Accounting Information Systems is a four-year program designed to provide a bachelor of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting and computer information systems. The program combines the coursework required for a degree in accounting with several computer information systems courses.
Eastern Michigan University is one of only a few universities in the country offering this unique degree. Accounting information systems majors who obtain this degree are well prepared for careers in a dynamic and ever-changing environment, where knowledge of both accounting and computer information systems is mandatory. Possible career choices include computer systems design, computer assurance services, computer security analysis, internal auditing, public accounting, nonprofit accounting, and strategic managerial accounting.
Upon graduation, accounting information systems majors who plan to become certified public accountants, certified management accountants, certified internal auditors or certified information systems auditors can qualify to sit for national certification examinations. In Michigan, CPA candidates can qualify to sit for the exam upon graduation, but they need 150 hours of education for licensure in Michigan. However, many states require CPA candidates to have earned 150 hours of credit, or possibly a master’s degree, before sitting for the exam. Be sure you know the requirements for your state.
The general requirements for the bachelor of business administration degree, the academic major requirements below and sufficient electives to meet the minimum of 124 hours for graduation must be completed.
All business students at Eastern Michigan University are required to take a Business Core that provides basic knowledge in statistics, accounting and finance principles, information systems, law, management, marketing, operations management and business policy.
Accounting Information Systems majors take advanced courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, tax accounting, accounting information systems, and computer information systems. The courses provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, measure, collect, analyze and communicate economic information to permit informed judgments and decisions by managers in various organizations and outside users of accounting information as well as design, implement, and manage computerized accounting information systems.
An Accounting Information Systems Major offers a diverse set of opportunities in all types of organizations: for-profit, non-profit, and local and federal government agencies. Accounting information systems majors may start their careers as an Information Systems Analyst, Information Security Analyst, Information Systems Auditor, Accounting Manager, Internal and External Auditor, Tax Accountant and Manager. Over time, Accounting Information Systems Majors hold senior positions such as Controller, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.