How do I qualify?
To be admitted into the accounting completion program, you must have completed a minimum of 60 hours of transferable college credit. These hours may be through an accumulation of college credits or an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university. To qualify you must also have a minimum 2.0-grade point average. Preference is given to students 23 years of age or older with prior work experience.
HOW QUICKLY CAN i COMPLETE MY DEGREE?
The accounting degree completion program includes 30 credit hours of core content over two semesters and one summer. A total of 122 semester hours is needed to graduate from Bluffton. Depending on the number of hours transferred, you may have additional hours to complete beyond your program. These additional semester hours may be obtained in several ways: courses taken at Bluffton or other institutions, testing through College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). Our academic advisors are available to help you determine the best fit.
HOW will a degree benefit me? What can I do with this degree?
A bachelor's degree from Bluffton University will prepare you to make significant contributions to your community, both personally and professionally. In addition to the accounting experience, the knowledge and critical thinking skills acquired will qualify students for management positions in a variety of settings such as manufacturing, banking, public service organizations and health care to name a few.
When do classes start and what are the class hours?
Courses are offered at three convenient locations: Bluffton, Archbold and Piqua and begin in the fall, spring or summer. Classes meet one evening per week from 6 to 10 p.m. (in class) OR three Saturday seminars per semester, weekly three-hour synchronous online sessions and weekly asynchronous community forums (blended).
IS BLUFFTON UNIVERSITY ACCREDITED? iS YOUR OFF-SITE LOCATION ACCREDITED?
Yes, Bluffton University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association. Bluffton programs at the off-site locations fall under this same accreditation.
Will I qualify for Graduate school upon completion of this program?
Many graduates who have completed accelerated degree completion programs at Bluffton have been accepted into, and successfully completed, master’s programs. Because we are fully accredited, students should not have any difficulty in being accepted into a master’s degree program.
Do I qualify for financial aid and what options do I have for paying for the program?
Students in the accounting degree completion program are considered full-time and may be eligible for state and federal grants or loans. Completion of the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to determine eligibility. Most students qualify for the Federal Direct Loan Program.
In addition to grants or loans, we offer a deferred payment plan to qualified students who are eligible for reimbursement by their employer. Check with your employer to see if they offer educational assistance. Another option is to arrange a personal payment plan, either by the semester or monthly.
How do I get started?
Submit your free online application.
For additional information, contact:
Office of Adult and Graduate Studies
Phone: 800-488-3257, option 2