Accounting has moved well past the traditional skills of auditing, accounting, and tax services. Accountants are now also expected to do forecasting and financial planning and evaluation. Those diverse and changing challenges mean you need to go out into the field with a well-rounded, up-to-date skill set. You'll get that with Marist accounting courses, which prepare you to take on sensitive management positions in business and industry, public accounting, and government. If you decide to add a professional certification to your credentials, you can study for your Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations. If you are considering graduate school, you'll find an accounting degree will give you an excellent base for post-baccalaureate study in business or law.
The accounting program at Marist College provides a high-quality, professional education in a supportive, interactive, and personalized learning environment. The program is designed to prepare accounting graduates to progress to sensitive management positions in business and industry, public accounting, and governmental units.
Professional opportunities include careers as a certified public accountant (CPA) or as a certified management accountant (CMA). The Marist Bachelor of Science in Accounting also serves as a sound educational base for post-baccalaureate study in business and law.
As of August 2009, 150 credit hours are required to sit for the CPA exam. The Accounting Core requires an intensive study of the various responsibilities of the accountant. This includes the study of financial accounting theory, its realization in generally accepted accounting principles, and the application of official accounting and auditing standards as well as tax laws.
Accounting involves both external financial reporting and internal reporting for managerial decision making and control. Hence, professional accountants interact with all the functional areas of business. Accounting majors develop their knowledge of this interface through both required and elective courses.