There are many accredited accounting degree programs in Washington. Selecting which to pursue can be challenging.

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The information below, though, may help to ease that challenge, helping people to find the programs that fit best.

Central Washington University

College of Business

The College of Business at Central Washington University offers undergraduate majors and minors, certificates and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree in its Departments of Accounting, Economics, Finance & Supply Chain and Management & Marketing. It also hosts an Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Northwest Center for Organizational Research, the Northwest Center for Sport Business and the Supply Chain Management Institute. Emphasis is on undergraduate education, with degree programs on offer at several sites around Puget Sound and throughout the middle of the state. Faculty, rather than graduate students, teach all classes, so students have access to proven figures in their fields of study.

Bachelor of Science, Accounting

The College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting as its largest major. The degree requires 122-123 credits, including:

• 43 in prerequisites—Accounting I and II, Introductory Business Statistics, Principles of Economics, Principles of Economics Macro, 10 credits in mathematics and Composition I and II
• 35 in the Business Core—Legal Environment of Business, Introductory Financial Management, Principles of Management, Accounting Information Systems, Essential Marketing Concepts, Supply Chain Management and Strategic Management
• 40 credits in required and elective Accounting classes—Cost Accounting, Income Tax Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting I through III, Auditing and 10 credits from among Advanced Cost Accounting, Government and Non-profit Accounting, Income Tax Accounting II, Advanced Accounting, Fraud Examination, International Accounting, Professional Writing and Speaking for the Accountant and Advanced Business Law
• 4 or 5 credits in Communication—Business Communication and Report Writing, Business and Professional Speaking or Technical Writing

An introductory orientation is also required as part of applying to the major, and the application must be made before enrolling in upper-division coursework.

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: 509.963.3650
Email:
Website: http://www.cwu.edu/accounting/bachelor-science-accounting

Eastern Washington University

College of Business and Public Administration

The College of Business and Public Administration at Eastern Washington University offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business education, economics, finance, health informatics technology and management, management (with options in general business, human resources management and operations management) management information systems, marketing and urban and regional planning, as well as graduate degrees in business administration, public administration and urban and regional planning. It also hosts the Northwest Tribal Technical Assistance Program, a Business Resource Center and an Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis. Many scholarships are available to students whose majors are in the College.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration—Professional Accounting

The College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree in Professional Accounting meant to equip students to work for accounting firms and in private and public sector accounting positions. In addition to general education requirements, students in the program must take:

• 69 credits in Business Administration Core classes—a composition class, Finite Mathematics, Microeconomics, Data Analysis for Business, Principles of Financial Accounting, Business Law, Business & Society, Administrative Policies/Major Field Test for Business and three courses from among Macroeconomics, Advanced Data Analysis for Business, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Operations Management, Principles of Managerial Accounting, Information Technology in Business, Principles of Marketing and Financial Management.
• 44 credits in required Accounting classes—Intermediate Accounting I through III, Cost Accounting I and II, Accounting Systems, Auditing and Advanced Auditing, Contemporary Accounting Theory and Federal Income Tax I and II
• 4 credits of elective Accounting classes—Accounting for Non-Profit Entities, Advanced Business Law or an internship

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Contact
Department of Accounting and Information Systems
668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
Suite A
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone: 509.828.1220
Email: ais.ewu.edu
Website: http://www.ewu.edu/cbpa/programs/accounting/accounting-degrees/acct

Gonzaga University

School of Business Administration

Founded in 1921, the School of Business Administration at Gonzaga University seeks to train students to professional competency within the humanistic values of the Jesuit tradition. It offers graduate programs (two MBAs, an MAcc and dual MBA/JD and MAcc/JD degrees), undergraduate programs (BBA in either accounting or business administration) with concentrations in economic, entrepreneurship & innovation, finance, human resource management, international business, law & public policy, management information systems, marketing, operations & supply chain management and individualized options that allow students to tailor their educations and better prepare to be agile members of the workforce.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

The School offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree that seeks to prepare students to enter the workforce, pursue a CPA or continue into a Master of Accountancy program. The degree requires 128 semester credit hours, including:

• University Core Curriculum classes in Thought & Expression, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Mathematics and English Literature
• Business Administration Core classes in Business Computing, Fine Arts, History, Science, Social Science, Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Information Systems, Business Law, Finance, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Business Ethics and Strategy
• Major courses such as Intermediate Accounting I and II, Accounting Information Systems, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation, Auditing and an approved elective

Coursework in one or more concentrations can be included in the degree, as well, giving students an added area of emphasis to enhance the skills they will take with them into the profession. An option to concurrently pursue the latter part of the BBA an a MAcc is also available.

