Why Study Accounting?

The two-year Accounting Option prepares students for careers in private, government, non-profit and public accounting. Demand for accountants is extremely high as businesses work to plan, manage and control their operations. Graduates can serve as internal auditors, managerial accountants, tax examiners, budget analysts or government auditors. After completing this option, students are eligible to take the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) exam. If you want to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a minimum of 225 quarter hours or five years of college is required.

Accounting Faculty

Admission Requirements

Admissions to the Accounting Option is competitive. Applicants interested in pursuing this option, MUST clearly indicate this in the online application under the section: “Location and Option/Concentration” on page 7 of the UW application. Current UW Bothell students should complete the Internal Application for Bothell, available at: http://www.uwb.edu/babusiness/applyba

Applicants must also meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration:

  • Must have completed all required prerequisite Accounting courses with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each course.
    (*Note: Applicants in the process of completing a course will not be considered for the Accounting Option until the course has been completed.)
  • Must have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average across all prerequisite Accounting courses.

Students may NOT enroll in any Accounting courses until they have been approved by the review committee. Students will be notified.

Requirements

Forty-five credits in 300 and 400-level accounting courses are required to complete the Accounting Option, including seven required courses and two elective courses (five credits each).

   
Core Courses (and prerequisite) BBUS 300/BBSKL – Management of Organizations/Teamwork Skills
BBUS 307 – Business Writing
BBUS 310 – Managerial Economics
BBUS 320 – Marketing Management
BBUS 340 – Operations & Project Mgmt. (310)
BBUS 350 – Business Finance (310)
Capstone Courses (and prerequisite) ( * All core classes must be completed & have grad app on file)
BBUS 470 – Business Policy & Strategic Mgmt.
BBUS 480 – Global Environment of Business
Required Courses (and prerequisite) BBUS 361 – Intermediate Accounting 1
BBUS 362 – Intermediate Accounting 2 (361)
BBUS 363 – Intermediate Accounting 3 (362)
BBUS 373 – Cost Accounting (361)
BBUS 411 – Auditing Theory & Practice (362)
BBUS 435 – Accounting Information Systems (361)
BBUS 450 – Federal Income Taxation (361)
Accounting Electives (and prerequisite) 10 credits – 2 courses from the list below: Available Electives
BBUS 412 – Advanced Business Law (BCUSP 202)
BBUS 449 – Acctg Practices in Not-for-Profit Org. (363)
BBUS 451 – Financial Policy & Planning (350)
BBUS 453 – Financial Institutions & Markets (350)
BBUS 454 – Investments (350)
BBUS 455 – Futures & Options (454)
BBUS 456 – Entrepreneurship Finance (350)
BBUS 459 – Special Topics in Finance (350)
BBUS 463 – Advanced Financial Accounting (362)
BBUS 467 – Advanced Taxation (450)
General Electives (must be 300/400 level) 5 credits
Total Credits 90 Credits

Accounting Certification Preparation

After completing the two-year Accounting Option, students are eligible to take the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. Students who wish to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), however, should plan on spending three years in the program. To take the CPA exam, a student needs a minimum of 225 quarter hours or five years of college (a master degree is not required).

In addition to public accounting, the Accounting Option will thoroughly prepare students for careers in private, government and non-profit accounting. The curriculum is designed to enable graduates to fill a number of corporate positions such as internal auditor, managerial accountant and tax accountant. Graduates will also be prepared to serve in government positions such as tax examiner, budget analyst and government auditor. You can get more information from the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.