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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Accountancy Graduate Program program have a work experience requirement?

Some of our students have work experience, but most apply to the program immediately after completing their undergraduate degrees in order to earn the additional credits they need to be licensed as a CPA. Most students with undergraduate accounting degrees fall about 30 credits short of the 150 credit hours (at least 36 in ACCT) required to be a CPA in South Carolina (and most other states). The M.S. in Accountancy program gives students an opportunity to earn these credits and improve their marketability BEFORE entering the full-time work force. While full-time work experience is not required, applicants who have not served an internship with a public accounting firm should complete one before beginning our program.

Can I work off-campus while pursuing the Accountancy Graduate degree?

All of our students are full-time. As such, students will take all of their classes in the day time and will be encouraged to graduate within 1 calendar year. Most of our students find that working more than 10-20 hours a week in an off-campus job impairs their academic performance.

Is the Accountancy Graduate Program accredited?

Yes. The College of Charleston School of Business and the Department of Accounting and Legal Studies are accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Will I get a job when I graduate?

Past placement of Accountancy students has been excellent. In spite of the economic downturn, nearly all of our students since 2008 have been placed by the time they graduated.  In order to have a job upon graduation in the current environment, students MUST have completed an internship with a public accounting firm (or similar institution) BEFORE beginning our Master's program.  In addition to having served as an intern, some of the primary factors for job placement are:

  • Communication skills and the ability to market yourself - We have significant resources devoted to helping you gain access to potential employers, but M.S. in Accountancy students should be prepared to take responsibility for their own job searches.
  • Undergraduate and graduate grades - Undergraduate grades are of particular importance as recruitment takes place in the fall term, which is generally the first semester of enrollment.
  • Willingness to relocate - While there are a few potential employers in the Charleston area, there are many more job opportunities for MS ACCY students in larger markets like Charlotte, NC, Greenville, SC and Atlanta, GA.
  • Professional Development and Community Service - Employers of M.S. in Accountancy graduates tend to place great value on these things. Membership in our Mu Beta chapter of the accounting honor fraternity Beta Alpha Psi allows qualified students to learn more about careers in accounting and work toward improving the world in which we live.
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