Business managers and consultants need to be able to analyze and interpret financial data, manage budgets, provide forecast analyses, and even prepare and audit financial statements. Leveraging managerial skills and a broader understanding of the business landscape alongside accounting-related skills can further enhance promotability. Additionally, an Accounting Specialization may appeal to those who already have a background in accounting and intend to sit for the CPA exam or take classes for CPA credits.
Before students may pursue the Accounting specialization, they must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Obtain approval by FAU’s School of Accounting:
- Meet one-on-one with an advisor
- Undergo academic record review
- Have an undergraduate degree in accounting or taxation (*if not, student must satisfy all specialization prerequisites first).
After acceptance into the Accounting specialization, students select a total of six (6) classes (18 credits) of ACG or TAX courses designated to meet the specialization requirements:
- Required: Two courses (6 credits) of the Accounting specific courses below replace Core-curriculum courses:
- Advanced Information Systems (ACG 6475) replaces Management of Information Systems and Technology (ISM 6026)
- Advanced Financial Reporting (ACG 6138) substituted in place of Advanced Analysis of Accounting Data (ACG 6315)
Students pursuing the Accounting specialization fulfill the remaining 12 credit (4 course) elective requirement by choosing from a list of nearly 30 Accounting or Tax courses to be provided after acceptance into specialization (please note: ACG 6027, ACG 6137, ACG 6347 and ACG 6635 and accounting courses at the 5000-level are not acceptable for the Accounting specialization). Elective course offerings vary by semester. Courses may be offered online or on-campus.