Kimberly Riedmann, class of 2020

Questions Answered by: 

Kimberly Riedmann, class of 2020 

Heather Schreiber, class of 2019

Q: I’ve been working in counseling and think I’d enjoy accounting. Do employers require you to have an accountant or business degree to be an accountant?

A: From what I have seen, most employers want at least a two-year degree with experience OR a four-year degree. The Degree Completion program is nice because it fits into my schedule. Most classes are either all online or an evening class. - Kimberly

Q: What is the fastest way to get my accounting degree? I already have a bachelor’s degree in English.

A: The fastest way to get your degree is to apply to the program and submit your current college transcript to see how your current degree transfers.  The next step is to meet with the Degree Completion Program advisor.  They can show you what classes you need and when they are available.  It is a good idea to know how much time you have to devote to classes after considering current commitments (work, family, etc.) The Degree Completion Program advisor can help you put together a realistic schedule.  The Degree Completion Program offers advanced classes that are fast paced and focused on what you need to know in your career.  I came to USF with 2 years of previous college credit in Spring 2017 and I will graduate this spring (2019) with my Bachelor’s in Accounting. -Heather 

Q: How long does it take to earn this degree?

A: The timeline depends on many factors.  How much time can you devote to classes outside your other commitments?  Do you already have college credits that will transfer to USF?   I started classes at USF in Spring 2017 and was able to get my previous college credits to transfer (associate degree). I also took some CLEP tests to speed up the graduation process. - Heather 

Q: How much does this cost?

A: Currently, the cost is $370 per credit hour. The overall cost depends on how many credit hours you need to take. A Degree Completion Program advisor is a great resource to determine your course plan and cost. Books would be an additional cost. - Kimberly 

Q: What kind of internships or networking opportunities does USF offer?

A: USF hosts internship and career fairs on campus.  These are a great way to connect with professionals in your chosen field. USF’s academic success center also has a searchable database for internships and jobs called Purple Briefcase.   I have had several professors send emails with internship opportunity information as well.  - Heather

“The degree completion program allows me to continue to work, spend time with my family and still have time to study. It has been a great way to get my degree!” - Kim

Learn more about the Degree Completion Program, Accounting.