Our Accounting Degree Adds Up to a Great Career

Investing in your future at NU can open up opportunities to enter the competitive field of business and accounting. Northwest University's College of Business can help you build on your strengths. Offering core-level business training in economics, accounting, management, marketing, and finance, the Accounting major will prepare you for a successful career.

Why Accounting at Northwest University?

  • Benefit from small class sizes, which enable mentoring relationships with professors and opportunities for meaningful communication.
  • Participate in a program that balances strong ethical, spiritual, and moral perspectives.
  • Gain practical training in industry software programs such as Practice Sets, Excel, and QuickBooks.
  • Pursue career development opportunities such as internships and international learning experiences.
  • Have confidence in your education with accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs, the highest accreditation possible for business schools that focus on teaching excellence.

Internship Opportunities

  • Costco
  • The Witthuhn Investment Group
  • Klinge and Associates, Inc.
  • Clark Nuber
  • Northwest Mutual Financial
  • Pacific Capital's The Road to Excellence
  • Senior Financial Advisors, Inc.

Common Career Paths

U.S. News identifies the Accounting field as the #3 "Best Business job" because of its low unemployment (4.2% in 2014), solid growth forecast (13.1%) and robust earning potential ($63,550 median salary in 2014). Some of the positions that a degree in Accounting can open up for you include:

  • Public Accountant / Auditor
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Consultant
  • Management Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Government Auditor

Preparing for Licensure

In addition to the Core Business courses, Accounting students take a total of 24 Accounting credits (see catalog for list), that will qualify students to sit for the uniform CPA examination in Washington and other states. Students can meet the additional requirement from the Washington Board of Accountancy of 150 college or graduate semester hour credits ( also including 24 semester credits of business courses) by completing an MBA at Northwest University or another school.

For more information on becoming a Certified Public Accountant:

Word from the College of Business

Dr. Teresa Gillespie

Dr. Teresa Gillespie

Dean & Professor of Business

"At Northwest University, you will develop business skills in the context of a Christian perspective. All students take a series of core courses in the fundamentals of economics, accounting, management, marketing, and finance before they focus on advanced major courses. Pursuing a career in business is an extraordinary opportunity to serve others and fulfill your unique calling, while creating positive social change and honoring God by contributing to a vibrant economy."

Core Curriculum Requirements

Bible and Theology

  • BIBL 1103: Old Testament History and Literature (3)
  • BIBL 1203: New Testament History and Literature (3)
  • THEO 1213: Christian Thought (3)
  • THEO 2323: Jesus the Messiah (3)

Written and Verbal Communications

  • ENGL 1013: Composition I: Expository Writing (3)
  • ENGL 1023: Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing (3)
  • COMM 1213: Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3)


6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see course descriptions for applicability).

  • ENGL xxx3: Any Literature course (3)
  • HIST xxx3: Any Course in History (3)
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following:
    Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses (see course descriptions for applicability). Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following:
Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), or Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI)

Science and Mathematics

  • MATH xxxx: College-level Mathematics (3)
  • SCIE xxxx: Science course with Lab (4)

Formation and Calling

  • UCOR 1043: Faith In Society (3)
  • UCOR 1052: Identity and Vocation (2)
  • UCOR 4791: Faith Integration (1)
    • Content met in BUSM 4403: Policy and Ethics

Pre-major Requirements

  • BUSM 2553: Survey of Economics (3)
  • MATH 1203: Pre-Calculus for Business (3)
  • MATH 2003: Introduction to Statistics (3)

Major Requirements

Lower-Level General Business Courses

  • BACT 2203: Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
  • BACT 2253: Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
  • BUSM 2312: Business as a Profession (2)

Upper-Level General Business Core Courses

  • BFIN 3603: Finance (3)
  • BMGT 3103: Organization and Management Theory (3)
  • BMGT 3123: Information Systems Management (3)
  • BMKT 3303: Marketing Theory (3)
  • BUSM 3403: Business Law (3)
  • BUSM 3662: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (2)
  • BUSM 4123: International Business (3)
  • BUSM 4403: Policy and Ethics (3)

Accounting Major Course Requirements

  • BACT 3033: Cost Accounting (3)
  • BACT 3353: Intermediate Accounting I (3)
  • BACT 4133: Federal Income Tax (3)
  • BACT 4213: Auditing Standards (3)
  • BACT 4353: Intermediate Accounting II (3)
  • BACT 4373: Non-Profit Accounting (3)
  • BUSM 4943: Business Internship (3)

General Electives

  • Any college-level courses (4-13)

Course Listings

A complete list of courses can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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Northwest University Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. Accreditation standards are modeled on the Baldrige National Quality Program. This recognition assures students and employers that Northwest University Business Programs use the same standards as those used by businesses, health care providers, and others to recognize excellence. More information about ACBSP Accreditation can be found at


Sales Education Foundation

Northwest University has been recognized by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) as a "Top Universities for Professional Sales Education" program in their 2017 annual magazine. The SEF recognizes our university for preparing students for successful careers in professional selling and helping to elevate the sales profession.

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