Accounting (B.S.)


Whether a business or government agency, a hospital, church, school or the Red Cross, all organizations have finances to manage. From the moment you step into our classrooms, we’ll begin training you to take an organization’s finances and create a sound structure that allows it to make the most impact with its resources. Accountants are idea-and-solutions people. Their work is varied, dynamic and challenging — your classes will be the same. Our students graduate with a thorough understanding of the financial aspects of business along with good presentation and people skills. While accountants frequently hold management positions in larger organizations, many also start their own businesses. Many pursue their CPA certification. Still others pursue a law degree or a career in federal law enforcement. No matter the direction you wish to take, accounting is a sound place to start.


  • Since 1989, our program has held accounting accreditation from the AACSB.
  • Research projects are done using the same electronic databases used by accountants in large public accounting firms and corporations.
  • Students learn the financial language of business and how to assess, measure and report on an organization's profitability and financial health.
  • After graduation, you will have the skills for a number of career options such as corporate accounting or internal auditing. You’ll also prepared to enter graduate-level training to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Our students are highly recruited within the Southeast. Our national reputation allows us to assist students who wish to obtain positions outside of the region.


All students interested in Clemson’s accounting degree must first complete a pre-business core curriculum in order to move into the upper-level degree classes. On the Clemson admissions application, you’ll apply as a pre-business major.

Once into your core classes, you’ll focus on the intensive study of accounting methodology, auditing, taxation and finance management theory. Clemson’s accounting majors also devote about half of their study to the humanities, English, public speaking, mathematics, and the natural and social sciences. In this way, you’ll graduate with a broad-based education that gives you accounting, finance and business expertise and contributes to your proficiency in analytical, communication and interpersonal skills — after all, businesses are made up of people.

Popular Minors

  • Financial Management
  • Legal Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Nonprofit Leadership


Accounting students have many opportunities to enrich their classroom education — whether they seek internships, study abroad or participate in one of the many student organizations, they will learn much more than just the facts found in a textbook or on a computer screen.

Participate in a living-learning experience where you get to live and learn with peer business majors in a dedicated residence hall. Take part in educational and extracurricular activities while forming lifelong friendships.
Students are encouraged to complete an internship during the summer between their junior and senior years.  This experience will help you learn to apply classroom concepts to actual business problems.
The Financial and Accounting Professionals (FAP) of Clemson is a student organization dedicated to exploring the world of accountancy and financial services.
During the summer, students have the opportunity to take one or two classes at Magdalen College at Oxford University in London. Long weekends enable optional side trips to cities such as Paris, Dublin and Brussels.


Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • 41-100%
  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%


  • Audit Associate

  • Tax Analyst

    CIT Group
  • Auditor

    S.C. Office of the State Auditor


  • J.D.

    George Washington University Law School
  • MPAcc

    Clemson University
  • J.D.

    University at Buffalo Law School
  • MAcc

    University of Southern California
  • MAcc

    University of Colorado Denver


  • Public Accounting
    • Auditing or Assurance Services
    • Tax
    • Environmental Accounting
    • Forensic or Investigative Accounting
    • International Accounting
    • Personal Financial Planning
  • Corporate Accounting
    • Financial Management
    • Financial Reporting
    • Internal Auditing
    • Cost Accounting
    • Tax Planning
    • Budget Analysis
  • Government
    • Auditing
    • Financial Reporting
    • Financial Management
    • Budget Analysis
    • Research
  • Education
    • Teaching
    • Researching
    • Consulting
  • Nonprofit
    • Accounting
    • Internal Auditing
    • Financial Planning
    • Budgeting
    • Money Handling
    • Record Keeping

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