Centenary’s School of Professional Studies Turning 1

Centenary University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) is coming up to its one year anniversary at its new location at the Mack-Cali Professional Building at 7 Campus Drive, Parsippany. And there’s plenty to celebrate as the SPS offers many different programs including a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with new classes starting soon in January.  

This program was developed as a result in growth in the Accounting field and the resulting job demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations.  Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors.  The continued globalization of business may lead to increased demand for accounting expertise and services related to international trade and international mergers and acquisitions. 

“This program was created as a result of that demand,” says Frank Longo, Assistant Professor of Accounting at SPS.  “It is our goal to fill that need to for this highly sought after profession.” 

The accelerated classes, which are completed in eight weeks rather than the traditional 15, are held in Parsippany.  Classes run 3.5 hours in the evening and are taught by professionals in the field.  Students participate in courses in-person or can connect remotely. 

“This is conducive to accommodating the needs of an adult learner who is juggling many responsibilities,” says Professor Longo.  “These students also have an advantage of having the ability to complete a Bachelor’s degree in much less time than the traditional timeframe of four years.” 

In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree, other programs that are available starting in January include an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and Social Media Marketing, a Master in Business Administration degree with concentrations in Management, Marketing, Leadership and Health Administration.  In addition, we offer certificates in Social Media Marketing, Leadership and Health Administration. 

First established in 1999, Centenary University’s School of Professional Studies (SPS) provides an entrepreneurial approach to the educational experience by offering professional studies to an adult population, allowing students to select the modality most conducive to their busy lifestyle.  Students can take classes in a variety of formats: one-night-per-week, completely online or through a blended approach, which combines online and in-class methods. 

The curriculum combines theory and practical experience, allowing students to apply knowledge acquired immediately.  Having conferred thousands of A.A., B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees, the School of Professional Studies serves as an inclusive and collaborative learning community dedicated to preparing adult students to progress further in society and to contribute directly to the state’s economic engine. 

For more information about SPS offerings, visit SPS.CentenaryUniversity.edu. 


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