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Department Chair:
Peter Rosen

Contact Person:
Mary Scimeca

Phone: 620-235-4561
Fax: 620-235-4558


223 Kelce Center
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS  66762-7537

Accounting? Pitt State? YES!

Why Accounting? | Why Pitt State?

A Career with No Geographical Nor Organizational Boundaries

  • Accounting is universal; it is an integral part of all types of organizations throughout the world.
  • These organizations include public accounting firms, private industry, governmental organizations, and not-for-profit entities.

    Broad Range of Responsibilities

    • Traditional projects include financial reporting and analysis, tax preparation and planning, managerial analysis and reporting, and audit services.
    • Additional projects include management and information technology consulting, fraud examinations and litigation support, and a broad range of risk management services.

    Excellent Pay (Source: Start Here, Go Places)

    • Public Accounting with 0-3 Years Experience
      • In large firms, the salary range is $48,750 to $69,250.
      • In small to midsized firms, the salary range is $41,000 to $62,500.
        • Corporate Accounting with 0-3 Years Experience
          • In large firms, the salary range is $38,000 to $57,250.
          • In small to midsized firms, the salary range is $33,500 to $53,250.

              Advancement Potential

              • About 30 percent of senior management at Fortune 500 companies began their careers in accounting.
              • Accountants also own and manage their own businesses.

                Trusted Financial Advisors

                • Business owners and managers frequently consult with their accountant before making significant managerial or financial decisions.
                • Why?  They trust and respect the analytical and objective advice we provide.

                Accounting is the Language of Business

                • You wouldn't want to live in another country without understanding the native language.
                • Likewise, for a career in business invest your time now to learn the language of business - accounting.

                WHY PITT STATE?

                Kelce College of Business Accredited by AACSB International

                • Only about 30 percent of all business colleges have earned this designation
                • Some employers only recruit at AACSB accredited programs

                Internal Auditing Education Partnership

                • One of only 44 programs in the world endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
                • Provides specialized training in internal auditing leading to excellent internships and career opportunities.
                • Prepares EIAP students to complete the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam.

                Earn to Learn

                • Numerous, well-paid internship opportunities are available with premier companies.
                • Students may also receive three to six hours of college credit for qualified internships.

                Qualified Faculty Are Your Teachers and Mentors

                • All faculty are professionally certified (e.g., CPA, CMA, CIA); most have earned doctorates in accounting.
                • Their primary mission is teaching and helping our students succeed., but they also stay current in their field through research and professional interaction.
                • Unlike larger schools, qualified faculty, not graduate students, teach our classes.

                A Focus on Student Success

                • Low student-faculty ratio allows our faculty to help each individual student succeed.
                • Our department measures our success by the success of our students and alumni.

                A Track Record of Success

                • Click the Success button to see a few recent, notable accomplishments of our students, alumni, and faculty.

                Integration of Technology

                • Classrooms all have multimedia capabilities. 
                • Students learn state-of-the-art software tools such as ACL auditing software, MS Access, MS Visio flowcharting, SAP Enterprise Resource Planning, and electronic work papers. 
                • Many course materials are available on the Internet using the Instructure Canvas course management software.

                Active Student Organizations

                Provide ample opportunities for networking and professional development

                • The Accounting Association / Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Student Chapter
                  • Monthly professional programs on campus
                  • Monthly professional meetings of the Joplin Tri-State IMA Chapter
                • The IIA Student Chapter
                  • Monthly professional programs on campus
                  • Monthly professional meetings of the Kansas City Chapter of the IIA
                • Beta Alpha Psi Lambda Gamma Chapter
                  • This is the premier student organization for the best and the brightest accounting, finance, and information systems majors.

                MBA Program with a Concentration in Accounting

                • Lifetime earnings average about $500,000 more with an MBA degree 
                • Meets the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam 
                • Full-time students may complete the BBA and MBA in 5 years 
                • Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available to help pay for the 5th year of college

                Accounting? Pitt State? YES

                For more information about our degree programs contact Department of Accounting, 620-235-4561.