So, you want to be an accountant?

Congratulations — you must know that accounting professionals are major players in virtually every aspect of today’s economy. 

The bottom line: accounting is the language of business. At Clarkson, we help you become fluent in income and expenses, revenue and debt, assets and liabilities, and the myriad other concepts and practices that are under the accounting umbrella. 

The mission of the David D. Reh School of Business at Clarkson is to prepare the next generation of leaders through programs that span traditional disciplinary boundaries. Designed in partnership with employers and industry leaders, our accounting curriculum is non-traditional, preparing you for success in the growing number of companies that have merged finance and accounting roles. 

... we are among the best schools of business for people with powerful intentions.

We teach you the ubiquitous managerial and financial accounting, but also push you beyond the textbook with experiential learning. Our case courses, for example, are designed to bring real world decision-making into the classroom. 

Students can pursue an undergraduate degree in Financial Information and Analysis or an MBA degree with a focus on accounting. An accounting concentration is also an option, designed to prepare you for professional exams (such as CPA certification) and a career as a personal or corporate accountant. Our curriculum gives you the ability to go anywhere and do anything with your degree.

Our faculty members are world-class accounting professionals with both real-world experiences and extraordinary academic backgrounds. They are part of the built-in support network that sets Clarkson apart and drives why we are among the best schools of business for people with powerful intentions. 

Clarkson Alumni actively help undergraduates find meaningful internships. The University’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the nearly-100-year-old international honor society for accounting, finance, and information systems, is another resource. 

Due to the consistent and strong demand in the workplace for accounting professionals, you should expect to be popular after graduation. Recent national surveys of employers demonstrate students graduating with an accounting-related degree earn nearly $10,000 more than the average salary for college graduates. And if you are a CPA your salary could range up to $124,000.  

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Scholarships and Awards

Clarkson University offers competitive scholarships that recognize students’ leadership and academic achievements in accounting. The James Dohr Scholarship is offered to seniors and pays up to one-half of tuition. The James Dohr Award of $500 is offered to juniors. Through their academic achievements, recipients demonstrate leadership and the potential for making significant contributions in the fields of public or managerial accounting. 
The Robert ‘65 and Elaine Birrell Accounting Award is given to a sophomore, junior or senior who exhibits academic excellence and leadership in activities related to the accounting profession.

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