becoming an accountant

For Concordia’s online Master of Science in Accountancy, you can customize the program to fit your background and goals. This approach, along with our flexible courses, will help you successfully transition to a career in accounting. If you have an undergraduate degree in a business-related field and have taken the equivalent of introduction to financial accounting and introduction to managerial accounting, you are ready to begin our program!  If your undergraduate degree is not business-related, you may just be a few prerequisite courses away from starting your transition into an accounting program.

Deciding to make a career switch into accounting can be a significant decision with potential benefits. Here are several reasons why you might consider this transition:

  1. Stability: Accounting is a fundamental aspect of business operations, making it a relatively stable career choice. Regardless of economic conditions, businesses need skilled accountants to manage their finances, which can provide a sense of job security.
  2. Versatility: Accounting skills are transferable across various industries and sectors. Whether you’re interested in working for a large corporation, a small business, a non-profit organization, or even pursuing entrepreneurship, accounting knowledge will always be valuable.
  3. Career Opportunities: The demand for accountants remains high, offering numerous career paths and advancement opportunities. From entry-level positions like staff accountant to managerial roles such as controller or CFO, there are many avenues for career growth.
  4. Potential for High Earnings: Accountants often earn competitive salaries, especially as they gain experience and attain professional certifications such as CPA (Certified Public Accountant).
  5. Intellectual Challenge: If you enjoy problem-solving, analyzing data, and working with numbers, accounting can provide a fulfilling intellectual challenge. The field offers opportunities to tackle complex financial issues and develop innovative solutions.
  6. Job Satisfaction: For those who derive satisfaction from providing valuable financial insights, helping businesses make informed decisions, and contributing to their success, accounting can be a rewarding career choice.
  7. Continuous Learning: Accounting is a dynamic field that evolves with changes in regulations, technology, and business practices. As such, accountants have opportunities for continuous learning and professional development to stay current in their field.
  8. Contribution to Society: Accountants play a crucial role in promoting financial transparency, integrity, and accountability, which are essential for the stability and trustworthiness of organizations and the overall economy.

Ultimately, whether a career switch into accounting is right for you depends on your interests, skills, and career goals. Consider how earning your Master of Science in Accountancy at CUWAA aligns with your aspirations.

Want in?

Our 12-month master’s in accountancy will prepare you for the unique challenges and opportunities in public accounting. Through courses on accounting analytics, advanced taxation, auditing, fraud management, and ethical leadership, combined with a concentration of your choice in Business Analysis and Reporting, Information Systems and Controls, or Tax Compliance and Planning, you’ll be positioned to enter an organization with the skills to make a positive impact.

Amber Gray is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs – Batterman and Haab School of Business and an Assistant Professor of Accounting.