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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Professional Accounting Organizations

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We encourage all students to join at least one professional organization that serves working accounting professionals in a variety of capacities and careers. Students can receive deeply discounted membership rates while receiving full benefits of these organizations. Not only are memberships valuable additions to your resume, but you will gain excellent resources and develop strong networking connections. Many of these professional organizations have sections on their websites directly dedicated to students.

American Accounting Association

The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting.

American Institute of CPAs

Committed to member service and the public interest, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and its predecessors have been serving the accounting profession since 1887. No matter where your career takes you, the AICPA is there to provide the training, professional skills, programs, services and publications you need to keep you at the top of your professional life. Membership in the AICPA is an invaluable career investment.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

It is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of antifraud training and education.

Association of Government Accountants

AGA is a leading organization for financial professionals in government. It leads and encourages change that benefits the field and all citizens. The networking events, professional certification, publications and ongoing education help members build their skills and advance their careers.

Forensic Certified Public Accountants

The FCPA Society was founded July 15, 2005 with the purpose of promoting excellence in the forensic accounting profession. To this end, the Society has developed a comprehensive “FCPA” certification study and testing course. Upon certification, the FCPA™ (Forensic Certified Public Accountant) designation after a name informs the public and the business community that the holder is not only a CPA, but a certified forensic accountant who has met credible testing and experience guidelines. The FCPA certification is an international credential and has members representing 37 countries.

Information Systems Audit and Control Association

As a nonprofit, global membership association for IT and information systems professionals, ISACA is committed to providing its diverse constituency of more than 110,000 worldwide with the tools they need to achieve individual and organizational success. The benefits offered through our globally accepted research, certifications and community collaboration result in greater trust in, and value from, information systems. Through more than 200 chapters established in more than 80 countries, ISACA provides its members with education, resource sharing, advocacy, professional networking, and a host of other benefits on a local level.

Institute of Internal Auditors

IIA members are entitled to free or specially priced guidance, training, and services. Many of the valuable opportunities available to IIA members include: Guidance and resources are available to members to advocate their role with key stakeholders; The IIA advocates internal auditing by building relationships with governments, regulators, oversight bodies, and professional associations whose decisions often affect internal auditing, as well as governance, risk management, and control as a whole; and The IIA maintains a presence in Washington, DC to advocate the profession.

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

The mission of IMA is to provide a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing, and the advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices in management accounting and finance. IMA currently represents more than 60,000 accountants and financial professionals in business. It offers a rigorous and highly respected credential, the CMA, builds a peer network of professionals, provides extensive education programs, and promotes leading research in the industry.

Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MnSCPA)

The MnSCPA is a not-for-profit professional organization offering services to support CPAs and accounting professionals. Their four primary initiatives include providing education, encouraging leadership, offering member resources, and serving the public.

Minnesota State Board of Accountancy (MnSBA)

The mission of the MnSBA is to protect the public through the regulation of the practice of accounting by CPAs, Registered Accounting Practitioners, and others by ensuring that professionals meet competency standards, establishing standards of practice, and enforcing the laws, rules, and standards in Minnesota in a fair and consistent manner.