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A Degree in Business Administration - Public Accounting

Business Administration (Public Accounting) Degree

Public Accounting Degree Program

Take your math and analytical skills to the next level. With the public accounting degree program, you can use your skills and interests to serve the public. Become a public accountant that everyone trusts, and you’ll be sought out time after time. After you get your business administration - public accounting degree from Wayne State, you’ll be prepared to sit for the CPA exam in Nebraska (and most other states), which you must pass in order to officially become a CPA (certified public accountant). Your educational experiences at Wayne State will provide you with a solid foundation in the technical areas of accounting, taxes, and auditing, and they will help you understand what the numbers mean. You’ll learn how to suggest business strategies to implement, how to identify financial statement deficiencies or accounting system inefficiencies, and how to assess fraud risks. Our aim is to develop graduates who are able to see the big picture, but who do not neglect the importance of detail. Class activities and project-based learning provide you opportunities to use technology, solve problems creatively, prioritize to meet deadlines, and work effectively in teams. Through our public accounting degree program, Wayne State strives to build polished professionals of high integrity for placement in business, public accounting firms, governmental entities, or non-profit organizations.

Sample Program of Study

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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., B.S.

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

Popular pairings: Economics, Finance, Spanish

Popular minors: Management Information Systems

School: Business and Technology

Department:  Business and Economics

Accreditation: International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)

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 public accounting degree program at Wayne State College.

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.

public accounting degree skills

Skills Learned

  • Financial analysis, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Understanding and generating financial reports
  • Income tax laws as they relate to businesses, estates, trusts, etc.
  • Fundamentals required to prepare income tax returns
  • Tax research and planning methods
  • Familiarity with audits and assurance services
  • Risk analysis, evaluation, and response to deficiencies
  • Business management and leadership
  • Legal and ethical standards of business
  • Principles of business marketing
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Oral and written communication
  • Computer literacy and competency
  • Organization and time management


public accounting careers

Possible Careers

  • Certified public accountant (CPA)
  • Tax preparer
  • Accounting systems specialist
  • Accounting clerk
  • Financial advisor
  • Auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Fraud investigator
  • Risk management specialist
  • Budget analyst
  • Bookkeeper
  • Controller
  • Chief financial officer

employers of public accounting majors


  • Accounting firms
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Private organizations
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Auditing companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Law firms
  • Banking and financial institutions
  • Self-employment


Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 92% of the full-time faculty in this department holding the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

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

public accounting degree clubs

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.

public accounting major activities


  • Business Competition Day – Show your leadership skills by helping to facilitate and judge this annual competition, where hundreds of students from Nebraska and Iowa high schools compete for a chance to win scholarships.
  • Executive in Residence - Meet corporate pros at this annual event and address real-world concerns, including topics such as business ethics, corporate culture, leadership, and the changing world of business.
  • 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 - public accounting 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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