There’s a reason the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants calls accounting “a career without limits.” In addition to preparing students for the traditional roles of CPA, cost accountant, government accountant, or internal auditor, the Accounting major provides a solid foundation for careers in underwriting and actuarial science, financial services, forensic investigation, and law.
Accounting is more than bookkeeping and number-crunching; accountants in all sectors are expected to be strategic business advisers who can anticipate and communicate organizational challenges and apply creative problem-solving skills.
The Black School of Business Accounting major at Penn State Behrend integrates training in accounting with preparation in other business disciplines, including management information systems and finance. For students planning to become CPAs, our one-year MBA program provides the 150 credit hours necessary to be eligible for a CPA license.
Why Major in Accounting?
Employment surveys indicate the job market remains strong for accounting graduates, and the starting salaries in the accounting profession are among the highest of all university graduates. Accounting is a team-oriented profession. With the ability to interact well with people, the best accountants can rise in their organizations to become partners in their firms or CFOs in corporations. Accountants are highly sought after in virtually every type of industry, including: public accounting, manufacturing, retail, banking, financial services, and public utilities. Local, state, and federal agencies also provide career opportunities to accounting graduates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the accounting and auditing professions will experience faster than average job growth through 2018, with employment increasing up to 22 percent.
Why Choose Penn State Behrend's Black School of Business for Your Accounting Degree?
The Black School of Business programs are accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the premier accrediting agency for schools of business. Only 15 percent of colleges and universities worldwide have obtained this designation, including world-class business schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, and Yale.
The school is listed in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Business Schools and the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Business Schools.