Royshawn Sessum, Dual Degrees '12, '13 talks about why the accounting program at Canisius has helped him jump-start his career.
The Accounting Information Systems program is part of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business and is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). As a Jesuit institution, you will also take a strong core of courses that emphasizes writing skills, logic and breadth of knowledge about the human experience. The Jesuit tradition of developing both intellect and character translates into accounting professionals who concern themselves with not only the financial health of an organization but also its professional integrity and its contribution to society as a whole.
The Accounting Information Systems (AIS) Program is designed for students to gain the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between accounting and technology. AIS is a unique program, started in 2002, as one of only 30 schools offering similar programs in the U.S. AIS majors are often dual majors with accounting who join the AIS program after starting at Canisius while some students major only in AIS. The AIS major skills are in demand in the market place. Some AIS graduates choose careers in technical positions such as an Information Systems Auditor for high paying jobs with public accounting firms and financial institutions. These positions typically pay higher starting salaries than the entry level accounting positions. Other graduates use their AIS knowledge to supplement their accounting skills to enhance their performance in their professional careers and improve the chances of landing their first professional position.
From its inception, the AIS program has strived to reinforce concepts with state of the art technology that expands the career opportunities of our graduates. More recently, in the summer of 2013, Canisius College joined the SAP University Alliance which enables the college to use SAP software for instructional purposes. SAP is the worldwide leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions. Students benefit from hands on use of SAP software throughout the AIS program. The SAP initiative was made possible through partnerships with local businesses.
Courses are taught by full-time faculty members who bring real-world knowledge to the classroom through their experiences as accounting and systems professionals. You will benefit from the department's close ties with business leaders who often provide internship opportunities, permanent jobs, and valuable advice.