8: McIntire School of Commerce

General Information | Academic Requirements | Course Descriptions | Faculty

General Curriculum | Degree Requirements | Programs of Concentration
Accounting | Finance | International Business | Management
Management Information Systems | Marketing


The accounting program develops individuals, molding them into financial experts. Graduates work as business consultants, financial managers, independent auditors, and tax advisors. McIntire's accounting program is widely recognized as one of the country's best and graduates are highly sought. The program builds on the broad liberal arts background acquired during a student's first two years at the University. It is designed to give the student both a sound general business foundation, and the analytical and conceptual skills essential to an understanding of current accounting practices.

Accountants supply various users quantitative information, primarily financial in nature and essential to decision-making and control. As corporate financial managers, they also participate in financial decisions that allocate scare resources within and among private and public sector organizations to achieve both economic and social goals. Equally important, accounting provides information to investors, creditors, government, and society on management's stewardship and the effective use of an organization's resources. Independent certified public accountants provide a wide variety of tax and consulting services to clients. CPAs also audit management's reports and determine whether they fairly present the facts.

The basic requirements for the accounting concentration are COMM 310, COMM 311, COMM 312, COMM 314, and COMM 342. Students seeking professional certification (e.g., certified public accountant, certified management accountant, or certified internal auditor) should consider these additional electives:

COMM 445
COMM 521
COMM 531
COMM 546
Students who plan to enter the School's graduate accounting program (M.S.) and who graduate with 126 credits or more may take two 500-level courses and receive graduate credit for them toward the M.S. degree.

University of Virginia students who have been admitted to the McIntire School of Commerce may apply for and be accepted to the M.S. in Accounting degree program after completing two semesters of study as a Commerce School student, earn good grades, submit acceptable letters of recommendation, and earn GMAT scores that indicate a capacity to do graduate work at the University of Virginia. Because this is a competitive admissions process, acceptance to the program is not guaranteed, but ultimately hinges on the candidate's record of accomplishments.

The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination   Students planning to sit for the Uniform CPA examination should determine the requirements for admission to the examination by contacting their State Board of Accountancy. Persons seeking information concerning the requirements for admission to sit for the CPA examination in Virginia are referred to the Virginia State Board of Accountancy, Department of Commerce, 3600 W. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23230, or call 1-800-CPA- EXAM. Persons seeking information concerning requirements for admission to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination and /or the Certified Financial Management (CFM) examination are referred to the Institute of Management Accountants, 10 Paragon Drive, Montvale, NJ 07645-1759, or call 1-800-638-4427.

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