Accounting Information Systems
If you enjoy studying accounting and technology, the Department of Accounting & Finance at San Jose State University offers a concentration for you – Accounting Information Systems. SJSU is one of the few colleges or universities in the United States to recognize the need for an Accounting Information System (AIS) concentration. This concentration prepares students to bridge the gap between two disciplines critical to business operations: Accounting and Management Information Systems. It is also very unique among the handful of those who do offer such a concentration because ours is composed exclusively of courses taught within the Department of Accounting and Finance. The curriculum is not split between the Accounting and MIS Departments which is the case in most other AIS concentrations.
The strength that this curriculum structure brings to the concentration is it keeps students focused on important accounting and internal control issues (e.g., Sarbanes Oxley, etc.), while at the same time infusing information technology issues into the curriculum. Specifically, AIS students take courses in database design, networking and data communications, systems analysis and design, and IT audit, all with an accounting emphasis. Moreover, the AIS curriculum qualifies our students to take the CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) exam which is a globally accepted standard of achievement among information systems (IS) audit, control and security professionals. Additionally, the curriculum includes an awareness of the moral and ethical considerations involved; and incentives to grow and keep pace with ever-changing issues, conditions, forces and ideas.
Students who complete this concentration will be entering into one of the fastest growing, most dynamic areas in accounting. According to a recent survey of SJSU graduates who were beginning their careers at the Big 4 accounting firms, starting salaries were higher ($58K) than their counterparts in financial audit ($52K) or tax accounting ($54K). SJSU students with a CISA certification will enjoy an even higher salary of mid $60s.
AIS graduates are attractive to public accounting firms and corporations, both large and small. Job focus could include to serve as liaisons between the accounting/financial systems users and the information systems technical staff or to design and deploy information technology to improve the accounting systems of an organization. Careers might take paths in areas such as IT or internal audit, forensic accounting, risk management, or litigation services - to name a few.
Potential career paths could include the following positions.
- Accounting at a public accounting firm specializing in:
Audit Control Systems
- Public corporations – large, medium or small
- Not-for-profit firms
The opportunities in the field of accounting are boundless and you are only limited by your imagination and your desire.