Financial Accounting

Concentration Based on CPA Model

ThePitt-Johnstown financial accounting concentration is based upon the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) model.


Students complete basic intermediate-level courses, various electives, and are encouraged to expand their basic knowledge of financial accounting and reporting to other areas of accounting.

These areas include:

  • individual taxation
  • business taxation
  • government and nonprofit accounting
  • accounting information systems
  • advanced accounting topics (i.e. consolidations, partnerships) and
  • business law topics

Students acquire real-world skills and experience, and may choose from multiple career options upon graduation.

The faculty blends classroom experience with real-world expertise within the changing business and technical environment.

The accounting department has been successful in placing students with the Department of Army, Department of Navy, Big-Four CPA firms, National, Regional and Local CPA firms, Pa Department of Revenue, PA Civil Service, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, manufacturers, retail, and service organizations. Faculty have also assisted students in obtaining entrance into graduate schools.

The American Institute of CPAs is the national organization that provides information on this type of accounting.