Accounting Major

Interested in starting your own business but don’t know if you can earn a profit? Trying to select a portfolio of companies to invest in and not sure how to measure their performance? Ever wondered whether a company’s sustainability efforts and social responsibility initiatives are just claims or if they’re making a real impact? You will learn ways to find answers to these questions by majoring in accounting.

In accounting, you’ll learn how information from business activities flows through an organization and ends in a financial report. You’ll learn how to measure the outcome of business activities and communicate this information to help make decisions. You’ll also be exposed to cutting-edge analytical tools throughout your accounting courses.

Accounting Degree Requirements & Courses

3+1 Program

Interested in becoming a CPA, but don’t wish to spend a fifth year in school to acquire the course hours needed to meet the exam’s educational requirement? Our unique accelerated 3+1 program offers you the option to complete both a bachelor’s degree and the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) in just four years. Our 3+1 dual-degree program is designed with the newest CPA Exam format – CPA Evolution – in mind.

If you are interested in Elon’s MSA program, please consult Beth McCain at

Program Outcomes

Elon University’s Accounting program is strategically designed to set students on the path to successful careers in accounting, whether in public sectors or corporate environments. Our graduates emerge well-prepared to meet the rigorous demands of the profession, with outcomes aimed at comprehensive development:

  • Career Preparation: The curriculum provides advanced knowledge in financial and managerial accounting, taxation, and audit. We emphasize the development of communication skills critical for accountancy professionals. Students learn and apply the profession’s ethical standards, including independence, integrity, and objectivity. They also acquire sophisticated analytical skills essential for managing and interpreting complex financial data, enhanced by opportunities in data analytics and undergraduate research.
  • Certification Readiness: The program strives to thoroughly prepare students to pass key professional exams, including the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exams.
  • Experiential Learning: We commit to involving students in meaningful experiential activities that foster real-world skills and character development. This prepares them to be responsible business leaders who can positively impact their professions, organizations, and the broader global economy.

Accounting Minor

Accounting Minor Requirements & Courses