Today, business has no geographic boundaries. Innovation is constant, and the economy is driven by new ventures. Accounting professionals who think critically with a global perspective are integral to the success of organizations.
According to a survey on trends in the supply of and demand for accounting graduates, the demand has rebounded significantly from the economic downturn in recent years (2011, American Institute of CPAs). Hiring of recruits with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting has increased from 25,488 to 33,321—the second highest point since the survey began in 1971. The placement outlook is promising.
Choices in Courses and Careers
Whitman’s professional certified public accountant (CPA) track includes 24 credits in accounting and provides a strong preparation for CPA certification. Whitman’s accounting undergraduates often take advantage of the opportunity to work towards an M.S. in accounting degree while completing B.S. requirements.
As a graduate of the undergraduate program, you may enter the professional workforce—recruited by some of the top accounting firms in the country—or enroll in a qualified MBA/M.S. program to meet the 150 education hours required for CPA licensure in most states.
The managerial (comptrollership) program, designed for students who plan to work in accounting or finance but do not plan to seek CPA certification, requires fewer accounting credits and is often combined with a major in finance or other subject areas.
As you progress through our accounting program, you will have many opportunities to enhance your education through a required internship, participation in professional associations, seminars, corporate visits and networking events. Our Career Center provides countless opportunities for internships and interaction with practicing professionals. The experiences in and out of the classroom—combined with Whitman’s excellent reputation among corporate recruiters from major firms including PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte—will prove significantly advantageous in your search for employment and will equip you to positively impact the bottom line of any company.
Clubs and Connections
Participation in Whitman’s many clubs, such as the National Association for Black Accountants and Beta Alpha Psi, a professional service fraternity that includes accounting and finance majors, will expand your base of knowledge and introduce you to additional resources through programming and events.
Primed for Placement
The many opportunities to gain hands-on experience and expert perspectives, combined with comprehensive and timely coursework, help to build compelling resumes. Whitman’s dedicated Career Center team provides a full spectrum of preparation and placement services to support you as you go before potential employers.
Whitman’s accounting majors perform very well on the certified public accountant (CPA) exam, and we have a high placement percentage among the leading four accounting firms of PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte. Other major companies, such as Anchin, Block & Anchin, Crowe Horwath and McGladrey, consistently look to Whitman for accounting graduates who are ready to make immediate and meaningful contributions.