Accounting Schools in North Carolina

    The following outline of accounting schools in North Carolina is designed to help you locate schools that match your skills, interests, and career aspirations. North Carolina’s universities and colleges offer many accounting programs in both general and specialized practice areas such as managerial accounting, fraud investigation, and information management. Students of all educational backgrounds should be able to find a program that fits their goals, including business novices and those seeking advanced graduate study. Working professionals may choose from flexible programs with online classes to help them achieve their education and career goals.

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    Comparison of North Carolina Accounting Schools and Programs

    The table below provides detailed information on not-for-profit accounting programs in North Carolina to help you compare your options. Programs that appear in bold text offer hybrid or online options. For further school statistics, including median SAT, ACT, and GMAT scores, see the tables on our North Carolina business schools page, which break out information at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    SchoolAccreditationAccounting Degree(s)Acceptance Rate10Grad Rate1Avg Net Price1Median Debt*10Median Earnings 10 Years After Entry**10
    Alamance Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Income Tax
    N.Av.33%$16,861N.Av.$32,133
    Appalachian State UniversityBSBA-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    Accelerated BSBA to MS-Accounting;
    MS-Accounting: Analytics;
    MS-Accounting: General;
    MS-Accounting-Tax
    84.7%75%$13,084$20,231$48,352
    Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeAAS-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting
    N.Av.31%$7,922$15,528$34,535
    Barton CollegeMinor-Accounting98.6%48%$23,443$25,877$46,112
    Belmont Abbey CollegeBA-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    MBA-Accounting
    98.9%47%$23,522$26,000$46,832
    Blue Ridge Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping I;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping II;
    UG Cert-Payroll
    N.Av.50%$7,677$12,000$31,390
    Brunswick Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance
    N.Av.40%$7,656N.Av.$31,407
    Caldwell Community College and Technical InstituteAAS-Accounting;
    UG Diploma-Accounting
    N.Av.40%$6,286$8,750$33,290
    Campbell UniversityACBSPBAS-Accounting;
    BBA-Accounting
    Minor-Accounting
    MAcc-Financial Planning;
    MAcc-Taxation
    87.3%56%$24,280$22,500$51,142
    Cape Fear Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting Analytics;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting Fraud Analytics
    N.Av.30%$8,145$9,500$35,409
    Catawba CollegeACBSPBA-Accounting;
    BSBA-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting
    56.1%56%$19,701$25,000$43,706
    Catawba Valley Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting Computerized;
    UG Cert-Accounting General;
    UG Cert-Accounting Taxation
    N.Av.31%$11,285$4,938$33,573
    Central Carolina Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Income Tax Preparer;
    UG Cert-Payroll Accounting;
    UG Cert-Small Business Financial Advisor
    N.Av.33%$6,311N.Av.$28,894
    Central Piedmont Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance: Accounting;
    AAS-Accounting and Finance: Financial Services;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Accounting
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Business Analytics
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Business Financial Services
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Individual Finance
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Tax
    Grad Cert-Accounting and Finance: Professional Accounting I
    Grad Cert-Accounting and Finance: Professional Accounting Certificate II
    N.Av.23%$6,608$7,925$33,193
    Coastal Carolina Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping/Payroll
    N.Av.38%$9,278N.Av.$31,867
    Craven Community CollegeACBSPAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Payroll;
    UG Cert-Small Business Accounting
    N.Av.39%$6,055N.Av.$32,571
    Davidson-Davie Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting Fundamentals;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Taxes
    N.Av.36%$7,278$10,500$32,410
    Durham Technical Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and FinanceN.Av.24%$7,274$14,750$32,391
    East Carolina UniversityBSBA-Accounting;
    MSA
    93.9%65%$14,410$22,750$50,819
    Edgecombe Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Excel;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Financial Services;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Quickbooks
    N.Av.28%$5,996$15,917$27,985
    Elizabeth City State UniversityBS-Accounting76.8%42%$4,120$21,463$37,070
    Elon UniversityBSA;
    Minor-Accounting;
    4-Year BS to MSA;
    5-Year BS to MSA;
    MSA
    77.7%83%$41,527$20,500$66,617
    Fayetteville State UniversityBS-Accounting
    Minor-Accounting
    82.1%44%$6,355$22,987$37,600
    Fayetteville Technical Community CollegeAAS-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting Foundations;
