The accounting profession offers many opportunities in private industry, public accounting, and government.
Our program is designed to assist students in pursuit of accounting careers in a variety of positions and organizations in these sectors.


Professional certifications in the accounting area can enhance your opportunities and career success. Certifications available in accounting include:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified in Financial Management (CFM)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

The accounting program assists students in the preparation for the exams necessary for certification. Students can apply to take the CMA, CFM, CIA and CGFM exam with a bachelor’s degree, and can apply to take the CPA with 150 credit hours that includes a bachelor’s degree. Students planning to apply for the CPA, CMA, CFM, CIA, or CGFM certification should contact an accounting advisor for further information.

Private Accounting

Private industry offers opportunities for those interested in management accounting, financial management, financial statement preparation, internal auditing and tax. Approximately fifty percent of accountants work in private industry in manufacturing, retail, banking and service. Small, medium and large companies have positions in these areas that range from junior accountant up to Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Public Accounting

Public accounting offers opportunities for those interested in auditing, tax and consulting. Local, regional, national and international accounting firms have positions ranging from junior accountant up to partner.

Government Opportunities

Government offers opportunities for those interested in every area of accounting. Positions are at the federal level in the General Accounting Office (GAO), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and many other government agencies. Like companies, government agencies need accountants. Application is made through the civil service program at the federal level. Positions in many areas of accounting are also available in government at the local and state levels.

B.B.A. with Major in Accounting (120 hours)

1. Completion of the B.B.A. Common Requirements – 96 hours (Accounting majors have only 6 hours as electives )2. ACTG 320, 323, 324, 325, 328, 421, and 428 – 21 hours

3. Two of ACTG 422, 423, 424, 429, or BUS 475 – 6 hours

To become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in South Carolina, an individual must hold a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum of 150 semester hours from a college or university with at least 36 hours in accounting. The CPA licensing requirements for other states are similar.Individuals planning to sit for either the CPA exam or one of the other professional examinations in accounting should develop a plan of study in consultation with their adviser.

Minor in Accounting (18 hours)

1. ACTG 201, 202, 320, 323, 325, 328 – 18 hours

Collateral in Accounting (12 hours)

1. ACTG 320, 323, 325, 328 – 12 hours

Quick Facts: Accountants & Auditors

2019 Median Pay

$71,550 per year

$34.40 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training


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Job Outlook, 2018-28


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