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The accounting curriculum gives students the solid foundation in accounting theory that is necessary for entry- to upper-level accounting positions and career advancement.

This curriculum meets the necessary requirements for graduates to sit for the Certified Public Accountant’s (CPA) Examination as set forth in the Ohio General Code. Candidates must have obtained at least an associate’s degree with a concentration in accounting that includes related courses in other areas of business administration and achieve an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) before sitting for the CPA examination. After four years of approved work experience, the candidate may be certified.

Other job opportunities are tax accounting, governmental accounting, industrial/cost accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and accounting for small business.

Accounting majors study general accounting theory and, in addition, may specialize in public accounting (CPA) and corporate accounting (controllership). As an alternative to going directly to work in an accounting position after graduation, some students major in accounting for a good, solid educational foundation and, after completing their baccalaureate degree, go on to graduate school. For many graduates, accounting has proven to be an excellent foundation for advancement to top executive positions.

The College also offers a one-year certificate program in bookkeeping for non-degree-seeking students. Students may apply credits earned in this certificate program to the accounting associate degree program. Students will be awarded a certificate in bookkeeping upon completion of the courses listed.

The goal is that students successfully completing an accounting program, or one of its options, will be exposed to all the tools and skills necessary to be successful in the undertaking of a career in their chosen field of accounting. They will have covered all the technical knowledge required and practiced its application in practical situations. All the subject matter covered on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant exam is within the curriculum. The student will demonstrate their acquired knowledge and abilities throughout the program within the individual classes and in the capstone course.

The current business environment requires all prospective employees to have good communication skills, both written and oral, and to be able to interact with co-workers and clients in a professional manner. Employers expect their workers to have strong computational skills, to be computer literate, and to be able to think critically. All students completing a program at Stark State will be introduced to, and provided practice in, these basic competencies, which they are expected to master.