Bachelor of Arts In
Management & Accounting


  • Evening schedule is designed for working professionals.
  • Six- and nine-week courses help you complete your degree faster.
  • Forbes ranks accounting as one of its top three fields for growth and demand.
  • Earn your bachelor's degree or prepare for the CPA if you already have your degree.
  • Classes are held downtown in the U-District.
  • The cohort model builds community by modeling community.

Degree Snapshot

Evening, six- and nine-week courses (with occasional Saturdays)
North Spokane, U-District
Application Deadline
Four weeks prior to start date (view course schedule)
Cost per Credit
$540 for the 2017-18 academic year
Books and related course materials are provided free of charge.
Financial aid is available.
Average Completion Time
Transferring with business-related bachelor's degree: 1 ½ - 2 years
Transferring with A.A. degree: 3-4 years
New students with no transfer credits: 6-7 years
  • Program Details

    Whitworth's Bachelor of Arts in Management and Accounting Program gives you the best of both worlds: a contemporary and comprehensive major in organizational management and professional expertise in accounting. Whitworth's evening, accelerated-format classes let you complete all the requirements you need for your bachelor's degree in a reasonable length of time – even if you work full time.

    If you already have a business-related bachelor's degree, you can complete the accounting sequence to prepare for the CPA exam or to enhance your career opportunities. Depending on the courses you completed in your business-related bachelor's degree, you can complete the accounting coursework necessary to prepare you to take the CPA exam in as little as 24 credits. Or, if you're looking to enhance your career by adding accounting proficiency to your skill set, our accounting sequence is perfect for you.


    • Classes meet twice weekly, in the evening.
    • Concentrate on one subject at a time; each course takes six or nine weeks to complete.
    • Your books are provided free of charge and are delivered to you the first night of class.
    • Courses are available downtown in the U-District.
    • Gain competitive skills, qualifications, and experience that can enhance your employability.
    • Understand how Christian ethics and values can influence and shape organizational strategies and operations.
    • Learn alongside other working professionals.
    • Prior-learning portfolio assessment is available.

    Cohort Format

    Whitworth's B.A. in Management & Accounting Program is offered in a cohort format. Once you begin either the management or accounting major sequence, you'll be part of a small group (approximately 20 students) who take each course, one at a time, and complete the major together. Because you'll stay with the same group of students throughout each program, you'll have the chance to develop a stronger sense of community and collaborative learning while instructors build upon a knowledge base that increases with each successive course.

    Prior Learning Portfolio

    If you've obtained knowledge through experience outside of the traditional classroom, you may earn up to 32 semester credits toward your degree through portfolio assessment. This option is for individuals who are self-motivated and highly analytical, and it involves knowledge assessment, documentation, third-party verification, and an understanding of college-level learning expectations. Examples of appropriate college-level learning might be work-related training seminars or self-directed study. Please contact the Whitworth School of Continuing Studies for more information.

  • Degree Requirements

    Whitworth designed the management and accounting major to prepare you to take the CPA exam.

    If you don't need the 150-credit degree and you don't plan to take the CPA exam, but you want the accounting and management coursework for others reasons, we have an option for you, as well. For other convenient degree plans, or to receive a complimentary transcript evaluation, please talk with one of our advisors.

    Learning Objectives

    The learning outcomes for the management and accounting degree are consistent with those articulated by the Whitworth School of Business for all business degrees. Learning outcomes of this major prepare you to…

    • engage in successful problem-solving and decision-making activities that require critical thinking, reasoning and creativity to develop sound, integrated solutions;
    • identify internal and external economic and financial conditions facing a organization;
    • demonstrate clear and persuasive verbal and written communications skills;
    • engage in sound self-management practices;
    • articulate a personal code of professional ethics and formulate effective, ethical strategies to address relevant organizational issues.

    Organizational Management Major Sequence - 36 credits

    Courses for the major may be completed in just 18 months. Time to degree completion varies, depending on course load and transfer credits. Call us to speak with one of our academic advisors and receive a complimentary transcript evaluation.

    SP 351 Group Dynamics 3 credits
    BU 352 Human Behavior in Organizations 3 credits
    BU 354 Management of Human Resources 3 credits
    BU 457 Employment Laws and Regulations 3 credits
    BU 356 Managerial Marketing 3 credits
    EC 356 Applied Economic Principles 3 credits
    BU 355 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3 credits
    CS 459 Managing Technology 3 credits
    BU 460 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3 credits
    BU 461 Ethics in Management 3 credits
    BU 458 Strategic Management 3 credits
    BU 353W Organizational Development and Change 3 credits

    Accounting Major Sequence - 24-30 credits

    BU 230 Financial Accounting Prerequisite
    BU 231 Managerial Accounting Prerequisite
    BU 357 Financial Management 3 credits
    BU 334 Intermediate Accounting I 4 credits
    BU 335 Intermediate Accounting II 4 credits
    BU 466W Principles of Auditing 3 credits
    BU 336 Introduction to Taxation 4 credits
    BU 332 Cost Accounting 3 credits
    BU 240 Business Law 3 credits
    Accounting electives Dependent on credits transferred

    General Education Requirements & Electives

    All adult education programs from Whitworth must include general education and elective coursework to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.

    Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate - 150 credits

    Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations.

    Minimum Credits Needed for CPA Exam - 150 credits

    To access the education requirements for taking the CPA exam, visit the Board of Accountancy for Washington State website.

  • What type of Job Can I get?

    Accounting is an ideal choice for career growth and stability. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16 percent increase in accounting job openings between now and 2020. Forbes magazine recently listed accounting as one of its Top Jobs for 2013, while U.S. News ranks it the No. 3 Best Business Job.

    While it's easy to think of accounting in narrow terms, there are dozens of opportunities for career choices within the accounting field itself, ranging from financial analysis to controller.

    What Type of Job Can I Get?
    Full-charge bookkeeperfiscal technician
    staff accountantpublic accountant
    senior financial analystchief financial officer
    office manageraccounting supervisor
    consumer-loan underwriteraccounts-payable clerk
    accounting technicianaccounting clerk
  • Where our students work

    Strong management and accounting skills are needed in every business. At Whitworth, you'll gain the professional experience and training you need to excel in any industry in which you are interested. Students in Whitworth's management and accounting program are employed at…

    Where our students work
    Spokane Teachers Credit UnionBank of America
    City of SpokaneMoss Adams, LLP
    World Wide Trust Co., LLCKeyTronic
    Columbia BankCatholic Charities
    Pioneer Human ServicesNorth Idaho College
    Peterson EnterprisesSpokane Guild School
    Witherspoon KellyWhalen Family Chiropractic


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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