Accounting is the one degree that gives you the education needed to succeed in every aspect of the business world. You’ll be prepared to earn your certification in public accounting, management accounting and internal auditing after graduation. At the same time, because accounting is the international language of business, it also gives you a wide range of career opportunities beyond those certifications.
Points of Pride
- The School of Accounting at Central Michigan University is one of just 187 in the country (one of five in Michigan) to have earned prestigious accounting accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation assures you that CMU provides a top-quality education. It tells employers that CMU students graduate ready and qualified to perform.
- CMU's accounting program offers students flexibility as they prepare for their professional career in accounting. You can leverage CMU’s SAP University Alliance to mix technical accounting and information systems knowledge, with the opportunity for TERP10 certification. Accountants with IT knowledge are in high demand, so you’ll stand out among peers from across the nation.
- If you're an ambitious, hard-working undergrad, be sure to check out CMU's accelerated MBA program for accounting students. It positions you to graduate in five years with your MBA, TERP 10 certification and CPA. Employment opportunities for such accounting graduates are almost endless.
Put Your Degree to Work
Accountants have titles such as chief executive officer, chief financial officer, managing partner and controller. They work for national and international business firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and in their own companies. Many work in certified public accounting firms providing management consulting services, auditing services, personal and financial planning, and tax services. Others work in finance and operations for corporations or manage the revenues of governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2026|
|Accountant/auditor||$69,350 per year||10% (139,900 more jobs)|
|Budget analyst||$75,240 per year||7% (3,800 more jobs)|
|Top executive (CEO/CFO)||$106,700 per year||8% (193,100 more jobs)|
|Management analyst||$82,450 per year||14% (115,200 more jobs)|