A thorough knowledge of accounting is necessary to understand the operation and financial condition of any business, non-profit organization, or governmental agency. Western's accounting students take a broad array of accounting courses, including courses from the economics and business Administration programs, to prepare them for accounting careers or post-graduate studies. Graduates leave the program equipped to take examinations to become certified public accountants (CPA) or certified management accountants (CMA).
"Western's accounting program boasts many features that set it amongst some of the region's most distinguished curriculums. The caliber and accessibility of its faculty make it truly exceptional."
- Andrew Kangiser, Student
96.3% of Accounting graduates are either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation, of those who responded to Western's 2015-2016 Employment Survey
Beyond the Classroom
Western's Accounting major provides students with many opportunities to get involved outside the classroom. Students have the opportunity to be connected with relevant internships and jobs, and have access to a variety of scholarships through the College of Business and Economics.
Many students join the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi chapter to attend professional events, meet other accounting students, and participate in service learning. These organizations meet jointly to maximize student interaction with the accounting profession. Chapter participants have the opportunity to meet professionals from all areas of the accounting field.
Western's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has earned national recognition as a superior chapter every year since it was installed as a chapter.
Careers and Graduate Studies
The accounting graduate can expect to find employment in a number of areas including private business, public accounting, non-profit organizations, or governmental units. Typical work may include areas such as cost analysis, auditing, accounting systems, taxation, or cash management.
The Accounting program at Western offers a fast track for a MPAcc (Master of Professional Accounting).
Employers of Recent Western Graduates:
- Moss Adams (Staff Accountant)
- Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue Auditor)
- T-Mobile (Tax Analyst)
- Amazon (Financial Analyst)
Western graduates who pursue graduate studies are doing so at such schools as:
- University of Washington (Master's in Professional Accounting/Taxation)
- University of Notre Dame (PhD in English)
- Concordia University (Law School)
- Arts Management
- Auditor Certified
- Public Accountant
- Cost Analyst
- Estate Planner
- FBI Agent
- Fraud Examiner
- Revenue Agent