The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 15.7 percent growth for accountants between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average growth for most other professions. An additional 190,700 accounting and auditing jobs will need to be filled during that time period.
Kutztown's program is academically rigorous and prepares students for careers in public accounting, corporate accounting, government and not-for-profit organizations as well as high-profile positions like consultants, forensic accountants, and special agents for the FBI. Graduates of the program pursue and attain the status of certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA) or certified internal auditor (CIA). Accounting faculty members are active in both professional and academic organizations.
Many of our alumni have had great success. The following is an example of some of the positions our alumni have held or currently hold:
- Partner in Charge of Knowledge Management for one of the "Big Four" accounting firm's U.S.Tax Practice;
- Managing partner of a "Big Four" firm's tax department in a major U.S. city;
- Managing Director of Morgan Stanley;
- Many have become partners in regional public accounting firms and controllers or Chief Financial Officers of companies.
We have a very active Accounting Club. Our alumni and other local professionals are involved in the club's activities, serving as speakers and attending club-sponsored events like an annual golf tournament and an end-of-year banquet. This allows students to get a real-world perspective on accounting and provides excellent networking opportunities.
In addition to the seven Business Core courses at KU, accounting majors are required to take the following courses:
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Tax Accounting I
Auditing Practice and Standards
Excellent internship opportunities are available that provide vital experience in the accounting profession.
As of January 1, 2012 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires 150 credit hours of education to become a CPA. More information.
The accounting curriculum is sufficiently broad to facilitate a career choice in business, government, consulting and public accounting. The curriculum also has adequate depth to provide students with a solid foundation to successfully attempt the CPA examination or pursue advanced degrees in any of the business disciplines.
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