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The accounting program focuses on preparing individuals to enter the profession of accounting. The course of study seeks to provide the technical and business skills necessary to start a career field, while also cultivating the competencies required for success in graduate level education. The program also requires students to become proficient in financial reporting, auditing, and taxation.
Accounting differs from other fields in business in that the practitioner must understand and implement a specific body of generally accepted principles. Knowledge of these rules is necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant. For this reason, the program will use the standards in place at the time a student participates in the program to help her or him attain the core competencies necessary for success in the profession.
Accounting graduates obtain jobs in the public sector or the corporate world as financial managers, auditors and tax planners. Accountants can also work on personal financial planning, budget analysis and financial reporting. Many accountants in corporate settings will get an MBA after several years of work experience.