Public or Corporate Accounting?


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aeb4au

I am an accounting student about to start getting into my upper level
accounting classes. There are 2 routes I can take: Public Accounting (which
prepares you for the CPA exam) or the Corporate Accounting route. I have
no desire to work for a PA firm, but rather a company. Which do you
recommend? Seems the CA option offers more of what I am interested in, but
most everyone goes for their CPA. I just don't want to not take courses
that I may need. Here are the options:

Public Accounting Option
This program is intended to meet the entry-level educational requirements for students
who want to pursue a career in public accounting. Students in this program must
complete additional courses to qualify to sit for the Certified Public Accountant
Examination in Alabama. Most students continue their education by completing the
M.B.A. degree (or equivalent number of hours) with a concentration in accounting to
fulfill the minimum 150 semester hours of academic preparation required by the
regulations under the Alabama Public Accountancy Act. For more information about
the CPA examination requirements in Alabama, contact the State Board of Public
Accountancy or the head of the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Those planning to take the CPA examination for another state should contact the
appropriate board or department in that state to determine the requirements.

Required Courses Semester Hours
ACCT 3110 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 3120 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 3210 Managerial Cost Accounting
ACCT 3310 Income Tax Accounting
ACCT 4200 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 4410 Auditing Financial Statements
Option Electives

Option Electives
ACCT 4130 Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT 4320 Advanced Income Tax Accounting
ACCT 4420 Seminar in Auditing
ACCT 4510 Government and Nonprofit Accounting
(Students in the public accounting option are also required to complete MNGT 3420
Legal Aspects of Business Management as a business elective.)

Corporate Accounting Option
This program is intended to meet the entry-level educational requirements for students
who want to pursue a career in corporate/managerial accounting. Students in this
program will have the background to work in a variety of industries-manufacturing,
retail, government, nonprofit, or services. Students interested in careers in state and
local government should take ACCT 4510 as one of the option electives.

Required Courses Semester Hours
ACCT 3110 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 3210 Managerial Cost Accounting
ACCT 3310 Income Tax Accounting
ACCT 4200 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 4230 Advanced Managerial Accounting
ACCT 4430 Internal Auditing
Option Electives (2)

Option Electives
ACCT 3120 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 4130 Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT 4320 Advanced Income Tax Accounting
ACCT 4410 Auditing Financial Statements
ACCT 4510 Government and Nonprofit Accounting

Thanks in advance for your advice!
Ashley


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Steve

I am an accounting student about to start getting into my upper level
accounting classes. There are 2 routes I can take: Public Accounting (which
prepares you for the CPA exam) or the Corporate Accounting route. I have
no desire to work for a PA firm, but rather a company. Which do you
recommend? Seems the CA option offers more of what I am interested in, but
most everyone goes for their CPA. I just don't want to not take courses
that I may need. Here are the options:

Public Accounting Option
This program is intended to meet the entry-level educational requirements for students
who want to pursue a career in public accounting. Students in this program must
complete additional courses to qualify to sit for the Certified Public Accountant
Examination in Alabama. Most students continue their education by completing the
M.B.A. degree (or equivalent number of hours) with a concentration in accounting to
fulfill the minimum 150 semester hours of academic preparation required by the
regulations under the Alabama Public Accountancy Act. For more information about
the CPA examination requirements in Alabama, contact the State Board of Public
Accountancy or the head of the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Those planning to take the CPA examination for another state should contact the
appropriate board or department in that state to determine the requirements.

Required Courses Semester Hours
ACCT 3110 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 3120 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 3210 Managerial Cost Accounting
ACCT 3310 Income Tax Accounting
ACCT 4200 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 4410 Auditing Financial Statements
Option Electives

Option Electives
ACCT 4130 Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT 4320 Advanced Income Tax Accounting
ACCT 4420 Seminar in Auditing
ACCT 4510 Government and Nonprofit Accounting
(Students in the public accounting option are also required to complete MNGT 3420
Legal Aspects of Business Management as a business elective.)

Corporate Accounting Option
This program is intended to meet the entry-level educational requirements for students
who want to pursue a career in corporate/managerial accounting. Students in this
program will have the background to work in a variety of industries-manufacturing,
retail, government, nonprofit, or services. Students interested in careers in state and
local government should take ACCT 4510 as one of the option electives.

Required Courses Semester Hours
ACCT 3110 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 3210 Managerial Cost Accounting
ACCT 3310 Income Tax Accounting
ACCT 4200 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 4230 Advanced Managerial Accounting
ACCT 4430 Internal Auditing
Option Electives (2)

Option Electives
ACCT 3120 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 4130 Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT 4320 Advanced Income Tax Accounting
ACCT 4410 Auditing Financial Statements
ACCT 4510 Government and Nonprofit Accounting

Thanks in advance for your advice!
Ashley
take the courses needed to qualify for the CPA exam. You may never work in
public accounting but many private companies require the CPA designation or
equivalent for professional hiring.
 
J

Joe Canuck

I am an accounting student about to start getting into my upper level
accounting classes. There are 2 routes I can take: Public Accounting (which
prepares you for the CPA exam) or the Corporate Accounting route. I have
no desire to work for a PA firm, but rather a company. Which do you
recommend? Seems the CA option offers more of what I am interested in, but
most everyone goes for their CPA. I just don't want to not take courses
that I may need. Here are the options:
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Check around to see what organizations you would be interested in
working for are looking for in terms of qualifications.

In any case, don't make any career limiting moves... follow the path
that gives you the most options.
 
M

mrs. eliza humperdink

go Public if you want to wear green eyeshades and code up excel charts
in the boiler room while reading the fine print in fading receipts from
cheap south dakota diners.
 
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~^ beancounter ~^

"The CMA is worthless"

Mathew...you don't "get out" much, do you?
 

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