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Accounting (BS)

Accounting degree student Paige Rockett working on the computer in the Finance Lab

Why study accounting?

Enter a top profession with the specialized knowledge and skills needed to lead in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

USF’s Accounting program will prepare you for a career in public accounting, as well as corporate, nonprofit, government and small business accounting.


With our CPA track, you can earn the 150 credit hours needed to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam as an undergraduate! This requires planning and effort, but your academic advisor will guide and support you. Plus, we’ll get you to the finish line with our on-site CPA Exam review.  The CPA track program requires acceptance into the EPIC program.

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Deep Knowledge & Real-World Applications

USF’s Accounting curriculum incorporates a broad-based business foundation with extensive accounting courses and real-world applications. You’ll learn from working professionals as you build experience and make connections.


Accounting students complete up to two semesters of internships, and we’ll help you find the perfect options. Recent internships include:

  • Ash Brokerage
  • BKD
  • Baden Gage & Schroeder
  • Do It Best Corp.
  • Steel Dynamics

My current job came through my USF internship. I interned at Steel Dynamics and they introduced me to Ernst & Young and helped set up a job interview. I was hired before graduation, took the CPA exam and started right away.

Jason Nicodemus ’17 Auditor Ernst & Young

Career Outlook & Success


Accounting majors are hired into professional positions, many before graduation!


Expected job growth for accountants and auditors by 2026


Media pay per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Community Connections

Our proximity to the downtown business hub brings the added value of professional connections & networking. The Busse School regularly hosts:

  • Industry speakers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Mentorship
  • Busse Talks, featuring leaders from the region’s business community


The Luca Pacioli Society gives students the opportunity to connect with CPAs, learn more about the profession, give back to the community through service and to prepare for the CPA exam. You will be encouraged to become a certified volunteer tax preparer and gain experience preparing returns in the IRS-sponsored VITA program.

I have a great internship in the finance and research department of a local merger and acquisitions firm. I’m learning a lot and developing a realistic understanding of the business world. Because I’m in the EPIC program, this is a two-year paid internship, which is a double benefit: I can earn money while working alongside professionals in my field.
Paige Rockett ’19
Accounting major

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Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester. Get an idea on what each semester could look like.

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