Accountants provide an array of financial services to businesses, nonprofit corporations, governments, industry and even private citizens.
The curriculum is based on broad theoretical principles and applied practices. You will study:
The School of Accountancy’s undergraduate accounting degree prepares you to pursue such certifications as certified public accountant (after completing the state-mandated 150 semester hours of college credits), certified management accountant, certified internal auditor, and certified information systems auditor. We offer an Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Accounting degree as a seamless path toward obtaining the 150 semester credit hours needed to sit for the certified public accountant examination.
All College of Business Administration programs are accredited at the highest possible level by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). In addition, the CBA is one of only 171 schools that have earned separate accounting accreditation. The College has been consistently rated as one of the best business schools in the nation by the Princeton Review and ranked in the top 100 of all undergraduate programs by BusinessWeek magazine.
Our close ties to regional businesses provide many benefits for our students. Business executives share their expertise as mentors and guest lecturers in classes, and provide valuable advice on program and course content, helping to keep our curricula fresh, relevant and rigorous. Students gain valuable hands-on experience through group projects that assign them to solve problems for local businesses and by participating in co-op and internship programs at regional companies.
We are able to provide our students with training in cutting-edge technology as a result of our academic alliances with technology vendors such as SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle.
Our active student organizations enable our students to enrich their college experience by providing opportunities for them to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and even jobs. Many of our student organizations have excelled in regional and national competitions, often against highly regarded colleges and universities across the country.
Gain practical professional experience through paid internships and UA's optional cooperative education program.
Representatives from about 40 public accounting firms, corporations and other organizations visit campus each fall to meet accounting majors during our Evening with the Accountants. This event, held on the third Tuesday of September, starts the job recruitment season for accounting majors. Many are placed in internships and full-time positions by the end of the fall semester.
A degree in accounting paves the way to many career opportunities:
Opportunities will continue to grow in the field of accounting, which is currently ranked by many in the financial press as one of the top career fields in the U.S. Historically, our students have received competitive job offers well before they graduate and our majors are highly sought after for paid internships during their junior year. Most internships lead to full-time employment. We expect this pattern to continue.
The Career Career works closely with the School of Accountancy to assist accounting majors in identifying career opportunities and in making decisions about their future careers. Through the Career Center, you will have access to: