Public Accounting

Earn your CPA with Avila

Grounded in the fundamentals, the Avila Public Accounting B.S. major will prepare you for the CPA examination or work in public, corporate, governmental, or non-profit accounting. When you graduate, you’ll understand how bookkeeping, financial planning, and document preparation fit within the modern data-driven workplace. In tandem with our comprehensive Liberal Arts curriculum, you’ll be the prepared, well-rounded candidate employers seek out.

Small class sizes and individualized instruction set Avila apart from other programs. You’ll work one-on-one with your professors—not a T.A.—to solve any challenges you face in or out of the classroom. If you already know you want to take the CPA exam, the Public Accounting program, in tandem with Avila’s M.B.A. program in Accounting, will help you satisfy the required 150 hours you’ll need in Kansas and Missouri. Throw in our guaranteed undergraduate internship or research experience, and you’ll graduate ready to make your mark.

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CHOOSE YOUR PATH. Depending on your interests, Avila offers both a Bachelor of Science with a major in Public Accounting or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. The B.S. in Public Accounting is for those who intend to sit for the CPA examination or work in public accounting..
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Are you interested in public accounting?

Avila B.S. in public accounting graduates are pursuing careers as:

  • Certified Public Accountants
  • Certified Financial Analysts
  • Certified Internal Auditors

Avila B.S. in Public Accounting graduates enter the job market with a lot of options:

  • Corporate accounting
  • Non-profit management
  • Government tax examination
  • Auditing consultants

Transferring to Avila?

We work with you to make the most of your transfer credits so you’re on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

An Environment to Enhance your Education

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Center for Student Excellence

If you need help in the classroom, help with your schedule, finding a counselor, or career services help, the Slepitza Center for Student Excellence (SCSE) is here. Your success is what makes Avila special. The SCSE makes your move into college smoother and can assist you throughout your college journey.

4+1 MBA Degree Option

Earn your Bachelor’s degree and MBA together

Interested in earning your MBA faster? The Avila School of Business offers an early admission option to outstanding business students. This option allows you to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years. Students are eligible to apply after completion of at least 55 credit hours. Once in, you can begin taking graduate-level courses after 75 credit hours are earned.

“coming to college out of high school, I was more of a quiet person. At Avila, I’ve learned to be more of a leader and know how I want to be seen in a professional way. “

Shawna Westphal / ’13


Avila University School of Business, Whitfield Center
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-3720

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