AccountingBachelor of Science

The art of numbers.

The accounting degree for returning undergraduates concentrates on core accounting and business theory with special attention to decision making and situational analysis.

Start your future in accounting.

Program Highlights

Real-world knowledge. Supportive learning.

The adult undergraduate accounting program includes core accounting, business theory, financial accounting curriculum in taxation, auditing and research with a focus on responsibility, ethics and critical thinking.

Academic Resources

Access to library and academic support services

Accelerated Degree

This program is designed for students who are interested in an accelerated undergraduate bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Passionate Faculty

Faculty members are practicing accountants and coursework has specifically been designed to provide the foundational elements of accounting while incorporating the virtues of a liberal arts education.

Past Success Stories

Recent graduates of the adult accounting program are currently employed at Flint Hills Resources, the Coleman Company and Via Christi Health, among other locations.

Advanced Opportunities

Students will learn how to interpret and apply the concepts of accounting, reporting, auditing and federal taxation. It is designed for students who wish to work in the accounting field within public and private firms.

Career Services

Helpful career guidance

“Completing my degree has always been a goal of mine and is the one thing in my life that I started but never finished. Thank goodness for Friends University in southwest Kansas!”

Brent Merz, Accounting

“My decision to attend Friends University outreach program in Garden City was the best ever. As a non-traditional student I get to pursue my dreams and take classes with a college that values God and His principles.”

Susan Dreilling, Accounting, Garden City

Accounting Program Study Areas

The bachelor of science in accounting degree enables students to apply fundamental principles of accounting and finance. 

Main areas of study include :

  • Accounting concepts
  • Business theory and application
  • Methods for appraising organization performance
  • Federal taxation and auditing
  • Accounting information systems
  • Leadership and ethics

It is recognized that students desiring to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA) must complete 150 credits and a specified set of courses. In most cases, students working toward meeting the CPA requirements will combine a 124-credit undergraduate degree with a graduate degree program, a second degree or additional hours leading to a certification. This degree also preps students with the minimum requirements for a certification in certified management accounting (CMA).

The adult undergraduate accounting degree program is offered in on our campus in Wichita. Please contact an Admissions Counselor at 316-295-5300 or learn@friends.edu for more details.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and use of the four financial statements (Income, Equity, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow).
  • Demonstrate the ability to research, prepare, analyze and review financial and business data to produce documents and reports used in accounting.
  • Demonstrate understanding of managerial accounting techniques for decision making.
  • Demonstrate skills in the use of current technologies and analytical tools to perform business functions and facilitate decision-making.

What can you do with an Accounting Degree?

An accounting major can work for companies that range in size from a sole practitioner to small partnerships to national and international firms. Accounting careers include jobs that involve extensive interpersonal contact, as well as those that involve very little. Other careers could be in the fields of financial planning and investment analysis. Some of our recent graduates are currently working at: Wolters Kluwer, J.R. Koonts Flowers, Cornejo & Sons and Cox Machine, Inc.

Featured Faculty

Stacy White

Stacy White

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • B.S., M.Acc., Kansas State University

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