Department of Accounting

About Us

Professional Accounting graduates are in high demand across the United States. Our graduates have a wide variety of career opportunities in public accounting, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Our internship program allows students to work at local accounting firms and other companies, gaining valuable experience and growing personal networks.

Why Study Accounting at Eastern?

Affordable Education

You don't have to sacrifice quality to get an education you can afford.

Small Class Sizes

Most classes are limited to 15-25 students, which allows professors to devote time to individual students.

Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.


The CMA Scholarship is available each academic year for up to 10 students. It covers up to three years of IMA membership, the CMA program entrance fee, and two exam sitting fees—all a value of about $1,000! Also, recipients of the scholarship will receive access to Wiley’s CMA exam question bank to assist with their CMA exam preparation. Students must be nominated by faculty to be considered for this award.

For more information and access to the nomination form, visit the Institute of Management Accountants.

Students in an undergraduate program who are interested in working in the banking industry after graduation may apply for an RMA Foundation scholarship. The RMA Foundation offers scholarships to students in an undergraduate program who are interested in working in the banking industry after graduation.

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The Washington CPA Foundation awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to accounting students attending an accredited college or university in the state of Washington for the 2017-18 school year.

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To be considered for the following EWU accounting scholarship opportunities, please complete the annual EWU General Scholarship Application. Applications are available each November 1 and are due February 1 for the following academic school year.

  • Clark Nuber Scholarship
  • US Bank Accounting and Finance Scholarship
  • Dr. Lynn Dicus Stephens Endowed Accounting Scholar
  • Robert Bender Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Peter Bozanich Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  • Dr. Arnie and Yvonne Carlson Memorial Scholarship
  • Garco Construction Inc. Endowment
  • CliftonLarsonAllen Scholarship
  • Wells/Hadlock Family Scholarship Endowment
  • Moss Adams Scholarship
  • Nancy A. Jenny  Family Scholarship

Visit the EWU Financial Aid and Scholarships page for more information and to apply for available scholarships.

Careers in Accounting

Earning a degree or minor in accounting from Eastern Washington University leads to many career opportunities:

Accounting Consultant
Certified Public Accountant
Chief Financial Officer
Financial Manager
Forensic Accountant

Certified Public Accounting Requirements

Not necessarily. There are several ways to satisfy the fifth-year requirement. The Accounting Department at Eastern Washington University (EWU) has a variety of programs that can help you obtain your goal of qualifying to take the CPA examination. Match yourself with one of the following categories and see some of the different paths that enable you to meet the fifth-year, post-secondary education requirement.

Complete a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting plus a master’s degree at EWU (total time five years).

Finish a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting at EWU plus additional courses at the undergraduate level to total 225 credit hours. If you have taken more than 90 credit hours at a community college, those additional credits count toward the 225 credit hours requirement even though EWU does not count them toward the 180 credits required to obtain a bachelor’s degree:
Finish a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting plus a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) at EWU.

Take additional undergraduate credits to reach the required 225-credit hours;
Complete a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) at EWU.

Take accounting classes to meet the required 36 credit hours plus additional undergraduate classes to meet the required total of 225 credit hours;
Take accounting classes to obtain a second bachelor’s degree with a major in professional accounting (plus additional hours if necessary to meet the required 225 credit hours)

Take business and accounting classes to meet the two required 36 credit hours in accounting and business subjects.

EWU offers programs to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students. Both the undergraduate professional accounting major and the Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) program are offered in downtown Spokane (U-District) in the evenings.

Give us the opportunity to meet with you to examine additional paths not listed. Please contact our Undergraduate Business Advisor Lane Hopkins at or at 509.359.2345.

The State of Washington requires that people who want to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination have completed five years of post-secondary education.

The specific CPA post-secondary requirements are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • At least 225 total college-level, quarter credit hours (150 semester hours)
  • At least 36 quarter credit hours (24 semester hours) in business courses
  • At least 36 quarter credit hours (24 semester hours) in accounting courses, of which 22.5 quarter credit hours are at the upper level or graduate level.

Requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination vary from state to state. Experience requirements for the certificate also vary from state to state. Therefore, students must obtain current information from the Board of Accountancy within the state from which they seek licensure. To contact the Washington State Board of Accountancy, email or call 360.753.2586.

Industry Certification: Quickbooks Certified User

We now offer a new professional accounting course, ACCT 323: Computer Applications for Accountants. In this course, you’ll learn current versions of Intuit QuickBooks products through workplace simulations and project-based learning. You’ll:

  • Develop new documents from workplace scenarios in order to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Experiences simulations of workplace scenarios and problems such as tax planning in real time, automated bank feeds, automated invoicing, interactive mobile apps, etc.
  • Get hands-on learning experiences maintaining Intuit QuickBooks and communicating using the software features
  • create and maintain accounts in order to increase productivity and efficiency in the workplace

Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU) Industry Testing at EWU

Accounting firms are seeking qualified candidates proficient in Intuit QuickBooks. With technological advances, today’s accountants act as small business advisors and are required to make faster and better decisions from the readily available data. Students prepare for and take the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU) certification exam(s) in ACCT 323. Students will develop their technological communication skills, understand how to develop new workplace documents using Intuit QuickBooks, and contain the knowledge to support both the firm’s and clients’ QuickBooks accounts.

View EWU’s industry certifications’ exam schedule and QBCU exam information.