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Grand Valley State University    
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 19, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Accounting - Program Description

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the Seidman College of Business  section in this catalog.


Students who elect to major in accounting may prepare themselves for a variety of accounting careers and fulfill the education requirements for taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination. Accountancy also provides an excellent undergraduate background for a degree in law.

Career Opportunities

Public Accounting
As trusted business advisors, accountants offer a broad array of services to help their clients become more successful, such as determining the value and market price for their initial stock offerings; establishing the value of estates and monitoring their distribution; investigating white collar crimes, security violations, and fraud; and auditing financial information and preparing tax returns. Public accountants work on a fast track that can lead into a variety of career opportunities.

Industry or Management Accounting
Corporate accountants enjoy a rewarding career working inside large corporations. They assist managers in evaluating their company’s operations and manage strategies using concepts such as target costing and activity-based management.

Governmental Accounting
Opportunities include dynamic careers at the federal, state, and local levels. Governmental accountants protect the interests of citizens by uncovering fraud and embezzlement, identifying waste and abuse, overseeing the nation’s security markets, and helping to collect taxes.

The following programs are available:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting 

Master of Science in Accounting 

Accounting (minor) 

Combined Master of Science in Accounting and Juris Doctor