Accounting Major

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The Accounting major in SPU's School of Business, Government, and Economics is designed to prepare you for a wide range of professional challenges and equip you with the necessary tools to succeed in a variety of key positions throughout the business world.

About the Accounting Major

As an Accounting student at Seattle Pacific University, you will begin to master specialized areas such as financial, managerial, and international accounting. 

You will learn about taxation, auditing, budgets, profit-and-loss statements, and information systems alongside many other topics. Our program offers an added dimension of integrity and ethics grounded in Christian faith and values, setting our graduates apart. 

Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take both the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations.

Degree Requirements

Accounting students are required to take a total of 111 credits, including a business core of 71 credits and an accounting core of 40 credits. Students who plan to take the CPA exam must complete a total of 225 credits.

Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles

  • Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Special Agent (FBI)
  • Tax Specialist

Possible Job Settings

  • Accounting Firms
  • Banks
  • Small Businesses
  • Consulting Firms
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • See More

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Professional licensure and certification requirements—and eligibility to sit for the CPA exam—vary from state to state. Eligibility for certification/licensure may involve more than degree completion and may include professional examinations, background checks, and fingerprinting. The requirements for certification/licensure can change without notice.

The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure. Find information here about certification/licensure in the state where you intend to practice your profession.

Accounting Graduate Profile – Class of 2019

Average Starting Salary: $59,000

Employment & Graduate School Rate: 93% (12 mo.)

Top Hiring Companies:

amazon logo   Clark Nuber logo   Ernst & Young   KPMG logo   Moss Adams Logo

Internships

All Accounting students in the School of Business, Government, and Economics are encouraged to gain industry experience through internships. Our Accounting students have held internships at leading local businesses and industries such as Boeing, Microsoft, and local Certified Public Accounting firms.

The Center for Career and Calling provides an accounting recruiting program each fall, inviting top accounting firms to recruit on campus, and coaching students through the application process. Students and employers also regularly make use of SPU’s internship and job-posting system, Handshake, which is updated weekly.

Faculty Contact

Kim Sawers

Professor of Accounting, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
PhD, University of Washington

Email: ksawers@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2221
Office: McKenna Hall 228

Ross Stewart

Why I Teach at SPU

Ross Stewart, Dean, Professor of Accounting

"It is a joy to teach at SPU and participate with my students in the learning process. It is exciting to see students mature into emerging professionals who engage their vocations with grace and passion. The context of faith at SPU enables the head and the heart to come together. It is a privilege to be involved in this relational learning endeavor."

SBGE Alumna Lindsey

Gaining Confidence at PwC

Accounting and Business Administration double-major Lindsey Haynes '17 shares a bit of her story that led to managing risk at PricewaterhouseCoopers – one of the Big Four accounting firms.