Accounting is the art and practice of measuring, interpreting, and communicating information about financial activity. The skill set that students acquire in the study of accounting at Eastern Illinois University is both powerful and flexible, providing students with a wide variety of employment options upon graduation. Most commonly, graduates of E.I.U.’s Accountancy Program assume positions at public accounting firms or as “private sector” accountants.
Public accounting firms conduct audits, assist in tax preparation, and consult with clients over a variety of business and internal business process issues. Successful individuals in public accounting rise through the ranks to the role of manager and then to partner.
Private sector accounting (or “corporate accounting’) positions are as diverse as business itself, spanning roles from Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer to positions of management and oversight over internal audit, cost accounting, payroll, payables/receivables, and general ledger activities.
The E.I.U. Accountancy Program is fully committed to training students in a manner that will enable them to take and pass any and all professional certification programs in the marketplace--including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) examinations.
Students who succeed as Accountancy Majors are:
- Outstanding problem solvers and analysts
- Skilled at interpersonal communications
- Excellent technical writers
- Comfortable with detail, but grasp the "big picture"
- Objective and rational
The Accountancy Major curriculum emphasizes:
- Technical knowledge of accounting principles, standards, procedures, and other applications
- Critical and analytical thinking skills
- Ethical understanding and reasoning abilities
- Proficiency in the use of information technology
- Written and oral communication skills
- Awareness of cultural diversity
Undergraduate Academic Requirements
- Grade Point Average(GPA): minimum 2.0 out of 4.0.
- Test of English Language (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)*:
- Paper-Based TOEFL: 500 points
- Internet-Based TOEFL: 61 points
- IELTS: 6.0 on the Academic Module
- MELAB: 69
- STEP EIKEN: Grade Pre-1
*English Proficiency Requirements can be waived under the following circumstances:
- You have successfully completed 24 semester hours of academic credit from a U.S. college or university, or
- You have completed Level 112 courses with a Certificate of Completion from an ELS Language Center in the U.S., or
- You have successfully completed two consecutive years of courses in a country where English is the primary language and medium of instruction (with the past two years).
- You have successfully completed two terms (one semester) of English for Academic Purposes 2 (Level 6) at the Center of English as a Second Language (CESL) at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.
- You have successfully completed the Proficiency Level, Certificate of Achievement from Kaplan International Colleges.
- You have successfully completed Level 9 at one of The Language Company centers in the United States. [effective Fall 2013 cycle]
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Last updated February 12, 2018