Wayne State College
A Degree in Business Administration - Public Accounting

Professional Accountancy Degree Program

Professional Accountancy Degree Program

If you are looking for a future in professional accounting, you can build a solid foundation in this field at Wayne State. The Professional Accountancy degree program will lead you to master a variety of accounting topics, helping you reach the top in the professional accounting career field. You’ll learn how to use technology to analyze data and discover insights that businesses need to make good decisions. You’ll practice suggesting and implementing business and income tax strategies, learn how to recognize financial statement deficiencies, and discover how to identify accounting information system inefficiencies. You might even assess the risk of financial fraud. At Wayne State, we strive to cultivate polished professionals of high integrity for placement in business, public accounting firms, governmental entities, or non-profit organizations. While this program does not provide all of the educational requirements necessary to become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), it is an effective pre-licensure program for those who decide to pursue this certification after completing their undergraduate degree.

Sample Program of Study


99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A. or B.S. in Business Administration/Professional Accountancy

Hours required:
57 hours for concentration
30 hours in general education

Popular pairings: Economics Degree Program, Finance Degree Program, Management Degree Program

Popular minors: Criminal Justice, Economics, Management Information Systems, Spanish,

School: Business and Technology

Department:  Business and Economics

Accreditation: International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)

Licensure: Wayne State College’s Business Administration major with a Professional Accountancy concentration is considered a pre-licensure program. It does not include all of the educational requirements necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The courses in this program may be used in combination with other degree programs or individual courses to meet CPA licensing requirements.

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for the Professional Accountancy degree program at Wayne State College.

Join the Nebraska Society of CPAs

Students in the Professional Accountancy degree program at Wayne State College can join the Nebraska Society of CPAs at no cost as a student affiliate.

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Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world in the Professional Accountancy degree program.

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Skills Learned

  • Financial analysis, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Understanding and generating financial reports
  • Fundamentals required to prepare tax returns
  • Tax research and planning methods
  • Familiarity with audits and assurance services
  • Internal control, evaluation, and handling deficiencies
  • Business management and leadership
  • Legal and ethical standards of business
  • Principles of business marketing
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Fraud examination

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Possible Careers

  • CPA
  • Tax preparer and consultant
  • Accounting systems specialist
  • Chief financial officer
  • Financial advisor
  • Auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Fraud investigator
  • Risk management specialist
  • Budget analyst
  • Internal auditor
  • Controller

employers of public accounting majors


  • CPA firms
  • Businesses corporations
  • Private organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Software/tech companies
  • Hospitals / medical clinics
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Law firms
  • Banks / financial institutions
  • Self-employment

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished professionals that have been recognized as experts in their fields. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Professional Accountancy degree program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in the Professional Accountancy degree program by participating in clubs, organizations, internships, and more.

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Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

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  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
public accounting degree internships


We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating with a Business Administration - Professional Accountancy degree. You are not required to complete an internship; however, Career Services is available to help you find internship and employment opportunities if you wish to do so.

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