University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Accounting Concentration

Most accounting students plan for a career in accounting and work toward obtaining professional certification as either a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Students intending to pursue this path should choose an accounting concentration and plan to obtain a Master of Accountancy immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree. UVM offers a 5th year Master of Accountancy Degree (MAcc).

Accounting is called the "language of business." Accountants record, summarize and communicate financial information to executives, investors and interested individuals for decision making. Students who concentrate in accounting should have good analytical skills, be creative problem-solvers, have strong communication skills and be effective leaders. Accountants are always in demand and the career possibilities are endless. An accounting concentration can put you on the path to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), prepare you for a career in tax or corporate management, help you become a fraud investigator or help you become an entrepreneur.

Concentration Courses

Required for Juniors:

  • 161 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • 162 - Intermediate Accounting II

Accounting Electives for Seniors

  • 196 - Individual Taxation
  • 264 - Corporation Taxation
  • 265 - Accounting Information Systems
  • 267 - Auditing
  • 268 - Advanced Topics in Management Accounting

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 for addresses and additional information).

Careers in accounting include auditing, tax, governmental accounting, and corporate accounting or a combination of these areas. Recent accounting students are currently employed in all of the "Big Four" international firms, McGladrey, and local CPA firms, as well as in public and private companies.


Dr. Barbara Arel
307 Kalkin Hall
(802) 656-5478

Dr. Stephen Dempsey
306 Kalkin Hall
(802) 656-8322

Dr. Susan Hughes
Director, Master of Accountancy Program
314 Kalkin Hall
(802) 656-0504

Joanne Pencak
309 Kalkin Hall
(802) 656-0513

Glenn Walberg
313a Kalkin Hall
(802) 656-5774

Last modified May 05 2015 09:43 AM