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Apply By

  • Dec. 3 (Spring)
  • April 1 (early Summer sessions)
  • July 22 (Fall)

Class Begins

  • Spring: Jan. 10
  • Summer: May 9 (early sessions)
  • Fall: Aug. 22

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts
in Business Administration

WSU College

Carson College of Business

Build Your Career, By the Numbers

Accounting is a growing, in-demand career field at the forefront of business and finance. If you have strong analytical skills, self-motivation and a keen business interest consider accounting as a career choice. WSU’s accounting program, offered completely online, provides the foundation you need to launch or enhance your career.

WSU Global Campus Accounting.

Why Major in Accounting?

Accounting is an exciting and constantly evolving field, offering professionals almost unlimited career opportunities. Students who choose to pursue an education in accounting can go on to become company controllers, tax specialists, consultants, general managers, auditors, budget and finance experts, Certified Public Accountants and numerous other positions requiring strong accounting and management skills.

Find out more from an Accounting Outstanding Senior!

What You’ll Learn

WSU’s accounting curriculum provides a strong base in management fundamentals, critical thinking, accounting information systems and accounting practices, and will prepare you to work in private business enterprises, Fortune 500 companies, national and international accounting firms, government agencies, consulting firms and non-profit organizations.

Students in WSU Global Campus’ accounting program graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in accounting. Unlike online accounting degree programs at other institutions, you will gain a broad base of knowledge in business theory and practice in addition to the expertise and practical skills necessary to enter the field of accounting. This powerful combination of business and accounting skills will increase your marketability and value to employers as you enter the job market.

WSU Accounting Program Strengths

  • WSU’s accounting major is one of only seven programs in the Pacific Northwest and approximately 187 worldwide that have earned the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accounting Accreditation.
  • WSU’s Carson College of Business accounting faculty are award-winning teachers, work closely with students, and take a personal interest in their success.

Note: All career statistics come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Courses Designed for Flexibility

The Carson College of Business offers its upper division courses in a 7-week format. Several required upper division courses are offered only once per year. Students will be required to take some courses during the summer.

The 7-week sessions allow students to complete two or four 7-week courses during a traditional 16-week semester and can be taken concurrently with 16-week non-business courses. The 7-week courses are accelerated and require about 15-20 hours of work per week but allow for a more flexible schedule suited for working students. The current 7-week accounting major course rotation schedule is provided below in the Program of Study under Accounting Core Requirements and Course Rotation.

Program of Study

All courses are available online

All WSU undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 40 credits must be at the 300 – 400 level. Students must also complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU’s Transferring an Associate Degree page.

Admission to the Major

To be eligible to be admitted to a WSU Carson College of Business major, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete ECONS 101 or 102, MATH 201 or 202, B_A 100, B_A 102 and HBM 101 with a C or higher
  • Complete the applicable portion of the Carson Career Amplifier Program (Tier 1 or Crimson Pathway 1)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and not be on academic probation
  • Complete at least 27 credit hours

Students Must Complete the Courses Below as Required by the Carson College of Business

FULL SEMESTER COURSES: Offered Each TermSpring Semester
(Jan. – May)
Summer Session
(May – July)
(Aug. – Dec.)
ECONS 101 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Microeconomics YesYesYes
ECONS 102 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of MacroeconomicsYesYesYes
MATH 201 – Finite Math for Business
MATH 202 [QUAN] – Business CalculusYesYesYes
7-WEEK COURSES: Offered on a Rotation ScheduleSpring Session 1
(Jan. – Feb.)
Spring Session 2
(March – May)
Summer Session 1
(May – June)
Summer Session 2
(June – Aug.)
Fall Session 1
(Aug. – Oct.)
Fall Session 2
(Oct. – Dec.)
B_A 100 – Introduction to Business
(may be waived for qualifying transfer students)
B_A 102 – Exploring Careers in Business
(may be waived for qualifying transfer students)
HBM 101 – Professional and Career Development for the Business World (may be waived for qualifying transfer students)YesNoYesNoYesNo
ACCTG 230 – Financial AccountingNoYesNoYesNoYes
ACCTG 231 – Managerial AccountingYesNoYesNoYesNo
B_LAW 210 – Business LawYesNoYesNoYesNo
B_A 212 – Decision Analysis, Spreadsheets and Data Visualization YesNoYesNoYesNo
MGTOP 215 – Business StatisticsYesNoYesNoYesNo
MIS 250 – Managing Information TechnologyNoYesNoYesNoYes
B_A 211 - Business Ethics, Teams, and InnovationNoYesNoYesNoYes
FIN 325 - Introduction to Financial ManagementYesNoYesNoYesNo
MGTOP 340 - Operations ManagementNoYesNoYesNoYes
MKTG 360 - MarketingNoYesNoYesNoYes
I_BUS 380 - International Business (requires admission to major)NoYesNoYesNoYes
MGMT 491 [CAPS] - Strategic Management (requires admission to major)YesNoYesNoYesNo

