Accelerated Accounting

Accelerated Accounting Major

Accelerated Accounting Degree

Champlain's Accelerated Accounting program follows the same curriculum as our four-year bachelor's degree, but allows you to graduate in three years' time.

Capitalizing on the summer sessions after students' first and second years, this three-year degree allows students to launch their careers ahead of schedule and save money on tuition. By earning an Accounting degree in three years, you can reach CPA licensure eligibility faster, catch up to peers after a gap year, enter graduate school earlier, or simply start earning a salary sooner.

Whatever your reasons for choosing a three-year Accounting program, Champlain will help you find the right path to meet your goals.

The curriculum is intentionally designed to provide a wide variety of immersive experiential learning opportunities—you can complete up to four internship opportunities, select a minor, and even study abroad while maintaining the rigorous pace of this program. Questions? Learn more below. 

Accounting Curriculum 2021–2022

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Year 2 Spring Semester Courses

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Yes! Students in the accelerated program will still graduate with the traditional 120 credits after just three years.

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The accelerated curriculum plans for 15 credits per semester, the same courseload as a traditional four-year bachelor's degree at Champlain. Including two full summer semesters allows the curriculum to be completed in three years rather than four.

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Students applying into the Accelerated Accounting program must submit the following materials:

  • Transcript with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • A letter of recommendation (from a teacher or guidance counselor) that addresses the accelerated pace of this program
  • A personal essay 

SAT and ACT test scores are optional and may be submitted if you choose. 

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While students in Champlain's Accelerated Accounting program aren't required to complete an internship, it is highly recommended. The curriculum is intentionally designed to allow up to four internship opportunities.

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The program curriculum includes a course that students can take simultaneously with an internship, so you can receive academic credit for your internship work. Your Career Coach and Faculty Advisor will help you find the ideal paid and/or for-credit internship opportunities to advance your career. 

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The Accelerated Accounting program does not offer concentrations. Students will take several classes on taxes and tax handling, and will gain firsthand experience preparing tax returns for eligible taxpayers through the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The program curriculum does allow for students to pursue a minor if they are interested in doing so. For instance, a minor in Actuarial Studies or Forensic Accounting will be a fantastic career-building complement to your Accounting major.

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Yes, Champlain accepts AP courses with an exam score of four or five, and college classes completed with a final grade of 75 or higher.

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Champlain does not offer Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exams, but our Accounting and Finance programs do prepare students to sit for the test.

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Professionals are typically required to have 150 academic credit hours completed before they can obtain a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. If you're interested in CPA licensure, you and your Advisor will create a plan over the course of your studies to determine how you'll reach the education, experience, and exam requirements for eligibility.

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Extend your education


Even with the accelerated pace of the three-year Accounting major, you'll be able to declare a minor if you choose. Actuarial Studies, Information Technology, or Forensic Accounting might be the perfect complement to your Accounting education. 

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You'll have plenty of opportunities to gain firsthand experience in Accounting. Champlain students have interned with numerous local firms and businesses as well as world-renowned accounting firms such as KPMG and PwC.