Accounting & Information Assurance

AIA NewsletterWelcome to the Accounting and Information Assurance (AIA) Department at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The AIA Department offers courses and programs leading to BS, MS and PhD degrees. In addition, the AIA Department plays a significant role in providing accounting and information assurance courses with the Smith School’s MBA program.

These programs are designed, and have proven, to provide the foundation for our graduates to reach the top echelons of careers in accounting, management, and academia. According to the most recent recruiters survey by The Wall Street Journal, the Smith School’s undergraduate accounting major ranked No. 7 in the U.S.

Brief Description of the Accounting Field

Accounting and Information Assurance, in a limited sense, is the analysis, classification and recording of financial events, and the reporting of the results of such events for an organization. In a broader sense, accounting consists of all financial systems for planning, controlling and appraising performance of an organization. Among its many facets, accounting includes: financial planning, budgeting, accounting systems, financial management controls, financial analysis of performance, financial reporting, internal and external auditing, and taxation.

Smith's accounting curriculum provides an educational foundation for careers in accounting and other management areas, whether in private business organizations, government and nonprofit agencies, or public accounting firms.