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. Whether you want to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), pursue a career in finance or corporate industry, work in government or become an entrepreneur, accounting can take you there.

Elon offers both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Accounting. The B.S. degree provides students with a strong background in the liberal arts and seeks to develop their competency in accounting for entry level positions in business and industry. It includes the central topics of financial and cost accounting, plus an introduction to taxation, auditing and accounting information systems.

The M.S. degree allows students to gain advanced knowledge in financial accounting, audit, taxation and accounting information systems. The program is designed for those students seeking to become CPAs and work in public accounting.


Accounting majors are required to complete at least one internship for academic credit under either BUS 3985 or ACC 4985. 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.

Graduation Outcomes

The accounting program prepares students to be a professional accountant in public accounting, corporate industry, government and other business organizations. Elon Accounting alumni work for employers such as Baker Tilly, BDO, CohnReznick LLP, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Lincoln Financial Group, PwC and RSM.