Why choose Accounting at Elon University?

Accounting is everywhere – in corporations, government, non-profit and small startups. It is the best way to help you understand the operations of an organization. At Elon, we integrate cutting-edge data analytics tools in every accounting course. You will learn business processes, analyze organizational performance, tax-saving strategies and fraud examination techniques.

Whether you want to become a CPA, pursue a career in finance or corporate management, work in government, or become an entrepreneur, accounting can take you there.

Accelerate Your Success with Dual Degrees

In addition to a traditional 4-year B.S. degree in accounting and an 11-month master’s degree, we offer an accelerated 3+1 dual-degree program, so that you can earn both the master’s and bachelor’s degrees in four years. That’s a head start on your path to becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a finance expert, a corporate leader, or even an entrepreneur.


Accounting majors are required to complete at least one internship for academic credit under either BUS 3985 (Internship) or ACC 4985 (Internship in Accounting) during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Examples of internships students have completed include financial advisory services for Deloitte, risk advisory for Ernst & Young, tax for PricewaterhouseCoopers, audit for KPMG and operations analysis for Credit Suisse, gaining real-world insights and building connections that will set you up for a successful career.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Lambda Xi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at Elon University
Participate in a community recognized for its achievements, including faculty awards and national competition honors. This chapter provides a platform for professional development and recognition within the finance and accounting fields.

AICPA Student Affiliate Membership
Gain complimentary access to a wealth of resources, including exclusive scholarship opportunities, discounts on certificate programs in emerging fields, and curated industry news. This membership offers tools and connections vital for career readiness in accounting.

North Carolina Association of CPAs Membership
Enjoy free membership benefits such as access to the NC CPA Foundation Scholarships and a career portal filled with resources on resume writing, interviewing, and personal branding. This association supports your professional growth and networking in the accounting sector.

Graduation Outcomes

Graduates from our accounting program typically begin their careers in public accounting firms, offering a fast track to gaining expertise through services in audit, tax, and consulting. This experience paves the way for a variety of roles within the industry, with a career progression that moves from staff positions to senior roles, and eventually to leadership positions such as partner or director.

Our alumni have gone on to work for prestigious organizations like Baker Tilly, BDO, CohnReznick LLP, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Lincoln Financial Group, PwC, and RSM. Their success stories are a testament to the quality of education you can expect at Elon University.