Accounting, often called the “language of business,” provides necessary information for making business decisions. The ability to interpret and analyze financial information makes accounting professionals trusted advisers to companies and clients. They help monitor finances and chart courses for the business’s future.


Is a degree in accounting for me?

For individuals desiring to make professional contributions to key decisions in an organization, this is the perfect role. Accountants add value every day to all the various functions in an organization.


What will I learn as an accounting major?

An accountant’s main responsibilities include auditing, tax services and manage-ment consulting. Accountants who work in corporations make sure the finances and operations of their particular companies are in order, and their practices comply with company policies and government regulations. Government agencies also hire many accountants to perform similar duties as their counterparts employed in public accounting firms and private corporations; however, government agencies also hire forensic accountants, who use their accounting skills to investigate potential theft and fraud. Some accountants, after passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, open their own practices and provide their services to smaller companies and their communities.


CPA examination

The Haile/US Bank College of Business provides tremendous opportunity for those seeking to be CPAs. To sit for the CPA examination students must complete 150 hours of course credit. Students can earn the B.S.B.A. with 120 hours of course credit, and add 30 more hours to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree concurrently. Additionally, course work prepares students to take the CPA examination through Becker CPA Preparation training, considered the gold standard in the field.


Almuni Spotlight

“The education I received from at NKU was all that I had hoped for and more. I appreciated that professors had actual work experience which they drew upon to make their lessons more engaging and easier to understand. I’ve been privileged to maintain relationships with several of my professors, each of whom have regularly encouraged me in my progression through my career in public accounting. Since graduating, I have continuously advised anyone I know who is interested in obtaining a degree in business or accounting to do so at NKU."

Megan N. Tringale, '07
International Tax Director

Job Outlook

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Demand for accountants may lead to good prospects for entry-level positions. Those who have earned professional recognition, especially as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), should have the best prospects.

Department Contact Information

Jillian Ross
Academic Coordinator,
Department of Accounting & Business Law
(859) 572-6526

Career Paths

Graduates in this major have a variety of career options such as:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • International Tax Manager
  • Finance Director
  • Corporate Controller
  • Cost Accountant Manager
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Compliance Officer