Prepare for the CPA Exam with an Accounting Degree

Accountants do more than crunch numbers on a calculator all day. They are an integral part of businesses, advising clients in all facets of accounting and business, including communications, management, and finance.

In Carlow's Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program, you'll learn how to be a successful accountant through a combination of accounting, business, technology, and liberal arts courses. Our accounting degree curriculum meets the requirements for the Pennsylvania Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam and other licensing exams so, upon graduation, you will be well-prepared to achieve professional success.

Accounting Major Highlights

At Carlow, you can get the education you need to build the foundations of your accounting career. We offer career preparation while helping you approach your chosen field of study with an ethical mindset. Here, you'll enjoy the benefits of:

  • A curriculum based on career and CPA-exam preparation
  • Receiving hands-on experience in an accounting internship or practicum
  • Accelerated options for undergraduate accounting students who want to get a head start on a master's degree in the following fields:
  • Accelerated Master's in Business Administration Program
  • Accelerated Master's in Fraud and Forensics Program

Take the next step on your path to a degree. Request information today.

Careers with an Accounting Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for accountants is positive, with an estimated growth of 10% from 2016 to 2026. Here, you can gain the educational background you need to be competitive in today's constantly-evolving business world.

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Potential job titles

Because Carlow is located in Pittsburgh, the heart of Western Pennsylvania's "Ed, Meds, and Tech" economy, our proximity to organizations across these industries allows our students to gain better access to careers and internships. Our graduates have gone on to accept employment at BNY Mellon, Advanced Surgical Hospital, Homer Laughlin China Company, Forensic Evaluation Litigation, and many other organizations.

With a degree in accounting, you can move into a position such as:

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Job Cost Accountant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Accounting Analyst
  • Financial Account Coordinator

Ready to take the next step and further your education at Carlow University? Apply for free online.

What You'll Learn

In this program, you'll complete undergraduate general education requirements, which we refer to as the Carlow Compass. This curriculum allows you to design, navigate and explore your own field of study while establishing a knowledge base for career-readiness and ethical leadership.

Required courses in the Accounting program provide an in-depth look at accounting principles such as taxation, finance, and auditing, all while establishing a knowledge base for career-readiness and ethical leadership. 

Accounting Degree Requirements

Major-specific coursework within the bachelor's degree in accounting program emphasizes the fundamentals of finance and accounting, as well as preparing you to succeed in any business setting with knowledge of business communication, ethics, and technology.

Core Accounting Courses

The accounting degree curriculum integrates a strong liberal arts education with the hard business skills you'll need in today's changing world. You'll learn accounting principles, how to navigate accounting information systems and software, and how to conduct a financial audit. You'll also gain business know-how, receiving an overview of business management, communication, and finance. For a deeper dive into what courses you'll take, please see our plan of study.

ACC 413 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

This course explores the role of business in society. You'll study the role of business within the community, the relationship of business with government, and the regulatory environment. Also included are studies on how both market and non-market decisions have social, political, and ethical ramifications. You will examine the effect of values and cultural norms on managerial decision-making and how this relates to managers facing a global environment and diverse workforce will be analyzed.

BSM 301 Principles of Marketing

Examine the principles and functions of marketing. Topics covered in this course include product development, market research, channels of distribution, and pricing and promotion. You will analyze cases dealing with current marketing successes and failures.

IT 250SL Information Technology I

This course introduces you to the fundamental concepts related to the use of IT in organizations from a managerial perspective. You will learn to recognize the strategic value of IT and will become familiar with the different ways in which IT is used in organizations (e.g., enterprise systems, business intelligence). Students will also learn IT skills to improve their personal productivity. The course has been designed to also include hands-on activities, mainly in the areas of databases, Web design, and e-commerce. You will prepare a business case to propose and justify an IT initiative in a real organization.

Note: This is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, review the Course Catalog. Please also see this program's plan of study.



How to Apply

First-year students looking to major in accounting  must first submit the following materials for application. You can do so when you apply for free online:

  • A completed application form
  • Official high school transcripts (ask your guidance counselor to forward this to Carlow's Admissions Office)
  • SAT or ACT test scores (as applicable)
  • Personal essay and/or recommendation from your secondary school principal, teacher, or guidance counselor. These are optional, but in some instances may be required.

Have questions or want more details? See how to apply for first-year students, transfer students, or adult degree completers.