The accounting major is designed to enable students to develop an understanding of, and proficiency in, accounting concepts and techniques. Building on the principles of accounting, students study financial reporting, auditing, taxation, income determination, account valuation, accounting systems, and the role of accounting in the allocation and use of resources. The program offers several career options leading to employment in business, government, and public accounting.

CPA Certificate Track

To sit for the CPA examination, Washington State requires candidates to obtain 150 semester credit hours of acceptable educational preparation. Gonzaga offers a Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) degree tailored for students who desire to fulfill the 150-hour requirement and earn a graduate degree at the same time. A student pursuing this track will, during the junior, senior, and graduate years, acquire the technical competence in the 300-level and 400-level accounting courses, while more fully developing research, communication, and presentation skills offered in graduate classes. A student planning to obtain both undergraduate and graduate degrees should work closely with a faculty advisor for proper course sequencing.

Gonzaga’s accounting majors may apply for the MAcc program during the second semester of the junior year. If accepted into the program, nine credit hours of graduate-level courses may be taken during the senior year with the permission of the accounting program coordinator. Before applying for admission, a student should have completed 75 credit hours (including ACCT 360) with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a grade no lower than C+ in any upper division accounting courses. The student must be admitted to the MAcc program before enrolling in any graduate courses.

Non-CPA Track

A student who does not wish to obtain CPA certification can earn the B.B.A. degree in accounting. With this degree, a student might find employment opportunities in governmental agencies, financial institutions, and industrial firms such as Boeing or Avista. The student pursuing this track is encouraged to obtain an accounting major accompanied by elective course work in information systems. Both the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) designations are available to students with this degree.

School of Business majors are required to complete the University core curriculum (I-V), and the School of Business Administration core, which consists of 53 credits (VI-XXI). Additionally, upper division requirements from the specific business major must be completed. General electives complete the 128 semester credit hour degree requirements. University and business school core courses at the 100- and 200-level should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

I.  Thought & Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably taken in the same semester)

II.  Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL 400- level elective

III.  Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, RELI 200, and RELI 300 levels: one course from each level

IV.  Mathematics (3-4 credits): MATH 114, MATH 148, or MATH 157

V.  English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102, ENGL 103H, ENGL 105, or ENGL 106

VI.  Business Computing (2 credits): BUSN 111

VII.  Fine Arts (3 credits): any VART, MUSC, or THEA

VIII.  History (3 credits): HIST 101, HIST 102 or HIST 112

IX. Science (3 credits): any BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS

X.  Social Sciences (3 credits): any CRIM, HIST, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI

XI.  Accounting (6 credits): ACCT 260 and ACCT 261

XII.  Economics (6 credits): ECON 201 and ECON 202

XIII.  Statistics (3 credits): BUSN 230 or MATH 121 or MATH 321

XIV.  Information Systems (3 credits): BMIS 235

XV.  Business Law (3 credits): BUSN 283

XVI.  Finance (3 credits): BFIN 320

XVII.  Management (3 credits): MGMT 350

XVIII.  Marketing (3 credits): MKTG 310

XIX.  Operations Management (3 credits): OPER 340

XX.  Business Ethics (3 credits) BUSN 480 and BUSN 485

XXI.  Strategy (3 credits) BUSN 481

Students admitted with more than 45 semester credits may receive a waiver of one of the following School of Business core requirements: HIST 101, HIST 102, or HIST 112; or social science elective; or science elective; or fine arts elective.