The capstone course includes Accounting, Upper, Lower, and Business Core courses. Graduates of the capstone course have a thorough understanding of all the subjects that are covered in their respective majors. The capstone course is also referred to as the “capstone” because it marks the completion of all requirements to complete the degree. Students who complete the capstone course must first receive approval from their current department head for them to participate in the program, then meet with a committee to review their academic record, present a detailed proposal for what they hope to accomplish, and prepare a thesis on their chosen topic.
If a student has not yet received the approval from their department to participate in the capstone accounting course, the committee will discuss with him or her what courses they plan to take during the year and the amount of time that each will take. For example, students who have completed a minimum of twenty-five credits will have to submit a written proposal detailing how they plan to earn their degrees through the capstone accounting course and what they hope to accomplish by participating. These proposals should be submitted along with an essay, a portfolio of previously-developed work, or an academic transcript.
The proposal is required because the committee must evaluate the proposal’s academic merit; it is also the document that students must submit to the undergraduate accounting program in order to continue their eligibility for financial aid. A student’s proposal will also serve as evidence to potential employers that the student is serious about pursuing his or her career and that he or she is not only taking the course for the sake of earning credits.
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration students who have earned a high enough GPA to obtain at least a C average in Accounting are eligible for participation in the capstone course. A student’s major is not necessary to take the capstone course. In addition, students must meet other criteria to enroll in this program including having at least a minimum GPA in their undergraduate course work, being registered at least half-way through the academic year, and holding a high school diploma.
Graduate students who have earned a bachelor of arts degree may be eligible to participate in the capstone course. They must have taken a minimum of twenty credits of Accounting and have completed at least five credits of business-oriented study. Students in Master of Business Administration programs may be eligible to take the capstone course if they have completed their undergraduate degree by the end of the spring semester or if they have already completed their Master’s degree.
Students who want to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree may earn both their degrees through this program. They may elect to complete the capstone course after completing their bachelor’s degree in Accounting. The university’s department head may also approve a student’s candidacy to the capstone accounting course if he or she has made satisfactory progress in their academic studies.
The capstone course is a demanding program and students will have to be committed to completing the course successfully. Students will need to research topics in depth and present a detailed analysis of their chosen topic area.