BYU School of Accountancy Mission Statement
The BYU School of Accountancy’s mission is to (1) provide a world-class accounting education that is spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building and that leads to lifelong learning and service, and to (2) produce rigorous scholarship and thought leadership that improves the accounting discipline and society.
What is Accounting?
Accounting has been described as the “language of business.” Accounting is the study of how businesses track their income and assets over time. Besides preparing financial statements and recording business transactions, accountants engage in a wide variety of activities including computing costs and efficiency gains from new technologies, participating in strategies for mergers and acquisitions, managing quality, developing and using information systems to track financial performance, and deciding tax strategy. BYU accounting students not only are ranked highly academically but also are very highly regarded by accounting firms—including the Big Four. With this reputation, the program is very competitive.
Careers in Accounting
Graduates from the SOA find employment in private companies, public accounting firms, and government and nonprofit organizations. As part of the management teams in these organizations, the accountant provides information and advice for planning and controlling operations and strategies. Particularly in public accounting, professionally trained students provide audit, tax, systems, consulting, and financial service expertise. Many local, state, and federal governments and agencies, as well as several nonprofit organizations, actively recruit students from the SOA. More than seventy different firms and agencies, including all of the major public accounting firms, recruit SOA graduates.