Why Elms for your Accounting degree?

  • Exceptional academics — our accounting program is IACBE accredited.
  • Find the internship that’s right for you — our students gain experience at Big Four firms and local mid-sized firms.
  • Pursue an accelerated BA/MBA in accounting and gain 150 hours toward CPA exam prep.
  • Volunteer with our income tax assistance program.

Learn the Essentials of Accounting

Accounting majors at Elms College study everything from auditing and tax law to financial management. In our program you will master these skills, cultivate analytical thinking, and develop an in-depth understanding of business economics.

But, Elms accounting majors go beyond the numbers, too. You’ll learn to put financial data into context. You’ll know how to speak about sales and marketing in relation to cash flow. You’ll take an interdisciplinary look at business, which will strengthen your creative problem solving.

As an accounting major you will also gain proficiency in accounting information systems and computer applications, which will prepare you to excel in the increasingly technology-dependent business environment.

Whether you want to work in corporate setting, for a government agency, or as part of a nonprofit organization, our program equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to get hired.

Partner with Expert Faculty

Personalized instruction is a hallmark of our accounting program. Your professors teach the major concepts, theories, and practices of accounting to ensure that you can secure — and succeed in — internships. But they also serve as a professional development resource. Through networking events hosted by the Division of Business, you will be introduced to a diverse network of business professionals based in the Western Massachusetts and New England regions.

Ethical Decision-Making

Accountants are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and transparency of financial statements. In this day and age, this work is more important than ever, with stories about financial fraud appearing on the news day after day.

Our faculty teach you how to navigate financial grey areas by emphasizing ethical thinking and decision-making in the classroom. By analyzing case studies and discussing real-world business practices, you will learn how to perform accounting duties with professional integrity.

100% Internship Placement

Prior to graduating, accounting majors at Elms complete an internship. Past graduates have applied their skills in a variety of professional settings, including working for certified public accountants (CPAs), Big Four accounting firms, and businesses within our network of regional and national accounting firms. Our placements have included:

  • Deloitte, LLP (a Big Four firm)
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers (a Big Four firm)
  • KPMG, LLP (a Big Four firm)
  • Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
  • Moriarty and Primack, P.C.
  • Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C.
  • Burkhart Pizzanelli, P.C.
  • Waste Management
  • Savage Arms Inc.

Job Success

Our graduates are prepared to successfully complete professional licensure exams, such as the certified public accounting (CPA) and certified management accounting exams.

If you’re interested in earning your CPA license, a minimum of 150 credit hours is required before taking the exam. This typically means that you will need a graduate degree prior to becoming licensed. If you decide this is the route you want to take with your career, Elms offers an accelerated BA/MBA program that can be completed in only 4.5 years.

The Elms College undergraduate business program is fully accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education.

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Required Credits


Degree Option

Bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in accounting

  • Accounting students interested in working with Big 4 public accounting firms have the option to complete our 4.5-year accelerated BA/MBA degree. Students complete both degrees along with a paid full-semester internship.
  • BA/MBA accounting majors from the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 are employed in their field – many had job offers before graduating.

Jonathan Lester ’19

Photo of Jonathan Lester '19, accounting major

As a student athlete, Jonathan spends much of his time perfecting his long jump and triple jump. He also volunteers in the community with the track & field team. What really makes the Dallas, TX, resident a triple threat, though, is his pursuit of academic excellence. Read Jonathan’s story.


Click to view course requirements for the Accounting (B.A.).

Minimum at Elms College: 27 credits/Minimum GPA: 2.25

Business Core Requirements (40 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ACC 2001ACC 201Accounting I3
ACC 2002ACC 202Accounting II3
BUS 2201BUS 221Computer Applications3
BUS 2402BUS 242Principles of Management3
BUS 2408BUS 248Global Business Environment3
BUS 2502BUS 252Principles of Marketing3
BUS 2600BUS 260Legal Environment of Business3
BUS 3101BUS 311Principles of Financial Management3
BUS 3402BUS 342Managerial Communications3
BUS 4800BUS 480Business Strategy3
ACC 4801ACC 481Career Development3
ACC 4802ACC 482Internship4
ECN 2102ECN 212Economics II3

Accounting Courses (24 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ACC 3001ACC 301Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 3002ACC 302Intermediate Accounting II3
ACC 3006ACC 306Cost and Managerial Accounting3
ACC 3500ACC 350Accounting Information Systems3
ACC 4001ACC 401Auditing3
ACC 4100ACC 410Personal Taxes3
ACC 4200ACC 420Advanced Accounting3
ACC 4705ACC 475Accounting Capstone3

Required courses that also satisfy college core requirements (6 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ECN 2101ECN 211Economics I3
MAT 1009MAT 109Statistics3

Click to view course requirements for the Accounting minor.

Minor in Accounting (21 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ACC 2001ACC 201Accounting I3
ACC 2002ACC 202Accounting II3
ACC 3001ACC 301Intermediate I3
ACC 3002ACC 302Intermediate II3
ACC 3006ACC 306Cost Accounting3
ACC 3500ACC 350Accounting Information Systems3
ACC 4001ACC 401Auditing3