Gain Marketable Accounting Skills

Accounting majors at Elms go beyond simply mastering financial analysis. By studying business from a liberal arts perspective, they enter the workforce with a comprehensive understanding of business operations, and they are prepared to succeed in the global economy.

Our expert faculty teach Elms students the major concepts, theories, and practices of accounting. Students study everything from auditing and tax preparation to managerial accounting and financial management. Our graduates also gain proficiency in accounting information systems and computer applications, which prepares them to excel in the increasingly technology-dependent business environment.

Whether students would like to work in corporate setting, for a government agency, or as part of a nonprofit organization, the accounting program equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to get hired.

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 story after story appearing on the news highlighting financial fraud.

Our faculty teach accounting majors 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, students learn how to perform their accounting duties with professional integrity.

100% Internship Placement

Prior to graduating, accounting majors at Elms complete an internship. Our students apply their skills while working for certified public accountants, 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 faculty provide personalized instruction to help students achieve their career goals. Our graduates are prepared to successfully complete professional licensure exams, such as the certified public accounting (CPA) and certified management accounting exams.

For students interested in earning their CPA license, a minimum of 150 credit hours is required before taking the exam. This typically means that a graduate degree is necessary. Elms offers an accelerated BA/MBA program that students can complete in only 4.5 years, prior to taking their exam.

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

Quick Info

  • 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.

A Formula for Success

Jonathan Lester '19

Photo of Jonathan Lester '19, accounting majorAs 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.