We are in the midst of an informational and technological revolution that is changing every facet of business and commerce. As software programs make transaction processing functions more efficient, businesses increasingly are turning to accountants for skills that go beyond traditional areas of expertise. Today's accountant must be able to offer sound business advice and communicate complex financial information in nontechnical terms. Public accountants who once concentrated on cost containment and reporting functions are now serving as consultants on matters such as business strategies and revenue enhancement initiatives. Likewise, accounting managers in the corporate world are becoming long-range planners, finding themselves more deeply involved in major decision making.
The Department of Accounting offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree. The program provides graduate education that prepares students to meet professional practice challenges in public, private, and not-for-profit accounting. Graduates should be prepared for meeting the 150-hour CPA examination requirement, and entrance into, or advancement within, their chosen careers.
The program is open to full-time and part-time students. Students may enter the program in August, January, or during the summer
Students taking graduate-level classes in the MSA program must have completed certain business and accounting prerequisite core classes. Students meeting admissions criteria, except for prerequisites, may be admitted to the program. However, graduate courses cannot be taken until the prerequisites are completed. Students with an undergraduate accounting degree from an AACSB accredited school are likely to have completed all prerequisites. Students with an undergraduate degree in business from an AACSB accredited school are likely to have already completed the business prerequisites.
Accounting Career Path
Accounting is an extremely flexible major. Our students learn more than the tax code or accounting principles. Today's accountants are business advisors and information specialists. This broad training allows accountants to easily branch into diverse professions. For example, while many of Bradley's accounting graduates take public or corporate accounting positions, one recent graduate became part of a team that is designing a bank which will operate on the Internet. Other graduates went directly to consulting firms, designing and installing computer systems. After several years in traditional accounting positions, another alumnus started his own business, a bank that has grown to $100 million in assets in three years.
Here are four of the career paths an accountant can take:
- Public Accounting
- Business and Industry
- Governmental and Not-for-Profit
- Accounting Educator
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