The course rotation schedules are provided for planning purposes. New students should refer to their personal planning worksheet created by their Global Campus academic advisor for initial planning. Once admitted to the major, students should refer to their Academic Progress Report in myWSU to track their academic progress.

The Carson Career Amplifier Program is a co-curricular program that complements what students are learning in the classroom. Students will develop professional skills through engaging, hands-on experiences.

For more information, visit the College of Business Carson Career Amplifier Program and watch a brief overview on YouTube: Career Amplifier Program Overview.

7-WEEK COURSES: Offered on a Rotation Schedule, and Require that Students are Admitted to the MajorSpring Session 1
(Jan. – Feb.)
Spring Session 2
(March – May)
Summer Session 1
(May – June)
Summer Session 2
(June – Aug.)
Fall Session 1
(Aug. – Oct.)
Fall Session 2
(Oct. – Dec.)
ACCTG 330 – Intermediate Accounting INoNoNoYesYesNo
ACCTG 331 - Intermediate Accounting IIYesNoNoNoNoNo
ACCTG 335 – Taxation of Business Entities and IndividualsNoNoYesNoNoNo
ACCTG 338 – Cost AccountingNoNoNoNoNoYes
ACCTG 433 [M] – Accounting Systems and AuditingNoYesNoNoNoNo
ACCTG 439 [M] - AuditingNoNoNoNoNoYes

The course rotation schedule is provided for planning purposes. New students should refer to their personal planning worksheet created by their Global Campus Academic Advisor for initial planning. Once admitted to the major, students should refer to their Academic Progress Report in myWSU to track their academic progress.

The Courses Below Require Students are Admitted to the Major

6 semester credits. All upper division business courses are 7-weeks.

  • ACCTG 420, ECONS 327/I_BUS 470, I_BUS 453, I_BUS 482, or MIS 441 (recommended to satisfy the business half of the International Experience Requirement)
  • Any 300-400-level three-credit course offered by the Carson College of Business, with the exception of courses from the CCB core, the set of required accounting courses, or any 498 Internship or 499 Special Topics course

Students must complete the University Writing Portfolio, and two Writing in the Major [M] courses. For online accounting majors, the Writing in the Major requirement will be fulfilled with ACCTG 433 and ACCTG 439.

  • *6 credits of additional social sciences or humanities coursework: [SSCI], [HUM], or ANTH, ASIA, CES, CRM_J, DTC, ECONS, ENGLISH, FINE_ART, HISTORY, HUMANITY, PHIL, PSYCH, SOC, H_D, POL_S, or WGSS
  • One of the following Communication courses:
    • COM 102 [COMM] – Public Speaking in the Digital Age
    • H_D 205 [COMM] – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
  • 3 credits Written Communications: ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M] – Technical and Professional Writing OR ENGLISH 403
  • 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all business courses
  • Nine upper division (300- and 400-level) courses must be taken at WSU
  • 6 credits International Experience Requirement: A variety of options exists to fulfill this requirement, including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework.

*Cannot be used for any other requirement

Note: Students who have already completed a business degree through WSU may not return to complete a second business major.

Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.