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MAS (Leadership) Handbook

Professional Career Preparation

There are many opportunities for you to be involved beyond the formal classroom setting and to network with accounting professionals from industry and public accounting firms. These important connections help to enhance a student's understanding and preparation for a professional career and connect you to the professional job. Each semester the Department of Accountancy and the College of Business bring to Barsema Hall nationally known business professional speakers who can give you insights into various current business topics. Past speakers have been David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States; Cynthia Cooper, former Worldcom Chief Audit Executive; Sven Holmes, KPMG Executive Vice Chair; and Michael Crooch, retired Financial Accounting Standards Board member.

Other opportunities to prepare for your professional career are listed below:

  • Academic Internships (ACCY673) (more...)
    The objective of the academic internship is to provide students with a supervised program of employment and academic experience to assist the student in determining career paths and objectives while obtaining academic credit.

  • Certifications
    The Department of Accountancy supports the Certified Internal Auditor (C.I.A.) and the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) professional examinations by providing review courses. These professional examination reviews enhance our students' effectiveness in achieving professional certificates.

  • Endorsed Internal Auditing Certificate
    NIU is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditor's (IIA) Internal Auditing Education Partnership. To receive an IIA Certification of completion, a student must have either a B.S. in Accountancy at NIU or an MAS degree at NIU and complete ACCY 360/560, ACCY 462/562, an approved business elective, and an academic internship (ACCY 473/673) in the internal audit area. An independent study project (ACCY 472/604) may be substituted for the academic internship with approval. For additional information regarding this endorsed program, please contact Dr. David Sinason at 815-753-6501.

  • Experiential Learning Center (more...)
    The NIU College of Business Experiential Learning Center (ELC) connects student teams with companies to work on cross-functional business issues.Throughout the 16 week semester teams, made up of undergraduate and graduate students from various majors, are guided by a faculty coach and assisted by an organizational sponsor.

  • Student Organizations (more...)
    An important part of a student's experiences as an Accountancy major at NIU is participation in the activities of our student organizations. Our student organizations encourage a professional orientation while having fun performing a variety of services to the department, the university, and the community as a whole.

  • Study Abroad (more...)

  • Career Services (more...)
    Career Services staff members are available to you on a walk-in basis or by appointment through the summer and the school year. They can help you identify appropriate employers, discuss appropriate job-search strategies, and assist you in objectively considering job offers (benefits, compensation, career paths, etc). Additionally, they can review your resume and conduct mock interviews. Any questions concerning these job search services should be referred to Career Services at 753-1641.

  • Accountancy Career Planning Seminar (ACCY 370)
    This one hour course is designed to assist students in identifying and developing career goals, job search strategies, and interpersonal skills. Activities include self-assessment and career goal planning, resume writing, mock interviews, role-playing, and information interviews. This course is not a required course for MAS students. This course is helpful to the MAS student who does not feel confident in his/her interviewing skills. A requirement for ACCY 370 is to be a member of one of the Accountancy student organizations. See MAS advisor for further information.