    UG Cert-Computerized Accounting;
    UG Cert-Cost/Managerial Accounting;
    UG Cert-Payroll Accounting;
    UG Cert-Small Business Accounting;
    UG Cert-Tax Preparer
    N.Av.16%$2,948$11,500$30,503
    Forsyth Technical Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance: Accounting;
    UG Diploma-Accounting
    N.Av.29%$5,887$10,000$32,361
    Gardner-Webb UniversityACBSPBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    MAcc;
    Grad Cert-Accountancy
    79%52%$22,339$24,222$45,181
    Gaston CollegeACBSPAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Federal Income Tax;
    UG Cert-Financial Accounting;
    UG Cert-Managerial Accounting
    N.Av.43%$4,103N.Av.$32,949
    Greensboro CollegeACBSPBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting
    88.1%40%$19,581$25,607$43,023
    Guilford CollegeACBSPBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting
    82.1%49%$23,882$26,000$43,545
    Guilford Technical Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Tax Preparation
    N.Av.28%$13,292$14,901$32,481
    Haywood Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance
    N.Av.29%$5,421N.Av.$29,213
    High Point UniversityBSBA-Accounting;
    5-Year BSBA-Accounting to MBA
    80.3%68%$40,221$24,575$54,945
    Isothermal Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Computerized Accounting;
    UG Cert-Payroll
    N.Av.53%$6,756N.Av.$31,875
    James Sprunt Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Basic Accounting;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Computerized Accounting Clerk
    N.Av.35%$3,907N.Av.$29,925
    Johnson & Wales University-CharlotteBS-Corporate Accounting and Financial Analysis82.3%53%$29,238$26,000$41,886
    Johnson & Wales University-OnlineBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    5-Year BS to MBA-Accounting;
    MBA-Accounting
    N.Av.0%$20,242N.Av.N.Av.
    Johnson & Wales University-ProvidenceBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    5-Year BS to MBA-Accounting;
    MBA-Accounting
    N.Av.59%$32,801N.Av.N.Av.
    Johnston Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Governmental Accounting;
    UG Cert-Income Tax Preparer;
    UG Cert-Payroll Accounting Clerk
    N.Av.47%$5,844N.Av.$35,343
    Lees-McRae CollegeBABA/BSBA-Accounting59.2%46%$24,108$17,375$41,587
    Lenoir Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Small Business Accounting
    N.Av.29%$5,584N.Av.$30,926
    Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityACBSPBA-Accounting;
    MBA-Accounting
    85.7%51%$21,843$26,000$45,633
    Livingstone CollegeIACBEBSBA-Accounting51.3%26%$15,914$31,125$32,344
    Martin Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance
    N.Av.47%$5,949N.Av.$26,229
    McDowell Technical Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance: Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Income Tax Preparer;
    UG Cert-Payroll Accounting Clerk
    N.Av.45%$2,715N.Av.$33,995
    Meredith CollegeBSBA-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting
    69.9%68%$23,259$25,000$45,455
    Methodist UniversityACBSPAAS-Accounting;
    BAS-Accounting;
    BAS-Accounting: Health Care Administration;
    BAS-Accounting: Health Care Administration;
    BAS-Accounting: PGA Golf Management;
    BAS-Accounting: Professional Tennis Management;
    BAS-Accounting: Resort, Club & Hospitality Management;
    BAS-Accounting: Sport Management;
    Minor-Accounting
    78.6%41%$28,129$27,000$45,408
    Mitchell Community CollegeAAS-Accounting;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting Foundations;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Income Tax Preparer;
    UG Cert-Personal Finance
    N.Av.30%$5,403N.Av.$30,025
    Nash Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting Fundamentals
    N.Av.40%$7,102$11,500$34,180
    North Carolina A&T State UniversityAACSBBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    MBA-Accounting
    57.4%57%$9,189$27,000$44,390
    North Carolina Central UniversityBBA-Accounting76%44%$13,708$28,250$40,346
    North Carolina State University at RaleighAACSBBS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: Financial Analysis;
    BS-Accounting: Government/Nonprofit Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: Information Systems;
    BS-Accounting: Internal Auditing;
    BS-Accounting: Managerial Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    5-Year BS-Accounting to MAcc;
    MAcc;
    MAcc-Business and Industry;
    MAcc-Public Accounting: Business Reporting and Analysis;
    MAcc-Public Accounting: Enterprise Risk Management;
    MAcc-Public Accounting: Information Technology;
    MAcc-Public Accounting: Tax Strategy;
    Grad Cert-Tax Analytics and Technology
    47.5%85%$14,852$20,121$65,211
    North Carolina Wesleyan UniversityBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    4-Year BS-Accounting to MBA
    28%38%$18,701$25,000$44,504
    Pamlico Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Payroll Accounting
    N.Av.18%$8,256N.Av.$21,359
    Pfeiffer UniversityACBSPBS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: Financial Fraud;
    Minor-Accounting
    71.8%35%$21,575$26,163$45,009
