Accounting is fundamental to the success of any organization, allowing leaders to assess the economic outcomes of their decisions, exercise control over the organization’s parts, and consider the impact of alternatives. Accounting provides the data that allows the capital markets to function efficiently and confidently. As the saying goes, “Accounting is the language of business.”
Accountants are key employees in almost every organization across the private, nonprofit and government sectors. The public accounting industry now generates more than $175 billion annually in revenues worldwide.1 Accounting continues to be a reliable and growing profession; demand for those with accounting skills is expected to increase at least 10 percent through 2026.2
The School of Accounting seeks to provide outstanding new talent to the profession and to help those already working as accountants increase their competencies and enhance their potential for success.
The hallmark of the School of Accounting’s programs is relevancy. Heeding the calls for accounting education reform coming from regulatory and standard-setting bodies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Accounting Standards Board, legislators, major public accounting firms and distinguished academics, the School of Accounting has curricular and programmatic relevancy as its core value. Its programs not only provide solid technical skills, they also ensure that graduates understand the context in which accountants operate, from economics and finance, to law and public policy, to the implications of globalization, to the systems by which goods and services are created and distributed.
In addition, essential skills in oral and written communication, quantitative methods, critical thinking and teamwork and leadership are developed. Ethics and professional responsibility underlies all of our coursework and other activities. Professionalism is stressed and expected. Students learn how to engage in financial accounting, auditing, tax, forensic accounting, internal auditing and other research. They become proficient with the book of accounts.
Our purpose is to develop the full potential of each student as an accounting professional and future leader in the discipline.
For further information about the School of Accounting, please contact:
School of Accounting
Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
1 “The Professional Services Industry in the United States.” Select USA. Web. 28 August 2018. http://selectusa.commerce.gov/industry-snapshots/professional-services-industry-united-states.
2 “Occupational Outlook Handbook: Accountants and Auditors.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web. 28 August 2018. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-1.
Master of Science