At RWU, our Accounting program is all about the practical knowledge you need to become a professional accountant. Students take an in-depth look at contemporary accounting systems used to analyze, interpret and communicate financial information to clients and stakeholders. Combined with real-world internship experience, you’ll be prepared to pursue a professional accounting certificate (such as the CPA) after graduation.

Degree Requirements


To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Are you interested in business, but not sure whether to focus on management, accounting, economics or any one of our many academic disciplines offered at the Gabelli School? Visit Undeclared Business or resources on how you can explore your options before making a decision.

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Accelerated Degree Options

Our accelerated options allow students to complete both undergraduate Business and graduate MBA degrees in four or five years. 

3 + 1 MBA 

Students, by accelerating their undergraduate work, earn their Bachelor’s degree in three years and their MBA degree at the conclusion of their fourth year at the University.

4 + 1 MBA

Students in the 4 + 1 option complete their Bachelor’s degree within four years and their MBA degree at the conclusion of their fifth year at the University.

A business professor writing on a whiteboard. The accredited 3+1 or 4+1 Master of Business Administration programs allow students to earn both the B.S. and MBA degrees in just 4 or 5 years. Designed for GSB undergraduates, this program provides a time- and cost-efficient way to earn your MBA in 0-1 additional year rather than the traditional two-year MBA degree programs. 

3+3 Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor's Program

This accelerated 3+3 program allows eligible students to complete their bachelor's and Juris Doctor J.D. degrees in six years instead of seven. Accepted students will take first-year courses in the School of Law along with legal electives to fulfill undergraduate fourth-year requirements.  

Rosalvens Saint Jean

From RWU to a Great Career, His Dream Come True

Rosalvens Saint Jean, RWU Class of 2018
Accounting + Management

It’s no surprise Rosalvens Saint Jean already had a full-time job with one of the world’s top public accounting firms lined up before he graduated. He had taken every opportunity to grow his skills and knowledge through hands-on learning experiences at Roger Williams University and multiple internships with great companies.

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, RWU discloses that the Bachelor of Science in Accounting alone, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), does not satisfy the educational requirements for licensure as a Certified Professional Accountant, which requires a minimum of 150 credits in all U.S. states and territories. 

However, we have a special pathway for any student who wishes to complete their CPA to take 150 credits in their undergraduate.Please contact the Accounting Department to do so.

Additionally, applicable licensing board in your state/territory may also impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license (e.g., specific coursework; passing of an exam; obtaining a certificate; providing evidence of work experience; etc.), and if you are interested in becoming a CPA, we encourage you to investigate those requirements with your licensing board