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Accounting

Accounting at Carroll College

What to expect

Technology and innovation have expanded the role of accountants in the global environment. While accounting is the language of business that enables individuals to communicate and analyze information about businesses, non-profits, and governmental entities, accountants are strategic business advisors who add value by working with people and a variety of data.

Students studying accounting at Carroll College gain an in-depth understanding of financial reporting, auditing, financial analysis and planning, and taxation along with the communication skills, ethical reasoning, and analytical abilities that employers value. Carroll College students have opportunities to work closely with business professionals, and approximately 90% complete internships or work for regional accounting firms, local non-profits, area businesses, and governmental agencies while enrolled at Carroll.

With small class sizes, students enjoy individualized attention and personal interaction with professors - experts in their fields who are committed to providing students rigorous academic challenges in an atmosphere valuing ethical principles.

Accounting students at Carroll College are encouraged to personalize their education by combining a major in accounting with majors or minors from another business area or from other departments. 

Careerbuilder.com lists accountant in the top three best jobs and careerbliss.com reported that accounting is the sixth happiest career in America.

Life after Graduation

With an accounting major grounded in a liberal arts education at Carroll College, students develop the skills that employers value: strong communication abilities, analytical and reasoning skills, and the knowledge to make ethical, value-based decisions. The Carroll College Career Center is available to assist students with securing internships, developing resume writing and interviewing skills, and researching employers.

Accounting majors are prepared for a variety of challenging and rewarding careers such as consulting with individuals on tax or financial planning matters, becoming a forensic accountant for the FBI, employment with a local or international corporation, or providing audits of financial statements.

Accounting graduates may enter directly into the workforce or enroll in graduate school. Recent graduates have gone on to earn masters in business (MBA), masters of accountancy, doctorates in business administration (DBA), or law degrees from schools such as Montana State University, University of Montana, University of Idaho, Gonzaga University, George Fox University, and University of Notre Dame.

The U.S. Department of Labor expects accounting jobs to continue to grow at a rate of approximately 20%. The National Association of Colleges and Employers ranked accounting in the top 3 majors in demand for undergraduates.

Highlights

  • Carroll College was among the select institutions invited to participate in development of accounting protocol for the IACBE specialized accreditation in accounting.

Students at MSCPA

  • Dr. Belle Marie and seven senior accounting students attended the annual Fraud Conference jointly sponsored by the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) and the Big Sky Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

    FBI forensic accountants, FBI special agents, and keynote speaker, Andrew Fastow (pictured in center), the former CFO of Enron offered valuable insights into the accounting profession. Fastow, who in 1999 earned CFO Magazine’s Excellence Award for Capital Structure Management, later served six years in federal prison for his role in Enron’s fraudulent financial reporting which led to the corporation’s collapse in 2001.

    GHG Open House

     

    Networking event: Galusha Higgins Galusha, P.C. Open House

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Good to Know

  • Carroll College accounting students receive free memberships in the Montana Society of CPAs and scholarship opportunities are available through the MSCPAs.
  • Carroll College students interact with accounting professionals through the lecture series, conferences, internships, networking events, and the etiquette dinner.
  • Recent Carroll College accounting grads passed the CPA exam with scores in the 80s and 90s.
  • Carroll College accounting students participate in the Ethical Leadership Certification program sponsored by NASBA Center for the Public Trust.
  • Students in Sigma Beta Delta lend to entrepreneurs in emerging economies through the Kiva microlending project.
  • Enactus students use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

The Business Department is supported by:

  • The Dr. Jerry Pohlman Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Business
  • The Mandeville Endowed Professorship in Accounting
  • The American Federal Savings Bank Endowed Professorship in Finance
  • The Fiehrer Endowed Lectureship in Business

 

IACBE Accreditation

Carroll College Business Department programs have received specialized programmatic accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

The following degrees are fully compliant in IACBE’s accreditation principles:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration—Economics, International Business, Management, and Marketing
  • Bachelor of Arts in FinanceIACBE