The major is designed
to provide entry-level knowledge, skills and concepts for
careers in accounting. These careers are generally divided
into four broad areas, corresponding to particular employment
environments: management accounting, government accounting,
accounting education, and public accounting. The career can
include such activities as auditing, budgeting, data processing,
controlling costs, providing tax advice, meeting tax requirements,
and designing and analyzing financial systems.
Practicing accountants generally
acquire one or more certifications available to members of
the profession. The most common certification is the Certified
Public Accountant (CPA), conferred by the State Board of Public
Accountancy of the state in which the individual maintains
his or her license. Other certifications include the Certified
Management Accountant (CMA), and the Certified Internal Auditor
(CIA), and others.
The Texas State Board of Public
Accountancy has set the minimum educational requirements for
taking the CPA examination at 150 semester hours. Students
aspiring to an accounting career should give serious consideration
to pursuing advanced studies at the graduate level to enhance
their potential for a successful accounting career. Accounting
students should be aware that requirements to sit for the
CPA examination in Texas may change at any time. CPA requirements
are determined by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
(TSBPA). Students should visit the TSBPA website frequently
and check with their advisor on a regular basis to ensure
that the courses they are taking will qualify them to sit
for the CPA exam.
Students who have not yet received
an undergraduate degree should inquire about the Professional
Program in Accounting (PPA), a five-year integrated curriculum
of undergraduate and graduate coursework designed to prepare
students to qualify for the professional certifications and
resulting in the awarding of both the Bachelor of Business
Administration (BBA) degree and the Master of Accountancy
(MAcc). For more information about the Professional Program
in Accounting click here.
Why Major in Accounting?