Accounting

About Accounting

Accountants organize, summarize and interpret information about economic activities, creating data that is used by managers, leaders, analysts and investors within a company. Accountants play a critical and ever-changing role in this process by providing relevant information to decision makers and by acting as advisors. The accounting program at Valdosta State University equips students with the skills necessary to interpret financial information for business managers and control business operations.

Accounting at Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University’s accounting program, one of several degree programs offered by the prestigious Langdale College of Business, builds upon a core business curriculum. Classes average just 25 students, enabling accounting majors to build strong relationships with faculty. Ninety percent of faculty members have their doctoral degrees and many are nationally recognized in their field for research publications. Students gain relevant work experience outside the classroom through the Valdosta State Co-op Program and by completing independent internships. Accounting students are encouraged to participate in Students in Free Enterprise, a nationally recognized, award-winning organization, and top students may be invited to participate in honor societies including Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
  • Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)

About the Degree Curriculum 

B.B.A.

The undergraduate accounting curriculum stresses critical thinking skills, cooperative learning, oral and written communication abilities, and the application of knowledge to solve business problems. Coursework is designed to give students an overview of accounting systems and financial disclosures for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and businesses. The accounting program at Valdosta State prepares students for professional careers in industry, government and public practice.

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MAcc

The graduate program in accounting is a one-year, full-time program in which students develop sound technical accounting, analytical, communication and technology skills. The curriculum prepares students for careers in public accounting, financial services, government and nonprofit organization and corporate finance. Students with undergraduate degrees in accounting who complete the Master of Accountancy program will have fulfilled all the educational requirements necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia.

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Careers*

  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Cost accountant
  • Financial manager
  • Financial planner
  • Financial representative
  • Government accountant
  • IRS investigator
  • Payroll manager
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Private accountant
  • Risk manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Tax accountant
  • Tax examiner and collector
  • Tax revenue agent
  • Underwriter

 *Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications. 

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