Accounting

The study of accounting gives you the education to succeed at just about anything in the business world. Accounting is the language of business, the eyes and ears of management. It prepares you to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), pursue a career in finance or corporate management, work in government with the SEC, FBI, IRS, etc., or become an entrepreneur. No matter what career path you decide to pursue, having an accounting background can take you there.

Elon's undergraduate program includes the central topics of financial and managerial accounting, plus an introduction to taxation, auditing and commercial law.

Opportunities

Students wishing to become Certified Public Accountants and practice in the field of public accounting must have 150 hours of college credit that includes at least 30 semester hours of accounting. Through careful advising, it is possible to complete the 150-hour requirement by the time you complete the degree. Interested students should contact a faculty member for more details on how to meet this requirement.

The Department of Accounting offers the Becker FastPass CPA Review at Elon during the summer. The course is designed to help recent graduates prepare for the CPA exam in a shortened timeframe.

Join Elon’s Lambda Xi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals. Elon’s chapter participates annually in regional and national competitions and was named Student Organization of the Year by Elon’s Student Government Association.

Network with recruiters from firms such as KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Ernst & Young at the annual Accounting Meet and Greet hosted by Beta Alpha Psi.

Internships

Accounting majors are required to complete at least one internship for academic credit. Examples of internships students have completed include financial advisory services for Deloitte, risk advisory for Ernst & Young, tax for PricewaterhouseCoopers, audit for KPMG and accounting for Baystate Financial.

Graduation Outcomes

The accounting program prepares students to be a professional accountant in business, government, nonprofit and other organizations. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree also can serve as a basis for graduate study in accounting and other fields, including business administration and law. Elon Accounting alumni work for employers such as Baker Tilly, BDO, CohnReznick LLP, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Lincoln Financial Group, McGladrey and PricewaterhouseCoopers.