A concentration in accounting prepares the graduate for entry into one of the fastest-growing and most critical areas of management. In today's complex, ever-changing business environment, accounting requires people with sound technical knowledge, critical thinking, superior interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.
Accounting is a discipline that can open the doors to many opportunities. Accountants work in a variety of positions and hold such titles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Managing Partner, Tax Partner and even FBI Agent.
To prepare for an accounting career, students take courses in financial reporting, managerial accounting and accounting information systems. Elective courses are available for more specialized study in strategic cost analysis, assurance services and taxation. In addition, as part of the program of study, students will have the opportunity to derive valuable "real-world" experience through the co-op program.
In Massachusetts and many other states, there is a requirement that students must complete 150 semester hours of college education prior to sitting for the CPA exam. Since this requirement can be met in a variety of ways, we recommend you discuss your options with an accounting faculty member. For the Massachusetts State requirements, please refer to the NASBA website.
Northeastern University has developed a graduate program to meet the CPA requirements. This program, which has been approved by the Massachusetts State Board of Accountancy, provides students with the flexibility to obtain a Masters of Science degree in Accounting (MSA) and qualifies graduates to sit for the CPA exam. All details concerning this program can be found on the school's graduate programs page.