Graduates learn about basic accounting principles, taxation, auditing, fraud detection and accounting information systems. Graduate students usually study advanced accounting topics, such as tax research, advanced accounting law, advanced financial and cost accounting and accounting ethics. All programs typically have some general business coursework included.
Graduates who want to provide public accounting services on their own need to earn CPA certification, which requires passing a series of exams, meeting educational requirements and having work experience. There are also the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) credentials available.
Here are common concepts taught in accountant courses:
- Auditing process and standards
- Cost analysis
- Financial statements and reporting
- Tax deductions and liabilities
- International accounting
- Business and/or tax research methods
- Global economy
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