Students in the accounting and financial management major can focus their elective coursework in 3 areas:
- Preparation for the CPA Examination and Public Accounting
- Industry and Management Accounting
CPA PREPARATION: 4 + 1
For students interested in becoming Certified Public Accountants, Hiram offers a distinctive program to ensure that students meet state requirements for CPA certification. As of January 1, 2000, students who elect to sit for the CPA Exam in Ohio are required to have completed 150 semester hours of college credit. To meet this requirement, Hiram offers a 4 + 1 program with Case Western Reserve University, Ohio Northern University and Bowling Green State University. Through the 4 + 1 program, students complete a four-year undergraduate program and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and financial management from Hiram College. Qualified students are then admitted to the Master of Accountancy programs offered through these schools’ management programs. After an additional year of study, students receive a Master of Accountancy from the associated program and are eligible to sit for the Ohio CPA Exam.
Graduates of Hiram’s accounting and financial management program have had excellent opportunities to start their careers in audit and tax with big 4 and regional public accounting firms, including Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, Cohen & Company, RSM US, and BDO USA. Our graduates have also had success in industry accounting, landing staff accounting and finance positions at a variety of organizations including Parker Hannifan, Fifth-Third Bank, BNY Mellon, Park Place Technologies, STERIS Corporation, and Travel Centers of America.