A degree in accounting offers students the chance to move beyond merely tracking a company’s income and assets. With this program, you can learn how to budget and manage money for a business, ensure that a firm is spending money wisely by making sound investments, file taxes for a corporation, and ultimately understand how a business operates and sustains itself financially. In addition to core business courses, accounting majors take classes in financial and managerial accounting, tax accounting, and accounting information systems.
The Student Experience
The School of Accounting’s ultimate mission is to prepare graduates for positions of leadership in business. In addition to honing your technical skills, you can improve your networking skills by participating in an accounting organization or club. Consider joining Beta Alpha Psi, a national accounting honor society, or IMA, the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business. Students can also travel to cities across the country on faculty-led networking trips. Finally, consider attending an accounting workshop or taking part in an internship for additional experience. Many accounting undergraduates pursue a Master’s in Accounting (MAcc); in Utah, a master’s degree qualifies students to prepare for the examination to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
With additional education or certification, an accounting degree will allow you to work in the areas of public accounting or corporate accounting. Public accountants work for the public as auditors, tax accountants, or consultants. Corporate accountants work directly for corporations to do budget analysis, financial management and reporting, or internal audits. In addition to these two sectors, consider a career in education as a professor or administrator. Graduates of this program can also use their technical and critical thinking skills to engage in a wide variety of other activities, including financial management, business transaction tracking, merger and acquisition strategy, information systems development, tax strategy, and wealth management.