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BS in Accounting

At a Glance

A bachelor of science in accounting is a crucial first step in starting your career as an accountant or auditor. Learn fundamental accounting principles and how to apply them. Use the same technology as professionals in the field. Graduate prepared for entry-level accounting positions, graduate school, or the CPA licensure process.

Credits Required for Major

You'll take 34 credit hours in business core courses and 21 credit hours in advanced accounting.

November 15
Early Decision Deadline

Apply by November 15 to be considered for early decision or by January 15 for the second early decision round.

Working, Grad School, or Both

From great jobs to grad schools, Kogod business graduates are ready to succeed.

*Results are for May 2018, 2019, and 2020 graduates whose status was confirmed as of six months after graduation.

we know success
100% of Our BS in Accounting Graduates Were Working, in Grad School, or Both
Companies where graduates started their careers include Deloitte, EY, Fannie Mae, Goldman Sachs, JG+BG Smith, KPMG, and PwC.

Why major in accounting at Kogod?

Flexible Curriculum

Combine your accounting focus with other academic interests. Round out your education by selecting from one of our minors, like sustainability or business analytics, or get a digital technology generalist certificate to help your résumé stand out.

DC Location

Washington, DC, is a global political center and a great college town. Tap into networking and internship opportunities, as well as everything a thriving city has to offer. Whether you're interested in the private sector, government, or the nonprofit world, you'll find paths towards your future success.

What You'll Learn

The accounting major gives you a solid grasp on accounting principles, develops your professional skills, and expands your tech-savvy.

In-Demand Skills

You will gain skills in:

  • Statistics
  • Business economics
  • Analytics
  • International business
  • Operations management
  • Individual income taxation

Comprehensive Curriculum

You will take 34 credit hours in business core courses that cover topics like accounting, finance, management, and marketing.

You will also complete 21 credit hours in advanced accounting classes. Though some are required, you will also have the opportunity to choose electives in topics like forensic accounting and governmental and nonprofit accounting. 

Degree Requirements


Program Highlights
Professor Caroline Bruckner testifying in front of Congress

The Kogod Tax Policy Center

The Kogod Tax Policy Center offers nonpartisan research into how tax policy and compliance issues affect small businesses, entrepreneurs, and middle-income taxpayers. As a student, you can use the center's reports, attend workshops, and connect with researchers.

Winners of Kogod Case Competition

Special Programs

Kogod offers a wide variety of programs to help you network, hone your skills, and get involved with the community. These include Dish with the Deans, the Making a Difference is Our Business program, the Kogod Case Competition, and more.

Kogod students in front of the Norwegian School of Economics

Global Learning

The business world is a global world, and we want to prepare you for it. We offer semester- and year-long study abroad programs, international summer internships, and short study tours through the International Management Practices course.

Professor helping student in accounting class

Expert Faculty

Our faculty are renowned experts in their field, and many are practicing accountants. As mentors, they are invested in your professional and academic success.

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Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years through our combined bachelor's/master's program. As a combined degree program student, you can take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees.

Career Success

As a BS in accounting student at Kogod, you’ll have a dedicated career advisor at our Office of Career Engagement who will help you realize your unique career vision. Our advisors can connect you with opportunities at some of the largest organizations in the world, including 400 international associations and 1,000 internationally-owned companies in Washington, DC.

Working, in School, or Both

Within six months of graduation, 100% of our BS in accounting students are working, in grad school, or both. Top employers include: 

Fannie Mae
Goldman Sachs
JBG Smith

Participated in Internship

86% of our BS in accounting students participated in an internship. Top internship organizations include: 

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
EJF Real Estate Services
Rubino & Company, Chartered
The Colony Group

Studied Abroad

43% of our BS in accounting students took advantage of studying abroad. Top countries include:

United Kingdom