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
- Accelerated options for undergraduate accounting students who
want to get a head start on a master's degree in the following
- 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
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.
Median annual wage (2017)
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
- A completed application form
- Official high school transcripts (ask your guidance counselor
to forward this to Carlow's
- 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