WSU’s online accounting major provides core courses in financial management, auditing, business strategy, and taxation. But the major also emphasizes innovation, both technological and intellectual, so you’ll be able to keep pace as the profession changes.
Graduates in this fast-growing field work in public accounting, corporate accounting, government agencies, and private business enterprises.
WSU’s College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business administration and accounting. The WSU accounting program is one of only 165 programs worldwide with separate AACSB accounting accreditation.
All courses are available online
All undergraduates must complete the WSU General Education Requirements (GER), or the University Common Requirements (UCORE), depending on their status. (These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU's Transfer Information Web page.)
Before advancing to upper-division business and accounting courses, students must become certified in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Certification is competitive and course enrollments are limited. Students are required to apply for certification. A WSU Online business academic consultant can provide additional information about the process. If the applicant meets the minimum requirements as indicated below, he or she is then ranked by academic performance to fill the current quota.Certification Minimum Requirements:
- Complete the following certification courses with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher:
- Acctg 230 and 231
- BLaw 210
- MgtOp 215
- EconS 101 and 102 (prerequisite Math 099 or 101 with a grade of C or better)
- Engl 101
- Math 201 and 202
- MIS 250
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
- Have earned at least 60 semester credit hours
Students will be placed in rank order based on cumulative GPA and other performance criteria. The top students are then certified based on the number of spots available that semester. Transfer course grades will be used to calculate the certification GPA, but they are not included in the WSU cumulative GPA.
Business Core Requirements: (15 semester credits)
- Fin 325 - Introduction to Financial Management
- Mgmt 301 - Principles of Management and Organization (was MgtOp 301)
- MgtOp 340 - Operations Management
- Mktg 360 - Marketing
- Mgmt 491 - Business Strategy and Policy (was MgtOp 491) OR Entrp 492 - Small Business Policy (was MgtOp 492)
Accounting Requirements (18 semester credits)
- Acctg 330 – Intermediate Accounting I
- Acctg 331 – Intermediate Accounting II
- Acctg 335 – Introduction to Taxation
- Acctg 338 – Cost Accounting
- Acctg 433 [M] – Accounting Systems and Auditing
- Acctg 439 [M] – Auditing
Accounting Electives (6 semester hours)
- Acctg 420 – Accounting and Culture
- Mgmt 487 – Business Ethics (was MgtOp 487) OR Any 300/400 level MIS or Finance course
College of Business Graduation Requirements
- 3 credits of Written Communications: Engl 402 [W, M] or 403 [W, M]
- 3 credits of Political Science
- 3 credits of Sociology or Psychology [S]
- One of the following Communication courses:
- ComSt 102 [C]
- ComSt 235 [C]
- HD 205 [C]
- Engl 355 [C, M]
- 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all business courses
Global Learning Requirements
The College of Business has a six-credit global learning requirement intended to provide students with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to succeed in the global marketplace. A variety of options exist to fulfill this requirement, including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework.
Note: A second business or hospitality business major is not available to WSU business majors and graduates.
Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.