    Piedmont Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance
    N.Av.30%$6,074N.Av.$28,480
    Pitt Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance: Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting Productivity Software;
    UG Cert-Basic Accounting;
    UG Cert-Managerial/Small Business Accounting
    N.Av.28%$7,291$11,977$35,672
    Queens University of CharlotteBBA-Accounting69.2%69%$29,459$25,000$58,774
    Randolph Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance
    N.Av.40%$8,104N.Av.$32,243
    Richmond Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting/Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Payroll Accountant Specialist;
    UG Cert-Tax Preparer
    N.Av.34%$4,986N.Av.$30,096
    Robeson Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping
    N.Av.41%$6,242N.Av.$26,907
    Rockingham Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and FinanceN.Av.23%$3,788N.Av.$30,903
    Rowan-Cabarrus Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-CPA Exam;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Government;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Insurance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Services;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance: Taxes
    N.Av.31%$5,919$9,458$31,621
    Saint Augustine’s UniversityACBSPBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting
    74.8%20%$20,081$29,669$35,808
    Sampson Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Tax Preparer;
    UG Cert-Payroll Clerk
    N.Av.30%$5,950N.Av.N.Av.
    Sandhills Community CollegeAAS-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping
    N.Av.40%$12,583N.Av.$30,752
    Shaw UniversityBSBA-Accounting65.3%14%$14,204$32,500$34,084
    South Piedmont Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Taxation;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping
    N.Av.32%$9,334N.Av.$31,104
    Southwestern Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Payroll;
    UG Cert-Tax Accounting
    N.Av.45%$8,858$10,500$31,264
    Stanly Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance
    N.Av.38%$6,063N.Av.$32,048
    Surry Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance
    N.Av.28%$8,281N.Av.$34,394
    Tri-County Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting and Finance
    N.Av.37%$5,592N.Av.$29,035
    University of Mount OliveACBSPBS-Accounting;
    MBA-Accounting
    82.6%49%$17,878$27,209$44,973
    University of North Carolina at AshevilleBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting
    81.6%59%$14,730$20,500$44,906
    University of North Carolina at Chapel HillAACSBMAcc-Audit;
    MAcc-Financial Analysis & Reporting;
    MAcc-Tax
    20.4%91%$10,614$14,000$67,765
    University of North Carolina at CharlotteAACSBBS-Accounting;
    BSBA-Finance: Finance/Accounting;
    MAcc-Financial Accounting/Auditing;
    MAcc-Individualized Program of Study;
    MAcc-Professional Accounting;
    MAcc-Tax
    79.5%70%$13,951$21,500$54,580
    University of North Carolina at GreensboroAACSBBS-Accounting;
    5-Year BS to MS-Accounting;
    MS-Accounting: Financial Reporting and Assurance;
    MS-Accounting: Tax;
    Grad Cert- Taxation
    90.8%58%$10,979$22,858$46,514
    University of North Carolina at PembrokeBS-Accounting91.8%45%$8,208$25,000$41,470
    University of North Carolina WilmingtonBSBA-Accountancy;
    MS-Accountancy
    68%74%$18,709$19,500$52,560
    Vance-Granville Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting
    N.Av.31%$3,193N.Av.$30,474
    Wake Forest UniversityAACSBBS-Accountancy;
    5-Year BS to MSA;
    MAcc;
    MSA-Assurance Services;
    MSA-Financial Markets & Transactions;
    MSA-Tax Consulting
    25.2%90%$26,197$21,500$81,964
    Wake Technical Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Accounting Core;
    UG Cert-Accounting Software Applications;
    UG Cert-Advanced Accounting Core;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping;
    UG Cert-Fraud Examination;
    UG Cert-Income Tax Preparer;
    UG Cert-Management Accountant;
    UG Cert-Payroll Accounting
    N.Av.31%$3,914$12,000$39,154
    Wayne Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Bookkeeping
    N.Av.49%$4,694$6,500$30,493
    Western Carolina UniversityBSBA-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    MAcc;
    MAcc-Taxation
    79.4%61%$13,022$21,868$44,755
    Western Piedmont Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-General Accounting;
    UG Cert-Computerized Accounting
    N.Av.39%$7,821N.Av.$32,014
    Wilkes Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance: Accounting;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance: Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting Clerk;
    UG Cert-Computerized Accounting
    N.Av.55%$3,471$7,625$32,536
    Wilson Community CollegeAAS-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Diploma-Accounting and Finance;
    UG Cert-Income Tax;
    UG Cert-Accounting Spreadsheet;
    UG Cert-Accounting Payroll/Quickbooks
    N.Av.23%$8,322$10,500$29,684
    Wingate UniversityACBSPBA-Accounting;
    Minor-Accounting;
    MAcc
    84.5%57%$18,823$25,000$51,262
    Winston-Salem State UniversityBS-Accounting;
    Grad Cert-Data Analytics
    81.5%50%$14,097$25,000$40,976

