Accounting Degrees in South Carolina

Aiken Technical College

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2276 Jefferson Davis Highway
(803) 593-9231

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

General Accounting Certificate, Associate in Applied Science: Major in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Benedict College

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1600 Harden Street
(803) 256-4220

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Bob Jones University

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1700 Wade Hampton Boulavard
(864) 242-5100

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

Brown Mackie College-Greenville

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75 Beattie Place Ste 100
(864) 239-5300

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Central Carolina Technical College

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506 N Guignard Dr
(803) 778-1961

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Accounting Specialist Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Charleston Southern University

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9200 University Blvd
(843) 863-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Master of Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Clemson University

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201 Sikes Hall
(864) 656-4636

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master of Professional Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Coastal Carolina University

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108 James P. Blanton Circle
(843) 347-3161

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

College of Charleston

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66 George St
(843) 953-5500

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master of Science in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Columbia College

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1301 Columbia College Dr
(803) 786-3012

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Converse College

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580 E Main St
(864) 596-9000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Denmark Technical College

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1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd
(803) 793-5100

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Florence-Darlington Technical College

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2715 W. Lucas Street
(843) 661-8324

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Francis Marion University

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4822 East Palmetto Street
(843) 661-1362

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Furman University

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3300 Poinsett Highway
(864) 294-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Greenville Technical College

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620 S Pleasantburg Dr
(864) 250-8111

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Associate in Applied Science Degree, Small Business Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

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2050 Highway 501 East
(843) 347-3186

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Associate in Applied Science

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Midlands Technical College

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1260 Lexington Drive
(803) 738-8324

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Business with a major in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs

North Greenville University

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7801 N. Tigerville Road
(864) 977-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

Northeastern Technical College

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1201 Chesterfield Hwy.
(843) 921-6900

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Science in Business with Accounting Specialty, Accounting Clerk Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

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3250 Saint Matthews Rd
(803) 536-0311

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Basic Accounting Certificate, Associate in Applied Science with a major in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Piedmont Technical College

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620 North Emerald Road
(864) 941-8324

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Associate in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Presbyterian College

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503 South Broad Street
(864) 833-2820

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

South Carolina State University

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300 College St NE
(803) 536-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Southern Wesleyan University

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907 Wesleyan Drive
(864) 644-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Spartanburg Community College

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800 Brisack Road
(864) 592-4600

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Specialist Certificate, Associate Degree in Applied Science: Accounting with Information System Electives, Associate in Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Strayer University-South Carolina

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555 N Pleasantburg Dr Ste 300
(888) 378-7293

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (licensure is not equivalent to accreditation)

Technical College of the Lowcountry

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921 Ribaut Road
(800) 768-8252

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Tri-County Technical College

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7900 U.S. Hwy 76
(864) 646-1500

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Payroll Accounting Certificate, Tax Accounting Certificate, Managerial Accounting Certificate, Financial Accounting Certificate, Accounting Associate Degree

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Trident Technical College

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7000 Rivers Avenue
(843) 574-6111

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bookkeeping Certificate, Professional Accountancy Certificate, Accounting Associate Degree

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

University of South Carolina-Beaufort

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1 University Boulevard
(843) 208-8000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Columbia-Campus
(803) 777-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business

Voorhees College

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481 Porter Drive
(803) 780-1234

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)

Wofford College

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429 N Church St
(864) 597-4000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

York Technical College

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452 S Anderson Rd
(803) 327-8000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Educational Requirements

Candidates for CPA licensure in the state of South Carolina must hold at least a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree with 150 credit hours. Candidates can sit for the CPA exam with just 120 credit hours, but they need 150 in order to become licensed.

Salary

In May 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that 13,290 accountants and auditors were employed in South Carolina. The annual average wage for accountants and auditors in South Carolina in 2011 was $59,000.

CPA Licensing in South Carolina

South Carolina CPAs are licensed by the South Carolina State Board of Accountancy. To become licensed, a person must first take the CPA exam after meeting the following requirements:

  • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree from a board-approved accredited institution.
  • Completed 150 credit hours, with 36 credit hours in accounting courses, of which at least 24 hours must be taught at the junior or above level.

Requirements for licensing as an accounting practitioner in South Carolina:

  • Pass the CPA exam.
  • Complete the AICPA’s professional ethics course with a passing grade of 90 or above.
  • One year accounting experience in public, governmental, or private employment or at least five years’ experience teaching accounting in a college or university recognized by the board.
  • No history of dishonest or felonious acts.

Continuing Education Requirements

As of 2013, CPA licenses are renewed annually. South Carolina CPAs must complete 40 credit hours of continuing professional education (CPE) of qualifying programs each calendar year. CPE credit hours must include no more than 8 hours of personal development courses and no more than 20 hours of self study programs. Of the required hours over a three year period, six of the hours must be in ethics and at least two hours in South Carolina rules and regulations. Self-study credits must be approved by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy‘s Quality Assurance Service (QAS) program.

Accounting Jobs in South Carolina

In October 2012, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported that the state’s labor force had increased and since October 2011, unemployment had dropped 1.5 percent. South Carolina CPAs may choose to work for one of several local and regional accounting firms. Two of the “Big Four” accounting firms, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, have offices in the state. The state government employs a number of CPAs as well.