Accounting

Bachelor's Degree Program

Join the only accounting program in Alaska accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier global accrediting body for business and accounting programs and schools.

As an accounting major at UAF, you’ll have unique opportunities for networking and experiential learning. You can get real-world investing experience through the Student Investment Fund class, or take part in the volunteer income tax assistance program. We offer numerous internships, most of which to lead to job opportunities for our students. You can also grow your professional network and access career guidance services through the business program and a variety of professional student organizations.

Our graduates enjoy high CPA pass rates and an almost 100% job placement rate. If you’re looking for extra flexibility, we also offer the bachelor’s in accounting fully online.

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Why Earn Your Degree in Accounting at UAF?

Our accounting degree is distinguished by hands-on learning and high-quality instruction in a caring and supportive learning environment. Here are some of the unique opportunities you can look forward to when you major in accounting at UAF.

Gain real-world career and business experience

  • Build your resume, or find your next job, through numerous internship opportunities. Help manage a $1.4 million portfolio of stock and real estate investments. Make connections and get experience working with local businesses. Our bachelor’s degree in accounting gives you the hands-on experience to excel in today’s job market.

Develop the knowledge and skills that employers require

  • Our program has passed rigorous standards for quality. We hold both business and accounting accreditation from the AACSB. This dual accreditation has only been achieved by 1.5% of universities worldwide, and we are the only university in Alaska with this distinction. This means better education for our students, and more employment opportunities and higher salaries for our graduates.

 

Get to know your professors

  • Our faculty are accessible and dedicated teachers whose doors are always open when you have a question. Small class sizes offer even more opportunities to interact directly with professors and peers. In addition to being accomplished teachers, all of our accounting faculty also have professional accounting experience.

 

Build your network as you pursue your accounting degree

  • A variety of active student organizations offer all kinds of ways to connect with people in your field and build your professional network. Opportunities include Associated Students of Business, Great Alaskan Accounting People, Native Alaskan Business Leaders and Students Offering Leadership Development, just to name a few. Employers also come from all over the state to interview and hire our accounting majors for internships and jobs during accounting week.

 

What Can You Do With an Accounting Degree?

Accounting majors look forward to a wide range of professional opportunities, working in everything from CPA firms, to large corporations, to small businesses and nonprofits. It’s also a very portable degree that allows you to work and live almost anywhere.

Our program has a strong track record of success, with an almost 100% job placement rate. Many of our accounting graduates also continue their education at UAF, earning their MBA or taking the CPA exam.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Accounting degree jobs

The degree in accounting will prepare you to get your professional certification as:

  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Certified Public Accountant

The accounting degree also provides a strong foundation in knowledge and professional skills for careers such as:

  • Accounting clerking
  • Banking
  • Budget analysis
  • Controllership
  • Credit authorization
  • Criminal investigation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Executive management
  • Financial management

Employers in Alaska, such as BDO and KPMG, regularly recruit our accounting majors as interns and employees. Our graduates also go on to jobs across the United States.

Accounting degree salary

Based on recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage for accountants in Alaska is $82,920.

Accounting salaries can vary significantly based on your level of experience and education, and the type of industry you work in.

 

 

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