Most accounting students plan for a career in accounting and work toward obtaining professional certification, i.e. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Other students, not interested in an accounting career, choose an accounting concentration to obtain an understanding of the financial activities of the firm. They then apply this understanding to a career outside of the accounting profession itself. For example, a student might go on to law school or use his or her accounting knowledge to enhance a career in finance or another field.
Careers in Accounting
Careers in accounting include auditing, tax, governmental accounting, and corporate accounting or a combination of these areas. Recent accounting graduates are currently employed in all of the "Big Four" international firms, many regional and local CPA firms, and by government and industry. Learn more about careers and our alumni.
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Getting Acquainted with Accounting Requirements
All business students enroll in two accounting courses during their sophomore year: BSAD 060, Financial Accounting, and BSAD 061, Managerial Accounting. These courses provide an introductory foundation for the accounting program. An accounting concentration requires twelve credits of accounting courses numbered above 100, including both BSAD 161 (Intermediate Accounting I) and 162 (Intermediate Accounting II). The additional 2 accounting courses (6 credits) are selected in consultation with the student’s accounting advisor from the following:
- BSAD 260, Financial Statement Analysis
- BSAD 264, Federal Taxation
- BSAD 265, Accounting Information Systems
- BSAD 267, Auditing
- BSAD 268, Advanced Topics in Management Accounting
Note: special topics courses (BSAD 195, 196, 295 or 296) are occasionally offered in accounting that may be used toward an accounting concentration. The student’s advisor can provide information on these.
Professional Accounting Program
A student who plans to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) should complete an accounting undergraduate concentration plus the Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) in a fifth year. The MAcc fulfills the 150 credit hour requirement of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The requirements to sit for the CPA examination vary among states, so students who plan to sit for the examination outside of Vermont are advised to contact the state's Board of Accountancy to obtain current requirements. (See www.aicpa.org for addresses and additional information).
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