- Offered as:
- Graduate program
The accounting major is the largest undergraduate program in the WSU College of Business. It provides a strong base in management fundamentals, accounting information systems, and accounting practices.
After graduation, many accounting majors continue their education by entering the master of accounting (M.Acc.) program at WSU. The M.Acc. program features more advanced accounting courses and qualifies students to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.
- Strengths of the program
- One of only three programs in the Northwest and approximately 165 worldwide that have earned the prestigious AACSB Accounting Accreditation at all levels: for the bachelor's degree, the master of accounting degree (M.Acc.), and the doctoral degree (Ph.D.).
- Accounting faculty are award-winning teachers, work closely with students, and take a personal interest in their success.
- Outstanding job placement: WSU accounting graduates win positions in Big 4 international and national public accounting firms, corporations, and government agencies.
- Beta Alpha Psi is a premier student organization, providing students the opportunity to interact weekly with top-tier accounting professionals and executives.
- WSU accounting students experience exceptional success on the CPA examination, resulting in national rankings for the Department of Accounting.
- Featured courses
As an accounting major, you'll take classes like these:
Acctg 230 — Introduction to Financial Accounting
Acctg 231 — Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Acctg 330 — Intermediate Accounting I
Acctg 331 — Intermediate Accounting II
Acctg 335 — Introduction to Taxation
Acctg 338 — Cost Accounting
Acctg 433 — Accounting Systems and Auditing
Acctg 443 — Business Processes and Controls
Acctg 438 — Advanced Cost Accounting and Management
Acctg 439 — Auditing
To enroll in 300 and 400 level business courses, you need to be certified into a business major.
On the Pullman campus, certifying as a business major is competitive and course enrollments are limited. Admission to the business program is determined by cumulative GPA and performance in the certification prerequisite courses (other factors may also be considered).
See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Transfer information
To certify your major in the Carson College of Business, you will need to complete specific prerequisite courses. Use our list of transfer equivalencies to make sure you take the right transfer courses at your current college.
Also check out our transfer student guide for more information on transferring to WSU.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
For accounting students
Students majoring in accounting qualify for scholarships from the Department of Accounting and may also be eligible for scholarships from the WSU College of Business.
- Student involvement: organizations and activities
Beta Alpha Psi (the Accounting Honorary Society) is a dynamic club open to all accounting students.
Beta Alpha Psi meets frequently and allows students to network with professionals who share their interests. The club hosts alumni and executive guests who share their real-world experiences and discuss technical issues, career opportunities, and special topics like ethics, liability, and job interviews.
Beta Alpha Psi also helps connects its members to internship and job opportunities, coordinates field trips to firms, and sponsors activities on campus.
- Careers and salaries
WSU accounting majors typically have job offers and accept professional positions before graduation.
Job placement of WSU master of accounting (M.Acc.) graduates is outstanding, annually approaching 100%. Graduates of the WSU accounting program also experience exceptional success on the CPA exam.
Accounting graduates have a diversity of career opportunities, and can work as auditors, consultants, and tax professionals. Accounting careers are characterized by rapid increases in salary and responsibility.
WSU accounting graduates have an extremely strong track record of obtaining career positions in public accounting firms, consulting firms, financial institutions, high tech and start-up companies, manufacturing, agribusiness, communication, government, and health care organizations.
Graduates can boost their opportunities and salary potential by attaining professional certification as a CPA (certified public accountant), CMA (certified management accounting), and CIA (certified internal auditor). With experience, accounting graduates can become chief financial officers, partners in public accounting firms, and controllers in organizations of all sizes around the world.
Entry-level salaries range from $45,000–60,000. Master’s and doctoral degrees as well as professional certifications can greatly affect an accountant's future salary growth.