Why Choose Accountancy?
An accounting education can lead to a highly respected and rewarding career. Accountants routinely earn incomes that are in the top 5 percent of the community in which they may live. If you elect to major in accounting, you may prepare yourself for a variety of accounting careers in industry, government, not-for-profit organizations, and public accounting. Many accountants are self-employed, operating their own business.
The Accountancy program at Ferris State integrates a liberal arts foundation with a professional field of study. The emphasis is on applied, hands-on training, including internships that prepare the student to step into a job immediately upon graduation. Because of this, Ferris graduates are readily able to apply what they have learned in the ''''real world'''', giving them an advantage over graduates from other universities.
The Accountancy program is a professional career-oriented program that offers two concentrations. The Public Accounting concentration prepares a student for a career in public accounting. The Professional Directed concentration is a flexible program that allows students to design their degree to fit their own particular interests.
Our graduates qualify to take the professional accounting examinations such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). An option offered to meet the State of Michigan 150 hour requirement for becoming a CPA is by attending a fifth year and getting either an MS-ISM or MBA degree from Ferris.
Get a Great Job
According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting is the fastest growing profession. The job market for Accountancy graduates remains very strong, even during temporary economic downturns. Options include:
* Public accounting-auditing, taxation, and consulting
* Private/industrial accounting- financial and cost accounting
* Governmental/nonprofit accounting-fund accounting
* Forensic accounting-investigative accounting.
Accountants are in high demand by government agencies such as the IRS, FBI and CIA. Accounting also provides an excellent undergraduate background for a law degree.
Graduates are also prepared for advanced study in Accountancy, leading to career opportunities in accounting education. Accounting provides an excellent foundation for non-accounting business careers, including banking, consulting, and small business ownership.
Applicants must present evidence of graduation from high school or the GED. To enter a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) Program in Business, applicants are expected to meet two of the following: a minimum high school grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale); ACT math score of 19 or higher; an ACT reading score of 19 or higher.
The Accountancy program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.
Accountancy, Finance, & Info Systems
119 South Street/BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2434
or email AFIS@ferris.edu