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.

Scholarships

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.

The Clark Nuber scholarship program is now accepting applications for nonrenewable tuition scholarships. Accounting students who will have completed their sophomore year at an accredited four‐year institution in or near Washington State are eligible to apply. All applicants must be eligible to work without sponsorship after graduation. Preference will be given to residents of Washington State. Scholarship recipients will automatically receive an on‐campus interview provided they submit a complete application packet prior to the on‐campus interview deadline.

Scholarship Requirements

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.

Scholarship Requirements

The Washington CPA Foundation awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to accounting students attending an accredited college or university in the state of Washington for the 2020-2021 school year.

Scholarship Requirements

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.

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

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:
or
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;
or
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;
    or
  • 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 lhopkins@ewu.edu 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 customerservice@cpaboard.wa.gov or call 360.753.2586.