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.

Any student admitted to NIU can declare accountancy as a major. However, all students must meet the Department of Accountancy retention requirements before enrolling in any 300- or 400-level accountancy courses.

In addition, all students must meet the College of Business (COB) retention requirements and complete the COB foundation requirements before enrolling in any upper-level accountancy courses other than ACCY 370.

In order to meet the Department of Accountancy retention requirements, you must meet criteria option 1 or option 2. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact an Accountancy advisor for assistance.

Criteria Option 1:

  • Earn a 3.00/4.00 minimum cumulative GPA at all colleges and universities attended
  • Earn a minimum grade of B in ACCY 206 (Introductory Financial Accounting) or the equivalent course

Criteria Option 2:

  • Pass the Accountancy Qualifying Exam (AQE)

Transcript Review Process

Students who meet criteria option 1 must submit a completed transcript review form with an unofficial transcript to the Department of Accountancy in Barsema Hall 345.

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 accounting textbooks. The 30 financial questions are divided between computation and theory questions.

If you do not have a B or higher in ACCY 206 and/or do not meet the department’s 3.00 cumulative GPA requirement, you must pass the AQE to be retained as an accountancy major at NIU.

AQE Registration

To register for the AQE, please contact Angela Gray at

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