Accounting

Make a smart investment in your future with an accounting degree from Wilkes. Our rigorous program will prepare you for a rewarding career in a wide variety of industries.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus 122 (18 for minor)

Why Study Accounting at Wilkes?

Accounting majors are some of the most sought-after students on campus by employers. An accounting degree gives you a highly valuable, versatile skill set and fluency in the language of business. You'll learn how to collect, analyze and present data, and develop your leadership and technical skills. Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, which shows potential employers and graduate schools the comprehensiveness and excellence of Wilkes University's curriculum.

Curriculum   Admission Requirements

What Will You Learn as an Accounting Major?

  • You'll begin your studies with a combination of technical and entrepreneurial projects, including courses in financial, managerial and tax accounting. Through the Integrated Management Experience, you'll plan and launch a business.
  • You'll learn how to collect, analyze, validate and present data and information about companies and organizations that accurately reveal their financial position and performance.
  • Throughout the program, you will develop your leadership, technical, communication and critical-thinking skills, which will be valuable no matter which field you enter.

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Program Highlights

Internships

You'll learn hands-on lessons in leadership and decision-making through an internship. Recent internship locations include PwC, Baker Tilly, PKF O'Connor Davies, McGrail Merkel Quinn & Associates, and Kearney & Company.

4+1 MBA Program

Save time and money by earning an MBA in only one extra year with our accelerated five-year bachelor’s degree/MBA. You'll take up to 9 credits of MBA courses in the final semester of your senior year.

CPA Option

Working with your advisor, you can choose a four-year path or a five-year program that includes an MBA. We'll help you prepare to take the certified public accountant exam in the specific state you want.

Student Testimonial

Kacey

The professors are incredible, and there are so many opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom. Participating in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), one of the organizations affiliated with Wilkes that is offered to accounting students, gave me the opportunity to work with the community and get firsthand experience with filing tax returns.

Kacee Diehl - Accounting and Finance

Wilkes Accounting Students Offer Free Income Tax Preparation

Accounting students offer free tax preparation to the public through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which helps those with household incomes under $56,000.

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Careers & Outcomes

Accountants are always in high demand. Students enter careers in public accounting, private accounting, not-for-profit accounting or management. Below are typical job titles for our graduates, as well as selected employers.

Job Titles

  • Auditor
  • Tax Accountant
  • Managerial Accountant
  • Governmental Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Internal Revenue Service Agent

Employers

  • Baker Tilly
  • BDO USA LLP
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Ernst & Young
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Jones Kohanski & Co PC
  • KPMG US LLP
  • McGrail Merkel Quinn & Associates
  • PwC
  • Smith Elliot Kearns & Company
  • Vanguard

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