Information Technology Concentration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Information Technology (IT)?

Information technology(IT) is the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware. The information technology umbrella can be quite large, covering many fields. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases and auditing information systems. Accountants with IT experience have positioned themselves well in the business world to take advantage of many different job opportunities both in the accounting field and more IT-focused fields.

Why should I consider a concentration in IT?

The NC State MAC Program will provide you with an outstanding education that will prepare you for an entry-level position in the audit or tax practice of any public accounting firm as well as enhancing your ability to successfully complete the Uniform CPA Examination.  Augmenting your accounting knowledge with additional coursework in information technology can strengthen you performance in core audit roles.  In addition, it affords you an opportunity to explore career opportunities with large firms who have rapidly developed Information Technology Audit practice lines. NC State’s College of Management is well recognized for its contributions to furthering understanding of this important topic, which creates a unique opportunity for NC State MAC Students to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

Which CPA Firms offer Information Technology Services?

Each of the “Big Four” firms—Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers—have well developed information technology advisory practices.  Our contacts at these firms report that this is a rapidly growing practice area, and they will be expanding staff devoted to these practice lines over the next few years.  In addition to the firms above, both Grant Thornton and RSM McGladrey offer extensive information technology advisory services to their clients.

What are the requirements for an IT concentration?

Students in the IT Concentration will take three elective courses in the IT area with wide application to accounting IT issues. One course must be MBA 515  - Enterprise Resource Planning Systems.  The second business management course can be chosen from a pre-approved list.

MBA 515 focuses on ERP systems, which are information systems that run all facets of an enterprise from accounting and finance, to HR, sales, purchasing and manufacturing. This course discusses steps for implementing these systems as well as core functionality, technical infrastructure and auditing implications. Students will benefit from NC State's participation in the SAP University Alliance and gain practical experience with the Tier 1 leader in ERP systems, SAP. SAP is the world-wide market leader in ERP systems (and the 4th largest software company overall), used by 109,000 customers in more than 102 countries in a wide range of industries.