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Undergraduate Major: Accounting

PSU's accounting program is the largest accounting program in Oregon. Our students prepare for careers in corporate, public, government and nonprofit accounting.   After graduation, many students subsequently study for a professional exam to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA).

Our accounting curriculum focuses on building strong technical skills within the context of understanding the accountants' responsibility to serve the public.  Emphasis is placed on hands-on practical exercises in addition to theoretical studies.  Students learn how to prepare financial, cost, tax, governmental and not-for-profit accounting reports, and gain exposure to accounting software and tax research databases.  Additionally students analyze individual and corporate financial statements, prepare tax returns, research accounting issues, and identify and analyze corporate and industry risks.

Through our active accounting society, Beta Alpha Psi, and the program's close connections with the business community, our accounting students are afforded the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive annual career development program.

Option Requirements

Non-business requirements as follows:

  • Political Science (PS) 101 - United States Government (4)
  • Political Science (PS) 102 - United States Politics (4)
  • Philosophy (PHL) 308 - Elementary Ethics (4) or (PHL) 309 - Business Ethics (4)
  • 3-4 credits in Anthropology (ANTH), Psychology (PSY) , or Sociology (SOC)

A minimum of 36 credits as follows.

  • Accounting (ACTG) 335 - Accounting Information Systems (4)
  • Accounting (ACTG) 360 - Management Accounting (4)
  • Accounting (ACTG) 381, 382, 383 - Financial Accounting and Reporting (12)
    • (ACTG) 281: Accounting Mechanics "Debits & Credits" is not required, but highly recommended before taking ACTG 381)
  •  Accounting (ACTG) 421 - Introduction to Taxation (4)
  • Accounting (ACTG) 430 - Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (2)
  • Accounting (ACTG) 492 - Auditing Concepts and Practices (4)
  • Accounting (ACTG) 495 - Integrated Accounting Issues (4)
  • 1 upper-division accounting course to be chosen from Accounting (ACTG) 422, 460, 485, 490, 493.
    • Students planning to take the CPA exam should take all of the following electives: ACTG 422, 485, 490, 493.

Sequence Sheet: the (PDF) version of this information includes prerequisites, a suggested sequence, and identifies the terms these courses are usually offered.

Accounting Advising Guide: please see this PDF as a guide to help you navigate through the accounting program.

Related Programs

  • The Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) degree is an accelerated graduate business program that integrates coursework in finance and accounting. This unique dual-focused program quickly prepares students to pursue a variety of advanced career paths, including public accounting, investment management, and corporate financial management. MSFA coursework is ideally suited for those interested in management-track careers in finance and accounting, with many graduates ultimately seeking CFO and partnership positions in their organizations.

    Students with a bachelor’s degree in accounting will have the prerequisites required for admission to the program, and can earn a Master of Science in Financial Analysis degree in as little as twelve months. Completing this program will allow you to earn the number of credits required for the CPA exam.

  • Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate


Visit the Accounting Area faculty webpage to learn more.

Student Groups

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), Epsilon Alpha Chapter (accounting society)
Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. Membership in Beta Alpha Psi creates networking opportunities with firms, professionals and professors, increases access to the accounting recruiting process, and surrounds members with like-minded peers. Read more.


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