The Department of Accounting and Information Systems strives to provide a world class accounting and information systems education to our students. With our Undergraduate Programs we seek to prepare students to enter the accounting and information systems professions with the skills and knowledge of business, information systems, and accounting concepts and practices.
A recent Public Accounting Report ranked Virginia Tech’s Undergraduate Accounting Program #29 among all programs nationwide and #17 among large schools.
The Accounting Option is a leading edge accounting and auditing program to prepare students for careers in the preparation, reporting, audit, analysis and use of financial information. Graduates from the accounting option have started careers as accountants, auditors, chief financial officers, consultants, controllers, financial analyst, tax specialists, etc.
This program provides basic education for careers in public accounting (CPA) firms, large and small corporations, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. The program prepares graduates to earn the CPA, CMA, and other professional accounting certification.
As a CPA candidate and later as a senior accountant with Arthur Andersen, I always felt that I was well prepared to complete the assignments I was asked to undertake. However, it was not until I returned to school to pursue an MBA at Cornell University and subsequently joined Air Products that I truly appreciated how well-rounded my undergraduate eduction was. The accounting program at Virginia Tech is demanding, but the skills I acquired as an undergraduate (communication, teamwork, leadership and organization) have served me well, especially in juggling the demands of work and family. The Pamplin College of Business is committed to turning out graduates who are not only technically competent, but also those who communicate well, thrive on teamwork, and are well-qualified to meet the exciting challenges presented by an ever-changing business environment.
–Jennifer Snyder Thomas, ’91, Financial Analyst, International Gases Air Products & Chemicals Inc.
Information Systems Audit Option
The Information Systems Audit Option is an innovative systems program designed to prepare students for careers in assurance services (or auditing) and to add value to the financial reports of businesses and the information systems they use.
This program is designed to prepare students for careers as information systems auditors and information systems professionals in enterprise risk assurance services, computer risk management services and other systems assurance services in business, government, or nonprofit organizations. It prepares graduates to sit for the CPA, CISA, or other professional certification.
Initially, I studied computer science at Virginia Tech, yet went on to obtain a degree in accounting. At that time, the accounting information systems major was not available. My education at Virginia Tech and participation in the accounting honors fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, helped me secure a position with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., later to become KPMG. After 10 years experience as an auditor, I accepted the opportunity to build the information risk management practice in Virginia. This practice focuses on the risks inherent in the technology systems used to support our clients’ business objectives. I’m proud to say that some of the best and brightest professionals in our IRM practice today are recent accounting information systems graduates from Virginia Tech. Go Hokies!
–Lynne Martin Doughtie, ’85, Chairman and CEO, KPMG
Information Systems Option
The Information Systems Option is a premier information systems program designed to prepare students for careers in the design and implementation of complex computer-based information systems. The IS Option curriculum emphasizes a strong mix of business and technology knowledge and skills. After completing the program, students will be able to analyze a business problem, design and implement a technology-based solution that includes a database, a set of computer programs, user interface, and system architecture. Students are also exposed to emerging topics in IS, such as privacy, security and mobile communications.
IS Option graduates are hired in a number of different professional careers. Typical careers include IS-oriented business analyst/management consultants, systems analysts and designers, database developers and administrators, network administrators, and project managers.
For more information on each program of study, see the appropriate checksheet.
All Accounting and Information Systems majors must complete an Option Selection Form which identifies the option (Accounting, ISA, or ISO) desired. This form should be completed by the second semester of the sophomore year or within 3 weeks of being admitted to the major. Completed forms should be delivered to Pamplin 3007.
Students graduating from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems must have a minimum quality credit average (GPA) of 2.00 in upper-division (3000 and 4000 level) accounting and information systems courses (the in-major GPA) as well as an overall GPA of 2.00 for all courses taken at Virginia Tech.
For students who enroll as undergraduates and who are interested in becoming certified public accountants, we have a special 152-Hour Program that combines undergraduate and graduate course work. The program allows undergraduates to take all the courses necessary to take the CPA examination and to receive both the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems upon completion in five years or less.