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Accounting

The Department of Accounting at the Smeal College of Business

The field of accounting focuses on the development and interpretation of financial information critical to managerial decision-making. Persons trained in accounting may become executives with major fiscal responsibility-financial vice president, treasurer, comptroller, or budget director. They may also choose to engage in auditing, tax planning, or consulting.

Mission of the Smeal Accounting Department

  • To enhance and disseminate knowledge of accounting and of the accounting profession
  • To provide competence for entry into any branch of the accounting profession
  • To promote adaptability to changing requirements in the profession
  • To impart an attitude of continuous professional development
  • To provide an understanding of accounting for non-accounting careers and personal life
  • To provide a Ph.D. program with a strong research emphasis to produce competitive candidates for academic positions