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Field of Study: Accounting


Accounting programs prepare people to work as accountants.



Accounting programs teach students various accounting methods and how to audit records to ensure they comply with tax laws and other standards. They also learn how to create and review financial records.

Accounting programs include topics such as:

  • Financial accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Tax accounting
  • Auditing
  • Reporting procedures
  • Professional standards and ethics

In accounting programs, students may be able to specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Accounting and business management
  • Accounting and computer science
  • Accounting and finance
  • Auditing

A master's degree program provides students an opportunity to specialize in auditing, computer science, or business management.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree in accounting. A bachelor's degree usually takes fours years of full-time study to complete. However, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification may require a fifth year of study in order to prepare for the exam.

Many schools offer graduate degrees in accounting. One option is to get a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in accounting. Typically master's degree programs require two years of course work beyond the bachelor's degree.

Several schools offer doctoral (PhD) programs in accounting. These programs prepare people to do research or teach accounting at the college level. PhD programs usually require two or more years of courses beyond the master's degree.