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Accounting, B.S.B.A

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The Western Carolina University Accounting Program focuses on the development of students’ critical thinking and decision-making abilities to prepare them for the challenges they will face in the workplace. The business core requirements span multiple disciplines, including accounting, economics and marketing.
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Key facts:

  • As the world’s economy continues to grow and change, there is an increasing demand for accounting professionals who can guide individuals and businesses to navigate the ever-changing conditions. From bookkeepers to certified public accountants and auditors, accounting professionals occupy key positions in local, national and global business. Western Carolina University graduates an average of 35 accounting majors each year, many of whom go on to contribute their knowledge and skills to the private, government or public sectors.
  • At Western Carolina University, requirements include courses such as Financial Accounting, Introductory Microeconomics and Social Issues, and Marketing Planning and Strategy. The major requirements include Intermediate Accounting and Auditing. Numerous internship opportunities are available to students in the program. Each fall WCU hosts an Accounting Career Day in which employers come to campus to interview students for internship positions. The annual Meet the Firms Night in Asheville also allows students to network with employers. 
  • WCU accounting graduates are well prepared for a variety of career opportunities, from bookkeeping to accounting and auditing. Many accountants go on to become certified public accountants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is in line with the average forecast for all occupations. Generally, employment growth is expected to be tied to the health of the overall economy. With a growing economy, it is expected that accountants and auditors will continue to be in demand for the preparation and examination of financial documentation. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Income Taxation 
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems 
  • Auditing
  • Senior Seminar

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
  • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
  • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
  • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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