Accounting majors learn skills vital for every organization, from multi-national companies to government agencies and nonprofits. We provide the foundation you’ll need to prepare for professional tests like the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) examination.
Accountants rank No. 7 in Best Business Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).
Want a career in recording and communicating financial records? Look no further. With four accounting degrees, and full knowledge of the business, you’re sure to find your place within our College and graduate with the skills you need to excel on examinations and in the real-world of accounting.
WVU offers four degree programs:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD) with a concentration in accounting
The undergraduate Accounting degree program builds upon a general education curriculum to provide students with a base of academic knowledge in Business and Accounting. The program is designed to integrate business knowledge with a professional orientation, to form a foundation for future learning in industry and academics. The Accounting program and courses are subject to periodic review by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for timeliness, professional requirements and relevance in a global marketplace.
Our faculty members help the College meet our mission in the following ways:
Educate students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Conduct and disseminate research that impacts the accounting profession and society as a whole
Deliver service to the academy, the profession, the citizens of West Virginia, and the world
Engage in a program of ongoing assessment and continuous improvement.
The advanced courses in the program provide both specialized knowledge in accounting and financial reporting and an integrated overview of the economic activities of a business entity. These courses give students the basic educational foundation required for a variety of entry-level positions in public accounting, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Accounting graduates have the knowledge to become controllers, financial officers, certified public accountants, managerial accountants, budget analysts, internal auditors, tax accountants, public administration officers, financial fraud investigators, and other executives.
The accounting major is also designed to give students the basic educational foundation necessary to prepare for the professional examinations that may be required of them in their careers. These examinations include the CPA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). The requirements to sit for the uniform CPA Examination vary by state. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the requirements of the states where they plan to get their certification. Many states, including West Virginia, require 128 credit hours to sit for the exam and 150 credit hours of college credit to be fully certified.
The accounting programs at WVU have been separately accredited by AACSB International since 1997.
Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Accounting major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.
- Bright Outlook
- Green Occupation
- Requires a Graduate Degree
Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization. Possible job titles for this career include: Accountant.
$68,150 Median Salary
Direct and coordinate financial activities of workers in a branch, office, or department of an establishment, such as branch bank, brokerage firm, risk and insurance department, or credit department. Possible job titles for this career include: Banking Center Manager (BCM).
$121,750 Median Salary
This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.
Graduates from this major have gone to work at:
Cost and Aid
How much does Accounting at WVU cost? And how can you save?
Tuition and Fees
Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
West Virginia Resident
Per Credit - $428
Per Semester - $5,136
Fall and Spring Semesters - $10,272
Per Credit - $1,126
Per Semester - $13,512
Fall and Spring Semesters - $27,024
Per Credit - $1,126
Per Semester - $13,812
Fall and Spring Semesters - $27,624
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