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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 the bachelor of science in accounting program, learn how to be a successful accountant through a combination of accounting, business, technology, and liberal arts courses. The 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, get the education needed to build the foundations of an accounting career with an ethical business mindset. Benefit from:

  • 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. Gain the educational background needed to be compete and excel in today's constantly-evolving business world.

Median annual wage (2017)


Potential job titles

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

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Job Cost Accountant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Accounting Analyst
  • Financial Account Coordinator
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 students to gain better access to careers and internships. Graduates have gone on to accept employment at BNY Mellon, Advanced Surgical Hospital, Homer Laughlin China Company, Forensic Evaluation Litigation, and many other organizations.

Become career-ready for any business setting

In this program, complete undergraduate general education requirements, referred to as Carlow Compass. The curriculum allows students to design, navigate and explore a chosen 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. The accounting degree curriculum integrates a strong liberal arts education with the hard business skills needed in today's changing world. For a deeper dive into the course offerings review the plan of study or reference the course catalog.

Apply for free, any time of year

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.