Publication Date

Fall 2023

Document Type

Student Project

First Advisor

Mellon, Mark

Second Advisor

MacAulay, Doreen

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)


Department of Accountancy


This study investigates whether incoming female accountants expect to have the same career opportunities within the accounting profession as do males. For purposes of this study, in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 accounting students. These students were either undergraduate seniors majoring in accounting or graduate students enrolled in a Master of Accounting Science program. The results of the interviews were such that both male and female accounting students exhibited high expectations for their careers and their lives outside of it. Students recognized the impact of family and the difficulty of the profession on their career. They also noted that the recruitment role for accounting firms is generally performed by a female, whereas the decision-maker role is generally performed by a male. Although there were no major differences in perceptions between male and female students, gender was seen as an obstacle for females.

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Accounting Commons