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In addition to a liberal arts core curriculum, Public Accounting majors prepare for careers in their field by completing a rigorous course load. The 150-hour degree program can be completed within four years if courses are taken during the summer sessions but most students complete the requirements in 4-1/2 years. Marietta offers an attractive tuition-free grant for the last semester of coursework in the 150-hour program.
Requirements for a major in Public Accounting.
Student Success
of Marietta College’s Public Accounting graduates since 2020 were employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduating
of Marietta College Accounting and Public Accounting students who have applied to graduate school have been accepted
is the average mid-career salary in the U.S. for Public Accounting graduates
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What You'll Learn as a Public Accounting Major

It’s more than learning how to crunch numbers and create spreadsheets.

There are many internship opportunities for students in the accounting major and even more job possibilities. Marietta’s faculty have strong connections in the industry. Faculty help students with introductions and provide references. The College also offers the Robert Evans Internship Endowment, which awards one student every summer $5,000 to one qualified rising junior or senior who participates in an approved internship in a for-profit organization, specifically a major national or global organization.

Hard work pays off 

Accounting and Public Accounting majors at Marietta College forge lasting relationships with professors who challenge students to work outside their comfort zones and actively participate in their education. These close relationships with professors, plus the experience gained through independent and faculty-led research, internships with industry leaders, and networking connections made through the College’s 25,000-plus alumni, are what Marietta’s Accounting and Public Accounting majors expect.

Your career begins here

Earning an Accounting or Public Accounting degree from Marietta opens doors to careers in auditing, tax accounting, cost accounting, managerial accounting, public accounting, and government and corporate work. These degrees produce results — since 2014, more than 80 percent of students have secured full-time employment before or within three months of graduation. One hundred percent of the students who have applied to graduate school have been accepted.

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Outcomes — Internships
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Ernst & Young
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ball Corporation
  • Caterpillar
Outcomes — Professions
  • Plante Moran — Partner
  • Peoples Bank — Chief Financial Officer
  • U.S. Postal Service — Deputy Assistant Inspector General for IT & Data Analytics
  • Sherwin-Williams — Financial Analyst
  • The Wendy’s Corporation — Director of Internal Audit
  • KPMG — Director of Deal Advisory
  • XPO Logistics — Director of Tax
  • The National Geographic Society — Senior Vice President & Senior Associate General Counsel
Honor Societies and Student Organizations

Accounting and Public Accounting majors who earn and maintain a 3.2 GPA within the major and in their overall GPA are eligible for induction to Tau Pi Phi, a national honor society for outstanding students in the Department of Business & Economics. Among the membership highlights is the opportunity to collaborate with fellow Marietta College members on one of two teams invited to the annual national Tau Pi Phi Business Case Study Competition.

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What types of experiential learning can I expect in the Public Accounting program?

Our students complete professional internships, research, and also attend and can present their posters at professional conferences.

How do I identify potential internships?

Faculty in the Department of Business & Economics, as well as the College's Career Center play key roles in guiding students through the internship identification and application process.

Are you ready to become a Pioneer? 

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