Bachelor of Science with a Major in Accountancy

The bachelor of science with a major in accountancy and master of accountancy degree programs prepare students to make significant contributions to both private and public organizations in the global economy. In addition to a rigorous program of study, students gain practical experience through internships and the opportunity to study the stock market in a classroom outfitted like a Wall Street trading venue. The faculty coordinates access to executives in high-profile firms and agencies and government officials to help students further their exposure to, and training in, the discipline.

Visit the program website for additional information. 

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052
Contact for questions: or 202-994-6040

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits, including  general education, pre-business, and business core courses.

General Education courses
UW 1020University Writing
One critical analysis course in the humanities. 1
One scientific reasoning with lab course. 1
Pre-business courses
BADM 1001
BADM 1002
First-Year Development Course I
and First-Year Development Course II 2
or BADM 1003 Transfer Student Development Course
BADM 3001Career Management Strategy 3
BADM 4001Leadership and Career Launch 4
DNSC 1001Business Analytics I: Statistics for Descriptive and Predictive Analytics
or STAT 1051 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
or STAT 1111 Business and Economic Statistics I
or APSC 3115 Engineering Analysis III
DNSC 2001Business Analytics II: Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics
or STAT 2112 Business and Economic Statistics II
or STAT 2118 Regression Analysis
or STAT 2123 Introduction to Econometrics
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II
A sequence of mathematics courses from the following: 5
MATH 1051
MATH 1252
Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences
and Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences
or MATH 1231
MATH 1232
Single-Variable Calculus I
and Single-Variable Calculus II
Business core courses
ACCY 2001Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACCY 2002Introductory Managerial Accounting
BADM 2001Markets and Politics
or BADM 2001W Markets and Politics
BADM 2301Management Information Systems Technology
BADM 3103Human Capital in Organizations
BADM 3401Contemporary Marketing Management
or BADM 3401W Contemporary Marketing Management
BADM 3501Financial Management and Markets
BADM 4801Strategy Formulation and Implementation
IBUS 3001Introduction to International Business
Accountancy major courses
ACCY 3101Intermediate Accounting I
ACCY 3102Intermediate Accounting II
ACCY 3401Federal Income Tax: Individuals
ACCY 3403Advanced Tax
ACCY 3601Business Law: Contracts, Torts, and Property
ACCY 4107Advanced Accounting
ACCY 4301Auditing
ACCY 4501Accounting Systems
ACCY 4601Business Law: Enterprise Organization
ACCY 4801Financial Accounting Capstone
Students take sufficient credits in elective courses to reach the 120 credits required for the degree. Elective courses may be numbered from 1000 to 4999. Electives may not include LSPA (Lifestyle, Sport, and Physical Activity) courses. They may include one HLWL (Health and Wellness) course.
Elective courses may be applied to a minor, a GWSB concentration, or a GWSB or non-GWSB second major.

1See University General Education Requirement for a list of approved courses.

Freshmen are required to take BADM 1001 and BADM 1002, transfer students are required to take BADM 1003.

3BADM 3001 is offered with accounting-specific sections and should be completed during the sophomore year, following successful completion of BADM 1001 and BADM 1002, or BADM 1003. 

4BADM 4001 is offered with experiential-specific sections and should be completed in the senior year.  

5Students should meet with a GWSB academic advisor to discuss other options for fulfilling the mathematics requirement.

Note: Students who intend to take the CPA examination should be aware that the coursework required for admission to the examination varies from state to state. Students are advised to consult the Board of Accountancy for the state in which they plan to take the examination and choose courses that meet that state’s requirements.

Double majors

Students in the BS in accountancy program who wish to pursue a double major must declare accountancy as their first major. Each major must include 15 unique credits that do not apply to any other degree requirement, with the exception of a WID requirement. All courses in both majors must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Students should reference the regulations in this Bulletin and consult their academic advisor for assistance and additional information.