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Accounting major

An accounting major can prepare you for a wide variety of careers in business. Whether you are interested in a  career in public accounting, business management, finance or any number of other business opportunities, as an accounting major at EMU you will challenge yourself and thrive as you gain the accounting skills you need to succeed. 

100% of EMU accounting students who sit for the CPA exam pass. EMU ranks second in Virginia with a first-time pass rate more than 20% above the national average.

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100% of EMU accounting students who sit for the CPA exam pass. EMU ranks second in Virginia with a first-time pass rate more than 20% above the national average.

The above data was drawn from ONet and is intended for informational purposes only.

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Courses

The accounting major consists of the following courses for a total of 58 SH:

  • ACTG 221 Financial Accounting - 3  
  • ACTG 222 Managerial Accounting - 3  
  • *ACTG 321 Intermediate Accounting I - 3  
  • *ACTG 322 Intermediate Accounting II - 3  
  • *ACTG 341 Cost Accounting - 3  
  • *ACTG 421 Federal Income Tax - 3 
  • *ACTG 422 Intermediate Accounting III - 3 
  • *ACTG 432 Advanced Accounting - 2 
  • *ACTG 433 Nonprofit and Governmental Accounting - 2 
  • *ACTG 451 Auditing - 3 
  • BUAD 101 Business at EMU - 3 
  • BUAD 221 Principles of Management - 3 
  • BUAD 301 Quantitative Decision Making - 3 
  • BUAD 411 Business Law - 3  
  • CIS 211 Spreadsheet and Data Management - 1 
  • CIS 251 Management Information Systems - 3 
  • ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 
  • ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 
  • FIN 440 Financial Management - 3 
  • MKTG 201 Principles of Marketing - 3  
  • STAT 120 Descriptive Statistics - 2

Becoming a CPA

Virginia requires 120 semester hours to sit for the CPA exam, however, you must have 150 semester hours to be licensed as a CPA.

Most graduates do not qualify to take the exam until they finish more courses. EMU has an agreement with the masters program at nearby James Madison University that allows for completion of these additional credit hours. The graduate entrance exam ( GMAT) is waived for EMU students graduating with a degree in accounting. We also encourage accounting majors to complete a masters program to fulfill the requirements and become a CPA.

The accounting major consists of the courses in the box above for a total of 58 SH.

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