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
502 East Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0102
Phone: 509.313.3432
Email:
Website: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Academics/Colleges-and-Schools/School-of-Business-Administration/undergraduate/accounting-website/Undergraduate_Program/default.asp

Pacific Lutheran University

School of Business

The School of Business at Pacific Lutheran University offers a BBA in four concentrations (accounting, finance, management & human resources and marketing); a MBA with emphases in entrepreneurship & new venture management, health care management and technology & innovation management and a MS in finance, as well as minors in business and nonprofit leadership and a CPA certificate. Its programs seek to equip students to combine excellent disciplinary and professional knowledge with solid ethics and a grounding in critical thinking and communication that will suit them ideally to the emerging demands of the world economy.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

The School offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in accounting that seeks to equip students to work as accounting professionals. The degree requires 128 semester credit hours of coursework, with at least half coming from outside the School, including general education courses, as well as:

• Business prerequisite and foundation courses—Introduction to Business in the Global Environment, Computerized Information Systems, Microeconomics, Linear Models & Calculus, Introductory Statistics, Business Ethics and Communication in Professional Settings
• Business Core courses—Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Business Finance Business Law & Ethics or Business Law & Ethics for Financial Professionals, Behavior in Organizations, Principles of Marketing, Creating Value in Operations, Information Systems & Database Management and a capstone
• Concentration courses—Accounting Information Systems, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Consolidations and SEC Reporting, Auditing and Tax Accounting; electives Cost Accounting and Control Systems and Accounting for Non-Profits and Governmental Entities are recommended

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
Morken Center
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Phone: 253.535.7244
Email:
Website: http://www.plu.edu/busa/accounting/

Seattle Pacific University

School of Business, Government and Economics

Founded in 1977, the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University seeks to train its students to integrate a Christian service worldview with deep professional acumen. It offers graduate degree programs such as the MBA, MS and MA in Management; undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration, economics, global development and political science; minors in business administration, economics, entrepreneurship and political science and several professional education certificates. Emphasis is placed on philosophical and ethical underpinnings of and theological integration with business and policy studies. On offer also are several centers and community outreach programs that put students and faculty in contact with local business leaders.

Accounting Major

The School offers an undergraduate accounting major that seeks to equip its recipients to work as highly skilled professionals with an ethical, servant-leader worldview, as well as to sit for the CPA and CMA exams. In addition to general education requirements, the major obliges students to 104 credits of coursework, including:

• Business Core classes—Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting, Legal Environment of Business, Managerial Communication, Statistics for Business & Economics, Business Finance, Marketing & Society, Organizational Behavior for Managers, Management Information Systems, Quantitative Methods for Decision Making, Operations Management, Strategic Management and Business Ethics
• Accounting classes—Federal Income Taxation, Cost Accounting, Auditing, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Accounting Information Systems, International Accounting and a capstone

Additional requirements include attendance at a new major event, demonstrations of competency with computers and demonstrations of basic writing competency. Internships are encouraged but not required.

