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Why Study Accounting?

Accounting is often described as the language of business and is central to organizational decision-making. Individuals with accounting fluency are essential in every organization, to various functions, and are in high demand around the globe.


    If you enjoy working with numbers, analyzing data, solving problems and want to put your communication skills to use in client and management interactions, accounting may be the perfect fit for you. Here are key reasons to consider studying accounting.

Reason #1: Endless Career Options

Your Future Is Wide Open

Abundant and Varied Career Opportunities

An accounting degree provides a solid foundation for careers in many areas, from corporate and public accounting to tax consulting and investment banking, spanning across every industry and sector. Explore our alumni's career paths and progression!

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    Kelly Steckelberg, Zoom’s CFO

  • Carlos Whitaker headshot

    Carlos Whitaker, Blackstone Partner

  • Sue Gove

    Sue Gove, Excelsior Advisors President

  • Barry Goss

    Barry Goss, EY Partner

  • Kim Voss Headshot MPA

    Kim Voss, American Campus Communities’ CFO

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    Accounting knowledge is a skill that is in high demand. Such knowledge is essential in all organizations. An accounting degree provides job security, despite fluctuations in the economy, and skills that translate across industries and geographic regions. Your promotion and earning potential are limitless. Discover how your career in accounting can progress below.
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    1-to-4 years out

    - Big 4 Accounting Firm

    - Small-Sized Accounting Firm

    - Medium-Sized Accounting Firm

    - Investment Banking Firm

    - Venture Capital Firm

    - Private Equity Firm

    - Analyst in Industry

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    4-to-10 years out

    - Manager at an Accounting Firm

    - Accounting Within an Organization

    - Finance Within an Organization

    - Principal at a Firm

    - Managing Director at an Investment Bank

    - Partner at a Private Equity Firm

    - Finance Manager at a Bank

    - Product Manager

    - Development Analyst

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    10+ years out

    - Senior Manager at a Firm

    - Partner at a Firm

    - Controller

    - VP of Finance

    - CFO

    - VP at an Investment Bank

    - Financial Analyst at U.S. Treasury

    - VP of Operations

    - Co-Founder

    - Principal



On the contrary! Technological advancements have eliminated mundane tasks and brought strategic, advisory, data analysis, and client-facing work to the forefront. And that makes those who master the language of business critical to an organization. 

Hear from Professor Badolato on the benefit of accounting knowledge

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    Find your fit. Texas McCombs offers two accounting degree options: an undergrad degree in accounting (BBA) and a one-year Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) degree with options for McCombs, non-McCombs, and non-UT students from any major. Set a strong accounting foundation with a BBA. Specialize further with an MPA.
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    Professional designations further professional development and enhance career potential. Although certification requirements vary, an accounting degree (especially an MPA) gives you a solid head start in preparing for the CPA, CFA, CFE, CIA and CMA exams and the resulting professional designation.
The Value of an Accounting Degree
My accounting degree has helped me in many ways. I could present a strong business skillset to apply to the sports industry. The framework and way of thinking that I learned in the program helped me put the different pieces of the puzzle together to ultimately see the bigger picture.
Charlie Adkins MPA