Often said to be the language of business, accounting is the process of identifying, recording, and analyzing information necessary to evaluate the past, present, and future economic activities of an organization. Accountants apply their skills in areas such as auditing, taxation, financial planning and analysis, information systems, consulting, management, and technical jobs. Finance involves acquiring, investing, and managing cash resources for businesses, governmental agencies, and individuals. It requires a thorough understanding of financial markets, analyzing investment opportunities, and determining and maximizing value.
The bachelor of business administration degree (BBA) in Accounting and Finance provides students with a well-rounded education for accounting careers throughout a diverse range of industries. This degree is well suited for individuals looking to advance into management or leadership careers. The Accounting program is designed to integrate a foundation of business education and expertise that prepares graduates for a variety of financial and accounting management careers. In addition, this program prepares students for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation, a license issued by the Institute of Management Accountants that authorizes the holder to practice as a certified management accountant. Our CMA program has received IMA’s Higher Education Endorsement.
The accounting and finance major prepares students for a career in public or corporate accounting. Cleary University’s diverse practitioner-faculty provides an educationally and professionally unique and substantial learning experience. The methodology is based on case studies, project-based learning, and other teaching methods that promote real-world decision making and practical application necessary for the growing and changing accounting and financial services industry.
CAREER BENEFITS AND OPTIONS
A degree in accounting and finance qualifies students for various entry-level positions in business and government. Depending on interests, you may choose to pursue a career in financial analysis, economics, accounting, investment banking, real estate, or entrepreneurship. Graduates from this program can work as corporate accountants, financial managers, controllers, credit managers, risk managers, and business consultants. Students who have an aptitude for international accounting and finance can work for multinational companies. Career opportunities in accounting and finance are projected to grow steadily in the next decade.