Accounting Track

Accounting Track

An Added Value to Your Degree

The success of any business relies on accounting professionals. For those considering this field, realize that accounting goes beyond collecting information and filing taxes. Today's accountants are key analysts, communicators and problem-solvers. In addition to maintaining an organization's financial integrity, they also find ways to reduce costs and streamline operations. If this is a path that interests you, the accounting track specializes your undergraduate degree in financial information and analysis toward this role.

Why Study Accounting at Clarkson?

Studying accounting opens the door to a career that is always in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for accountants and auditors was $77,250 per year. Clarkson University is considered one of the best accounting schools in the country. You will graduate prepared for the workforce and ready to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, if you choose to do so.

Our curriculum was designed in partnership with employers and industry leaders. As a result, it is focused on hands-on learning. You will tackle case studies that bring real-world decision-making into the classroom. Faculty members have extensive experience in the field and are also scholars who find cutting-edge solutions to the discipline. Our extensive alumni network is another important resource for students looking to find internships and other opportunities.

What You'll Learn

  • Accounting information systems
  • Assets and liabilities
  • Financial accounting
  • Income and expenses
  • Managerial accounting
  • Revenue and debt

Review the full curriculum below.

Students are required to complete the following courses:

  • AC305 Cost Accounting
  • AC311 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • AC312 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • FN462 Investments
  • FN464 Financial Management II
  • FN470 Strategic Financial Management

You'll then fill the remaining professional electives with accounting courses.

Financial information and analysis majors considering the accounting track can select three courses from the following list:

  • AC407 Taxation of Business Entities
  • AC421 Accounting Information Systems
  • AC431 Advanced Accounting: Investment & Ownership Interests
  • AC436 Auditing

Coursework centers around the tools and approaches accounting professionals use on a daily basis. Various co-curricular and extracurricular activities help you build additional experience:

We offer the following competitive scholarships for students studying accounting:

  • The James Dohr Scholarship: This scholarship covering up to one-half of tuition costs is awarded to seniors who demonstrate leadership and significant potential through their academic achievements.
  • The James Dohr Award: Juniors who demonstrate leadership and significant potential through their academic achievements are eligible for this $500 award.
  • The Robert '65 and Elaine Birrell Accounting Award: This award is given to a sophomore, junior or senior who exhibits academic excellence and leadership in activities related to the accounting profession.

Learn more about our scholarships and grants. 

Career Possibilities

Our students have gone on to positions in the accounting and auditing field, including:

  • Accounting analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant (after completing 150 hours of coursework and passing the CPA exam)
  • Comptroller
  • IRS investigator/agent
  • Replenishment consultant

Beta Alpha Psi

Clarkson University is home to a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the nearly 100-year-old international honor society for accounting, finance and information systems majors. The organization provides support, development and networking opportunities for aspiring accounting professionals.

Employers and Graduate Education

Many of our students start positions as personal or corporate accountants or prepare for their CPA exam and other industry certifications. Those looking ahead toward a leadership role may decide to earn an accounting-focused Master of Business Administration, including through Clarkson’s Online MBA or accelerated MBA program.

Our students have found employment in many organizations, including:

  • Blackstone
  • Compass Interpreters
  • Dexter Axle
  • EPIC
  • Goldman Sachs
  • The Home Depot
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices
  • Kalamazoo Wings
  • KeyBank
  • Kiewit
  • KW Vermont Strong Will Real Estate
  • M&T
  • Minnesota Wild
  • NBT Bank
  • Pall Corporation
  • Qred AB
  • Rathe Family Business

Graduate Schools

Many of our graduates choose to pursue advanced degree programs. Many have pursued graduate degrees through Coulter School of Engineering or Reh School of Business programs or Clarkson's other graduate programs. Other graduate schools where our students have recently enrolled include:

  • Boston College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Duke University
  • IESEG School of Management
  • New York University
  • University of Michigan

Contact Us

Reh School of Business
Phone: 315-268-6613

Interested in learning more about the accounting track? Contact the Reh School of Business today with your questions.

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