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Accounting

The world needs numbers people. At Cornerstone University, you will learn how to become an ethical, knowledgeable accounting professional. You will have professors who have worked in their field coaching and training you. You will have peers who strive alongside you each and every day. And you’ll graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of numbers.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Business Division

Format

  • Residential

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Of our accounting graduates from the class of 2018 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

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Your Vocation

Accounting professionals are always in high demand. They are the people who see numbers as living, moving things and are able to capture data and solve problems effortlessly. In the accounting program at Cornerstone, you will dive tirelessly into the realm of tax preparation, budgeting and financial consulting.

The accounting program at Cornerstone prepares you to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and begin the process to become licensed; the state of Michigan requires 150 credit hours to become a CPA. We have also partnered with the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, which will give you the opportunity to take the exam in sections and earn graduate credit hours.

You have the aptitude to become an accounting professional, and we’ll get you there through a rigorous program, generous support and ceaseless training.

Careers

Graduates from the accounting program go on to become CPAs, financial analysts, auditors and more. They serve across communities in various capacities, providing financial literacy and clarity to corporations and nonprofits alike.

Opportunities

  • Financial manager
  • Auditor
  • Production manager
  • Personal financial planner
  • Tax preparer
  • Manufacturing accountant
  • Certified management accountant
  • Certified public accountant

Internships

Cornerstone has partnered with national organizations that look for accounting students with an aptitude for getting ahead. You will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of how your skills operate in the workplace.

Opportunities

  • American Village Builders
  • AMST Inc
  • Universal Forest Products
  • Meijer
  • VITA Collegiate Partnership of West Michigan

Course List

The accounting program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes. Select a sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in accounting.

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ACC-221 Accounting I

An introduction to the fundamental principles of financial accounting. Accounting cycle, asset valuation, short-term liabilities, payroll, income determination and financial reporting are emphasized.

ACC-222 Accounting II

A continuation of ACC-221 and managerial accounting topics. Long-term liabilities, owner’s equity, cash flow and interpretation of financial statements. Cost accounting and managerial accounting and analysis will be introduced.

ACC-321 Intermediate Accounting I

The practice and theory of accounting as applied to assets and liabilities. Emphasis on developing analytical abilities and applying accounting principles to a wide variety of business situations.

ACC-322 Intermediate Accounting II

The practice and theory of accounting as applied to stockholders’ equity, leases, pensions, revenue recognition, tax allocation and financial reporting and analysis.

ACC-327 Taxation

Federal income tax structure as related to individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Problems intended to provide an understanding of the theory, law and regulations.

ACC-331 Cost Accounting

Accounting functions in the manufacturing environment. Product costing, overhead cost analysis, standard costs, activity based costing, variance analysis, contribution accounting, flexible budgeting and responsibility center accounting.

ACC-332 Accounting Information Systems

Students will learn to apply their knowledge about accounting transactions to various accounting information systems. Topics will include the sources of accounting data, entry, processing, storage and output. Students will be able to identify various internal controls throughout the flow. The need for and control of changes in accounting systems will be analyzed.

ACC-380 Internship

This course will be aimed at practical work experience in a business setting. Students will have opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to business world situations in accounting.

ACC-421 Advanced Accounting

A study of specialized accounting topics. Emphasis is placed on accounting for business combinations. Additional topics include partnerships, governmental, nonprofit organizations, estates and trusts and accounting procedures for insolvency.

ACC-423 Auditing

Functions of financial audits and auditors’ reports, audit evidence and techniques, internal control review and evaluation, application to selected financial statement topics, applications of statistics, audit of EDP systems, auditors’ ethical and legal responsibilities.

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Program Features

Off-Campus Study Opportunities

As a Cornerstone business student, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Dubai and the Netherlands. While there, you will learn how to combine your faith with business in the global marketplace.

Master of Business Administration 4+1 Program

Cornerstone accounting majors have the opportunity to qualify for advanced standing in our Master of Business Administration 4+1 program. This gives you the option to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years.

Accreditation

CU is dedicated to continuously improving our academic programs to provide you with the skills needed to reach your career goals. Signifying this, our bachelor’s and master’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our accounting program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

My professors prepared me for entering the business world upon graduation. We analyzed real-world situations and real-life applications from a Christian perspective that I will take with me in my career.

Danielle DeVerna (’16)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

All business programs at Cornerstone are infused with biblical principles and ethics along with a comprehensive understanding of financial literacy. Take a look at some of the other programs provided by the Business Division.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.