October 7, 2010 | | Leave a comment Peirce College has unveiled a new bachelor’s degree in accounting. This subject was previously offered as a concentration in the business school. College officials say the degree will teach students accounting principles, analytical thinking as well as math, technical and leadership skills. Currently, students in this program have to complete 150 hours of higher education. By 2012, the required credits for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam will jump from 24 to 36. PeirceÂ courses are offered online in an accelerated seven-week format that begin each month. “Peirce’s College’s accounting degree program is designed to meet all current and near future education credit requirements and will help prepare students to sit for the CPA exam in Pennsylvania,” said Fred Poellnitz, professor of business administration at Peirce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the job market in this field will see a 22 percent increase over the next eight years. The BLS states that career opportunities in accounting and auditing should be favorable and are growing at a much faster rate than the average for all other occupations.