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 Accounting

Offered as: major | minor 

The demand for accountants is growing since industries of all sizes and types need accountants. 

The Charlton College of Business (Charlton) prepares accounting students with the essential financial knowledge and practical skills necessary to become problem solvers and decision makers. Because accounting is an information system, we emphasize information technology skills, including the use of accounting, spreadsheet and database applications as well as the use of technology for accounting and tax research.

There are four major career paths in accounting:

  • public accountant
  • management accountant
  • government accountant
  • auditor

You’ll prepare for a successful career in a public accounting firm, a private corporation, or the nonprofit sector. 

An accounting degree from CCB will help you to prepare for the CPA, CMA, CFE (Certified Fraud Examination), and other professional accounting certifications.

For students with a non-accounting undergraduate degree, you can complete Charlton’s post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting for a career switch to accounting and preparation to sit for the CPA exam.

Unique opportunities

  • Charlton’s post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting satisfies the requirements to sit for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam. 
  • Gain hands-on work experience through Charlton’s internship programs
  • Consult with faculty and career advisors to identify where you want to go in your career—and how to get there
  • Participate in the many activities sponsored by the accounting student honor society Beta Alpha Psi. There are over 100 students organizations including Enactus or DECA.
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your opportunities for success

Accounting major

Charlton’s accounting curriculum prepares you with the professional, analytical, and managerial skills you’ll need to adapt to the changing demands of business and society.

For the BS in accounting, you'll complete total 120 credit hours, consisting of University Studies courses, business foundation courses and accounting courses.

Working with your professors—leading experts in the field—you’ll learn how to:

  • apply accounting concepts, standards, and regulations to prepare, audit, and analyze financial statements and tax reports
  • prepare, analyze, and communicate information for financial planning, control, investing, and decision making
  • apply concepts and methods used in internal control and the auditing process
  • use accounting systems to conduct and control operations

Minor in accounting 

A minor in accounting can enhance your future career options. You’ll gain an understanding of accounting practices and their application to the effective management of a business enterprise.

Expand your opportunities 

  • Benefit from advanced management and leadership education through Charlton's 30 credit MBA program for business majors.
  • Integrate advanced management study with a law school education through the joint MBA/JD program with UMass Law.

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Internship site placements

  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • IRS
  • Brown University
  • Ocean Spray
  • State Street Bank
  • Amica Insurance
  • BayCoast Bank

Career placements

  • Deloitt
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • KLR CPA
  • Fernandes and Charest CPA
  • State Street Bank
  • Providence Equity Partners
  • Covidien
  • City of Fall River

Contact

Jia Wu
Chair, Accounting & Finance
Charlton College of Business, Room 303
508.999.8428
jwu@umassd.edu


AACSB Accredited sealCharlton College of Business is proud to have earned the "gold standard" of business school recognition: accreditation by AACSB International. 


 

   

 

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