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The Accounting program offers students the opportunity to pursue degrees in Accounting. The use of technology as a teaching and learning tool is highly emphasized and is incorporated in most courses. Critical thinking and ethical values are also emphasized.

The Accounting program offers students the opportunity to pursue degrees in Accounting. The use of technology as a teaching and learning tool is highly emphasized and is incorporated in most courses. Critical thinking and ethical values are also emphasized. Students are encouraged to participate in student organizations to help build teamwork and leadership skills. They are also encouraged to engage in an internship to gain work experience and an understanding of how the business world operates.

The B.S. Degree in Accounting provides basic preparation for careers in public accounting; corporate finance and accounting; and government and not-for-profit accounting. Students interested in meeting the 150-hour requirement for CPA certification should contact their advisor before the end of the freshman year to devise a strategy. The Accounting degree is an excellent degree for many career goals and is in demand because of the analytical skills that it develops. Accounting is one of the fastest growing professions, and graduates with good GPAs have numerous career choices and opportunities in business and government. It is also excellent preparation for continued study for graduate degrees such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy (MA), and Juris Doctor (law).

The primary learning objectives for the accounting program are:

  • Ability to prepare and analyze financial statements.
  • Demonstrate entry-level technical competence in financial accounting, cost/managerial accounting and auditing.
  • Apply principles of the US tax system to real life cases.
  • Describe the principles related to the design, integrity and effectiveness of accounting information systems.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to business decisions.
  • Communicate effectively in written format.

Based on the recent data of our graduates, about 24% of them are working as accountants, 7% in customer service, 17% in marketing/sales, 7% in government, 7% in education, and 10% in banking.

100% of students complete a 150 hours internship.

Twenty-nine students have graduated from the Accounting program in the last four years and have been either gainfully employed or have gone on to graduate schools.

Problem-based Learning Projects have been implemented in several classes. The approach allowed the students to learn through the experience of solving problems in a way that they learn both the content and the thinking strategies.

Small class size with individual attention

Experiential learning through internship and class projects have provided unique opportunities to promote teamwork and communications in workplaces.


Plan of Study
Bachelor of Science in Accounting

  • Accountant.
  • Accountants and auditors
  • Accounting Manager.
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
  • Budget analysts
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Cost estimators
  • Credit analysts
  • Financial analysts
  • Financial Controller.
  • Financial examiners
  • Fundraisers
  • Internal Auditor.
  • Loan officers
  • Management analysts
  • Senior Accountant.
  • Tax Examiner, Collector, or Revenue Agent.
  • Tax preparers

The average salary ranges from $36,550 to $81,330, depending upon geographical location, further preparation, and certification during or upon graduation. See Department of Labor and Robert Half International websites for salary guides of accounting and finance professionals.

Department of Labor

Robert Half International


Entrepreneurship Club

Viking Finance Investment Club

Beta Gamma Sigma:
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international business honor society for AACSB-accredited schools, which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world. Inducted as students, BGS members go on to serve in critical leadership roles in corporate, entrepreneurial, government, non-profit, and academic sectors.

 IMA Accounting Honor Society:
The IMA Accounting Honor Society (IAHS) recognizes and honors academic achievement in the study of accounting and provides an opportunity for students to differentiate themselves as they begin their career journey. IAHS membership is available to all students who meet the eligibility criteria.

Additional Fees not Included in Tuition


Proctoring Fees

Possible depending upon proctors 

Internship Required? Yes or No, if so what semester and are there any fees associated

Yes, Junior or Senior years and No fees

Laboratory fees associated with the course(s)? Yes or No


Are Online Subscription's required for course(s)? Yes or No


Membership fees associated with academic program? Yes or No



If you live outside North Carolina and are considering enrolling in an online or a face-to-face program that leads to a professional licensure or certification, we highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state or the state where you intend to work to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before beginning the program. Elizabeth City State University makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure is current; however, licensure regulations are frequently revised. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, jurisprudence exams, etc.

Have questions about professional licensure requirements? Submit questions here. 

The programs in Business Administration, Accounting and Sport Management are AACSB Accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

AACSB International accredits the accounting program. The accreditation is a gold standard in business education, which endorses that the Department is committed to fulfilling its mission and continues to sustain and improve the educational quality of its undergraduate degree program. Only a limited number of schools are accredited by AACSB using the business standards of AACSB International as interpreted by its peer review team(s), accreditation committees, and the Board of Directors.





Department Chair

Debjani Kanjilal, Ph.D.

Professor, Economics  
213 Williams Hall  
Campus Box 781  
Phone: (252)335-3188  
Fax: (252)335-3491