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Accounting Information Systems (AIS)

The Accounting Information Systems (AIS) program prepares students for career opportunities in the fields of systems design, accounting systems management, accounting systems auditing, and other systems-related areas of accounting.

The AIS major addresses the current scarcity of information technology graduates who have a fundamentally sound understanding of a firm's accounting system coupled with conceptual knowledge and hands-on experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications, as well as the lack of Accounting graduates who are familiar and comfortable using advanced technology to perform the accounting function.

Accounting Information Systems (AISs) combine the study and practice of accounting with the design, implementation, and monitoring of information systems. Such systems use modern information technology resources together with traditional accounting controls and methods to provide users the financial information necessary to manage their organizations.

Career Fields

Public Accounting

  • Auditing
  • Tax
  • Environmental Accounting
  • Forensic/Investigative Accounting
  • Information Technology Services
  • International Accounting
  • Personal Financial Planning

Strategies: Public accounting firms hire candidates with the requisite requirements for the CPA exam: 150 education hours and 24 hours in accounting. State laws govern the practice of accounting and specify requirements for sitting for the CPA exam. See your state's Board of Accountancy web site for details.

Corporate Accounting

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Internal Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Tax Planning
  • Budget Analysis

Strategies: Managers that work in corporate settings obtain an MBA after they have gained several years of experience.


  • Auditing
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Management
  • Budget Analysis
  • Research

Strategies: Complete and internship with a government agency. Familiarize yourself with the application process and USA Jobs. Accounting is an in demand area in governmental hiring and a multitude of opportunities exist.


  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Consulting

Strategies: A Ph.D or DBA in accounting is required. Ensure a high GPA and secure strong faculty recommendations for graduate school admission.


  • Accounting
  • Internal Audit
  • Financial Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Money Handling
  • Record Keeping

Strategies: Build a network of contacts by volunteering at non-profit organizations.