Accounting Major

Become fluent in the language of business and gain the knowledge and skills to analyze financial information that is relied upon by investors, lenders, businesses and other organizations throughout the world.

Towson University Accounting students working in a conference room that overlooks Baltimore's inner harbor
TU accounting students can be found interning at public accounting firms, private companies and government agencies across Maryland. 

The accounting major provides the necessary accounting courses to prepare students for the CPA exam and public accounting careers in auditing, tax accounting, cost accounting or managerial accounting. But a degree in accounting also can prepare you for lucrative and flexible careers in government agencies or corporations, in addition to starting your own business.

Admission Requirements & Accounting Major Application Forms

Accounting is a screened major, which means that students are admitted to the accounting major (ACCT) only after successfully completing all admission requirements.  Admission to the accounting major is selective. Students are admitted to the major on a competitive basis after first being admitted to the university.

Before applying to the accounting major, students must first declare a “pre-accounting” major and complete the lower-level prerequisites and other requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty adviser each term to evaluate their progress in completing the requirements for admission to the major.

See more about admission to the major.

Students may apply for admission to the accounting major during the academic term when all screener courses will be completed. Students seeking to achieve the 150 credits required for CPA licensing at a more rapid pace may instead opt for the Accounting Accelerated B.S/M.S. at the time that they apply to the major.  This option, which has additional requirements, allows students to take up to three graduate level courses in lieu of accounting electives. Admissions decisions are made within one month of the end of the fall or spring term. Application forms that list all admission requirements are available through the links below.

Accounting Major Application (Catalogs 2016-17 and later) (PDF)
Accounting Major Application (Catalogs 2015-2016 and earlier) (PDF)

Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions 

View degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Second Bachelor’s in Accounting

The second bachelor's program provides students the opportunity to pursue a new career path by completing a second undergraduate degree in accounting. General admission requirements are found at Second Bachelor’s Programs. Students pursuing the accounting major as a second bachelor’s degree may be able to apply coursework from their initial bachelor’s degree toward the degree requirements

Plan of Study

See the suggested four-year plan of study for the current catalog year. If your catalog year is different, you can find an advising form that corresponds with your catalog year on the advising forms page.


Independent Study Course 

Students can choose to complete an independent study for credit towards their accounting degree. See the ACCT 495 Form & Instructions (PDF) for details.