Earn two degrees that position you to succeed in a high-demand field.
Every industry needs expert accountants, and the growth of technology has made programming and data analysis skills more important than ever. With an Accounting Information Technology degree, you’ll be prepared to enter a rapidly growing profession. The 150-hour program awards both a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology. You’ll graduate ready to start a position like financial analyst, IT consultant, systems analyst or fraud examiner specializing in cybercrime.
You’ll learn accounting skills and business principles – along with database theory and applications, computer science concepts and web programming. Develop the problem-solving, critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills that you’ll need to succeed in the global economy. Collaborate on relevant research with Accounting and Computer Science professors who have years of real-world experience.
Austin, a tech hub, state capital and the nation’s 11th-largest city, is an excellent place to study, intern and find a job in government or the private sector. Our students have also interned – and then been hired – at Big Four accounting firms. They’ve been recruited by the IRS and FBI and have become CPAs and Certified Fraud Examiners. When you earn a degree in Accounting Information Technology, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in a field with a solid future.
What do our graduates do?
Accounting Information Technology majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- IT advisory associate at KPMG
- Senior internal audit IT at Charles Schwab
- Consultant for Deloitte
- Internal audit manager at AMD
Leveraging Alumni Connections
Anthony Fragapane ’18 took advantage of SEU’s strong alumni network and found a career mentor at KPMG. The mentor helped Anthony score a first-round interview with the firm and gave him advice on how to stand out during his summer internship. As a junior, Anthony accepted a full-time offer with KPMG upon graduation.
The Classroom and Beyond
As a student in the AIT program, you’ll have the chance to apply what you’ve learned in internships, student organizations and classes that connect you with Austin companies.
In Accounting Information Systems, you’ll learn about how accounting systems work and how data flows in and out of a system. You’ll interview people at an Austin company – past examples include a major grocery chain and a driving range – about one of its processes, such as payroll, collections or inventory. You’ll document the process and the company’s internal controls and offer suggestions for improvement based on what you’ve learned in the course.
Accounting Information Technology majors take a research course that prepares you for the CPA exam. The exam requires you to understand and analyze an accounting database to answer questions, and the course is designed to help you develop this skillset. You’ll work with your professor to choose a topic, develop an argument, research the topic and present your conclusions. Students have presented their work at SOURCE, the on-campus undergraduate research forum, and at the Honors Thesis Symposium. Recent topics include:
- “Bounty Hunting on Wall Street: How to become a Successful Activist Short Seller”
- “Examining U.S. GAAP’s [Generally Accepted Accounting Principles] updated Revenue Recognition Standard and its Impact on the Software Industry”
Get to know your fellow students and learn about career options in the Accounting Club. The Accounting club holds several events and invites guest speakers. At Meet the Firms, students hear from representatives of accounting firms about hiring expectations, what their work life really looks like, and the CPA exam.
Delta Sigma Pi is the coed business fraternity that is both a professional and social club. In recent semesters members have attended a panel presentation about digital marketing and a talk about real estate investment careers; traveled to a leadership conference in Kansas City, networked at a happy hour with alumni; and made sandwiches for people living on the street.
Major Requirements: The Accounting Information Technology degree program requires 97 hours of major coursework.
General Education Requirements: All majors require 44 hours of general education that students complete over the course of four years, in addition to their major courses.
A few examples of the Accounting Information Technology courses students take:
- Accounting Information Systems – Examine fundamental accounting information systems. The course focuses on semantic modeling and systems design; the relationship of system and organization; and objectives, policies, procedures and plans.
- Database Theory and Applications – Receive an introduction to database concepts, data models, data description languages, query facilities, file organization, file security and data integrity/reliability.
- Web Programming – Learn online programming concepts, including form processing scripts, data structure, basic database connectivity and the appropriate structure and style for the World Wide Web.
Accounting Information Technology students apply what they learn during internships at “Big Four” firms such as Deloitte and KPMG, national firms such as RSM, and local accounting firms.
At St. Edward’s, Accounting majors can complete a full-time, “busy season” internship from January to March. These students take accounting courses in a compressed semester after busy season, allowing them to be fully immersed in the professional world for this important time. Students have recently interned with RSM, KPMG and Deloitte as part of this program and have been extended full-time offers after the internship. This option is also available to Accounting Information Technology majors who plan ahead carefully; because AIT requires 150 hours of course work the scheduling is more complicated, but students can make it happen. Some AIT majors choose to intern over the summer to focus on completing their courses during the school year.
Our Accounting faculty members bring experience in the accounting profession – as auditors, tax practitioners, business consultants and government administrators – to their instruction and research. They teach students a combination of qualitative, quantitative and ethical reasoning skills that prepare them for the global economy.
Our Computer Information Technology faculty bring knowledge in database management, software application design and consulting for process improvements. Their courses ensure students gain experience with ever-changing technologies.