Degree Programs

Gain Tax Experience While Pursuing An Online Accounting Degree

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Oct 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Becoming an enrolled agent enables accounting students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings.

You don’t have to wait until you complete your online accounting degree to start building experience in the field if you have a talent for taxes and are willing to put in a little extra work.

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15 Accounting Blogs Worth Reading

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Sep 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Reading professional blogs to stay current with the newest trends and best practices is one practical way to advance in the accounting field.

In today’s business world, the majority of decision makers count on their CPAs as their most trusted and expert financial professionals.*

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What Do Online Accounting Degree Students Study?

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Looking for a job with security? The business world will always need accountants. But what can you expect to study in an online accounting degree program?

Break out the balloons and the green eyeshades -- tomorrow is National Accounting Day!

News to you?

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Topics: Accounting

Accounting Jobs On The Upswing

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 20, 2014 7:53:00 AM

Public and private industry employers are seeking candidates with accounting degrees.

There’s good news for graduates of online accounting degree programs.

After years of hiring freezes and cutbacks, the market for entry-level accounting professionals has strengthened.

According to the 2014 Accounting & Finance Salary Guide published by Robert Half, “Degreed candidates, even those in the earliest stages of their careers, are sought in public accounting and private industry.” The guide lists bookkeepers, internal auditors and staff accountants among the industry’s most in-demand positions.

Suzanne Seymoure, associate professor of accounting at Saint Leo University, says the future is bright for accounting grads. “There is a need for accountants in just about every facet of society,” she says. “We’re seeing growth everywhere, particularly in the corporate and public accounting fields.”

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Careers In Forensic Accounting | It Takes A Sleuth

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Mar 11, 2014 8:06:00 AM

Forensic accountants blend accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to uncover financial fraud.

Do you like to dig? Really dig?

Then a career in forensic accounting may be for you.

Forensic accountants combine their accounting knowledge with investigative skills to uncover large-scale corporate fraud and a multitude of complex financial schemes.

Think kickbacks, insider trading and inflated inventories. Think Ponzi schemes.

Think Bernie Madoff, the mastermind behind the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. The New York financier swindled investors out of more than $65 billion dollars.

And Enron. The energy giant, using accounting loopholes and fraudulent financial reporting, hid billions of dollars in debt while encouraging employees and shareholders to invest their life savings in stocks as the company was about to collapse.

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Topics: Accounting

CPA To CMA: Which Accounting Certification Is For You?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 30, 2014 7:59:00 AM

CPA.  CMA.  CIA.  CFE. What is the difference among accounting certifications? And does getting certified boost your marketability?

You've set your sights on a future in accounting. Getting a degree from a quality online accounting degree program is a great first step toward a successful career.  

But it shouldn't be your last.

In today's competitive marketplace you have to go the extra mile. In the field of accounting, that often means getting an accounting certification.

Or two, or three.

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Topics: Accounting

Earning A CPA License: Is It Worth It?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 12, 2013 7:59:00 AM

After completing an on-ground or online accounting degree program, is it imperative to get a CPA license? Does it make you a better accountant?

So you've decided to get a degree in accounting.  Great decision!  Accounting is the financial backbone of every organization, and one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S. today.  

But should you stop there or should you take it one step further and become a CPA?

That's up to you.

The decision to become a CPA, or Certified Public Accountant, is a personal one – depending on your life and professional goals.

To help you make a decision, here’s some basic information on what it means to be a CPA.

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"Should I Study Accounting?" 10 Questions To Help You Find Out

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 7, 2013 9:47:00 AM

A quality online accounting degree program will teach you the skills you need to be a professional accountant, but do you have the personality to be successful?

You’ve done the research. You know that accountants are in demand and that earning an online accounting degree could lead to a secure career with plenty of opportunity for advancement.

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What Companies Expect Of New Hires With Online Accounting Degrees

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 11, 2013 7:16:00 AM

To become an accountant, you know you will need to be well versed in economic and accounting principles, financial markets and tax codes. But you may be surprised at what other skills top accounting firms and corporations are looking for in their next CPA.

You have always thought that a career in accountancy would be great fit for your natural abilities. You’re good with numbers, have a strong aptitude for detail and accuracy, and enjoy problem-solving.

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