Program at Unisinos

Although many people think that accountants have this name because they collect information about goods and financial resources and calculate taxes, the name is actually more related to the telling the life story of a person or organization. Accountants gather information about the assets and wealth of organizations, which may be private companies, public organizations or individuals, and communicate this data to users, through a particular and global accounting language. This makes it possible to create a historical "photograph" of the development of an organization, which is an essential management tool. These professionals provide data so that, based on analyses of the past and present, predictions about the future of businesses can be made, which serves as a basis for making decisions.

Don't worry, this doesn't mean you’ll just be sitting in an office handling numbers. Accountants may engage in other activities that are critical to the organization of society. The profession is so important and necessary that, even after graduating, professionals must be approved through an Accounting Proficiency Exam from the Federal Accounting Council. Ultimately, accounting graduates may work as accountants, auditors, consultants, entrepreneurs in the provision of accounting services, or controllers. The program at Unisinos also focuses on ethical and humanistic behavior in the profession, a characteristic of the university.

You and the Market

One of the most common options is to launch out as an entrepreneur, providing accounting services. At the same time, there are also various paths for achieving success in this profession. All companies, public organizations and occasionally individuals need accounting services. Graduates may do audits, be consultants or experts, or focus on the controllership of institutions, which is a highly valued skill nowadays.

Accountants are the right-hand men of managers and also play a very important social role, since their reports can be used in various marketing and also legal situations. Even the world financial market operates on the basis of the work of accountants. Accounting information is also crucial in the decision-making processes of public managers, thus influencing all of our lives. At Unisinos, there is still another career possibility for graduates: academia. The university's graduate studies program in accounting is one of the most well-known in Brazil. Professionals with master's degrees and PhDs are rare in the country, which makes the academic segment a great opportunity for accountants.

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Semester 1
Introduction to Accounting (4 credits)
Mathematics for Administration (4 credits)
Introduction to Administration Theory (4 credits)
Philosophical Anthropology and Economics (4 credits)
Text Interpretation and Production (4 credits)

Semester 2
Basic Accounting (4 credits)
Corporate Law (4 credits)
Economics I (4 credits)
Latin America, Development and Sustainability (4 credits)
Applied Statistics (4 credits)
Free-choice Course (4 credits)
Additional Activities

Semester 3
Intermediate Accounting I (4 credits)
Social Legislation (4 credits)
Economics II (4 credits)
Investment Analysis I (4 credits)
Organization and Make-up of Companies (4 credits)

Semester 4
Intermediate Accounting II (4 credits)
Accounting and Tax Planning I (4 credits)
Costs Accounting I (4 credits)
Seminars (4 credits)
Public Accounting (4 credits)
Additional Activities

Semester 5
Integration Activity (4 credits)
Analysis of Financial Statements (4 credits)
Costs Accounting II (4 credits)
Auditing (4 credits)
Ethics and Business (4 credits)
Accounting and Tax Planning II (4 credits)
Advanced Accounting (4 credits)

Semester 6
Accounting Theory (4 credits)
Business Finance I (4 credits)
Accounting Research Techniques (4 credits)
Quantitative Methods with the Use of Software (4 credits)
Accounting Practice Laboratory I (4 credits)
Arbitration and Forensic Accounting (2 credits)
Additional Activities

Semester 7
Elective (4 credits)
Analysis of Accounting Systems (4 credits)
Final Course Paper I (4 credits)
Business Finance II (4 credits)
Accounting Practice Laboratory II (4 credits)
Logistics Integrated with Accounting (4 credits)
Strategic Planning (4 credits)

Semester 8
Budget Management (4 credits)
Final Course Paper II (4 credits)
Introduction to Actuarial Science (4 credits)
Introduction to Controllership (4 credits)
International Accounting (4 credits)
Organizational Entrepreneurship and Innovation (4 credits)
Additional Activities: 300 hours

Electives Academic Activities
Special Topics in Economics (4 credits)
Study Trip (4 credits)
Academic Skills in English (4 credits)
Organization and Make-up of Companies (4 credits)
Arbitration and Forensic Accounting (4 credits)
Introduction to Controllership (4 credits)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Concepts and Practices (4 credits)
Analysis of Financial Statements (4 credits)
Credit Analysis and Assessment (4 credits)
Short-term Financial Administration (4 credits)
Long-term Financial Administration (4 credits)
Cost Management and Analysis (4 credits)
Project Management (4 credits)
Corporate Budgeting (4 credits)
Basics of Marketing (4 credits)
Marketing Research (4 credits)
Investment Analysis (4 credits)
Management by Processes (4 credits)
Export Operations (4 credits)
Basics of International Operations and Logistics (4 credits)
Corporate Law (4 credits)
Text Interpretation and Production (4 credits)
International and Brazilian Economic Situation (4 credits)
Afro-descendants in Latin America (4 credits)
Organizational Entrepreneurship and Innovation (4 credits)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (4 credits)
Indigenous Peoples in Contemporary Latin America (4 credits)
Inclusion and Accessibility in Professional Contexts (4 credits)
Deaf Culture and Brazilian Sign Language (4 credits)

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During the undergraduate program at Unisinos, students will receive solid training in the two main scopes of accounting: in the area of Accounting and Management and in the more specific area of Financial Accounting. The two pillars are worked in a cross-sectional way throughout the program so that by the end of the course students can exercise their skills in two laboratories for an entire semester. In these laboratories, they will put into practice all the content that was studied.
In addition, starting in the fourth semester, students can apply to work in the Accounting and Tax Support Center which serves people with low income in order to help them with difficulties related to the accounting/tax areas. They are often forward by the Brazilian Tax Revenue Agency, which acts as a partner. In this setting, supervised by professors, students have a chance to exercise knowledge and citizenship by providing services to the community.

Accreditation: Decree 71816/1973 DOU February 8, 1973; Renewal of Accreditation: Ordinance SERES/MEC 272/2017 - DOU April 4, 2017 p. 129

Course Coordinators: Charline Barbosa Pires and Gisele Spricigo
E-mail: charlinepires@unisinos.br and giseles@unisinos.br
Phone: 3590-8159

Duration at Unisinos: 190 credits - 2,700 hours (3,240 class hours) + 300 hours of additional activities (minimum time: 4 years; maximum time: 8 years)

Course offered on the Porto Alegre and São Leopoldo campuses and in distance education format.