Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Accountancy Program accept part-time students?

Yes. We do allow for part-time enrollments. Students who plan to attend on a part-time basis will need to work with the Program Director to develop a plan of study.

Can students begin the Program during any semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer)?

Yes. Students may begin the Program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Traditional full-time students who intend to complete the Program in a calendar year may begin either in the Summer or Fall semester. Those entering in the Spring semester will need to work with the Program Director to develop a plan of study.

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 Master of Science in Accountancy program gives students an opportunity to earn these credits and improve their marketability before entering the full-time work force.

Is the Accountancy Graduate Program accredited?

Yes. The College of Charleston School of Business and the Department of Accounting and Business Law 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. Most students find job placement prior to graduation. Undergraduate accounting internships often serve as the best potential employment opportunity for students upon completion of their graduate degree. 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.