Why study Finance/Accounting at MC?
According to a Carnegie Foundation study published in Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession, “…Students need to develop intellectual perspectives that enable them to understand the role of business within the larger global society, as well as to gain technical knowledge and skills. They need an education that cultivates a sense of professionalism grounded in loyalty to the mission of business to enhance society’s prosperity and well-being.”
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The Finance Accounting (FNAC) Major offers students the opportunity to learn finance and accounting practice and theory in the context of a liberal arts education. Liberal arts courses allow students to expound upon and further engage in the disciplines of finance and accounting. Through case study, collaborative projects, problem sets and journal readings, students develop strong critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills. Students learn to read and interpret financial statements, to prepare a financial analysis, the importance of budgets and variance analysis in management accounting, and about the role of money and banking in the economy. Through personal attention and small classes, students receive an education which allows them to successfully pursue entry positions in areas as corporate accounting, banking, brokerage, financial planning, trust and estate planning, as well as provide a solid foundation to enter graduate programs in business and accounting.
To be eligible to take the CPA exam, an individual must have earned a degree from an accredited college or university and complete a total of 150 semester hours with certain designated hours in accounting and in business. Several universities offer Master of Accountancy programs tailored for liberal arts college graduates; the admission standards of these programs require no additional accounting courses beyond what is offered through the accounting minor at Maryville College. Students interested in accounting, who have completed a Maryville College degree and accounting minor requirements may be eligible for the 15-month Master of Accountancy program available at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville upon completion of 3 additional accounting courses at UT in the summer following graduation.
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.
Eastman Chemical Company
Great West Casualty Company
Horne CPAs and Business Advisors
PNC Wealth Management
Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance
Meet a current student
Alex Willard ’17
Hometown: Clinton, Tenn.
Alex’s coursework and summer internships with 21st
Mortgage and Home Federal Bank have inspired him to pursue an MBA and either work in the corporate world or start his own business. His on-campus involvement – with Residence Life, the Peer Mentor program and Fighting Scots Football Team – have given him a well-rounded experience. “While at MC, I have been personally challenged to ‘search for truth, grow in wisdom, and do good on the largest possible scale,’ just as founder Isaac Anderson urged,” he said. “The rigorous coursework in the FNAC major, the professors and the resources available have equipped me and laid a strong foundation that I can carry into the next chapter of my life.”
Outcomes of Recent Grads
Autumn Brown ’15
Currently: Federal auditor for KPMG in Knoxville Tenn.; studying for the CPA exam
Autumn minored in economics and sociology and completed internships with Pennant Foods and Clayton Homes while an MC student. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a master of accountancy degree in 2016. “Being able to write and communicate well is vitally important in auditing. Maryville College not only provided me with an excellent foundation in accounting but also confidence and knowledge for communicating effectively in a business setting. Documenting audit procedures correctly and concisely and sending business emails are part of my daily duties,” she said. “I also believe having a liberal arts degree has given me opportunities to think more broadly and come up with more creative solutions to problems.”
Graduate School Placements
Belmont University - Massey School of Business
College of William and Mary - Mason School of Business
Middle Tennessee State University - Jones College of Business
Trinity College, Dublin
University of Tennessee - Knoxville Haslam College of Business