Accounting firms will value your Manchester accounting degree. Leading U.S. accounting firms return to MU year after year to recruit for interns and full-time employees. A recruiter for a leading CPA firm stated Manchester “is legendary for producing professionals who do extremely well. The reputation that Manchester has earned is well-deserved and makes it a go-to place for talent.”
- Each September, 12-15 accounting firms attend the annual Accounting Employer Mixer that provides all MU accounting students with opportunities to build their professional networks. Each October, approximately a dozen firms return to campus to interview students for internships and full-time opportunities.
- Here’s a sample of the firms with Manchester graduates as employees: Baden Gage & Schroeder, BKD, Crowe Horwath, David Culp & Co., Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Ernst & Young, Greenwalt CPAs, Katz, Sapper & Miller, McGladrey and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
- Manchester strongly encourages its accounting students to take the state-administered exam to become a Certified Public Accountant. This rigorous, four-part exam is grueling and requires hundreds of hours of preparation. But Manchester students who follow the preparation protocol set up by the College of Business do extremely well on this exam. (See CPA exam results here.)
- In the capstone course Case Studies in Business, required of all majors in the College, students organize and operate a business for a semester and then donate their earnings to a nonprofit of their choosing. Manchester business students have donated more than $94,000 and over 7,600 hours of service to various nonprofit organizations.
- Bryce Murphy ’13, went to work for BKD, a public accounting firm in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a staff accountant. He was not only an excellent student but also an MU standout as a student-athlete. He was selected as a first team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association, and he was the MVP at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, advancing with his team to the College World Series.
- Devin Jenkins ’13, a double major in accounting and finance, so impressed Crowe Horwath in South Bend, Ind., during an internship, that the firm offered her a full-time job more than a year before her MU graduation. She passed all four parts of the CPA exam on her first attempt before beginning to work at Crowe on a full-time basis.
- Sarah Ruff ’14, former president of the now College of Business Club, used her classroom learning for her internship at Steel Dynamics Inc. in Fort Wayne, Ind. “It was really neat to be able to successfully read through a bank reconciliation on my own or perform three-way matches with real invoices, purchase orders and receivers." After graduation, she passed all four parts of the CPA exam and joined Ernst & Young in Indianapolis in assurance services.