Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Accounting degree program introduced at Peirce

Peirce is keeping a finger on the pulse of job trends in the Philadelphia region. Why does this matter so much to us? Because it matters to our students who are trying to find a new career. On that note, I have some more good news on the job front.

The changing landscape of financial regulation and increased scrutiny of financial reporting and accounting practices in general means a higher demand for accountants, auditors, and related occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the accounting profession is expected to see much faster than average employment growth due to these changes.

Understanding the region’s employment outlook allows us to provide the corresponding education that prepares Peirce students to capitalize on those opportunities. That’s why in addition to our recently launched healthcare degree programs, which will put the 45,000 healthcare jobs headed to this region in reach of our graduates, we’re further expanding our degree program offerings with a new Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

Peirce’s new Accounting degree program is designed to prepare graduates for employment with corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations in what continues to be a stable, in-demand profession.

This isn’t new to us. Peirce previously offered an Accounting concentration within the Business Administration program, which was one of the largest accounting programs in the region (by number of enrolled students). The new degree provides an option for business students who want to focus solely on accounting. Graduates will depart with the education and credits necessary to sit for the CPA exam in Pennsylvania, as well as the CIA, CMA, and CFE exams, or to study at the graduate-degree level in accounting, business, and finance.

The Accounting program is available both online and on campus. Accelerated, seven-week classes will begin each month.

A full news release detailing the new Accounting degree program was distributed on Business Wire.