    Table Notes:
    *Median Debt: The median debt is the cumulative federal loan debt, excluding PLUS loans, at the time of graduation for students who completed an undergraduate program (certificate, associate, or bachelor’s degree) as reported by College Scorecard for academic year 2020-2021 based on ‚Äč‚ÄčNational Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) data.
    **Median Earnings 10 Years After Entry: Median earnings are the middle value of earnings, at which half earned more and half earned less, measured 10 years (2020-2021) after the first year of study (2010-2011) for all students, institution-wide, who received federal loans and who are employed but not enrolled in school. Note that this value includes those who completed their program of study as well as those who discontinued study without receiving an award.

    Top-Ranked Accounting Schools in North Carolina

    College rankings can be a useful tool to measure the overall reputation of a school or program. Weighing multiple rankings when evaluating your college choices can be helpful because different publishers may use different ranking factors in their methodologies. While the best program for your goals may rely on a combination of factors not typically considered in overall rankings, such as location or funding, seeing a program ranked on multiple lists can be a strong indication of reputation and academic quality.

    College Factual’s Best Accounting Schools 2023

    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Wake Forest University
    • Elon University
    • North Carolina State University
    • Wake Technical Community College
    • Appalachian State University
    • East Carolina University
    • University of North Carolina at Charlotte2

    Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Accounting Majors 2023

    • Elon University3

    US News & World Report’s Best MBA Accounting Programs 2023

    • Duke University (#11 tie)
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#22 tie)4

    US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs 2023

    • Appalachian State University (#32 tie)
    • UNC Greensboro (#44 tie)
    • Western Carolina University (#66 tie)
    • Campbell University (#79 tie)
    • Montreat College (#157 tie)
    • North Carolina Central University (#157 tie)
    • Lees-McRae College (#170-214)
    • Mars Hill University (#170-214)5

    US News & World Report’s Best Undergrad Accounting Programs 2022-23

    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#15 tie)
    • Wake Forest University (#35 tie)6

    Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) releases reports including data on candidate performance on the Uniform CPA Exam.11 The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in North Carolina in 2019 (the most recent report available*) for candidates with a bachelor’s degree, with the overall pass rate for first-time test-takers in North Carolina being 63.4%:

    1. Catawba College 90.9%
    2. Wake Forest University 88.0%
    3. Davidson College 86.4%
    4. Barton College 77.8%
    5. University of North Carolina at Asheville 77.8%
    6. North Carolina State University 76.9%

    *As NASBA makes significant changes to the CPA Exam as part of the CPA Evolution initiative, new candidate score reports by state are not anticipated until at least mid-2024.