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
3307 3rd Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119-1997
Phone:
Email: 206.281.2970
Website: http://www.spu.edu/academics/school-of-business-and-economics/undergraduate-programs/majors/accounting

Seattle University

Albers School of Business and Economics

The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, founded in 1945 and assuming its current name in 1990, is highly lauded by US News & World Report and others. Its Departments of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing offer degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Each seeks to offer students advanced skills and expertise while maintaining the Jesuit tradition of holistic education. The physical location of the School also makes it easy for students to make connections with the vibrant business community of downtown Seattle, helping them begins to secure their financial futures.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting

The School offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting obliges a rigorous curriculum. In addition to 55 credits in University Core courses and elective hours to bring their total credits to 180, students must take:

• 82 credits in Albers Core courses—Introduction to Business, Principles of Accounting I and II, Business Communication, Business Statistics, Principles of Economics (Micro and Macro), Introduction to Information Systems, Quantitative Methods and Applications, Business Finance, Introduction to Marketing, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Business and International Law, Principles of Management, Business Policy and Strategy, either Global Environment of Business or Global and Domestic Macroeconomics and either Elements of Calculus for Business or Calculus I
• 35 credits in Accounting courses—Accounting Information: Systems, Tools and Concepts; Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II; Cost Accounting; Federal Income Tax I; Controllership: Integration of the Accounting Function and Auditing I
Students must also earn Excel Level I certification.

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206.296.5690
Email:
Website: http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/accounting/

University of Washington Bothell

School of Business

The School of Business at the University of Washington Bothell offers bachelor’s degrees in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, retail management and technology and innovation management, as well as the MBA. It also hosts the Eastside Leadership Center and an entrepreneurship center. There is emphasis on collaboration with local and regional businesses through breakfast meetings and research seminars, which helps to ensure that students have opportunities for the networking vital to career success and to be contributing citizens and scholars while they study and after their formal studies are done.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

The School offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting that seeks to equip students for the demanding and in-demand work of accountancy. In addition to University core curricular requirements and five credits in non-business electives, students must take:

• Business Core courses—Management of Organizations/Teamwork Skills, Business Writing, Managerial Economics, Marketing Management, Operations & Project Management and Business Finance
• Capstone courses—Business Policy & Strategic Management and Global Environment of Business
• Core Accounting courses—Intermediate Accounting 1 through 3, Cost Accounting, Auditing Theory & Practice, Accounting Information Systems and Federal Income Taxation
• Business electives—two courses from among Advanced Business Law, Accounting Practices in Not-for-Profit Organizations, Financial Policy & Planning, Financial Institutions & Markets, Investments, Futures & Options, Entrepreneurship Finance, Special Topic in Finance, Advanced Financial Accounting and Advanced Taxation

Students who complete the program are positioned to sit for the CMA exam; those who seek to sit for the CPA exam will need additional coursework.

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
UW Bothell School of Business
18115 Campus Way NE
Box 358533
Bothell, WA 98011-8246
Phone: 425.352.5296
Email:
Website: http://www.bothell.washington.edu/babusiness/bothellcampus/bothellconcentrations/accounting

University of Washington Tacoma

Milgard School of Business

Founded in 1994 and renamed in 2003, the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma offers the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with several majors, the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Accounting degrees. Focus is on anticipating, recognizing and meeting the needs of businesses in the South Puget Sound region and elsewhere. The School hosts a center for leadership & social responsibility and a center for information-based management, providing outlets for community outreach and continued investment in the people for whom its graduates are likely to work.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting

The School offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with an option in accounting that complements the broader School curriculum—meant to equip students for work in the public and private sectors—with sustained study of financial and fiduciary principles and practices. Students must complete 180 credits of coursework, including University core curricula, free electives and the following:

• 30 credits in Business Core courses—Managing Organizations, Quantitative Methods, Effective Managerial Communication, Introduction to Marketing Management, Accounting Information Systems and Business Finance
• 35 credits in Accounting courses—Intermediate Accounting I through III, Cost Accounting, Auditing Standards & Principles, Individual Income Taxation and an accounting elective
• 5 credits in Business Policy and Strategic Management, a capstone

Students seeking to sit for the CPA exam will need additional coursework, which is available from the School at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100
Phone: 253.692.4400
Website: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/milgard-school-business/baba-options

University of Washington

Michael G. Foster School of Business

Consistently highly-ranked, the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington serves some 2,500 students with degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in its Departments of Accounting, Finance & Business Economics, Management & Organization, Information Systems & Operations, Management and Marketing & International Business. It also serves the broader community through its Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, Global Business Center and Consulting & Business Development Center. Each serves to further the School’s mission to further the advancement of public knowledge through research and to teach it to tomorrow’s business leaders.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting

