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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.


All courses are online. Most Carson College of Business courses are seven weeks long, and other non-business courses are in the traditional 16-week format. This is a flexible program designed for students who want to attend part time or full time. Students admitted to the program will work with their Global Campus academic advisor to map out a plan to degree completion using the current course rotation.


WSU’s Carson 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.

Why WSU Global Campus?

WSU Global Campus fulfills WSU’s 1890 land-grant mission of expanding access to education. We use new technologies, but uphold old-school values, with courses taught by expert WSU faculty, academic advisors intent on your success, and a diploma backed by a long-established reputation for excellence.

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Program of Study
All courses are available online

All WSU undergraduates must 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 web page.

  • Certification Requirements:
    (30 semester credits)

    Before advancing to upper-division business and accounting courses, students must become certified in business administration with a major in accounting. Certification is competitive and course enrollments are limited. Students are required to apply for certification. A Global Campus business academic advisor 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, 231 - Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting
      • B_LAW 210 - Law and the Legal Environment
      • MGTOP 215 - Business Statistics
      • ECONS 101, 102 - Micro and Macro (prerequisite Math 099 or 101 with a grade of C or better)
      • ENGLISH 101 - College Composition
      • MATH 201, 202 - Finite Math and Business Calculus
      • MATH 172, 171 - Calculus II and Calculus I
      • MIS 250 - Managing Information Technology
    • 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:
    (18 semester credits)
    • FIN 325 - Introduction to Financial Management
    • IBUS 380 - International Business
    • MGMT 301 - Principles of Management and Organization
    • MGTOP 340 - Operations Management
    • MKTG 360 - Marketing
    • MGMT 491 - Business Strategy and Policy
      ENTRP 492 - Small Business Policy
  • 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 – Accounting Systems and Auditing
    • ACCTG 439 – Auditing
  • Accounting Electives:
    (6 semester hours)
    • ACCTG 420 – Accounting and Culture
    • MGMT 487 – Business Ethics (was MGTOP 487)
      Any 300/400 level MIS or Finance course
  • College of Business Graduation Requirements:
    • 3 credits of Written Communications: ENGLISH 402 or 403
    • 3 credits of Political Science (POL_S)
    • 3 credits of Sociology (SOC) or Psychology (PSYCH)
    • One of the following Communication courses:
      • COM 102 - Public Speaking in the Digital Age
      • H_D 205 - Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
    • 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all business courses
  • International Experience Requirement:

    The College of Business has a six-credit international experience requirement to help students develop the skills to succeed in the global marketplace. A variety of options exists to fulfill this requirement, including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework.

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.

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