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Accounting Undergraduate Programs

About our Accounting Undergraduate Program 

Excited graduates standing in front of the College of Business building Shaw SmyserAccounting is how businesses record, organize, and interpret financial information. Accounting tells a business whether it’s making a profit, what its flow is, what the current value of its assets and liabilities is, and which parts of the business are actually generating revenue. By studying accounting, you'll develop the ability to ensure corporations behave responsibly.

Why Study Accounting at CWU? 

Our Accounting program is among the highest-ranked in the State of Washington and is offered at multiple CWU locations, at an affordable rate with multiple scholarship options. The hands-on curriculum is designed by experienced faculty to meet industry demands. Students in the Accounting programs, both the major and the minor, will have access to all the resources that the CWU College of Business has to offer, including the CAT Center for Career Counselling, Academic Advising and Tutoring Services, and the CB Engagement Corner for student engagement opportunities. 

Degree Explanations 

Accounting courses are offered at Ellensburg, Des Moines, Lynnwood and Yakima locations. 

Opportunities and experiences that set our accounting program apart include:  

  • Ease of transfer: Students with an Associate of Business- DTA degree can easily transfer into the BS in Accounting program. View our Transfer Map
  • Exam readiness: BS graduates with certain electives can prepare to sit for exams for the following exams:  
    • Certified Management Accounting (CMA)  
    • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)  
    • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)  
    • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)  
    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)  
  • Affordability: To learn more about cost, please visit the registrar site.  Check out scholarship opportunities.  Note, we offer multiple scholarships available only to accounting majors.
  • AACSB accreditation: Our College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), an organization that recognizes only the top 5% of business schools around the world.

Careers & Opportunities  

As an accounting student, you'll be prepared for successful careers in all industries. Students seeking additional expertise can pursue our graduate programs in Master of Professional Accounting for Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Graduate Management Accounting Certificate for Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Graduate Professional Tax Practice Certificate for IRS Special Enrollment Examination (SEE). Recent career paths and employers of our graduates include:

  • Certified Public Accountant  
  • Financial Accounting  
  • External or Internal Auditing  
  • Cost Accounting  
  • Tax Planning  
  • Risk Management Consulting  
  • Budget Analysis  
  • KPMG  
  • Ernst & Young  
  • T-Mobile  
  • CBRE  
  • Seattle Sounders FC  
  • Expedia Group  
  • Microsoft  
  • Converse 
  • Business Administration, BS  
  • Economics, BS  
  • Mathematics, BS  
  • Personal Financial Planning, BS 


Questions? Contact us. 

To declare a major or minor program email with your student email for next steps. 

Do you just need to take a class to transfer back to your college or university? Please see our helpful instructions for taking a class as a non-degree seeking student.

CWU’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5% of business schools globally earn the coveted designation.

For more information, reference our Accreditation information.

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