The accounting program at WVU has a strong alumni network and solid reputation among major accounting firms. Graduates excel on the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) examination and the majority of students seeking employment upon graduation are successful.
WVU offers three degree programs and a graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination:
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in accounting
- Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD) with a concentration in accounting
The undergraduate accounting degree program builds upon a general education curriculum to provide students with a base of academic knowledge in business and accounting. The program is designed to integrate business knowledge with a professional orientation to form a foundation for future learning in industry and academics. The accounting program and courses are subject to periodic review by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for timeliness, professional requirements and relevance in a global marketplace.
Our faculty members are actively engaged in meeting the four elements of our mission:
- Educate students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Conduct and disseminate research that impacts the accounting profession or society as a whole
- Deliver service to the academy, the profession, and the citizens of West Virginia
- Engage in a program of ongoing assessment and continuous improvement.
The advanced courses in the program provide both specialized knowledge in accounting and financial reporting and an integrated overview of the economic activities of a business entity. These courses give students the basic educational foundation required for a variety of entry-level positions in public accounting, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Accounting graduates have the knowledge to become controllers, financial officers, certified public accountants, managerial accountants, budget analysts, internal auditors, tax accountants, public administration officers, financial fraud investigators, and other executives.
The accounting major is also designed to give students the basic educational foundation necessary to prepare for the professional examinations that may be required of them in their careers. These examinations include CPA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). The requirements to sit for the uniform CPA Examination vary by state. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the requirements of the states where they plan to get their certification. Many states, including West Virginia, require 128 credit hours to sit for the exam and 150 credit hours of college credit to be fully certified.
The accounting programs at WVU have been separately accredited by AACSB International since 1997. As of July 2010, only 173 programs (28%) had achieved this distinction.