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 student working on homework

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.

Accounting majors complete a set of lower- and upper-level required courses in business, economics and accounting in addition to advanced accounting courses.

Admission Requirements

Accounting is a screened major. Students are admitted to the accounting major (ACCT) only after successfully completing all admission requirements.

Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions 

View degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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.

Accounting Major Application Forms

Accounting is a screened major, which means you must take a series of screener courses and meet GPA and other requirements before being formally admitted to the major. You may apply during the semester when all screener courses will be completed. 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)

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.