University of Charleston

University of Charleston

Students in Classroom

Accounting

  • duration

    4 Years (3 Year Fast Track Available)

  • format

    In-Seat

  • Location

    Charleston

Program Overview

An Accounting degree offers you any number of professional opportunities. The job outlook for accountants is bright, and you can set yourself apart from others with our unique program. You’ll develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, communications, and the full knowledge of what constitutes ethical practice, enabling you to pursue your academic and professional goals.

You will develop exceptional knowledge of the accounting profession and develop strong critical thinking skills by focusing on the practical application of accounting theory to problems and cases.

Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC, and will gain direct entry into this program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.

Program Highlights

  • Develop your knowledge through our unique mentoring program, and gain experience through internships with a variety of business organizations.

  • With an emphasis on accounting and business casework and problem-solving, you will develop the skills that make you valuable in the business world.

  • You can complete our fast-track program to graduate in fewer than four years, or complete both your accounting degree and MBA in fewer than five years.

  • You can choose a minor that will further prepare you for opportunities in other industries.

  • Our curriculum helps prepare you for positions with public accounting firms, private businesses, government, non-profit organizations, or to further your education in graduate school.

Program Outcomes

  • Internships

    Accounting majors have opportunities for courses that allow them to apply classroom theories and practices in the workplace. UC accounting majors have completed internships with a variety of business organizations:

  • Employers & Careers of Recent Graduates

    Graduates have successfully found employment as accountants with CPA firms, businesses, and government organizations such as:

  • CPA Exam

    While requirements to sit for the CPA exam differ from state to state, in West Virginia, CPA applicants may sit for the exam with a baccalaureate degree and completion of specific accounting and business courses.

UC students earn CPA Exam Merit and Outstanding Accounting Student Awards

At the recent West Virginia Society of CPAs Annual Committee Day, two top awards were awarded to a UC graduate and a current UC student.

Jason Prince (2020 graduate) was named as the 2021 West Virginia CPA Exam Merit winner (highest score in the state of WV). The Merit Award is given to the individual who, on their first sitting for each of the four parts of the Uniform CPA Examination, makes the highest average passing score on all four parts.

Prince is the third Merit winner from UC in the past six years. Aaron Souza was the 2016 winner and Sarah Henderson was the 2018 winner. Additionally, Sarah was recognized as a 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award (national award for high scores on CPA exam).

The Society also recognized May 2022 graduate Sean Woody as the WVSCPA Outstanding Accounting student.  This award recognizes students majoring in accounting from colleges and universities across the state. Students must have at least a 3.0 or higher in both cumulative GPA and Accounting, submit an essay, resume and current transcript and provide at least two references.

UC accounting graduates have been very involved in the West Virginia Society of CPAs for many years. UC Alum Judy Hermansdorfer Proctor has been the CEO of the Society for the past decade, and the current President of the Society is UC alum Brian Wadsworth.

The West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants is a professional society offering education, support, and other information to help members advance in their careers, provide opportunities to keep up with new information, and more.

Additional Information

Enactus Club

Enactus (formerly SIFE) is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

UC’s Enactus program is very involved both on and off-campus, and accounting majors have been active participants and leaders. Recent projects address financial literacy and success skills, environmental sustainability, entrepreneurship, business, and personal ethics and market economics.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

J. Suzanne King, MBA, CPA

Associate Professor and Program Director, Accounting