Campus and online accounting programs are a popular choice amongst students. But what is accountancy)? This page tells you more about accounting, what the courses are, what employers expect, certification, and what you can earn after completion.
Accountancy is basically the preparing, analyzing and interpreting of financial data. It is fundamental to the operation of any business, and accountants are in high demand. So a qualification in in this field can lead to a very well paid job.
For students who are working it is very often more convenient to complete their accountancy courses online. This page also has details of where it is possible to obtain an online bachelors or a masters in accounting.
For those students who feel that online learning and distance education is not for them, the web site also has a section on campus programs.
The following colleges and universities offer programs in accountancy at various levels.
The Associate of Arts (AA) program develops the foundation of knowledge in areas such as: business strategy, financial statements, cost information, economics, management, and ethical issues.
At the Bachelor's level , core competencies in technology, critical thinking, and communication are emphasized throughout the curriculum, which typically includes: performance analysis, budgeting, managing controls, taxation, and auditing.
The Master of Science in Accounting will help you broaden your knowledge in a variety of accountancy specialties, such as forensic and international accounting. Coursework usually includes accounting theory and research, information systems, managerial accounting, financial reporting, auditing, taxation, not-for-profit and government accountancy, forensic accounting, and ethics. You can also specialize in accountancy in an MBA, in which you will study advanced financial reporting, auditing theory, taxation.
All these levels are available as online programs. Make sure the program you select helps you to meet the "150 Hour Requirement" for the CPA Exam and possibly also meet the requirements for the CMA designation (details below).
Accounting is an essential part of any business. Basically it is concerned with the preparation, analyzing and interpretation of financial statements.
In the case of 'Financial Accounting' reports are mainly produced for external stakeholders such as creditors, investors, and lenders. But in the case of 'Management Accounting', reports are generated on a regular basis for the company's managers and the chief executive officer to enable them to make day-to-day and short-term decisions. But an accountant is also very likely to be involved in the business planning process.
Computer skills and the use of software is now an integral part of accounting, and will be included in any campus or online accountancy programs.
Most companies want their accounting employees to be certified by an appropriate body, for which you usually have to pass a series of tests offered by the relevant Institute.
In the US, legally practicing accountants are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), and other non-statutory accountants are Certified Internal Auditors (CIAs), Certified Management Accountants (CMAs) and Association of Certified Project Accountants (ACPA) Accredited Business Accountants (ABAs).
In Canada, there are three recognized accounting bodies: the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA), the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA), and the Society of Management Accountants of Canada, also known as the Certified Management Accountants (CMA).
The sort of salary you could expect will depend on any experience you might bring, which US state or Canadian province you work in, the size of the company, and many other variables. In the USA, with a Bachelor's degree approximate salaries might range from an accountant $44,000 to a financial controller $79,000. In Canada, with a Bachelor's degree approximate salaries range from an accountant $48,000 to a financial controller $80,000. (PayScale.com)
Online finance programs may be of interest to you if mathematically inclined and have an eye for detail.
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