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Accounting Major

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Why Study Accounting?

Accounting professionals work with organizations large and small across a variety of sectors and industries.  There is a strong demand for general accountants, as well as financial and business analysts and specialized accountants in such areas as payroll, billing and other support functions.  Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

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Why Study Accounting at Eastern?

Eastern’s Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting provides introductory and advanced courses in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation and accounting information technology and business solutions. As one of the top accounting programs in Connecticut, Eastern has one of the top CPA Exam pass rates in the state. In addition the Accounting Major and Accounting Minor, graduates can also earn their master’s degree in Accounting with only one additional year of study at Eastern.

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Salary Potential


Annual mean wage for accountants and tax preparers

$43K - $122K

Range of wages for accountants/auditors

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hands-on Learning

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Accounting Internship Program

The Accounting Internship Program provides Eastern students opportunities for intensive fieldwork experience. Hands-on training builds upon the theoretical foundations of accounting, with students assigned to private, non-profit or public institutions to apply their classroom learning in real-world accounting experiences.

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Eastern Accounting Society

The Accounting Society encourages the professional and personal development of accounting students by enhancing their communication and organizational skills, as well as helping them develop a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.  Events include an annual Accounting Fair and the yearly Accounting Banquet.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Each spring, accounting students gain practical experience through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program by assisting local low-income residents in filling out their tax returns.

Career Options

Students who pursue undergraduate degrees in Accounting can have rewarding and successful careers in a variety of professional fields, including:

  • Staff Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Financial Planner
  • Budget Analyst
  • Tax Examiner

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in Accounting are at the following companies:

  • BlumShapiro
  • MassMutual
  • State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • Simpson Healthcare Executives
  • Pomford Community School
  • Legere Group Ltd.
  • State Elections Enforcement Commission
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For more information
(860) 465-5284

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Alumni Testimonials

Chris Brown ’17

Chris Brown ’17

Accounting and Psychology major Chris Brown is a staff accountant at Harvey & Horowitz, P.C. As an Eastern student, he volunteered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to income-tax preparation assistance to lower-income families and individuals with preparing their income taxes. “VITA helped me to realize how much I enjoy tax accounting, which is what I primarily focus on in my current position.”

Ying Chen ’15
Tax Accountant

Ying Chen ’15

Accounting major Ying Chen is a tax accountant at Fiondella, Milone and Lasaracina LLP. “The accounting program at Eastern covered a broad range of accounting studies — taxation, informational accounting, governmental and non-profit accounting and so on. My educational experience at Eastern prepared me well to become a tax accountant in an accounting firm.”

Katherine McNair ’10
Audit Manager

Katherine McNair ’10

Accounting major Katherine McNair is the audit manager at PKF O’Connor Davies. “Eastern’s accounting professors taught me the skills I would need to pass the Certified Public Accounting exam and the background knowledge I would need to start a career in public accounting.”

Chris Gardella ’15
Tax Accountant

Chris Gardella ’15

Accounting major Chris Gardella is a tax accountant at KPMG. “The technical knowledge I obtained to become a Certified Public Accounting is not the only contributing factor to my success. The development of soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration are crucial in the field of accounting.”