Accounting Degrees in Virginia

Averett University

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420 W Main St
(434) 791-5600

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts of Science Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting major

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Averett University-Non-Traditional Programs

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420 W Main St
(800) 448-5233

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts of Science Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting major

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Blue Ridge Community College

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1 College Lane
(540) 234-9261

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Bluefield College

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3000 College Dr
(276) 326-3682

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting major

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Bryant & Stratton College-Hampton

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4410 East Claiborne Square
(757) 896-6001

Institution Type:

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

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Bryant and Stratton College-Richmond

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8141 Hull St Rd
(804) 745-2444

Institution Type:

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

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Bryant and Stratton College-Virginia Beach

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301 Centre Pointe Dr
(757) 499-7900

Institution Type:

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

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Central Virginia Community College

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3506 Wards Rd
(434) 832-7600

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

College of William and Mary

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200 Richmond Road
(757) 221-4000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a major/concentration in Accounting, Master of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

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

Danville Community College

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1008 S Main St
(434) 797-2222

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management-Virginia

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2450 Crystal Drive
(703) 414-4000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master of Business Administration with an Accounting concentration, Master of Science in Accounting, Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Eastern Mennonite University

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1200 Park Rd
(540) 432-4000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

ECPI University

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5555 Greenwich Rd Ste 300
(757) 671-7171

Institution Type:

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

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas.

Emory and Henry College

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30461 Garnand Drive
(276) 944-4121

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Everest College-Chesapeake

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825 Greenbrier Circle Suite 100
(757) 361-3900

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Everest College-Newport News

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803 Diligence Drive
(757) 873-1111

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Ferrum College

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215 Ferrum Mountain Road
(540) 365-2121

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

George Mason University

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4400 University Dr
(703) 993-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Accelerated Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

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

Germanna Community College

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2130 Germanna Hwy
(540) 423-9030

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Career Studies Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Hampton University

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E Queen Street
(757) 727-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

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1651 E Parham Road
(804) 371-3000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,

James Madison University

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800 South Main Street
(540) 568-6211

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

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

John Tyler Community College

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13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
(804) 796-4000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Liberty University

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1971 University Blvd
(434) 582-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Management Information Systems with a concentration in Accounting Information Systems, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Lord Fairfax Community College

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173 Skirmisher Lane
(540) 868-7000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Lynchburg College

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1501 Lakeside Dr
(434) 544-8100

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Accounting Minor

Accrediting Agency:

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

Mountain Empire Community College

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3441 Mountain Empire Road
(276) 523-2400

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting, Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

National College-Salem

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1813 E Main St
(540) 986-1800

Institution Type:

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

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Diploma, Accounting Office Assistant Diploma, Associate Degree in Business Administration Accounting, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

New River Community College

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5251 College Drive
(540) 674-3600

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

Norfolk State University

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700 Park Avenue
(757) 823-8600

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate

Accrediting Agency:

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

Northern Virginia Community College

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4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd
(703) 323-3000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting, Accounting Career Studies Certificate, Bookkeeping Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Old Dominion University

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5115 Hampton Blvd
(757) 683-3000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Patrick Henry Community College

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645 Patriot Avenue
(276) 656-0311

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology with an Accounting major, Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology with an Accounting Information Systems specialization

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Piedmont Virginia Community College

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501 College Drive
(434) 977-3900

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Potomac College-Herndon

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1029 Herndon Pkwy
(703) 709-5875

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate Degree in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Accounting Advanced Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Radford University

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801 East Main Street
(540) 831-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (, %20Finance%20&%20Business%20Law/academics/acct-major.html)

Accrediting Agency:

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

Randolph-Macon College

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204 Henry St
(804) 752-7200

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

Rappahannock Community College

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12745 College Drive
(804) 758-6700

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Southwest Virginia Community College

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369 College Road US Rt. 19
(276) 964-2555

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Technology with an Accounting major

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Stratford University

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7777 Leesburg Pike
(800) 444-0804

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Strayer University-Virginia

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2121 15th Street N
(703) 892-5100

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:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Thomas Nelson Community College

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99 Thomas Nelson Drive
(757) 825-2700

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Career Studies Certificate, Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Tidewater Community College

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121 College Place
(757) 822-1122

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting, Accounting Specialist Certificate, Accounting Technician Career Studies Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Mary Washington

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1301 College Ave
(540) 654-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Professional Studies with a concentration in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration with an Accounting track

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Richmond

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28 Westhampton Way
(804) 289-8000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Accounting concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International

University of Virginia-Main Campus

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1827 University Avenue
(434) 924-0311

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

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

Virginia Commonwealth University

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910 W Franklin St
(804) 828-0100

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Post-baccaleaureat undergraduate certificate in Accounting, Master of Accountancy, Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Virginia Highlands Community College

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100 VHCC Drive
(276) 739-2400

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Accounting and Information Systems Technology Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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222 Burruss Hall
(540) 231-6000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Master of Accounting and Information Systems, Ph.D. in Business with a major in Accounting and Information Systems

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Virginia State University

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One Hayden Drive
(804) 524-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

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

Virginia Union University

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1500 N Lombardy St
(804) 257-5600

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

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

Virginia Western Community College

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3093 Colonial Ave
(540) 857-7311

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Career Studies Certificate in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

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

Washington and Lee University

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204 West Washington Street
(540) 458-8400

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science with an Accounting and business administration major, Bachelor of Science with a Public Accounting major

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Wytheville Community College

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1000 E Main Street
(276) 223-4700

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting major

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Educational Requirements

Candidates for CPA licensure in the state of Virginia must hold at least a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree with 150 credit hours. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree with an accounting concentration or equivalent and 120 credit hours can take any part of the CPA exam.

Salary

In May 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that 35,210 accountants and auditors were employed in Virginia. The annual mean wage for accountants and auditors in Virginia in 2011 was $74,340.

CPA Licensing in Virginia

Virginia CPAs are licensed by the Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA). To become licensed, a person must first take the CPA exam after meeting the following requirements:

  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a board-approved accredited institution.
  • Completed 120 credit hours with 24 hours of accounting courses and 24 hours of business courses.

Requirements to be issued a certificate (license):

  • Completed 150 hours and hold a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree with an accounting concentration or equivalent.
  • Pass the CPA exam.
  • Complete the AICPA’s professional ethics course with a passing grade of 90 or above.
  • One year of full-time employment in any capacity involving the substantial use of accounting, financial, tax, or other skills that are relevant, as determined by the VBOA, to providing services to the public using the CPA title or to an employer using the CPA title.

Continuing Education Requirements

All licensed Virginia CPAs must renew their individual license annually. Virginia CPAs must complete at least 20 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) annually and 120 hours total every three years. Each calendar year, Virginia CPAs must complete a Virginia-specific ethics course and an annual outline created by the VBOA. Qualifying CPE for Virginia CPAs includes attending seminars or educational conferences, earning course credit at an accredited institution, completing a self-study course, making a presentation, and publishing written material.

Accounting Jobs in Virginia

The unemployment rate in Virginia remains one of the lowest in the nation, and the state is widely acknowledged as a top state for business. Two large CPA firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kearney and Company, are located in Virginia and offer potential employment to CPAs. Federal, state, and local government positions are available to CPAs in Virginia, as well as positions in small partnerships and regional firms.