Accounting, B.S.

CBU accounting majors receive a foundation in economics, finance, business law, ethics and — of course — accounting, all with a decidedly Christian worldview. 

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Program Intro

Accountants help people and businesses thrive by crunching numbers and advising their clients on how to be more profitable. CBU's accounting coursework provides students with the skills for a successful career and the knowledge necessary to successfully complete the CPA and CMA exams. The stability of an accounting career can be an asset in today’s not-so-reliable job market.

69 Units

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14 Required Business Courses
9 Required Accounting Courses

Why Study Accounting at CBU?

Receive personal attention from faculty

Accounting professors strive to know each student individually. They have years of practical experience in the industry and use real-life accounting issues in the classroom. Our “hands on” approach means students perform the analysis and work that would be expected in the business environment.

Join a community of accountants

Students can join the on-campus Accounting Society or the state-wide California Society of CPAs to not only enjoy a fun social experience with other like-minded people but to learn networking, recruiting and business skills.

Become part of a legacy of professionals

Some of the highly respected firms that have actively recruited and hired our graduates include the “Big Four” — Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG and PwC—as well as several mid-sized regional and local CPA firms. CPA firms who have hired our students state that they are better prepared for the workplace than those from other institutions throughout Southern California.

What You'll Learn

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Program Details

ACC 330: Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

Covers municipal, school, university, hospital, church, and other forms of governmental and nonprofit organizational accounting.

ACC 470: Auditing

A study of the attest function performed by independent public accountants. Various techniques are used to study auditing concepts and practices.

ACC 480: Accounting Ethics

This course focuses on the ethical and professional responsibilities of CPAs in public and private practice.

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Julie Browning, Ph.D.,

Professor of Accounting

Office Phone: 951-343-4790
Office Location: SBUS 234

Ellen Kaminski, D.B.A.

Associate Professor of Business

Office Phone: 951-552-8777
Office Location: BUS 224

CBU’s Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

ACBSP Accredited Program



I chose to study accounting because it is very satisfying to be able to work hard and have a tangible product at the end of the day. I have been working at a firm as an intern for two years now. I have been able to see the application of almost everything taught in classes so far. I have grown so much throughout my time in the CBU accounting program. I would not trade my time or money spent here for anything in the world.

Mark TerBest '18

Leilani Salter

I chose accounting as my major after I took Principles 1 and just fell in love with it. It’s difficult and challenging but once I get to the end and find the answer it is so satisfying and I feel very accomplished. I have always loved math so this really fit perfectly for me and my personality. Accounting is kind of like law—it’s competitive and elite. It is a rewarding field of study and has become more of a passion and something fun I get to do.

Leilani Salter '19

Jared Baumer

I hope to use my degree to build a successful career in business. I love all of my professors, they have pushed me to go outside my comfort zone. In this program, I’ve learned to stand up for and develop a stronger faith in the workforce.

Jared Baumer '18


Being in this program gave me confidence to push myself and come out with a feeling of accomplishment time and time again. I was able to grow as a person in the sense that my confidence in my future career was established.

Tim Tait '12

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Christopher Smith

My major in accounting has helped me obtain a position with the fifth largest accountancy network firm in the world. I always had a passion for math and numbers but knew I was not interested in teaching math. Accounting clicked for me right away, and I knew this was the path for me.

Christopher Smith '13

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Career Possibilities

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 4 percent from 2022 to 2032, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accountant majors can also apply their field of study to a variety of other careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Tax Professional
  • Financial Regulation and Compliance Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Manager

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Join our community. At CBU, you’ll be challenged to become an individual whose skills, integrity, and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish you in the world.