Graduates of the undergraduate degree program in accountancy are prepared for employment in accounting in either the private or not-for-profit sector or for admission to a graduate program to prepare for the Uniform CPA Examination and a career in public accounting. Students receive an educational foundation which will allow them to grow professionally in the practice and study of accounting as they progress throughout their careers.
Several career paths are available to graduates of the undergraduate program. The possibilities include employment in corporate accounting and the not-for-profit sector. Graduates who work in corporate accounting may be employed as managerial accountants, internal auditors, income tax specialists, systems experts or management consultants. Appropriate professional certifications within this segment of the accounting profession are Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. In the not-for-profit sector, accountants play important roles in governmental entities, health care organizations and charitable agencies. Based on their wide range of business exposure and knowledge, many accountants ultimately move into high-level management positions. For students seeking a career in public accounting, the undergraduate program provides a foundation for successful completion of a graduate degree.
Professional certification as a certified public accountant is achieved by passing the Uniform CPA Examination. Many states, including Illinois and Missouri, require CPA candidates to accumulate 150 hours of college credit. Most candidates will satisfy that requirement by completing a graduate degree. Graduates who work in public accounting gain exposure to a wide variety of clients, their business practices and their accounting methods. Public accountants may work in the areas of auditing, taxation or management consulting.
Specializations available in:
Computer Management & Information Systems
Economics & Finance
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