Professional Accounting (CPA)

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Type

Emphasis

Department

School of Business

Working as a Certified Public Accountant has its benefits: proven job security, higher salaries compared to unlicensed accountants, flexibility to find work anywhere and the satisfaction of filling an essential role for businesses.

Program Overview

Learn how to analyze a business through its finances.

The Professional Accounting program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of accounting systems and practices through courses in Accounting Information Systems, Auditing, Accounting Ethics, Organizational Behavior and more. If you want to put your skills and knowledge to practice, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, where IRS-certified students provide free basic tax return preparation to the community.

The program is designed to meet the 150 credit requirement that you’ll need to sit for the CPA exam. With the help of the Auditing course, you’ll feel prepared to pass the exam and begin your career. As a CPA, you can work in corporate or governmental accounting, business consulting or start your own independent accounting business.

Becoming a CPA

Boost your chances at not only job security, but also upward mobility in Western’s Professional Accounting program by becoming a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
ACC 340 Accounting Information Systems 3 View
ACC 410 Auditing 3 View
ACC 450 Advanced Financial Accounting 3 View
ACC 498 Accounting Ethics 3 View
BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business 3 View
BUAD 270 Principles of Marketing 3 View
BUAD 315 Business Law 3 View
BUAD 333 Organizational Behavior 3 View
BUAD 350 Human Resource Management 3 View
BUAD 360 Managerial Finance 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • CPA Prep: Our auditing class is designed to prepare students for the CPA.
  • Office of Career Success: Business students have a department-specific career services professional.
  • Study Abroad: Experience Harlaxton College in the English Midlands.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): IRS-certified students provide free basic tax return preparation to the campus and community.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

Professional Accounting (CPA) students can participate in Western’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to gain experience and provide free basic tax return preparation to the campus and community.

Department Information

School of Business

Dean

Peter Sherman, Ph.D.

Dean of School of Business

Program Coordinator

Veronica Wilde

Program Coordinator

Graduate Program Coordinator

Jordan L’Heureux

Program Coordinator, Outdoor Industry MBA

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business BUilding 213
1 Wester Way
Gunnison, CO 81231