The accounting major prepares students for rewarding careers as industrial accountants, cost analysts, controllers, tax accountants, members of financial regulatory teams such as the IRS or banking auditors, independent auditors in CPA firms, and internal auditors. ASU accounting graduates work for manufacturing firms, in government agencies, in banking, in not-for-profit entities, and in public accounting.
The ASU undergraduate degree with accounting major requires 126 course hours. Many states, including Arkansas, currently require 150 hours to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. The CPA license is only required by law for individuals doing audits; however, many nonauditors wish to pursue the CPA exam as a credential verifying the value of their education. Students interested in the CPA exam should plan an additional 24 hours of credits with their advisor, preferably by beginning work on their Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) degree. See the ASU Graduate Bulletin for details on the MAcc program.