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Accounting

Across industries and regions, the demand for qualified accountants continues to grow. After all, accounting is the language of business. Accountants play a critical role in the business world – they are responsible for analyzing, collecting, compiling, preparing, reporting and evaluating financial data and records. From monitoring budgets and spending to financial analysis and forecasting, accountants provide a breadth of knowledge and expertise to help businesses succeed. 

About our Program

Poole College’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting provides a strong business education foundation and a path for success in today’s data-driven business world. The program’s rigorous curriculum allows students to develop interpersonal, teamwork and problem-solving skills, while also teaching them how to successfully apply technology and data analytics in the field of accounting.

What sets NC State’s accounting major apart is the focus on business analytics.

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Roby Sawyers

Professor of Accounting and Director of Undergraduate Accounting Program

In addition to coursework in financial and managerial accounting, accounting information systems, tax and auditing, every accounting graduate receives 13 semester hours of training focused on business analytics. These courses equip all accounting graduates with the skills and knowledge to be competitive for positions and successful in their careers.

Poole’s undergraduate accounting program will lay an excellent framework for you to further your education through a graduate program or pursue careers in public accounting, business and not-for-profit organizations.

What Will I Learn?

Accounting graduates will understand how to:

  • Prepare and analyze financial statements.
  • Utilize financial, managerial and tax-related information to make business decisions.
  • Evaluate internal controls of a business.
  • Design assurance services procedures.
  • Identify company business strategies and explain the business risks associated with those strategies.
  • Use emerging tools and technology to organize, interpret and analyze data and to communicate information to stakeholders.

Why Accounting at NC State?

What sets NC State’s accounting major apart is the focus on business analytics. Deloitte defines business analytics as “the practice of using data to drive business strategy and performance. It includes a range of approaches and solutions, from looking backward to evaluate what happened in the past to looking forward to scenario planning and predictive modeling.”

With more and more companies using big data, the demand for data analytics specialists … is nearing a frenzy (CNBC).

We also offer students practicum and internship opportunities as part of our curriculum where you can get hands-on real-world business experience and earn academic credit at the same time.

Curriculum Overview and Degree Requirements

Students start their time at NC State Poole College of Management as either a management first year student (if you are a freshman) or in a major (if you are a transfer student). Regardless of your path, you will have plenty of time to explore the different things you want to do in business and accounting.

The accounting major requires students to complete 120 credits towards the degree, comprised of courses in humanities and social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, general electives, and credits specific to the accounting program.

Accounting majors also get a broad education in key business areas by taking core courses in entrepreneurship, finance, human resources management, IT, marketing, and operations and supply chain along with a capstone business strategy course.

Accounting major requirements include 30 credits:

  • Core courses (21 credits), including ACC 210 (also 310 and 311) Financial Accounting, ACC 220 Managerial Accounting, ACC 330 Income Taxation, ACC 340 Information Systems and ACC 450 Auditing.
  • Analytics requirements (6 credits), including ACC/BUS 458 Analytics: From Data to Decisions and ACC 459: Analytics in Accounting and Finance.
  • Accounting electives (3 credits), including ACC 230 Individual Income Taxation, ACC 411 Business Valuation and ACC 420 Cost Accounting for Effective Management.

For full degree requirements, visit the NC State Catalog. To view individual courses, descriptions and schedules, use the Course Search.

Career Opportunities in Accounting

Many students are drawn to the accounting profession because it is a high-paying and dependable career. The average entry-level staff accountant salary in the U.S. is $56,401, as of August 2021.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 7% from 2020 to 2030 – and approximately 135,000 openings for accountants and auditors is projected annually.

Every business employs accountants and accountants often end up as chief financial officers and chief executive officers of companies. Of course, many accounting majors start their careers in public accounting working in the audit, tax, or advisory service and consulting roles.

Careers include:

  • Staff accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • Management accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Loan officer
  • Financial controller
  • Forensic accountant
  • Environmental accountant
  • Financial advisor
  • …and more!

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