The Department of Accounting is committed to providing students the education and technical knowledge necessary to enter the accounting profession and to pursue a successful professional career. The field of accounting offers challenging and rewarding opportunities in public accounting, tax accounting, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations.
Prospective accountants must be prepared to work in an increasingly complex environment. In addition to accounting knowledge, the successful accountant must possess a broad knowledge of business. Other essential skills include the ability to communicate verbally and in writing, work well with and motivate others, organize and manage tasks and other people, and use sound professional judgment.
To become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Florida and most other jurisdictions, students must complete additional educational requirements beyond the bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that students satisfy these requirements by completing the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program. The master’s program provides the best preparation for entrance into the accounting profession.
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Students are encouraged to enrich their education through the college's internship program and international programs. Many networking and leadership opportunities are available through student organizations, such as the Association of Latino Professional in Finance and Accounting, Beta Alpha Psi, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Institute of Management Accountants, National Association of Black Accountants and Women in Accounting, and department events, such as Meet the Firms and the Thomas Howell Ferguson Accounting Speaker Series. Additionally, the college's Student Leadership Council sponsors several networking events and student engagement programs to assist students in the transition from college to careers. Generous scholarships help support students along the way.
Accounting faculty members are widely recognized for producing high-quality, innovative research, and several members are acknowledged worldwide as experts in their fields. The research interests of the faculty cover a broad range of topics including, auditing, corporate governance, valuation, decision-making, financial reporting, accounting information systems, disclosure and management and analyst forecasting. In addition to being active in a wide spectrum of scholarly research, faculty members maintain a reputation campus wide for being among the most well-respected teachers on campus, according to student evaluations and university commendations.
Office Location: RBA 309
Department Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 850-644- 2771
College of Business
Department of Accounting
821 Academic Way, RBA 309
P.O. Box 3061110
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1110