Public accountants maintain financial records, and prepare and audit financial statements for use by outside investors and banks for businesses (retailers, manufacturers, service companies, etc.), individuals, nonprofits, and governments. Public accounting services also include tax services, estate and tax planning, consulting and advice involving accounting systems, mergers and acquisitions, and much more.
The people employed in public accounting are often certified public accountants or CPAs. Public accounting firms range in size from tens of thousands of small local firms to a few huge international firms employing hundreds of thousands of CPAs throughout the world.
The bachelor of business administration degree (BBA) in Public Accounting provides the student with a well-rounded education for accounting careers throughout a diverse range of industries. This degree is well suited for individuals who are 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. The curriculum for this degree has been designed for the student who wants to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Michigan has its own requirements; students interested in becoming licensed as a CPA in another state should check the specific requirements.
Cleary University’s diverse practitioner-faculty are prepared educationally and professionally to provide a truly 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 for the growing and changing business marketplace.
CAREER BENEFITS AND OPTIONS
Public accountants prepare financial statements, perform audits, and provide financial and tax advice to clients. This degree program prepares the graduate for a career as a public accountant, auditor, tax advisor, or business consultant. Career opportunities in accounting are abundant, with projections for jobs growing steadily with the increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and increased scrutiny of company finances.