Accounting Major 

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Students who major in accounting earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Coastal Carolina University's accounting program offers two concentrations: certified managerial accounting and certified public accounting. Students successfully completing the accounting major will have competencies in both financial and cost accounting. For graduates wishing to further their education, we offer a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program. 

Students are required to earn a grade of "C" or better in each course used to satisfy the Wall College of Business foundation, core, and major requirements. Students must also successfully complete all components of the Building Your Business Portfolio program as part of their Wall College of Business foundation requirements. Transfer credit for 300 or 400-level business courses will be accepted, for degree requirements, only from AACSB accredited business programs. Exceptions to this policy must be approved through the dean's office with consultation, as appropriate, with department heads. Transfer students will be required to take, at CCU, a minimum of 24 credit hours of 300 and 400-level courses from the Wall College of Business foundation, core, and major requirements. The 24 credit hours must include CBAD 478 Strategic Management.

The Student Experience

  • The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting body for business colleges.
  • Graduates have been placed in organizations such as Ernst and Young, Deloitte, KPMG, Raytheon, and more.
  • Each concentration is targeted to prepare graduates for the CPA or CMA exam.
  • The accounting department offers strong alumni and advisory board connections in the accounting field to help students make professional connections.
  • Students have the opportunity to work as interns during college, and many participate in volunteer work with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
  • The award-winning Lambda Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi is Coastal Carolina University’s honor organization for accounting students and professionals. There are more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses with more than 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation.

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Beyond the Classroom

  • Recent graduates of the University accounting program have taken jobs as auditors and tax experts with public accounting firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and local and regional firms.
  • For students who wish to continue their education, Coastal Carolina University offers a specialized Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) with taxation and audit concentrations.

Areas of Study

  • Intermediate Accounting I, II, and III 
  • Auditing 
  • Accounting Information Systems and Data Processing 
  • Income Taxation for Business Entities 
  • Commercial Law 
  • Individual Income Taxation 
  • Cost Accounting 
  • Controllership
Contact Information

Melanie James, D.B.A.
Professor of Accounting
Chair, D. Wyatt Henderson Department of Accounting 
Wall 201I

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Wall Center for Excellence