At a Glance

School of Accountancy Mission Statement

The mission of BYU Marriott’s School of Accountancy (SOA) is to (1) provide a world-class accounting education that is spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building and that leads to lifelong learning and service, and to (2) produce rigorous scholarship and thought leadership that improves the accounting discipline and society.

What is Accounting?

Accounting majors study to become financial professionals who can work in any industry, anywhere in the world. Accounting, which has been described as the “language of business,” is the process of measuring, processing, recording, and communicating financial and non-financial information used by business owners and managers in making strategic business decisions. Accountants are engaged in reporting a company’s financial performance to external parties and in using financial and other data to project future results of management’s strategic plans. SOA students learn how to use the latest technologies and ethical business practices, leading to high demand from potential employers.

As of fall 2022, School of Accountancy graduates will receive a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) designation with their degree.

Careers in Accounting

A degree in accounting means endless possibilities. Graduates from the SOA find employment in private and public companies, public accounting firms, academia, and government and nonprofit organizations. Accountants are adventurers, innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders, critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and trusted advisors. As part of their institutions’ management teams, accountants assist in making strategic business decisions. More than seventy firms, including all of the major public accounting firms and many Fortune 500 and technology companies, recruit SOA graduates.