• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gunnison, CO, United States
The Accounting program at the Western State Colorado University helps you master the technical skills in financial and managerial accounting, auditing and taxation needed to compete in the professional arena, whether it is a big accounting firm, small company or recent startup. 
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The Accounting program at the Western State Colorado University eatures a Standard Major and two comprehensive tracks: Financial Analysis and Professional Emphases. The Standard major is designed for students who have a strong interest in both accounting and another discipline.

The Financial Analysis emphasis is designed for students who are interested in careers in accounting or finance but who do not intend to seek CPA certification.  The Professional emphasis is intended to provide the appropriate educational background for students interested in professional accountancy (CPA) as a career, or the pursuit of a graduate degree in accounting, business or law.

Students interested in becoming a CPA should be aware that all states now require, or will soon require, 150 credits to be licensed as a CPA. The Professional Emphasis is designed to meet all the requirements for a Colorado CPA candidate to sit for the CPA exam. 

This can be done after graduation with the bachelor’s degree and a total of 120 credits. Before being certified as a CPA, however, the candidate must then complete a total of 150 credits, including additional accounting and business credits. This can be accomplished at Western by completing the Standard Emphasis in Economics, a major in Business Administration (standard or an emphasis in finance) and a second auditing course.

Careers & Opportunities

Professional Emphasis students are well prepared to accept entry-level staff positions in Public Accounting and continue pursuit of their CPA certification. Others choose to pursue a variety of graduate programs, including specialization in accountancy or tax, or combining their accounting degree with another discipline, such as law or an MBA. Several regional accounting firms return to Western every year to recruit graduates; once they hire one of our graduates, they come back to hire more.

Students have successfully obtained jobs in government (City and County of Denver, the IRS, Gunnison County), in public accounting (Dalby, Wendland & Co., BiggsKofford) and in private industry. Western students have successfully completed graduate studies at the University of Denver and The College of William and Mary. These students have obtained employment at the world’s largest accounting firms.

  • Public Accounting
  • Governmental Accounting
  • Controller
  • Financial Services
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Tax advising and Preparation
  • Management Consulting

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Western is on a rolling admission cycle. However, we recommend that high school seniors apply before the deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computer Applications in Business 
  • Professional Computer Skills 
  •  Microeconomics
  • Statistics for Business and Economics
  • College Algebra 
  • Precalculus 
  • Probability and Statistics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.95

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.95 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete Western’s Online Application or the Common Application.
  • Submit your official high school and/or college transcripts. All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations of these documents. These documents must be original copies with an official signature and bear the school's official seal, or a certified copy. All academic credit documentation for work completed outside of the United States must submit transcripts to a NACES member credential evaluation service for a course by course evaluation. 
  • Request your official TOEFL, IELTS, ACT and/or SAT exam scores to be sent to Western. 
  • Submit the $50 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18096 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18096 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6624 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6624 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gunnison

  • 950 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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