Thursday, September 4, 2008

Accounting boom shows no signs of slowing down

Enrollment in college accounting courses is up 19 percent since 2004, according to a nationwide survey administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The Department of Accounting, within the McCombs School of Business, has also seen an increase in students studying accounting.

"I believe the program is growing, but the quality of the program has not decreased," said Rowland Atiase, an accounting professor. "The classroom size is restricted to keep a top quality learning environment."

Last year, U.S. college campuses graduated 64,221 students with bachelor's or master's degrees in accounting - the most since the institute began its annual survey in 1970.

Urton Anderson, an accounting professor, said he has seen interest in accounting increase since 2002.

"There is never a shortage of students," he said.

This fall, 396 students out of 683 applications were admitted to UT's Master in Professional Accounting program, according to records.

"We have a very long tradition of community and faculty," said Steve Limberg, faculty director of the master's program. "Plus, our program does well because of the outstanding students it attracts."

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