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Accounting Degrees

The universal language of business, commerce and finance, accounting is perfect for students with a good head for numbers and analysis, a driving interest in business and a keen eye for detail. Accounting degrees involve learning how to measure, process, analyze and communicate financial information about an organization to a variety of concerned parties, including investors, creditors, management, regulators and the general public in order to facilitate improvements and adherence to established rules and guidelines.

Key Skills

Common skills gained with an accounting degree include:

  • Advanced knowledge of accounting topics, skills and techniques
  • Computational and technology skills, including proficiency in accounting software
  • Enhanced quantitative skills and techniques
  • Awareness of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Understanding of regulatory issues in accounting
  • Broad and global awareness of business and economics issues and organizations
  • Understanding of ethical, legal and social responsibility in business, including accountability
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Ability to analyze complex data sets
  • Ability to make financial decisions
  • Ability to work in a team, both in leadership and collaborative roles
  • Ability to approach issues from multiple perspectives
  • Ability to tactfully deal with sensitive information
  • Project management skills
  • Logical decision-making and strategic and creative thinking abilities
  • Time management and self-reliance
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills, aimed towards financial and non-financial audiences
  • Foreign language skills (if taking a year abroad or a foreign language module)