The School offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with a formal option in accounting that balances general business knowledge, specialized accounting knowledge and a solid grounding in the general knowledge that makes for an informed citizen. Students must complete 180 credits of coursework, including University general education requirements and the following:

• 19 credits in the Lower Division Business Core—Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Introduction to Law and Statistical Methods
• 4 credits in Business Communications
• 37 credits in the Upper Division Business Core—Introduction to Information Systems; Principles of Operations Management; Marketing Concepts; Business Finance; Leadership & Organizational Behavior; Global Business Perspectives; Business, Government & Society; Managerial Economics and a Strategic Management Capstone
• 36 credits in Accounting courses—Intermediate Accounting I through III, Cost Accounting, Introduction to Accounting Information Systems, Tax Effects of Business Decisions, Auditing, Accounting and Financial Management Decisions and an accounting elective

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business
470 Paccar Hall
Box 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226
Phone: 206.543.4368
Email:
Website: http://www.foster.washington.edu/academic/departments/accounting/Pages/accounting.aspx

Washington State University

Carson College of Business

The Carson College of Business at Washington State University, recently renamed after alumnus and donor Scott Carson, enrolls more than 2,100 students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in ten departments: Accounting, Finance, Management Operations, Hospitality Business Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, International Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and Wine Business Management. Emphasis is on practical and applied education (many corporate partnerships have been established) and the development of a global perspective (an international learning requirement and study abroad programs are in place), aligning with the University’s standing land-grant mission.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting

The College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting that seeks to equip students with practical and theoretical accounting knowledge and grounding in best practices. In addition to University core curricular requirements, students must complete:

• Certification to the major, earning at least 60 credits with a cumulative average GPA of 2.5+, including Accounting Principles, Managerial Accounting, Law & the Legal Environment, Business Statistics, Micro- and Macroeconomics, English Composition, Finite Math, Business Calculus and Managing Information Technology
• The International Learning Requirement, usually consisting of 6 or more credits of coursework or the equivalent
• Accounting Core courses—Intermediate Accounting I and II, Introduction to Taxation, Cost Accounting, Accounting Systems & Auditing and Auditing
• Two approved electives, whether in accounting or other business fields such as entrepreneurship, finance, management, management operations, management information systems or marketing

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
Department of Accounting
Todd Hall 242
PO Box 644729
Washington State University
Pullman, WA USA 99164-4729
Phone: 509.335.8541
Email:
Website: http://business.wsu.edu/departments/accounting/

Western Washington University

College of Business and Economics

Founded in 1976, the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University offers degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in its Departments of Accounting, Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance & Marketing and Management. It also hosts centers for innovation in education, economic & business research, international business, economic & financial education and operations research & management science. Emphasis among the faculty is on teaching and the improvement of teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level prized by the University as a whole, reflecting a belief that such is pivotal in producing graduates who are ready for fulfilling careers.

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

The College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting that seeks to prepare students for all areas of professional accounting. In addition to University general education requirements, students in the program must take:

• Foundation courses—Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Introductions to Micro- and Macroeconomics, Business Calculus, Business Statistics, Introduction to Business Computer Systems and Law & the Business Environment
• Business Core courses—Principles of Finance, Introduction to Management & Organizational Behavior, Business & Its Environment, Principles of Marketing and Operations Management
• Major courses—Intermediate Accounting Theory & Practice I through III, Accounting Information Systems I, Income Taxation I, Cost Management, Auditing Theory & Practice, Law of Commercial Transactions I and 12 credits of approved electives
• A capstone—either Strategic Management or both Small Business Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Problems

Students who complete the program are well poised to complete requirements for the CPA or other similar exams.

Accreditations

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Contact
Department of Accounting
Parks Hall 451
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9072
Phone: 360.650.3202
Email:
Website: http://cbe.wwu.edu/acct/index.shtml

With foresight and careful planning, any curriculum can lead to personal and professional success. The path of greatest benefit may not always be clear, but perhaps the above information about accredited accounting degree programs in Washington will help in finding the start to a good one.