Budget. That’s a word that might make others cringe, but when you hear it, it makes you want to roll up your sleeves and dust off the calculator. If you’re interested in reporting on financial activities that provide organizations with information to make effective decisions, then you may want to study accounting.

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UTSA’s Accounting Program

Home to one of the top business schools in the world, UTSA is one of the best places you can earn an Accounting degree. The program maintains high standards and is accredited by AACSB, the premier business accrediting agency. Our accounting courses are designed to prepare you for any number of careers within this challenging but rewarding profession. As an accountant, you’ll work behind-the-scenes to examine financial records, balance budgets, prepare taxes and ensure that financial operations are up-and-running smoothly and accurately.

What You’ll Learn

As an accounting major, you’ll have the option of learning a business competency as you work toward completing your degree. These competencies are available through elective courses and aim to develop a greater set of marketable skills for business majors. The competencies available for Accounting majors are analytics, entrepreneurship, international business, leading change, modeling and risk management.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Careers in Accounting

Top job titles for accounting graduates include:

  • Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Bookkeeper/Accounting Clerk
  • Financial Manager
  • Treasurer/Controller
  • Auditor
  • Tax Manager
  • Business/Management Analyst
  • Tax Analyst/Specialist

Accounting and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in Texas, with more than 48,000 job opportunities between November 2018 and October 2019. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Virginia, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Colorado and Arizona. More than 12million accounting-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2017-18.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Accounting Graduates

Accounting is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across all industries require accounting/financial staff and services. The industries that posted the largest number of accounting-related positions over 2018-19 included:

  • Accounting/Tax Preparation/Payroll
  • Financial Investment
  • Insurance
  • Health Care
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Energy (Oil and Gas)

Salaries for Accounting Graduates

The salary range for open accounting-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $39,183
median $64,550
top 10% $104,072

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Accounting Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an accounting graduate, some are more commonly sought than others. Accounting may be a good fit for you if:

  • You enjoy working with numbers
  • You are detail oriented
  • You are a good planner
  • You recognize patterns
  • You enjoy working with others

Scholarships Offered:

  • San Antonio Chapter of Texas Society of CPA’s Scholarship
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • BKD, LLP Accounting Scholarship
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Department of Accounting Various Donors Scholarship
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • EY Accounting Scholarship
    • Declared accounting major in their fourth year of study (first year of the Master of Accountancy MACY Program)
  • Farm Credit Bank of Texas Annual Business Scholarship
    • Declared undergraduate finance, accounting, management, or marketing major in the College of Business
  • Frost Accounting Scholarship
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Jane Bonham Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate level or graduate level
    • Minimum of 9 credit hours in accounting major courses
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Jessie and Jyoti Mann Endowed Scholarship in Honor of At the Mann Sisters
    • Declared major in accounting in the College of Business at the undergraduate level
    • Must have completed a minimum of two courses in accounting
  • Jesus Rodriguez and Lorenzo Salinas Endowed Fellowship
    • Declared major in accounting in the College of Business at the graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Kathleen Reymann Keil Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared accounting major at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Undergraduates must have completed at least 64 semester credit hours
  • KPMG LLP Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared accounting major at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Must have completed at least 60 semester credit hours
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Lynn Whiple Angrove Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum of 9 credit hours in accounting major courses
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Melinda and Danny Bryant Annual Scholarship
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate level
    • Must be enrolled full time
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Memorial Graduate Business Fellowship
    • Awarded to student(s) enrolled in Accounting Ph.D. program in College of Business
    • Priority given to students with motivation for research
  • RSM US, LLP Accounting
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Tenley K. Stevens Endowed Scholarship in Accounting
    • Declared accounting major at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application
  • The Dr. Russell F. Briner Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared major in accounting at the undergraduate level or enrolled in the Master of Accountancy degree at the graduate level
  • The E. Lou Curry Endowed Taxation Scholarship
    • Declared accounting major at the junior level or above in the College of Business
    • Must have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours
  • The Jack N. Terrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    • Declared accounting major at the undergraduate or graduate level
    • Must have completed a minimum of 9 semester credit hours in accounting major courses
  • The RSM Foundation Scholarship
    • Declared major in the College of Business at the undergraduate level
    • Must be enrolled full time, degree seeking in accounting
  • The San Antonio Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors Accounting Annual Scholarship
    • Declared major at the undergraduate level
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Willard H. Findling, CPA Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Accounting
    • Declared graduate major in the Master’s of Accountancy program in the College of Business
    • Recipients(s) must be in their final year of study
  • The BDO USA, LLP Accounting Scholarship
    • Declared accounting major at the undergraduate or graduate level in College of Business
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Student Life

Home to one of the top business schools in the world, UTSA is one of the best places you can earn an Accounting degree. The program maintains high standards and is accredited by AACSB, the premier business accrediting agency. As an accountant, you’ll work behind-the-scenes to examine financial records, balance budgets, prepare taxes and ensure that financial operations are up-and-running smoothly and accurately. Accounting may be a good for you if you enjoy working with numbers, are detail oriented, are a good planner, and enjoy working with others. Students studying accounting may consider becoming involved in:

  • Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Honor Society)
  • National Association of Black Accountants
  • Association of Latino Professionals for America

Student Spotlight

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Accounting Major

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