Frequently Asked Questions
What are your placements like?
Excellent. Many students return from their summer internship (between junior and senior year) with an offer in hand. Most are typically placed by the end of fall semester their senior year. The majority of accounting majors go to Big-4 or large regional accounting firms; others, to large corporations. Many of these positions begin the fall after graduation, as firms get ready for busy season. Six months after graduation, well over 90 percent are working in the accounting field.
Are there other advantages to completing the 150-hour option?
The other big advantage is the ability to pursue the master’s degree you desire after you have work experience and are more certain of your future interests. Master’s degrees serve different purposes, and your career may go in a direction you don’t currently anticipate. By waiting, you can choose the right master’s for you. In addition, you learn more from a master’s program when you have work experience.
Can I still go abroad?
Absolutely! Many accounting students do. The Sigmund Weis School of Business operates our own London program, and Susquehanna’s Office of International Programs has information on dozens of other options. We also place students in international internships, which include a stipend supported by the Stein Fellowships.
Can I practice in a state other than Pennsylvania?
Yes. We routinely place students throughout the country. The rules differ somewhat from state to state; still, our standard program fulfills the requirements nearly everywhere. We address unusual requirements using the Accounting Topics course. Find the exact requirements of the location where you plan to practice on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Web site. Go to www.nasba.org and click on the state or territory, then on “exam requirements.” And then work with your faculty advisor to choose the classes that will help you achieve your objective.