Accounting

The accounting program at Stark State College gives students the solid foundation necessary for entry- to upper-level accounting positions and career advancement.

This program meets the necessary requirements for graduates to sit for the Certified Public Accountants (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 certificate programs that students may apply credits earned to the associate degree program.

Accounting Majors and Certificates

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.