Bachelor of Science in Accountancy

You’ll gain a solid accounting foundation combined with a broad-based general education in our Bachelor of Science in Accountancy program. Our faculty members are nationally recognized for excellence in teaching, research and public service. We offer many services to ensure your career success, including an accountancy career fair and internship program. Plus, you can earn your Endorsed Internal Audit Certificate while completing our undergraduate or graduate accountancy program. NIU is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditor's (IIA) Internal Auditing Education Partnership.

As an NIU admitted student, you can declare accountancy as your major. However, you must meet the College of Business and Department of Accountancy retention requirements before you will be allowed to enroll in upper-division courses.

In order to enroll in any 300- or 400-level accountancy courses, you must meet requirement option 1 or option 2. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact an accountancy advisor for assistance.

Option 1

  • Meet the College of Business core requirements
  • Earn a 3.00/4.00 minimum cumulative GPA at all colleges and universities attended
  • Earn a B or higher in both ACCY 206 and ACCY 207 or the equivalent courses

Option 2

  • Meet the College of Business core requirements
  • Pass the Accountancy Qualifying Exam (AQE)

Transcript Review Process

Once you are ready to start taking upper-division accountancy courses, you must submit a completed transcript review form with a copy of your unofficial transcript to the Department of Accountancy in Barsema Hall 345. You must complete this form in addition to the College of Business transcript review form.

If you are an incoming transfer student, you will complete a transcript review form at transfer orientation.

The Accountancy Qualifying Exam (AQE) is a comprehensive, multiple-choice test of information covered in most introductory financial and managerial accounting textbooks. The 30 financial and 30 managerial questions are divided between computation and theory questions.


To be eligible to take the AQE, you must have completed the College of Business core requirements. If you are an incoming freshman student, you should not take the AQE. If you are an incoming transfer student, you should meet with an accountancy advisor before registering for the AQE to verify your eligibility to take the exam.

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