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Accountants play a vital role in the business world as they examine and measure the results of activities, both past and potential, and then communicate that information to management, investors, creditors, clients, employees, and regulatory agencies.
The program at the University of Providence offers students an opportunity to study from faculty who have real-world experiences that they bring to the classroom. The faculty is known in the community and continues to grow their network of professionals who offer internships that allow students to explore the accounting field and apply the knowledge they are gaining in the classroom. With small classroom sizes, the students have access to the faculty for career guidance and development. The curriculum offered blends the conceptual and practical aspects of accounting.
The accounting major provides students the educational background necessary for lifelong achievement and a rewarding career in the accounting profession. The degree programs offered at the University of Providence will prepare students for a wide variety of jobs available in the business world. Students will receive the skills needed to seek professional certifications to work in the public accounting fields, as well as private industry, including not-for-profit and government entities. Credentials that students may qualify to test for include CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accounting), CFM (Certified in Financial Management), and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor).
The accounting major provides the educational foundation to prepare graduates for successful careers in audit, assurance, tax preparation and planning, managerial accounting, financial planning, forensic accounting, and consulting. The baccalaureate degree format is offered as a traditional campus-based program and can be completed in 4 years. The graduate degree program is offered in an online format and can be completed in 2 years.
The University of Providence also offers a four-plus-one accounting program. The new Master of Science in Accounting program can be completed entirely online in five semesters, with the first two semesters beginning during a student’s senior year of the undergraduate program at UP. This allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in a traditional four-year, campus-based setting. Then they can complete the 30-credit Master of Science in Accounting degree in only one additional year – from anywhere in the US.
The curriculum offered blends the conceptual and practical aspects of accounting. Exposure to the underlying conceptual framework of accounting provides a basis for dealing with emerging accounting issues, while examination of technical pronouncements enables students to gain insight into practical issues encountered in an accounting environment. The curriculum strives to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills.