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ACU College of Business Administration Professional Development Resources

Welcome to the COBA Accounting Page

We are so excited that you are here. In this page, you will be able to find several resources specific for Accounting majors. We will share details about the Accounting program, CPA news and information, the Master's of Accounting, and much more. You will also find other resources to help you with your LinkedIn profile, finding internships, and resume building. Go Wildcats!

Internships: How to Find Them & When to Apply

An internship is a short-term work experience offered by companies and other organizations for people—usually students - to get some entry-level exposure to a particular industry or field. Internships allow you to :

  • Gain real world work experience
  • Increase your ability showcase your professional skills
  • Confirm a career path you want to enter in to after graduation
  • Increase your professional network

Check out this presentation to learn how to get started with your internship search!

Although you can have as many internship experiences as you'd like, many students will choose to pursue their internship the summer before their senior year of college.  Hear about an Accounting student's internship experience!

Accounting Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    • The CPA is the most recognized accreditation for any accountant. Certified public accountants help individuals and organizations plan and work toward financial goals. They can also act as advisors around financial concerns like accounting and taxes. This is a great path to consider if you’re interested in building your credibility as an accountant. The US States Boards of Accountancy grants this certification. Learn more here:  https://www.aicpa-cima.com/resources/toolkit/cpa-exam
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
    • Unlike the CPA, this certification focuses on areas of management within accounting and covers the topic of finance as well. Offered through the Institute of Management Accountants a CMA concentrates on management skills, corporate finance and professional ethics. Click this link to learn more: https://www.imanet.org/IMA-Certifications/CMA-Certification?psso=true 
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
    • A Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is a certification offered to accountant who conduct internal audits. The Certified Internal Auditor designation is conferred by the Institute of Internal Auditors and is the only such credential that is accepted worldwide. If you plan on working in the audit practice, you may consider obtaining this certification to enhance your credentials. Find out more in the following website: https://www.theiia.org/en/certifications/cia/#CIAFAQ 

ACU MAcc Program

The Master's Degree of Accountancy (MAcc) is a graduate program that the College of Business Administration offers for students wishing to enhance their education in the world of accounting. This program is designed to provide students with more in-depth concepts in accounting. Students wishing to obtain their CPA license are usually interested in obtaining their Master's Degree in Accountancy. For more information about the MAAC please visit the following website https://acu.edu/academics/graduate/master-of-accountancy

CPA Exam

Do you wish to become a Certified Public Accountant? 
The CPA license is a certification available for those who wish to work as independent accountants. The following are some of the requirements to obtain the CPA:
  • Complete the electronic fingerprint process for a background check of the criminal history files of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). (You will receive background check instructions with notification of receipt of the AOI.)

  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree from a board-recognized United States college or university, or an equivalent degree as determined by board rule from an institution of higher education in another country.

  • Complete 120 semester hours or quarter-hour equivalents of college credit.

  • Complete 21 semester hours or quarter-hour equivalents of upper level accounting courses from a board-recognized college or university.

  • Complete 24 semester hours or quarter-hour equivalents of upper level related business courses. Within the coursework two-semester hours of accounting or business communication are required.

Learn more about the CPA exam, each of its four sections, and studying materials in the following link: CPA Exam Guide

Accounting Terminology

Accounting Terminology by Jonathan Carruth

Accounting Presentation

What Accounting terms should I learn/know?

A document can be found here that details basic accounting terminology and definitions.