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2021-2022

Accounting

School of Business

 
Program description

The major in accounting is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in accounting. This program will qualify graduates to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in Virginia. However, certification requires 150 hours of college credits. Most public accounting firms give hiring preference to applicants who have completed the full 150 hours prior to starting work.

Career opportunities

Accountants examine and prepare financial records. They are responsible for confirming accuracy, ensuring the records comply with local, state, and federal laws, and typically are called upon to make recommendations based on that financial data.


There are several types of accountants. Public accountants are generally employed by firms and serve as an independent third party to review, attest to other organizations' or individuals' financial documents, and may gain experience working with a variety of industries. Private or corporate accountants are employed by a company and typically develop management accounting expertise in their individual companies and industries. Government accountants examine and prepare the financial records of various government agencies.

Change of major requirements

Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of the Business Foundation coursework, as outlined in the Bulletin here.


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Accounting Technician
  • Audit Accountant
  • Audit Associate
  • Auditor
  • Cost Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Junior Accountant
  • Staff Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Associate
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200 or BUSN 212
  • SCMA 301
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA to declare, 2.5+ upper-level accounting GPA to graduate
Department name:
Accounting
Building/room location:
301 West Main Street, Snead Hall #B3117, Richmond, VA 23284
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-1608
Email:
usib@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Create a profile on RamsConnect to explore all the global student organizations available for you to join.
  • Join RAMmalogues to talk with peers about social identities in the context of acceptance, belonging, and inclusion in life at VCU.
  • Stop by the Office of Student Engagement in the Snead Hall atrium to take the True Colors assessment, learn more about yourself and working with others, and to debrief with a trusted mentor.
  • Check out the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and follow @vcuomsa.
  • Connect with the Global Education Office to explore leadership and intercultural communication skill-building programs like the Peace Corps Prep Certificate.
  • Visit a study abroad fair and complete Rams Abroad 101.
  • Explore funding for international opportunities.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers in your field of study.
  • Join VCU Bizconnect to schedule informational interviews with VCU business alumni and other professionals to learn more about your major and career options.
  • Practice independent living skills such as money and time management, self-care, and personal responsibility.
  • Build a resume and LinkedIn profile with help from VCU Career Services, make at least 10 connections, and check out the VCU alumni career programs page.
  • Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow to connect with VCU traditions and alumni networking opportunities.
  • Access your free credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.
  • Make a 4-year affordability plan with your financial counselor.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for a challenging year of accounting, economics, and math classes and use SI sessions and tutoring at the Campus Learning Center to get ahead.
  • Make a career exploration appointment with Business Career Services
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend AICPA and IMA events to make professional contacts.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Take a free CliftonStrengths assessment with the Office of Student Engagement and capitalize on your best traits.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct 3 informational interviews on VCU Bizconnect to expand your network and gain more knowledge into potential career paths.
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Participate in the BAP Leadership Summit and Meet the Firms.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Master your Microsoft Excel skills.
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Take ACCT 303 and earn at least 2.5 GPA in all 300 and 400-400 level accounting classes to meet graduation requirements; if needed, take summer or winter intersession classes to make up credits.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Expand your network by joining cultural groups on LinkedIn connected to your future career.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend alumni panel events like Black in Business, First 100 Days, or Women in Business to hear from business professionals who were once in your shoes.
  • Take advantage of mock interview opportunities through InterviewStream or meeting with a career advisor.
  • Update your ePortfolio.
  • Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Sign up for the Connect Mentoring program on VCU Bizconnect and get matched 1:1 with a business mentor for the academic year.
  • Talk to Business Career Services about pursuing professional certifications such as CMA, CISA, CIA, CGFM, CFA, and CFE depending on career goals.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be aware of the prerequisites for MGMT 434 to complete this capstone in your final semester.
  • Complete BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend BAP’s Meet the Firms event in September if you have not already secured full-time employment after graduation.
  • Develop your leadership skills by recruiting, educating, and training your fellow School of Business majors as a mentoring liaison.
  • Meet with your academic or professional mentor and identify examples of your experiential learning to share with employers.
  • Publish your original research in Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Consider becoming an educator through programs like RTR, which prepare graduates from a variety of majors to become teachers in high-need schools.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Attend the School of Business career fair in fall and spring.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Sit for as many sections of the CPA exam as possible in the summer after your fourth year.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon [View Image]
2021-2022

Accounting

School of Business

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Create a profile on RamsConnect to explore all the global student organizations available for you to join.
  • Join RAMmalogues to talk with peers about social identities in the context of acceptance, belonging, and inclusion in life at VCU.
  • Stop by the Office of Student Engagement in the Snead Hall atrium to take the True Colors assessment, learn more about yourself and working with others, and to debrief with a trusted mentor.
  • Check out the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and follow @vcuomsa.
  • Connect with the Global Education Office to explore leadership and intercultural communication skill-building programs like the Peace Corps Prep Certificate.
  • Visit a study abroad fair and complete Rams Abroad 101.
  • Explore funding for international opportunities.
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers in your field of study.
  • Join VCU Bizconnect to schedule informational interviews with VCU business alumni and other professionals to learn more about your major and career options.
  • Practice independent living skills such as money and time management, self-care, and personal responsibility.
  • Build a resume and LinkedIn profile with help from VCU Career Services, make at least 10 connections, and check out the VCU alumni career programs page.
  • Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow to connect with VCU traditions and alumni networking opportunities.
  • Access your free credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.
  • Make a 4-year affordability plan with your financial counselor.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Be prepared for a challenging year of accounting, economics, and math classes and use SI sessions and tutoring at the Campus Learning Center to get ahead.
  • Make a career exploration appointment with Business Career Services
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
  • Attend AICPA and IMA events to make professional contacts.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Take a free CliftonStrengths assessment with the Office of Student Engagement and capitalize on your best traits.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
  • Conduct 3 informational interviews on VCU Bizconnect to expand your network and gain more knowledge into potential career paths.
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Participate in the BAP Leadership Summit and Meet the Firms.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
Year 3
  • Master your Microsoft Excel skills.
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Take ACCT 303 and earn at least 2.5 GPA in all 300 and 400-400 level accounting classes to meet graduation requirements; if needed, take summer or winter intersession classes to make up credits.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Expand your network by joining cultural groups on LinkedIn connected to your future career.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
  • Attend alumni panel events like Black in Business, First 100 Days, or Women in Business to hear from business professionals who were once in your shoes.
  • Take advantage of mock interview opportunities through InterviewStream or meeting with a career advisor.
  • Update your ePortfolio.
  • Apply for the Graduate School Mentorship Program to learn more about graduate school and the graduate student experience.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Sign up for the Connect Mentoring program on VCU Bizconnect and get matched 1:1 with a business mentor for the academic year.
  • Talk to Business Career Services about pursuing professional certifications such as CMA, CISA, CIA, CGFM, CFA, and CFE depending on career goals.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
ExcelYear 4
  • Be aware of the prerequisites for MGMT 434 to complete this capstone in your final semester.
  • Complete BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
  • Attend BAP’s Meet the Firms event in September if you have not already secured full-time employment after graduation.
  • Develop your leadership skills by recruiting, educating, and training your fellow School of Business majors as a mentoring liaison.
  • Meet with your academic or professional mentor and identify examples of your experiential learning to share with employers.
  • Publish your original research in Auctus: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.
  • Consider becoming an educator through programs like RTR, which prepare graduates from a variety of majors to become teachers in high-need schools.
  • Attend the School of Business career fair in fall and spring.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Sit for as many sections of the CPA exam as possible in the summer after your fourth year.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
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