We support full-time adult students and part-time adult students. Catawba's business degree is flexible to match your schedule and your career goals. You can go to school year round, or take the summer off. You can also take a month off during a semester, and still be a full-time student for financial aid. Our adult business program is designed to give you valuable skills and a strong resume for career advancement. Our Office of Career Services can assist you with your resume to showcase your current employment and your coursework.
Professional Accounting Degree Concentration - Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
earn your accounting degree with maximum flexibility.
Accounting degree graduates enter a growing job market with high income potential. Catawba College's working adult student accounting graduates combine accounting skills and business management skills, making you highly desired by industry, and leading to outstanding career options in high-paying job markets.
The Professional Accounting degree program at Catawba enables busy working adults to be enrolled as full-time students while attending hybrid classes with face-to-face meetings on Thursday evening plus and one Monday evening per month. If you prefer more flexibility, you can complete this degree fully online from any place with internet access — work, home, hotel, your favorite coffee shop, and in between your children's games.
the bachelor of business administration degree in professional accounting
The Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Professional Accounting at Catawba College is all about increasing career options. When asked “What can I do with an accounting degree” the answer is just about anything in any company in any location. Every organization uses accounting. The accounting degree graduate has extensive career options from small local private firms to large international public companies.
Professional Accounting graduates from Catawba College will be prepared for high-level management careers that often start in the accounting department and lead to broader levels of responsibility. You will receive a broad exposure to many areas of business, including management, ethics, economics, and strategy, and additional finance, advanced accounting and auditing. This preparation is perfect for both corporate accounting careers as well as CPA-oriented careers.
Many Professional Accounting students add the Information Systems concentration to increase their expertise in how data and technology processes support security, efficiency, and profitability. Audit work involves understanding data access and security of data processes and internal accounting control systems. Monitoring technology investments is often the responsibility of the accounting department. Combining these fields can yield a powerful resume. Even better, the additional technology concentration can often be completed by replacing electives with technology courses — so you graduate on time with two areas of expertise. This dual-concentration of accounting and technology can be used to earn credit hours required for the CPA exam.
admission requirements for professional accounting
This degree requires an Associates in Applied Science in Accounting for admission. Applicants who have not yet completed the AAS in Accounting should contact us for information on how and when to apply for the maximum credit transfer and the fastest path to graduation. If you are seeking 150 credit hours for the CPA exam, we can advise you on that as well.
professional accounting career forecast
Catawba's Professional Accounting graduates work in local and regional accounting firms providing tax, accounting, and audit services, provide managerial decision-making using a knowledge of tax and capital management, and manage accounting departments. Our faculty are practicing accountants who can bring anonymous client work into the classroom to show you how concepts in the textbook are applied in the real word. They specialize in the healthcare industry, manufacturing, and service industries — virtually any place you are likely to work.
Graduates in the Professional Accounting program at Catawba College become team leaders, managers, directors, and vice presidents. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree provides the working adult student a broad base of the knowledge in all areas of business, to add to your accounting knowledge, preparing you to make important decisions to help your organization reach its objectives. A graduate who only knows one function of a business has limited potential; a graduate who knows all functions of a business has unlimited potential.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in the accounting and auditing occupations to increase by approximately 10% through the year 2026, which is remarkable growth for a career field that has existed for over 100 years. The working adult student with an accounting degree already has work experience, so your resume becomes a powerful asset in your career search.
professional accounting degree PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
The Professional Accounting degree program at Catawba College is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), meaning the courses we teach, the way we teach them, and the resources we provide to students in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business adhere to business world best practices. It also means that our faculty constant assess and improve their teaching styles and their curricula to stay in sync with the latest trends and cycles in business.
Unlike the big online programs at big schools, the evening degree program at Catawba College is a high-touch environment. We combine online work with weekly face-to-face faculty time because you want that expertise from a mentor and coach. If you want fully online courses, we have those as well — with faculty who are chosen based on their commitment to being accessible to the working adult student with many responsibilities. Our faculty respond to you by email, text, chats, virtual office hours, and cell phones. Their goal is to help you succeed by providing new knowledge and skills that you can take into the workplace right away. Some adult students are nervous about returning to school after 10 or more years. Many of our faculty were adult students so we understand that, and we are here to help.
Many of our faculty are highly experienced working professionals who bring their specific expertise into the classroom. This provides you with real and often currently active problems and challenges in the workplace. These examples can be dissected and discussed in class, with solutions that can be implemented tomorrow at your place of employment. For example, one of our Information Systems professors, Dr. Pamela Thompson, is conducting research on shark attacks in North Carolina using data analytics models you will learn and master in her courses. These models are used to identify trends such as shopping and buying patterns of your current and potential customers.
We believe in small class size; our biggest classes have 24 students. We value personal attention because you value personal attention. You are never left to learn on your own; our faculty are your partners throughout your business degree.
In addition to focused technology courses, the Information Systems degree concentration program concludes with a capstone simulation experience where you operate a virtual business for a semester. You will make strategic and operational decisions in marketing, production, and budgeting. This interactive gaming experience allows you to “put it all together” and hone your new knowledge and skills in a challenging yet safe learning environment. If you miss your forecast, the instructor coaches and mentors you before the next decisions. The result is an opportunity to test your ideas without the risk that comes on the job.
Catawba College helps busy working adults in Charlotte maintain full-time employment and earn their Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the same time through flexible evening and online classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).
fun fact: we are transfer-friendly
In 2017, 100% of our adult graduates had transfer credits from at least one other institution and most had attended more than two other schools before graduating from Catawba College. We are intensely friendly to transfer students and we are a place busy adult come to finish their bachelor’s degree.
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