Why study Accounting at Washburn?

Accounting is much more than simply the organization of financial data; it’s the application of analytical reasoning, critical thought, problem solving and decision making. Those are the skills you’ll develop in our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting program. It’s more than just becoming an accountant – it’s about becoming a great accountant.

You’ll discover the intricacies of all accounting tasks, from conducting audits and managing financial accounts, to preparing taxes and developing accounting information systems. Combining solid math skills, an eye for detail and keen intellect, your Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting will position you for a challenging and fulfilling career.

Once you begin your Accounting degree program, you’ll learn everything accounting: the development and design of accounting systems that meet auditing standards; tax laws, regulations and procedures; auditing processes for public and private sectors; and much more. And you’ll learn it all from professors who understand how to give you the skills you need for the career you want.

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Careers in Accounting

A BBA in Accounting can unlock hundreds of job opportunities in virtually every sector of the economy for preparation in these five main fields:

  • Public Accounting (CPA)
  • Industrial/Corporate Accounting
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Higher Education

Becoming a CPA in Kansas

Becoming a Certified Public Accountant, or CPA, is a substantial upgrade to your BBA in Accounting. This popular career path almost always has a higher position in financial and business circles, and CPAs are capable of advising on a company’s financial aspects primarily in three areas: income tax, auditing and management services.

If your goal is to become a CPA, Washburn can put you on the right path. All courses in our Accounting degree program count toward fulfilment of the requirements necessary to sit for the CPA exam. To fully qualify to sit for the CPA exam, you only need to complete an additional 30 hours of related coursework during your undergraduate years.

Courses offered by Washburn University that fulfill board requirements


Fast-Track Your Master of Accountancy Degree

For students who are interested in graduate studies, Washburn offers the 3 + 2 MAcc program. Specially designed for undergraduate students, this program allows students to work toward both their Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Accountancy. At 150 credit hours, the 3 + 2 MAcc program also fulfills all the requirements necessary to sit for the CPA exam in Kansas. To learn more about this program and how easy we make it to earn your MAcc, please visit the 3 + 2 MAcc program page.

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What Makes Our Accounting Degree Unique

Washburn Business students routinely score in the 95th percentile on the Major Field Test (MFT) in accounting. The MTF is a national, standardized exam given to more than 550 U.S. business schools.

You’ll also be able to tap into Washburn faculty and staff who are actively involved in connecting students to accounting internships and employers who need full-time employees – good businesses who are looking for great accountants.

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Accounting Courses

In addition to your general business administration courses, your BBA in Accounting program includes 24 hours of accounting-specific courses, such as:

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I (AC321)
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II (AC322)
  • Cost Accounting (AC325)
  • Accounting Systems (AC330)
  • Federal Taxation I (AC423)
  • Auditing (AC425)
  • 6 additional hours of electives in Accounting, Economics or Business

Freshmen and students new to the School of Business should visit with Stacy Woltje initially for help in determining their degree track. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose a faculty member advisor.

Determining the correct catalog year is very important when using our advising literature.  Catalog years dictate the requirements of your degree program and can change from year to year.  These requirements will remain in force for up to seven years, or until the student decides to choose a newer catalog year.  Sometimes it makes sense for a student to choose a newer catalog, while other times it’s more advantageous to use the older catalog.  Regularly working with your advisor ensures you are following the right degree track.


For students who started at Washburn on or before Summer 2019: Use the 2018-2019 catalog (updated general education program – requiring 9 hours from each of the core distribution areas of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences)

For students who start at Washburn in Fall 2019-Summer 2020: Use the 2019-2020 catalog (additional writing elective added within the Humanities requirement)

For students who start at Washburn in Fall 2020-Summer 2021: Use the 2020-2021 catalog (additional course in BU248 Data Analytics added to Business Core requirements)

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School of Business
Henderson Room 114
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.1308
Fax: 785-670-1063
business@washburn.edu

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