Department of Accountancy, Finance and Business Law

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Several career paths are available for students who major in accounting or finance.  Accountants work as CPAs, internal auditors in industry, cost analysts, tax specialists, budget directors, Internal Revenue agents, and finance officers in local governments.  Finance majors work as financial analysts, investment advisors, commercial bankers, and financial planners.  Accountants and finance professionals provide important services to companies and clients and are well respected in the business community.

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We also offer minors in accounting and finance and postbaccalaureate certificates in General Accounting, Finance, and Advanced Taxation.

Major Opportunities

The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Finance.  Both disciplines – accounting, finance – are highly technical and require strong quantitative skills.  These career paths are challenging, but also very rewarding.   Accountants and finance professionals in corporations often rise to top management and serve in positions such as Chief Financial Officer or Chief Executive Officer.    For further information contact the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Business Law at either accountancy@nku.edu or finance@nku.edu.

We also offer a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree that prepares graduates for immediate entry into careers in public accounting, and meets the 150-hour requirement to be eligible to sit for the CPA Exam.  An undergraduate degree in accounting is not required for admission to the MAcc.   For additional information, please contact accountancy@nku.edu.

Internships

Students gain practical work experience through Internships with local firms.   A pre-approved paid Internship is required for all accounting majors, and strongly encouraged for finance majors.  The Internship experience helps students understand the expectations of professional positions and often leads to a full-time position upon graduation.  Interested students should contact Professor Lorraine Ruh.

Student Organizations

Students majoring in accounting or finance may participate in two student organizations.  The Finance and Accounting Student Organization (FASA) provides professional development and networking opportunities for students.  The Department provides support for minority students through our student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).  Students interested in FASA should contact one of the faculty advisors: Professor Jim Kirtley, Professor Darius Fatemi or Professor Steve Devoto.

Haile Student Investment Fund

Through the generosity of the Haile/USBank Foundation gift, a substantial fund is available for students to gain real-world experience in investment analysis and portfolio management.  This opportunity is available  to students as part of an upper level finance elective class open to top students by application.  Interested students should contact Professor JC Kim.