Accounting (B.S.)


  • Clemson’s undergraduate accounting program is ranked No. 13 among U.S. public institutions, per BusinessWeek in 2010.
  • After graduation, you will be prepared for a career in corporate accounting or internal auditing.
  • Students and alumni named accounting professor Mary Ann Prater the 2011 Alumni Master Teacher for outstanding undergraduate classroom instruction.
  • Students learn the financial language of business and how to assess, measure and report on an organization's profitability and financial health.

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.


What you'll study:

In addition to the intensive study of accounting methodology, auditing, taxation, estate planning and finance management theory that you would expect to study, Clemson’s accounting majors 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:

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

Similar Majors:


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.

Internships and Research Projects:

Students can complete two internship or co-op experiences for academic credit. These experiences help narrow down whether you should begin your professional career in public accounting, industry, government or a nonprofit organization.
The Financial and Accounting Professionals (FAP) of Clemson is a student organization dedicated to exploring the world of accountancy and financial services.

Connect with Other Students:

  • Finance Club
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Beta Alpha Psi

What are students doing at graduation?*




Grad School


Seeking Employment



Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • Bluewater Thermal Solutions — Accountant
  • Bank of America — Project Analyst
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers U.S. — Auditor

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • George Washington University Law School — J.D.
  • Clemson University — MPAcc
  • University at Buffalo Law School — J.D.

Common Career Areas**

  • Public Accounting
    • Auditing/Assurance Services
    • Tax
    • Environmental Accounting
    • Forensic/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
  • Nonprofit
    • Accounting
    • Internal Auditing
    • Financial Planning
    • Budgeting
    • Money Handling
    • Record Keeping
*Represents only Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin� Career Center surveys from 2009 to 2011.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Ralph Welton, Undergraduate Coordinator
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