The intent of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Science in Tax Consulting 150 hrs program is to develop tax professionals who are prepared to serve in the public and private sectors with a broad understanding of compliance, planning, and policy elements of tax practice, who are highly skilled in the technological advances in the tax environment, and who are committed to the ethical and legal standards that govern the practice of tax.
The Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems Department offers the graduate portion of the program Hyflex in a synchronous format using current technology. Thus, online students can access the same course media, materials, discussions, etc., as if in the classroom. In addition, the faculty records class meetings enabling students to revisit lectures as often as necessary while enrolled in each course.
The undergraduate courses are offered primarily in-person/hybrid and may also occasionally be offered online.
All business students at Eastern Michigan University must 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 majors take advanced courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, tax accounting, accounting information systems, governmental accounting, and internal auditing. 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. In addition, the combined BBA-MS (Taxation) program is designed for individuals interested in developing their understanding of technical aspects of tax planning, tax compliance, tax policy, and the legal and ethical issues governing tax practice.
An Accounting Major offers diverse opportunities in all types of organizations: for-profit, non-profit, and local and federal government agencies. Accounting majors generally start their careers in Public Accounting Firms as Staff Accountant and may progress all the way to Partner. Other opportunities may include Tax Accountants and Managers, International Tax Manager/Consultant, Director of Tax, Accounting Manager, Internal and External Auditor, Information Systems Analyst. Over time, Accounting Majors hold senior positions such as Partner, Controller, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.