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Public Accounting Track

The public accounting track will prepare students for a career in the public accounting profession, including passing the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam.  

The CPA exam has recently been revised around a set of core skill sets (accounting, audit, tax, technology) and three disciplines requiring more advanced knowledge (core-plus-discipline model)

The public accounting track offers classes aligned with each of the three disciplines of the CPA exam (Tax Strategy, Business Reporting and Analysis, and Information Technology).  The fourth focus area, Enterprise Risk Management, will help prepare students for the Business Reporting and Analysis discipline, as well as careers in advisory or consulting.

Core Courses (22 hours)

Currently taught by: Ernest Carraway
3 credit hours
Semesters offered: Spring
The principles of statutory law and common law relevant to corporate and public accountants. Legal research.

Currently taught by: Bruce Branson & Don Pagach
3 credit hours
Semesters Offered: Spring/Summer 1
This course provides a thorough study of accounting for equity method investments, business combinations, and preparation of consolidated financial statements for a parent corporation and one or more subsidiaries. The course examines several international accounting topics including accounting for foreign currency transactions, accounting for hedges (risk transfer) of exposed foreign currency positions, conversion of foreign currency financial statements to US $ statements, and the movement towards harmonization of accounting standards worldwide. We will also thoroughly explore the use of and required accounting for various derivative securities.

Currently taught by:
Bonnie Hancock
3 credit hours
Semesters offered: Fall/Summer 2
A study of key business decisions made and tools used by chief financial officers (CFO) in their executive management roles. Students will focus on managerial analysis tools (e.g.,business plans, budgeting) and finance issues (e.g. funding alternatives, treasury, and cash management). The course will include management skills related to the CFO, such as negotiations, leadership, delegation, interactions with boards, etc.

Currently taught by: Nathan Goldman
3 credit hours
Semesters offered: Fall
Federal income tax treatment of corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, and profit and loss distributions to shareholders, partners and beneficiaries. Introduction to wealth transfer taxes and family tax planning.

Currently taught by: Kathy Krawczyk/Scott Showalter
Semesters offered: Fall
Research techniques applicable to tax laws, accounting standards, with emphasis on developing issues and facts, assessing authority, analytical skills, professional judgment, and formal communication of findings; use and application of traditional and computerized research databases; future of accounting discipline; ethics.

Currently taught by: Tom Dow & James Scalise
3 credit hours
Semesters offered: Fall
Recognition of information technology risks. General and application internal controls for information systems environments. Client/server, end-user computing, and service bureau internal control environments. Computerized auditing techniques. Risks of emerging technologies.

Currently taught by: Scott Showalter
3 credit hours
Semesters Offered: Spring / Summer 2
Current issues and regulation of the auditing profession; application of generally accepted auditing standards and determination of sufficient competent evidential matter including analytical procedures and statistical sampling. Auditor ethics, other auditing services, government auditing, compilation, review, and other attestation services.

Currently taught by: Jenkins MAC Staff
1 credit hour
Semester offered: Fall
Knowledge and skills needed to advance professional accounting career. Strategic communication of self and ideas in professional and classroom settings. Diagnosis of organizational culture. Impression management and appropriate business behavior. Leadership of individuals, group dynamics and team building.

Electives (9 hours)

Students in the public accounting track are not required to choose a specialization, however the MAC program offers three optional specializations. Each specialization requires nine hours of elective classes in the ERM, IT, or Tax Strategy areas.

If students do not choose an elective, nine hours of courses can be taken from any concentration area or they have the option of courses in personal financial planning, advanced corporate finance, investment theory and practice and sustainability and business. Courses are also available through NC State University’s Department of Public Administration.

MAC Alum in the Limelight

Alona McCluney’s (Jenkins MAC ’09) career at EY has taken her to Charlotte, Australia, Los Angeles and this year the Golden Globes.
Read more about her start at NC State and the influence the Jenkins MAC had on her career path.