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Cynthia Firey Eakin, PhD
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Accounting
Eberhardt School of Business
3601 Pacific Avenue
Weber Hall Suite 208
Stockton, CA 95211

Accounting Programs

To meet today's growing need for accounting professionals, and to meet the increased education requirements for CPA licensure in California, the Eberhardt School of Business offers three accounting programs.

Master of Accounting
The Master of Accounting is a 30 semester hour graduate degree for early-career accounting professionals or recent graduates who possess an undergraduate degree in accounting and wish to apply for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to advanced courses in financial accounting, auditing, federal income tax, financial statement analysis, and accounting research techniques, the program includes seven units of ethics-related coursework, including a course on Ethics for the Professional Accountant. To enhance the management potential of its graduates, the program also requires courses in leadership, negotiation, and corporate social responsibility. Graduate students who do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting are able to complete the Master of Accounting in two years, and in most instances will qualify for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a four-year degree that includes study of all functional areas of accounting including financial, managerial, cost, and federal income tax accounting. The program also includes courses in accounting information systems and auditing. Graduates of the program are fully prepared to enter accounting careers in the corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit areas. The program consists of 128 semester hours of coursework and positions those graduates who desire licensure as Certified Public Accountants to continue their studies.

Dual-Degree Program in Accounting
The Dual-Degree program in Accounting is a five-year accelerated program that culminates with the simultaneous award of the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the Master of Accounting degrees. The two degrees will be awarded on the basis of 150 semester hours. Completing the Dual-Degree Program in Accounting will satisfy California's accounting education requirements, and will meet the 150 semester hour requirement in most other states and territories.