Accounting Major

The backbone of any business.

Accounting is driven by analytics and analytical interpretation. Businesses use this information to drive their strategies for growth. Your accounting degree can lead to a corporate career, or you can take an entrepreneurial approach and open your own firm.

Why study accounting at the College of Charleston? 

Because our faculty maintain relationships with businesses throughout the Southeast, you'll experience active recruitment for internships and jobs. Our faculty's expertise range from financial reporting to regulatory capture to business law. TOur course of study can prepare you for certification as a certified public accountant, certified management accountant, certified fraud examiner, and more.

What will I learn? 

When you study accounting at the College of Charleston, you will develop expertise in financial analysis, budgeting, and tax regulations. You will learn to interpret complex data and make strategic decisions; both of which contribute to the financial success of organizations. You will prepare for a dynamic career in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing.

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Program Highlights

Our Department of Accounting offers a five-year, accelerated program that allows students to complete their Master of Science in Accountancy in just one year. In addition, our students benefit from strong experiential learning and industry connections throughout the region.
  • Hands-on Learning

    Join Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor society for high-achieving accounting students, to foster professional relationships, expand your network, become a strong leader, and serve your community. 

    Internship Opportunities

    All accounting professors have worked or are currently working in the field, so don’t be surprised when they connect you to an internship opportunity that leads to internship and jobs offers. Our students find opportunities at firms such as Elliot Davis, KPMG and FORVIS.

  • Location

    Faculty members maintain close relationships with accounting firms throughout the Southeast, meaning you experience active recruitment for internships and jobs on day one.

  • Faculty Expertise

    Our faculty members are experts in various areas of accounting including:

    • financial reporting.
    • regulatory capture.
    • accounting theory.
    • international business law.
    • not-for-profit accounting.
    • the evolution of accounting and economic thought. 

Careers & Outcomes

Accounting is versatile and necessary to every field and industry. Studying accounting can prepare you for certification as a certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA), certified fraud examiner (CFE), and certified internal auditor (CIA). Common job titles include auditor, tax accountant, director of finance, and chief financial officer.