Accounting - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Students interested in accounting should be able to think critically and have strong analytical skills. In addition, they should be willing to use technology to complete projects. Organizational skills and attention to detail are helpful as well.

 

What I will learn?

The Division of Accounting, Business, and Economics offers an accounting program that is consistent with the mission statement of CMU by providing professional preparation in accounting and business and by promoting lifelong learning and social responsibility. Within the program, students develop technical, interpersonal, and communication skills.

 

What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

Internships are available to accounting students. These include internships with accounting firms and other financial institutions such as banks and loan companies. The process is similar to applying for a job. The student must complete applications and interviews. A student may earn up to fifteen credit hours of internship.

Accounting students are also required to take a number of classes that offer hands-on activities including case studies and projects. Students complete tax returns, marketing campaigns, financial statement projects, and a number of classroom presentations.

Students may gain useful experience in CMU’s chapter of Enactus (formerly SIFE).

 

What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

The following are some of the many career areas in accounting. Most of them would have some type of entry-level positions.

  • Assurance services/auditing
  • Business/Industry/Managerial
  • Environmental Services
  • Information Technology
  • Financial Planning/Investing
  • Government/Not-For-Profit
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Tax
  • Public Accounting
  • Accounting Education
  • International Accounting
  • Consulting

The FBI and many other law enforcement agencies look for recruits with an accounting background to follow money trails from different types of crime.

 

Want more information? Check out the Major Resources provided by the Career Development Center.

 

What are some CMU graduates with this degree doing?

Some students continue their education so that they can sit for the CPA examination which requires 150 hours. Others have gotten or are getting advanced degrees in fields such as law, actuarial science, and health care or hospital administration. Some have completed MBA degrees.

Graduates have been employed by local, regional, and national/international public accounting firms. Others have been employed by the Missouri State Auditors’ office, as controllers for governmental units, as accountants for hospitals and other NFP groups, and as managerial accountants for businesses.

 
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