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Accounting (ACCT)

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:22am

Accountants create, disseminate, and evaluate financial information. They have a broad based understanding of business, as well as strong technical accounting knowledge and skill. They engage in oral and written communication, have a working knowledge of various information technologies, and possess the ability to exercise sound, objective, and ethical judgments. Users of accounting information include investors, creditors, government, management, and unions.

The Accounting concentration provides students with the expertise needed to begin a career as an accountant or manager. The program emphasizes conceptual issues, while providing appropriate technical skills for an entry-level accountant. The general business education, received in other courses in the business school, together with the specific accounting curriculum provides students with a clear understanding of the relationship between accounting and related management issues.

Students declaring an Accounting (ACCT) Concentration must take a required six courses. Please refer to the University of Calgary Calendar for a description of these courses and their prerequisites.

Nature of Work and Types of Job

Cost Accounting

  • track, record, and analyze costs associated with a company’s products or services
  • analyze the supply chain to provide budget and cost estimates, as well as inventory analysis and reconciliation

Forensic Accounting

  • investigate suspected incidents of fraud and misconduct
  • measure and monitor compliance programs

Financial Accounting

  • prepare financial information for individuals, companies, and other organizations

Financial Auditing

  • review company financial statements
  • conduct planning and risk assessment to identify audit risks and recommend improvements to accounting and management practices

Tax Accounting

  • participate in the development and implementation of corporate tax planning
  • assist individuals in preparing tax returns

Positions Obtained by Recent Grads

  • Accounting Analyst
  • Associate
  • Budget & Results Analyst
  • CPA Pre-approved Positions
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Reporting Accountant
  • Internal Audit Assistant
  • Management Consultant
  • Petroleum Production Accountant
  • Property Accountant
  • Research Analyst
  • Staff Accountant

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