UConn’s Accounting Department is one of the top programs in the country. Recognized nationally for innovation in curriculum, we offer a curriculum that emphasizes the leading developments in the field of accounting while utilizing the most current and practical technologies. We were the first accounting program in New England to receive separate national accreditation by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.
#25 in the Nation, Public Accounting Report
2012 graduating class: 185
120 credits required for graduation, including:
- 24 credits (20%) in upper-division Business courses
- 25 credits (21%) in accounting courses
Students must earn at least a 2.0 grade point average for all School of Business courses, including a 2.0 grade point average for all Accounting courses.
Through our close relationships with the accounting profession, including extensive internship and on-campus recruiting programs exclusive to the Accounting department, most accounting majors are placed in permanent jobs upon graduation.
Salaries for Accounting graduates range from $48,000 to $60,000.
In 2012, 11 seniors graduated with Honors. By participating in the Honors Program, these students wrote an honors thesis in their senior year which consisted of original research on a variety of accounting topics. These students have demonstrated the ability and creativity to go beyond the basic course requirements and have distinguished themselves as special students.
We have a program of awarding scholarships to outstanding 2nd and 3rd year students with an interest in Accounting. These awards are made possible by the close working relationship we have with the Accounting Profession in Connecticut. Many new scholarships are the direct result of extensive department fundraising initiatives. The awards are given at our annual Accounting Honors Banquet, and are expressly designed to attract/reward undergraduate accounting majors and to establish early relationships between students and the profession. In 2012, 157 scholarships were awarded to deserving accounting majors.
Accounting Internship Programs
Career opportunities are especially diverse for Accounting majors. Internships can help students differentiate between career paths and crystallize career objectives. The experience in and exposure to real accounting systems and problems are often motivating factors, leading to the completion of coursework with a clearer concept of the relationship between academic pursuits and professional development.
Number of 2012 Internships: 133
Compensation range: $18.00-26.00 per hour
Deloitte Tax Challenge
The Deloitte Tax Challenge is an annual competition that involves completing a number of tax cases, using the Internal Revenue Code and the Treasury Regulations as research tools. The student teams compete in a regional competition for the chance to compete in the national championships in Arizona.
PricewaterhouseCoopers xACT Challenge
The PwC xACT Challenge is an exciting learning experience that provides the opportunity to team five students to tackle a high-level financial reporting and accounting policy case. Teams gain recognition for their teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills as they compete for substantial rewards.
Mock Fraud Investigations with the IRS
UConn Accounting students team with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to conduct a series of mock fraud investigations. The exercise is designed to showcase career opportunities available through CID, a unit of the IRS that investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
VITA is a program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The University of Connecticut works in partnership with the IRS to provide free tax assistance and tax return preparation services for individuals who are economically disadvantaged and for individuals for whom English is a second language.
The Beta Alpha Psi Fraternity is an honorary and professional fraternity for Accounting, Finance, and Information System Majors. Membership requires at least a 3.0 average overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in his or her major. For its extensive programs and outreach, The Epsilon Lambda Chapter at UConn has received a Superior Rating from the national office for the past five academic years.
The Accounting Society is open to all Business School majors and does not have a minimum GPA requirement. Its meetings and activities are conducted jointly with Beta Alpha Psi.
The Accounting major is available to students at the Storrs Campus.