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Accounting

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get an application form for the accounting major?

  •  You must attend an advising session before the application form will be distributed.

If I want to major in accounting, who can I contact if I have a question about the application process?

  • You can contact a professional academic advisor here

Can non-degree seeking students take upper-division or graduate accounting courses?

  • Non-degree seeking (non-matriculated) students cannot take Master of Professional Accountancy courses.
  • Non-degree seeking students cannot take upper-division accounting courses unless they have graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from CWU or from an AACSB Internationally-accredited institution. Non-CWU accounting graduates must submit official transcripts to the accounting department chair showing that they have completed accounting degrees from AACSB Internationally-accredited institutions. The chair of the accounting department has final authority on which accounting graduates may take accounting courses. Please send approval requests and correspondence to the Department of Accounting at acct@cwu.edu.
  • Non-matriculated students who receive permission from the chair of the accounting department may register for 400-level accounting courses on a space available basis on the third day of classes . No exceptions will be made to this policy.

Can a transfer student take CWU upper-division accounting courses before they are admitted to the accounting major?

  • Transfer students who have been accepted as matriculated CWU students may take ACCT 305, ACCT 346, and ACCT 350 before being admitted to the accounting major if they have satisfactorily completed the course prerequisite of ACCT 252 with a minimum grade of C-. This allows students to progress in the accounting program while they finish one or two pre-requisite courses at the community college. ACCT 351 and all 400-level accounting courses require admission to the accounting major. This policy also applies to non-transfer students. No exceptions will be made to this policy, so please plan carefully.

What additional admission requirements apply to international students?

  • International students whose native language is not English must meet one of the following English proficiency requirements for admission into the accounting major:
    • A score of 71 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL or 527 or above on the paper-based TOEFL.
    • A 3.0 (B grade) in each of two college level English composition courses from an accredited United States college or university. Contact the Office of Admissions to find out what courses are acceptable.
  • Students wishing to have credits from non-United States institutions considered for transfer into the College of Business for any major or minor must have their transcripts evaluated through outside credential evaluators who are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as Foundation for International Services (FIS), the World Education Services (WES), or Educational Perspectives.

Is there a time limit on the courses that can be used for the accounting degree?

  • Business courses taken to fulfill the requirements for an undergraduate or graduate degree from the CWU College of Business must have been taken within the last 10 years at the time of graduation. Exceptions may be made, but must be approved prior to acceptance into the College of Business by the department chair and dean or designee.

What additional graduation requirements apply to transfer students?

  • Central Washington University (CWU) has a residency requirement requiring transfer students to complete a minimum of 45 quarter credits at CWU to receive a degree.
  • Of the 45 quarter credits required by the university, students beginning the accounting degree program prior to fall quarter 2009 must complete at least 43 CWU business or accounting credits to be eligible for the accounting degree.
  • Of the 45 quarter credits required by the university, transfer students and post-baccalaureate students beginning the accounting degree program during or after fall quarter 2009 must complete at least 20 CWU upper-division accounting credits to be eligible for the accounting degree. In addition to the 20 CWU upper-division accounting credits, transfer students and post-baccalaureate students must complete an additional 17 CWU accounting major required course or elective course credits to be eligible for the accounting degree.

Please see the College of Business frequently asked questions HERE