Learn how to analyze, report, measure, audit, and record a business’s financial transactions with an accounting degree.

Develop the skills you need to prepare corporate financial statements. With an accounting degree you’ll learn how to analyze profit and loss, create balance sheets, compile, audit, and verify information to provide investors, economists, and the general public with the information they need to make informed business decisions. Study the educational requirements you need to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Program Highlights

  • On campus, online, or remote synchronous learning
  • Internship and professional development opportunities
  • Accounting club to network with peers

Get a degree that makes a difference.

Use your critical-thinking skills to play a crucial role in helping businesses succeed.

A bachelor’s degree in accounting for a well-rounded professional.

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    Master the skills you need to excel.

    With an accounting degree from Westfield State, you’ll be prepared for a variety of fields within the accounting profession. Our courses are designed to focus on accounting theory as well as practical accounting skills to ensure that you develop the knowledge base you need to be successful in your career.

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    25:1 or smaller class size

    At Westfield State University, our faculty use innovative techniques to promote engagement and maximize the in-class student experience. You’ll benefit from small classes where your professors will have the opportunity to get to know you better and understand your goals. You’ll receive hands-on learning instruction relating to local and global issues from both an academic and real-world perspective as you broaden your skill set and prepare for your career.

  • Campus in the Fall

    One of the most affordable programs in the Northeast 

    As the number #2 most affordable Accounting B.S. in the Northeast, Westfield State University provides excellent value for your educational dollar. You’ll benefit from our excellent academic program and the individual attention you’ll receive. We believe that we have a great program and offer students something different from larger institutions.

My experience at Westfield State was unbelievably rewarding. When I came into Westfield State as a first year student I was undecided. When I took my first accounting course it clicked immediately and I didn’t turn back. As I progressed in the accounting courses my main accounting professor challenged me to double concentrate to diversify myself. I cannot thank that accounting professor enough for pushing me to do that.

Brandon Chasse, '17

An accounting degree prepares you for an in-demand job.

Year after year, accounting continues to be a potentially high-paying career field that offers growing opportunities, including:

  • Accountant
  • Financial controller
  • CMA (Certified Management Accountant)
  • Chartered accountant
  • Bank branch manager
  • CGA (Certified General Accountant)
  • Senior accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Credit supervisor
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Course Requirements

Program Description

The Accounting major consists of 75 credits. All students must complete 39 credit hours of the Business Core, 18 credits of Non-Business related courses, and 18 credits of Accounting coursework.

Required Business Courses
Accounting - 18 Credits
Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

Get big school features with small school advantages.  

We offer high-quality academics, unique learning opportunities, and a gorgeous campus—and we have small classes, accessible faculty, and one-on-one support. 

You'll join fellow motivated students ready to make the most of the college experience through active participation. Become part of a caring and committed community that understands and embraces the bridge between academic study and civic responsibility.

  • 92%+

    of faculty hold doctorates

  • 84%

    of grads are employed in their field

  • 300+

    service projects

Well-qualified and dedicated faculty help you learn and grow

Welcome to an academic journey where our distinguished faculty not only bring a wealth of professional experience but also hold advanced graduate degrees. At Westfield State University, we understand that personalized attention and direct accessibility are crucial to your success.

Immerse yourself in an educational environment where knowledge isn't just imparted; it's tailored to your individual needs. Our faculty are committed to providing you with more than just a degree – they are here to offer the support that truly makes a difference in your education.

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Award Winning Degree.

Colleges of Distinction, an esteemed organization celebrating colleges and universities that provide exceptional undergraduate experiences, has honored Westfield State University for its outstanding programming in the field of business.

As a recognized College of Distinction, Westfield State has already earned acclaim for its commitment to well-rounded education. This latest recognition specifically highlights the institution's excellence in business education, emphasizing its effectiveness in preparing students for the demands of the field.

Colleges of Distinction Business Best Colleges 2024-2025

Use your BS to fast-track your MS

Unlock your potential with our M.S. Accounting (MSA) Advanced Curriculum program! If you have a bachelor's degree with a major or concentration in accounting, you're eligible. Dive into ten engaging courses, mostly in a flexible hybrid format and some fully online. Imagine completing the Advanced Curriculum in just two exciting semesters! Your accelerated journey in accounting excellence starts here.*

*Based on U.S. regulations

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to submit SAT/ACT scores or an essay when I apply?

Westfield State University does not require an application essay, SAT and/or ACT scores, or letters of recommendation (except for special program admissions).     

All first-year applicants are reviewed for admission based on their high school record. First-year applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) in order to qualify for admission to a state university.   

Learn more about the application process and admissions here.

How much does Westfield State University cost?

Westfield State University offers a comprehensive university experience at an affordable cost—with many options for financial aid. Visit our Cost and Aid page to learn more. 

Will I receive academic support?

We’re invested in your success. Whether you need a little help adjusting to college, study strategies, tutoring, or disability services, the team at the Academic Achievement Department is ready to help. Our mission is to provide you with the tools to explore academic opportunities as well as to plot strategies for continued growth. 

Learn more about our student support services here.

How do I become an accountant?

To become an accountant, you must earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting, which will give you the basic foundation you need. Your course of study will  consist of 39 credit hours of the Business Core (including Principles of Accounting I and II), 18 credits of non-business–related courses, and 18 credits of Accounting coursework (including Federal Taxation, Auditing, Financial Reporting I, II, and III and Cost Accounting). Many students also continue onto our M.S. Accounting program (MSA.) The MSA Advanced Curriculum includes the 30 credit-hour educational requirement necessary for the Certified Public Accounting license in Massachusetts and several other states.

Is an accounting degree worth it?

Earning your accounting degree can really pay off. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for accountants in May of 2021 was $77,250. Accounting is a career choice that continues to be in demand, plus you’ll have the background you need if you decide to pursue a career in finance or business.

How long does it take to get an accounting degree?

It usually takes four years to earn your bachelor’s degree in accounting, though this can vary depending on your circumstances.

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