Mission Statement

The B.S. in Accountancy (BSA) degree provides educational opportunities to those students who have demonstrated an aptitude to pursue a career in accounting. Our students complete a rigorous program that develops their technical proficiency and ethical decision making as well as skills in critical thinking, teamwork and communication.

The B.S. Information Systems (BSIS) degree offers educational opportunities to students with diverse backgrounds who are interested in Information Systems (IS). The program provides students a synthesis of technological and business knowledge to develop and integrate effective IS solutions that support management decision making and organizational strategies. The program prepares graduates for a variety of IS careers in business, government and nonprofit organizations.

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is a one-year program designed to prepare students for successful careers in the field of accounting. Our students complete a rigorous program that develops their technical knowledge, ethical decision-making ability, communication competence, and research and critical-thinking skills. Students specialize in either Professional Accountancy or Information Systems.

The Master of Science in Taxation (MST) prepares students to pursue careers in the field of taxation. Our students complete a rigorous program in taxation that develops their written communication, as well as tax research and critical-thinking skills.

Academic Advisement

All Lower Division program advisement is through the College Student Services Center in JH 2113. Upper Division students who are currently enrolled in or have completed BUS 302/L are encouraged to seek advisement through Upper Division mentors from the department of their major.

For students in the Master of Science in Accountancy program, advisement materials are available from the website (www.csun.edu/msacct) and the Department of Accounting and Information Systems office in JH 3123, (818) 677-2461.

For students in the Master of Science in Taxation program, advisement materials are available from the website (www.csun.edu/busgrad/masters-science-taxation) and the program Advisement Office in JH 1111, (818) 677-3952.

Careers

The field of accounting is dynamic and constantly evolving to meet the needs of a global marketplace. Career opportunities in auditing, advisory services and financial reporting exist in public accounting, industry, government, not-for-profit institutions and other business-related organizations. Examples of positions and areas of accounting available to graduates of the accountancy program are: CPA, forensic accountant, FBI agent, budget analyst, Treasury agent, cost analyst, certified financial manager, government accountant, enrolled agent, estate planner, budget officer, financial analyst, financial planner, Franchise Tax Board agent, credit manager, certified government financial manager, government auditor, bank examiner, IRS examiner, investment analyst, litigation support, loan officer, general accountant, systems consultant, credit analyst, tax accountant, treasurer and auditor. In 2012, corporate accountants, with one to three years of work experience, earned $38,000–$57,250 annually; accountants in public practice, with the same experience, earned considerably more ($49,000–$69,250). Factors such as a graduate degree in accountancy or a CPA license can boost salaries another 5 to 10 percent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.”

The IS program helps prepare graduates to assume such positions as systems analyst, application program developer, database administrator, network specialist and web developer. Information Systems career opportunities are available in a variety of industries including, consulting, banking, entertainment, health, media, education and technology.

The field of taxation offers stimulating and challenging work that is constantly evolving. Career opportunities exist in public accounting, private industry, government, not-for-profit institutions, and other business-related organizations. In 2014, the annual earnings of tax accountants in public accounting with one to three years of work experience have ranged from $50,500 to $80,750. Practitioners with a graduate degree in taxation can expect to earn between 5 to 10 percent more.

Accreditation

The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB International accreditation.

Honors

The Business Honors Program is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated high academic standards and to encourage these students to continue their record of excellence as business majors at CSUN. The program is open to students who are declared majors in Accountancy; Economics; Finance; Information Systems; Management; Marketing; or Business Administration with an option in either Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Insurance and Financial Services, Real Estate, or Systems and Operations Management; meet all Honors Program admissions criteria; and are selected by the Business Honors Program Admissions Committee. The Business Honors Program offers rigorous courses that emphasize communication, critical reasoning, complex problem solving and teamwork skills. Students accepted into the program are offered a variety of benefits, including Honors-designated courses, small class size, priority enrollment in business courses, the Business Honors Mentorship Program, the Seminar Series and Business Honors special events. For more information, call (818) 677-3100 or visit www.csun.edu/bhp.

The Ernst & Young Center for Careers in Accounting and Information Systems

The Ernst & Young Center for Careers in Accounting and Information Systems provides specialized career and job search services to CSUN students and alumni. As a bridge from college life to the world of work, it is our mission to support the exploration of career and academic options, the development of job search skills and to facilitate connections between employers and students that lead to successful and satisfying futures. Services provided by the Center include career and job search counseling; a campus recruiting program; job listings; workshops on resume writing, interviewing, job offer and salary negotiation, internships and more; employer panels on topics such as interviewing and resume writing; a credential file service; and career fairs. For more information, call (818) 677-2979 or visit www.csun.edu/acctis/ey-center.

Contact

Chair: Paul J. Lazarony
Associate Chair: Rishma Vedd
Juniper Hall (JH) 3123
(818) 677-2461
www.csun.edu/acctis