Why Accountancy?

An accountancy degree opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities in professional accountancy services, commerce, finance, as well as many areas outside accounting.

Accountancy and its related fields such as taxation, consulting, risk management and corporate governance, is the cornerstone of an economic system. Whilst most accountancy graduates work in the financial reporting area, the knowledge, skill set and experience you obtain as an accountancy graduate equip you to venture into many areas and rise up the corporate ladder. Accounting and financial information plays a key role in the allocation of resources, on individual, corporate, and national levels.

As such, accountancy graduates are in hot demand in many sectors regardless of market conditions. All private, public and non-profit entities are subjected to financial rules, regulations and oversight. This is to ensure that management accountabilities are reflected in the financial information presented to their respective stakeholders and constituents.

Accounting skills are highly applicable in all sectors of the economy. Employers today recognise the value of accounting knowledge in their talent search and armed with a SMU Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc), our graduates have pursued careers in a variety of industries – including asset management; investment banking; information technology; regulatory and trading.


Hear what professionals have to say about the accountancy field:


Mr Gerard Ee
President, ISCA


Mr Ho Kwon Ping
Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited/
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Singapore Management University


Mr Ong Yew Huat
Chairman, National Heritage Board
Former Executive Chairman, Ernst & Young Singapore


Ms Juthika Ramanathan
Chief Executive, Judiciary Administration and Operations, Supreme Court & 
Former Chief Executive, ACRA


Last updated on 07 Dec 2017 .