Accounting majors at Endicott complete a rigorous sequence of courses in both general business and accounting designed to provide a strong foundation in the topics specifically required to qualify a graduate to take the Massachusetts or other states’ Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam. The program includes more than 30 credit hours of academic study and internship in critical areas of accounting, including financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting. At the same time, the program delivers an understanding of the contemporary context in which accounting operates, through 24 credit hours of study in general business topics, including business communication and quantitative methods in business, information systems, finance, business organizations, business law and professional ethics.
Upon successful completion of the CPA Exam and a combination of graduate level study and professional experience, accounting graduates can earn their CPA credentials and become licensed public accountants. Or, after receiving their Bachelor degree, they can go directly into private setting or government-based professional roles in management accounting, corporate control, forensic accounting, fraud examination, banking or financial services.
In the accounting major as in each of Endicott’s other career-oriented programs, the College is committed to the integration of liberal and experiential education along with professional preparation. All students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees complete a core group of required courses as well as general education courses selected from eight interdisciplinary categories such as the Individual and Society, Global Issues, and Mathematical Reasoning. As intensive as the classroom component is, the program remains faithful to the College’s longstanding commitment to forge knowledge through a combination of theoretical and practice-based learning. Internship plays a crucial role at Endicott in transforming the student accountant into a confident accounting practitioner. The structured, supportive learning experiences that Endicott students get through a progression of full time internships have become a proven mechanism for nurturing personal and professional growth.
While assured of broad coverage of essential topics in accounting and business through the required curriculum, Accounting majors use the six credit Senior Thesis research project and the twelve credit Semester Internship to focus in depth on an area within accounting of special individual interest such as, forensic accounting, environmental accounting, entertainment accounting or accounting information systems.
Few undergraduate programs of study lead to the professional status and job security that the growing fields of accounting and accounting information systems enjoy today. Endicott’s program is designed to position its graduates on the cutting edge of this enduring and rewarding profession.
Examples of Internship sites include:
Caturano and Company
Gorton’s of Gloucester
Hospice of the North Shore
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Rue La La, Inc.