College of Business & Economics

Accounting and Business Advisory Services (M.S.)


Students are prepared for careers as accountants in public, non-profit, small business and corporate settings. Advance your career by utilizing the Career Advancement Strategy (CAS).

Career Advancement Strategy

We offer a wide range of services to help you achieve your professional goals. Our Career Advancement Strategy (CAS) is the methodology we've developed that takes you through the career planning and development process.

Your career success is largely dependent on having a thoughtful and comprehensive plan that will detail your career goals and guide you in achieving these goals. Seize the opportunity to take what you learned in the classroom and apply them to your current position while you grow your Graduate portfolio. During your time in the program, you will develop and re-vamp your CAS plan because it will change over time in response to changes in your personal objectives as well as changes in the marketplace. In doing this, it will help launch your Post-M.S. Career and keep it on track for today’s competitive global marketplace.

The CAS is a methodology. You can begin at any point in the process depending on your career goals. Below are the four parts to the strategy.

  1. Meet with a TU Career Consultant
  2. Devise a Career Action Plan
  3. The Graduate Portfolio
  4. Develop a Network

1. Meet with a TU Career Consultant:

The career consultants at the Towson University Career Center are outstanding and experienced, meeting them is your first step toward developing a Career Advancement Strategy. Our career consultants understand the unique needs of working professionals looking to advance their careers. They can help you:

Clarify your strengths and determine/clarify your career direction
Assess skills, abilities, interests, and priorities
Develop a better resume, cover letter and interview skills
Locate career information
Learn job search techniques
Understand the ins and outs of developing and maintaining your professional network

Get connected to the University's Career Center. The first step is to visit their Web site.

2. Devise a Career Action Plan:

Businesses create strategic plans to help them accomplish their goals. You should have your own plan that will help you stay on the path to career success. By developing a career plan, you can focus on what you want to do and how to get there. Graduate students can make an appointment with a Career Consultant to begin the career planning process.

Career Research Links:

3. The Graduate Portfolio:

Your Portfolio contains everything you need to sell yourself to employers, investors, customers and anyone else who has a hand in your success.

The Resume (Accomplishment focused):  Sample Resumes

The Cover Letter:   Sample Cover Letters

Accountant Interview:  Accountant Interviews & More

Mastering the Case InterviewCase Interviews

Telephone Interviewing:  Telephone Interview Etiquette

Thank You Letter:  Sample Thank You Letters

Salary & Benefits Negotiations: Salary Negotiations & Job Offer Tools and Resources

CPA Preparation:   Maryland Association of CPAs

4. Develop a Network:

Developing a network of powerful and positive relationships with other people is critical to career success and personal enrichment. Join a professional association or take advantage of our career programming initiatives.

 Annual Accounting Open House

 Graduate Mentor Program

 Graduate Speaker Series

 GBTC's MoshPit Competition

 Annual Alumni event

 Recruiting events

Professional Associations

Develop your network through various professional organizations committed to the advancement of the financial management and accounting professions. These organizations provide places to network and grow within your profession. They also offer various ways to continue your education within the industry and offer opportunities to stay abreast of trends in the field.

American Finance Association

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

American Society of Women Accountants

American Women's Society of Certified Public Accountants

Association for Financial Professionals

Association of Accounting Administration

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Association of College & University Auditors

Association of Government Accountants

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting

CPA Associates

CPAmerica International

Financial Executives International

Financial Management Association International

Financial Managers Society

Government Finance Officers Association

Impact Americas

Information Systems Audit & Control Association

Institute of Management Accountants

International Association of Practicing Accountants

International Network of Accountants & Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors

The International Group of Accounting Firms

Maryland Association of CPA's

National Association of Black Accountants

National Society of Accountants

State CPA Societies

Tax Executives Institute

Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

Financial Accounting Standards Board

Governmental Accounting Standards Board

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy







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