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South Carolina Accounting Schools

There are many public and private colleges and universities in South Carolina that offer programs in accounting. Whether you are interested in pursuing a general accounting degree or certificate or looking to study a specific area of accounting, there is likely a program matching your needs. This guide to accounting schools in South Carolina will help you find that program and understand your options. Online accounting schools are also an option to consider, which can offer increased flexibility, decreased commuting time, and greater choices for independent study compared to traditional on campus programs.

Quick School Facts:

  • 22 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in South Carolina.
  • 14 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in South Carolina.
  • 14 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 13 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 19 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • 2 schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: University of South Carolina (87), Clemson University (94).
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): University of South Carolina (73).

Read on to continue learning about accounting schools in South Carolina and potential careers for graduates.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in South Carolina

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a globally recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. Only 180 accounting programs are currently accredited and have been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB. The following accounting programs in South Carolina have been accredited by the AACSB:

Clemson University (College of Business and Behavioral Science)
College of Charleston (School of Business)
University of South Carolina (Darla Moore School of Business)

Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in South Carolina in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree (schools with at least 20 candidates):

  1. Clemson University 73.5%
  2. University of South Carolina Columbia
  3. College of Charleston

There were nine schools in South Carolina that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 34.8% to 93.9% (including schools with fewer than 20 candidates) according to the 2013 NASBA report. For data on all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

South Carolina Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

University of South Carolina

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina has an esteemed Master of Accountancy program. There is also the opportunity for students to earn a PhD in Accounting through the school. Graduates see good job placement rates and are given ample preparation material for the state CPA exam. Class sizes are smaller than average, in keeping with the school’s model of fostering close interaction and hands-on learning techniques. Many Moore graduate students have chosen to transfer from the school’s undergraduate program.

Clemson University

Clemson University runs accounting programs through its College of Business and Behavioral Science, including a Master of Accountancy track. The Accountancy degree fully prepares students to sit for the CPA exam, or to enter the job market immediately upon graduation. Program participants are often given priority consideration when local firms are looking to fill internship positions. Sometimes, these internships turn into job offers by the time of their completion.

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Schools for an Accounting Undergraduate Degree

College of Charleston

The College of Charleston’s School of Business offers undergraduate degrees with a major in accounting. The program uses hands-on instruction techniques to get students ready to be viable members of the business community. The degree makes a good foundation for building a graduate degree, which can be obtained through the College of Charleston, and prepares students to one day take the state CPA exam if they wish to work in the public sector. Local internships are often given to program attendees, which helps to fulfill the experience requirement for CPA certification.

Newberry College

Newberry College also offers a Bachelor of Accounting degree. The curriculum is regularly reviewed by a board of professional CPAs who help to keep the classes as relevant as possible in a constantly evolving market. Accounting students will learn vital aspects of public, private, and nonprofit accounting along with several other key principles of finance and accounting. Students are also given the preparation they will need to qualify for public certification.

Top Ranked Accounting Schools in South Carolina

Businessweek Top Undergrad Accounting Programs
University of South Carolina (Moore) #63 (2012)
Clemson University #120

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in South Carolina

South Carolina serves as headquarters to hospitality and restaurant industry giants Extended Stay Hotels and Denny’s. These two corporations provide many jobs for the state’s accounting graduates. Other large companies like AgFirst and Bowater employ high numbers of accounting, finance, and tax experts. Accounting degree-holders often find their way into some of the top positions at these and other companies. There is plenty of demand for independent public accountants in the state as well.

To be eligible for public licensing in South Carolina, CPA testers must score at least 75 percent in each of the four sections of the exam. The state has a 150 semester-hour minimum requirement to be able to sit for the exam. Applicants must pass a business ethics exam with a score of at least 90 percent. Candidates must have one year’s experience working for a Certified Public Accountant, or five years of experience teaching accounting at a recognized institution. All fees must be paid and requirements met prior to taking the examination.

South Carolina Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Anderson 250 $79,810
Augusta-Richmond County 1,090 $66,000
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill 8,690 $71,470
Florence 640 $51,870
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway 910 $58,160
Spartanburg 700 $61,260

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

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South Carolina Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
101 Sikes Ave
Clemson, SC 29634
(864) 656-3311
www.clemson.edu

College of Charleston (Charleston, SC)
66 George St
Charleston, SC 29424
(843) 805-5507
www.cofc.edu

Newberry College (Newberry, SC)
2100 College St
Newberry, SC 29108
(803) 276-5010
www.newberry.edu

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
816 Bull St
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7000
www.sc.edu

Student Review:
“Overall, the University of South Carolina is a great school with a great accounting program. South Carolina is a place where the professors really want you to succeed and they understand how difficult accounting can be. Some of the upper level courses were extremely difficult as well as the finance courses required. The professors I had were great at teaching the material and made sure the class understood what was going on at all times. There were also special study sessions, review sessions, and student instructor sessions from students who had already taken the clases and done well. Overall, a great institution, with great professors, and a great hands on learning experience.” -Elijah W., student at University of South Carolina
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Student Review: “The accounting program at the University of South Carolina definitely prepares students for the accounting field. It provides enough of a challenge that material stays fresh and interesting, but not so much that truly interested students become discouraged from taking it. As a double-major with a non-business minor, I also found that the accounting program is willing and able to work with other areas and programs at the university to provide the best experience and curriculum for students. My favorite aspect is the MAcc program, though. Students who persevere and work hard toward their goals are able to not only get a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s as well. The master’s program and it’s accompanying requirement of internships is built into the curriculum, so in five years, hard-working and diligent students at USC will walk away with a master’s degree and the experience necessary for the workforce.” -Sam B., student at University of South Carolina
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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2.Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: http://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/