Oregon Tech's hands-on accounting degree program combines a robust accounting foundation infused with information technology and general business components.
The accounting degree program incorporates technology into most accounting courses while also reinforcing the principles of financial and managerial accounting, tax, and auditing. Many students take the CMA or CPA exams upon graduating, go on to graduate school, and/or find employment in this growing, in-demand career field.
Why accounting at Oregon Tech?
Small Class Sizes
The average class size is between 10-15 students who are given a personalized education working alongside dedicated business faculty leaders.
Oregon Tech accounting students benefit from interactions with faculty not only in the classroom, but as mentors as well. Faculty serve as advisers for students guiding their educational pathway and helping them prepare for and enter their professional careers. A majority of the accounting faculty are CPAs with substantial work-related experience and serve on various professional accounting associations and committees.
Faculty work with industry partners to develop a wide variety of hands-on projects so students can apply their accounting knowledge to solve real world business problems. Students complete projects with local businesses and clients.
Students are encouraged to apply their accounting education through an internship experience during their junior year. Internship placement is supported by Career Development, faculty, and industry partners.
Exam Pass Rates
Oregon Tech helps prepare students for the CPA exam. In 2014, Oregon Tech ranked third for CPA exam pass rates in the state of Oregon, surpassing other major Oregon universities.
Oregon Tech accounting graduates enjoy a 94% success rate. Six months after graduation, 81% of graduates are employed with another 13% enrolled in continuing education.
Senior Project Experience
The senior project provides accounting students with the opportunity to design their own “capstone experience”, integrating their educational experience by developing a solution for a “real world” business problem in their area of interest. This culminating year-long experience includes project management, research approaches, analysis, and a final presentation at the annual Oregon Tech Project Symposium.
"I have an understanding of the nomenclature used by the profession because of my core curriculum from Oregon Tech involving accounting, finance, and economics."
Alumnus, Class of 2018
Oregon Institute of Technology has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. See additional information regarding the accreditation and public disclosures.
Jobs and Careers in Accounting
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Oregon Workforce, accountants and auditors are expected to experience continued growth over the short- and long-term.
Accounting is a long-standing profession that continually evolves with technological advancements. Business and Accounting faculty work with industry partners to develop a relevant, up-to-date curriculum that prepares career-ready graduates. We have placed our graduating students at organizations such as Jeld-Wen, Moss Adams, Klamath County, Phoenix School of Roseburg, Lake Health District Hospital, and ACA Compliance Group.
Specialized Accounting & Business Coursework
Coursework in the accounting degree program builds upon a robust fundamental core of courses including management, marketing, accounting, finance, information technology, economics, ethics, globalization, business law, and business presentations. Some of the courses you may take as an accounting major may include:
Comprehensive study of problems in partnership accounting, fund accounting, branch accounting, and governmental accounting.
Federal tax law applicable to corporations, partnerships, and estates. Emphasis on tax research procedures, and locating and evaluating various sources of tax law.
Study of auditing concepts and practices. Topics include professional standards, audit planning and procedures, ethical considerations, internal controls, professional responsibilities, the acquisition and evaluation of audit evidence, and report writing
Accounting Information Systems
Analysis of accounting cycles and the associated controls with emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking. Includes computerized accounting system implementation.