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VSB’s accounting programs are designed to prepare students for careers with accounting firms, corporations (public and private), governmental organizations, and other professional groups. A major in Accounting provides a solid foundation for almost any business career and is highly valued in the marketplace. A major in accounting also provides students with the tools necessary to understand business, communicate with executives and handle demanding tasks. With nearly 100 percent of accounting majors employed by graduation, VSB accounting students are well-positioned and prepared to secure a rewarding career opportunity upon graduation.

Preparing for CPA at Villanova

The requirements for becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) are different for each state. These requirements include completing a certain number of credit hours in an accounting program at a college/university, passing the Uniform CPA Exam and obtaining a specific amount of professional work experience. Currently all 50 states and the vast majority of U.S. jurisdictions have adopted the 150-credit hour requirement. Most professional accounting firms require students to have completed the 150-hour requirement prior to employment. As a result, students will need to earn 150 credit hours not only to become a licensed CPA but also to begin employment in many accounting career paths.

At Villanova, there are two approaches to completing 150 credit hours:

1.     Complete the 150-credit hours as part of the undergraduate curriculum. This approach requires most students to overload during the fall and spring semesters and/or to take summer classes. Some things to consider are the number of AP credits eared, undergraduate GPA, degree of involvement with campus activities and study abroad plans.

2.     Complete the 150-credit hours with a master’s degree, called a Master of Accounting with Data Analytics (MACDA) at Villanova. With this approach, students earn two degrees – an undergraduate and a Master of Science in Accounting degree. Students can pursue this approach in one of three ways:

  • Complete both degrees in four years. In this case, students earn their undergraduate degree in three years (i.e., by the end of junior year) and spend the fourth year completing their master degree.
  • Complete both degrees in 4.5 years. In this case, students earn their undergraduate degree in 3.5 years (mid-way during their senior year) and complete the master degree one year later in December.
  • Complete both degrees in five years. In this case, students earn their undergraduate degree in four years and then take a fifth year to complete their master degree.

The decision students must make is how to fill the 150-credit hours. All else equal, we believe that filling the 150 credit hours by earning both degrees puts them in the best position to maximize their long-run career success. However, there may be situations in which completing 150 hours with just an undergraduate degree works best for that particular student. Please refer to this page to learn more about our MACDA program.

Since practically every non-accounting job requires accounting skills, a minor in Accounting will supplement almost any business degree. Popular matches are with Finance and Information Systems, as these jobs use and rely on accounting information or accounting systems as an integral part of day-to-day tasks.

Major Requirements

In addition to the core curriculum and business curriculum, students interested in majoring in accounting must take the courses listed below:

Required Major Courses

Two of the following elective courses:

Minor Requirements

Required Minor Courses

Plus one of the following:


Student Societies and Extracurricular Activities

Students who study accounting can participate in the Villanova Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi, and the accounting special interest group of the Multicultural Business Society. 


In the spring semester of junior year, accounting students may participate in a formal full-time internship with a select group of firms that participate in VSB’s spring accounting internship program. The internship program is a challenging and rewarding experience, and often leads to full-time employment with the internship firm.

Students also participate in summer internships, externships, and CoOp programs. CoOp opportunities including the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Forensic Accounting/Economic Crimes Co-Op and the Johnson & Johnson Finance/Accounting Co-Op. Many students who participate in these opportunities may also be offered full-time employment. 

Type of Job Opportunities

The professional job market for students with accounting degrees is very strong. While accounting majors often find jobs in auditing and taxation, there are also many opportunities in the fields of corporate finance, consulting, mergers and acquisitions, systems planning, forensic accounting, and government agencies–including the FBI and the IRS. Many VSB students have an initial assignment as an auditor and then leverage this experience to obtain a job in corporate finance, on Wall Street, or in internal auditing. In addition, firms often fill their corporate finance and internal auditing positions with candidates that have accounting backgrounds. Many accounting firms also make opportunities available for international assignments.

Career Placements

A degree in accounting opens up multiple career paths and our top ranked program attracts employers across many industries and positions. The career paths of our students include audit, tax, corporate finance, investment banking, consulting, deals, etc. The following is a selection of companies/organizations that have recently hired Villanova accounting students for full-time jobs and internship positions:

  • Bank of America Merril Lynch
  • BDO Seidman
  • Citigroup, Inc.
  • Credit Suisse Group
  • Deloitte
  • EY, LLP
  • Grant Thornton, LLP
  • Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • KPMG
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
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Data, Analytics and the Path to a CPA

Employers say one area matters most when hiring new CPAs today: data and analytics. In the article above, Accounting Department Chair Michael Peters, PhD explains why.