    Schools in North Carolina with Accounting Degrees

    To give you an idea of the breadth and depth of accounting degrees offered in North Carolina, we have profiled select programs below. Be sure to visit the websites of programs of interest for more detailed information on courses, admissions requirements and deadlines, and faculty.

    Undergraduate Accounting Programs

    Elon University

    The Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) that prepares students for entry-level business positions and graduate study by providing them with a solid foundation in financial and cost accounting, taxation, and auditing. Undergraduate students are required to complete an internship with an accounting firm such as Deloitte; Ernst and Young; and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Top BSA students have the option to pursue the 3+1 Program, which provides the opportunity to earn both a BSA and a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) in just four years or the five-year BSA/MSA program, which allows students to begin working towards the MSA during their senior year of undergraduate study. Elon also offers the Becker FastPass CPA review, an intensive summer course designed to prepare students for the CPA exam, helping them gain a competitive edge upon graduation. Elon has several student organizations that can help advance an accounting student’s career, including Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor society for financial information students and professionals. Each year, Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Professional Development Center host an Accounting Meet and Greet to help students network with working professionals.

    High Point University

    The Phillips School of Business at High Point University (HPU) offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting. This degree program is designed to prepare students for a career in professional accounting through analytical study and experiential learning. Students may engage in roundtables with the business community and participate in the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program or in student-led organizations such as Alpha Kappa Psi, the Entrepreneurs Club (eClub), and the Floyd Craven Investment Club. BSBA students may take courses like Principles of Macroeconomics; Advanced Taxation; and Mergers and Acquisitions. Those interested in CPA certification can pursue HPU’s 4+1 MBA program, which allows them to complete a BSBA and MBA in just five years. Upon graduation, alumni have entered careers at top accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and Dixon Hughes Goodman.

    North Carolina State University

    The Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University (NC State) offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) with concentrations in a variety of areas. Students may decide to have no concentration or can choose between five areas of focus: financial analysis, information systems, internal auditing, managerial accounting, and government/nonprofit accounting. All students must complete accounting core courses including Concepts of Financial Reporting, Intermediate Financial Accounting I, and Introduction to Income Taxation. NC State has many student organizations that can help students gain hands-on experience, including the Accounting Society, Internal Audit Student Club, Finance Club, and International Business Club. Individual career coaching is also offered to students, as well as mock interviews and resume building. Students interested in becoming CPAs have the option to pursue NC State’s Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) Program, which allows them to earn a BSA and Master in Accounting degree (MAcc) in just five years.

    Graduate Accounting Programs

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    The Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) offers an AACSB-accredited Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree designed for students of all levels. This accounting program offers three curriculum tracks: Professional Accounting, Financial Accounting/Auditing, and Tax. Students also have the option to develop an individualized program of study. Both the professional accounting and financial accounting/auditing curriculums qualify students to sit for the CPA examination upon graduation, while students pursuing the tax concentration must complete additional electives to be eligible. Required courses for all MAcc students include Business Tax I, Financial Statement Auditing, and Accounting Data Analytics. Most students complete the program on a full-time basis in about 12 months, but a part-time option is also available. UNC Charlotte has a close relationship with the business community, including an active advisory board made up of top business professionals within the Charlotte area. The Belk College of Business offers career coaching, alumni networking, and interview tips to assist students with professional development. A bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited college or university is required to apply, as are GMAT or GRE scores.

