Accounting Careers can take a person to unexpected opportunities. Graduates may find themselves tracking illegal funds for the FBI or preparing financial statements for multi-billion dollar firms. Generally, accounting career paths can be described as financial reporting, assurance, budget analysis, management accounting, tax accounting, and federal contract accounting. Accountants may find work for public accounting firms, public or private corporations, governments at all levels, or for themselves with a private practice.

Accounting Concentrations

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy requires a minimum of both credit hours and course of study to sit for the CPA examination. The requirements for those sitting for the first time on or after January 1, 2016 include 120 credit hours, a baccalaureate degree, and content coverage of financial accounting (9 credit hours), taxation (6 credit hours), auditing (3 credit hours), management accounting (3 credit hours), governmental and not-for-profit accounting (3 credit hours), and business law (3 credit hours). Prior to taking the CPA examination, a rigorous review course is generally recommended.

After satisfying the requirements to sit for the CPA examination, final certification requires additional credit hours (a total of 150) and course content. Proper planning and assistance is available from the advising office in choosing a major or courses to meet all these requirements. In addition, the College can structure a 4+1 program ending with the Master of Accountancy degree. This program meets or exceeds all the requirements for professional accounting certification, and involves 4 years of undergraduate study plus 1 year of graduate study.

CPA Prep 4+1 Program

The College’s CPA Prep 4+1 Program provides an efficient way for students to complete their BSBA in accounting, complete the requirements to sit for the CPA exam, and obtain a Master of Accountancy degree, all in 5 years.  The program includes 4 years of undergraduate study (leading to the BSBA with a major in Accounting) plus 1 year of full-time graduate study (culminating in the Master of Accountancy degree).  Students who complete the CPA Prep 4+1 Program and pass the CPA exam have assembled an impressive set of credentials. Contact the College's Director of Academic Advising for more information.

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