Accounting Concentration | Grossman School of Business | The University of Vermont(title)

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.

Accounting is called the "language of business." Accountants record, summarize and communicate financial information to executives, investors and interested individuals for decision making. 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 an accelerated 5th year Master of Accountancy Degree (MAcc).

As part of the undergraduate program at the Grossman School of Business, 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. 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, RSM (formerly McGladrey), and local CPA firms, as well as in public and private companies.

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 state licensure requirements.

Concentration Courses

Required Courses
  • BUS 3610 – Corporate Financial Reporting 1 
  • BUS 3611 – Corporate Financial Reporting 2
Course Options

3 credits each:

  • BUS 2640 – Individual Taxation
  • BUS 3670 – SU: Environmental & Social Reporting
  • BUS 5641 – Corporation Taxation
  • BUS 3360 – Accounting Information Systems
  • BUS 5630 – Auditing
  • BUS 5620 – Advanced Topics in Management Accounting
  • BUS 5650 – Government & NFP Accounting
  • BUS 3871 – Current Topics Financial Reporting
  • BUS 3990 – Taxation of Social Enterprises

Accounting Faculty

Barbara Arel, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Associate Professor

Stephen J. Dempsey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Edward N. Gamble, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Susan B. Hughes

Faculty Emeritus

Suzanne Lowensohn, Ph.D.

Director, Master of Accountancy Program • Associate Professor

Joanne Pencak

Lecturer Emerita

Glenn C. Walberg, J.D.

Associate Professor