    Western Carolina University

    Western Carolina University’s (WCU) College of Business offers a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program that is designed to build on students’ existing accounting education. WCU’s MAcc curriculum focuses on subjects such as accounting theory, taxation, business law, and research. Required courses include Accounting Theory and Research; Income Tax Theory and Applications; and Advanced Accounting Information Systems. MAcc students also have the option to add a concentration in Taxation by selecting the required electives. Students can complete the program on a full-time basis in 12 to 18 months or on a part-time basis in 24 months. Core classes are offered in the evenings at the Biltmore Park campus. Graduates of this program will meet the educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination. Top accounting students from AACSB-accredited schools may apply for WCU’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) Track, which allows them to take graduate courses during their senior year of undergraduate study.

    Online and Hybrid Accounting Programs

    East Carolina University

    East Carolina University (ECU) offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting designed to prepare students for entry-level business positions and graduate coursework in accounting. The program is offered in both on-campus and online formats. The online accounting program at ECU includes courses such as Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Taxation for Decision Making, and Internal Auditing. ECU offers career guidance and networking opportunities, including career fairs, graduate school preparation, and resume reviews. Career Services can also help students with internship placement to gain hands-on professional experience. Students may also apply for ECU’s Cooperative Education program (CO-OP) which allows students to alternate periods of academic work and professional work, giving them the opportunity to work full-time for a company while retaining full-time student status. ECU also offers a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) that can be completed on-campus or online. The program is open to students with or without an undergraduate degree in accounting, although students without an educational background in business or accounting must complete prerequisite courses. ECU’s MSA can be completed in as little as one year and includes classes such as Auditing, Federal Income Taxation, and The Professional Accounting Environment.

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) offers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) program which can be completed either on-campus or online. This flexible format gives working professionals the opportunity to pursue their educational goals and advance their careers. The MAcc degree at UNC Chapel Hill is designed to prepare students for the Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) exam and can be completed in 12 to 36 months. Students with an extensive background in accounting may be eligible for reduced coursework. MAcc students can choose between concentrations in Audit; Financial Analysis and Reporting; and Tax, and are required to take core courses such as Applications of Financial Reporting, Data Analytics, and Managerial Accounting. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in a global immersion program to gain experience in trading regulations, tax treaties, and other topics unique to international business.

    Wingate University

    Wingate University offers a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) that is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in the business world. This program can be completed either part-time over two years or full-time in one year. Summer classes are offered via remote delivery, while students may choose to complete the fall and spring classes either in-person or through synchronous online classes and have the flexibility to alternate between the two as needed. Wingate features a state-of-the-art accounting and finance lab to provide experiential learning for students, allowing for simulated scenarios and preparation for the CPA exam. Course titles include Advanced Taxation of Business and Property; Financial Statement Concepts and Analysis; and Accounting and Tax Research. MAcc students receive resume-building help, as well as personalized job-search techniques. Students also work to build a portfolio to show to prospective employers. GMAT scores are required to apply and students without an undergraduate business or accounting degree may have to complete prerequisite courses.

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    North Carolina CPA Requirements

    The North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners (the Board) requires a bachelor’s degree to obtain public accounting certification in North Carolina. Applicants must also have successfully completed at least 150 hours of course studies, including 30 hours of accounting coursework, at an accredited higher learning institution. A score of 75% or higher is required on all four sections of the CPA exam. Previous work experience is also required to sit for the exam, which can be achieved in a variety of ways. The first is to have one full year of supervised accounting experience. The second option is to have at least four years of unsupervised accounting experience in either the public or private sector. Additionally, individuals who have at least four years of related teaching experience may qualify.

    Career Opportunities for Accounting Graduates in North Carolina

    North Carolina is home to several top accounting firms, as well as state and federal government agencies that provide ample opportunity for long-term career placement for accounting graduates. Large companies like Lowe’s and Duke Energy are headquartered in the state and employ tax and accounting specialists throughout the divisions of their operations. Many financial institutions are also based in North Carolina, including Bank of America in Charlotte and Truist Bank in Winston-Salem.

