 Applied Calculus or MATH 161 Calculus must be completed with a B- or better (C- or better for Business Management majors).
  • Upper-division courses (BUSI 300-499) require admission to the School of Business and Management and may not be available to students outside the School of Business and Management, except as required by other majors.

To learn more, visit apu.edu/international/.

Transfer Students

  • Transfer applicants must make an appointment with a School of Business and Management academic advisor prior to enrolling in BUSI courses.

To learn more, visit apu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/transfer/.

The School of Accounting offers Leung Scholarships to all undergraduate students based on academic standing (GPA) and enrollment in Intermediate Accounting I or II.

How to Apply

Students may apply to the Leung Scholarship as incoming first-year students, transfer students, or second- or third-year APU students. Since enrolling in Intermediate Accounting I is required for consideration, most students will be sophomores or in their second year to qualify for the scholarship. Applications (via Google Form) are emailed to all students enrolled in Intermediate Accounting I or II at the start of every spring semester. Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance, level of Intermediate Accounting course enrolled and/or taken, and professional goals and aspirations.

Disbursement

Once the student’s financial aid file is complete, the award usually disburses into the student’s APU account during the first month of the semester (first half of the award in fall, the second half in spring), or later depending on when documentation is received.

Renewability

The scholarship must be reapplied for every fiscal year and is not renewable.

To Retain Eligibility

Students must reapply every fiscal year and meet the Tier I and II requirements

Additional Financial Aid Opportunities

You might think that a private college education is beyond your reach, but there are many financial resources available to help make an Azusa Pacific education a reality. APU students may take advantage of three basic types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

Net Price Calculator

We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience, and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

Now that you’re familiar with the financial aid opportunities available to APU students, it’s time to estimate what your true cost may be to attend Azusa Pacific. Remember, estimations are only as accurate as the information you provide.

To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)

Featured Faculty

Stephanie Geter

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Assistant Professor

Paul Anderson

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APU's Leung School of Accounting Students Offer Free Tax Services Through VITA

APU accounting students offer free tax filing services for community members through the VITA program.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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