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
Jordan Berry ’20
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Jordan didn’t pick accounting as her major, accounting picked her!
“My first accounting class was the perfect fit for me,” she said. “It gave me the confidence to major in something I knew I would enjoy as a career for many years to come.” With a career goal of becoming a certified public accountant, Jordan plans to enroll in the University of Tennessee Master of Accountancy program after graduation from MC. She has strengthened her graduate school application with an internship in finance with Dollywood Company and another one in tax accounting with Team Health. She is also a business student liaison for the College’s Partnership Advisory Board.
Outcomes of Recent Grads
Connor Davis ’19
Currently: Pursuing Master of Accountancy at the
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
While still pursuing his graduate degree and certified public accountant license, Connor has already accepted a permanent position with Whitlock and Company, a local CPA firm, that will begin in the summer of 2020. As an MC student, he interned with the firm in 2018 and 2019. “As an intern with Whitlock and Company, I learned how the different systems within the company worked,” he said. “Moving forward, my role in the company will expand to preparing tax information and meeting with and finding new clients. Maryville College prepared me well for the master’s program and for my career path. The College taught me how to communicate and apply everything I have learned to each unique situation.”
Alex Willard '17
Currently: Planning associate with LeConte Wealth Management
Alex worked as a tax and accounting intern at LeConte Wealth Management during spring 2017. He learned tax preparation software, developed a working knowledge of tax laws and prepared tax returns. The following fall, he was offered a job with the firm as a planning associate.
"As a full-time employee at LeConte, my roles have greatly expanded," he said. "I have gained greater responsibility for the upcoming tax season and have also been introduced to the financial planning aspect of the business. I am assisting the firm's advisors in a variety of ways as I begin my own process of becoming an investment advisor representative with the firm."
Autumn Brown ’15
Currently: Federal auditor for KPMG in Knoxville Tenn.
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 and passed her CPA exams in 2017.
“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
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