    North Carolina Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

    Metro AreaAccountants & Auditors Employed12Average Annual Salary12
    Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC14,490$94,050
    Durham-Chapel Hill3,260$87,430
    Greensboro-High Point2,950$82,220
    Raleigh7,760$84,620
    Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC6,620$75,870
    Winston-Salem1,860$79,410

    Schools with Accounting Degree Programs in North Carolina

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    Appalachian State University
    287 Rivers St
    Boone, NC 28608
    (828) 262-2000
    https://www.appstate.edu/

    Student Review: “Participating in the Appalachian State University accounting degree program at the Walker School of Business has been one of my greatest journeys. The program seemed at times overwhelming, however; I can now look back and see that the program prepared me to easily enter and transition into a graduate program and prepared me for the hard deadlines in my current profession. The program is and has been for years now ranked at the top among accounting degree programs for both regional and state-supported universities. The program offers great access to instructors and their teacher assistants (TA’s), access to other resources and the opportunity to gain valuable and relevant work experience that can be of great benefit to those students who choose to take advantage of these excellent opportunities and place these relevant experiences on their resumes or CV or record them on their applications for graduate or other professional school applications. I am sincerely grateful for the learning experience that the accounting program offered and am even more sincerely grateful to those instructors and other individuals that I was exposed to during my journey at Appalachian State University who inspired and had a helping hand in the building of the happy, fulfilled life I live today.”

    North Carolina State University
    1005 Capability Dr
    Raleigh, NC 27607
    (919)-515-2011
    https://www.ncsu.edu/

    Student Review: “The NC State accounting program was one of the best after talking with fellow friends at other colleges. The opportunities, accessibility, and helpfulness of the program is what kept me going and interested in the program. The professors in the program are all excellent and have real world experience to back up their teaching. The staff’s main goal is to assist students in job placement and passing the CPA exam (we have a great passing rate!). In addition, the program provides all the tools to prepare students for work life after graduation.” – student at North Carolina State University

    Campbell University
    143 Main St
    Buies Creek, NC 27506
    (800)-334-4111
    https://www.campbell.edu/

    Student Review: “My experience with the accounting program at Campbell University was a pleasant one. At times I wondered if I should have gone to a larger university but I believe if I did I would not have had as great of an experience as I did at Campbell. One of the best parts I believe about attending a smaller university are the class sizes, as well as the relationships you are able to build with your professors. I had some classes with as little as ten or twelve students which made that learning experience much more personal. This also allowed for close relationships with professors to form to the point where you were a student whom they actually cared about rather than just another name on the attendance sheet. The knowledge and education I gained from the accounting program at Campbell has enabled me to excel career wise in that field. Also, the exposure from the program such as alumni connections, internship opportunities, and the multitude of incoming guest speakers and other professors allowed for networking opportunities, the ability to build relationships, as well as being able to speak with others about how the classroom experiences relate to real world application.” – student at Campbell University

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    1400 Spring Garden St
    Greensboro, NC 27412
    (336) 334-5000
    https://www.uncg.edu/

    Student Review: “I have attended UNCG for 4 years and am an accounting major. When I first enrolled in the major I was unsure if it was what I really wanted to do in life. However, the instructors in the accounting department soon showed me how satisfying the practice can be. With the exceptions of graduate assistants, every instructor was an expert in their field. Every time I had a question about a topic (such as prime cost or audit procedure) I was met with a friendly and helpful answer. I felt less like a student and more like a peer. Graduate assistants are always available to tutor students in the accounting program. Overall I have enjoyed my experience here and can’t wait to begin my career in the field!” -Andrew M., student at University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Student Review: “The University of North Carolina offers an excellent business program. What I believe is so great about the university is that it has its own business department called The Bryan School of Business and Economics. This department is especially focused on the whole business aspect of the degree. As a freshman, I had a special advisor that worked only in the business department of the university so I didn’t have to worry about taking the wrong courses or taking courses that wouldn’t help me progress in my major. The university offers both online and classroom/lecture classes. The classes are challenging, but they are not too difficult. The professors that I have had so far are amazing. They listen to you and they are often times willing to help you with any questions or problems you may incur while taking their course.” -Shakori B., student at University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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    References:
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