University of Southern California

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I become an accounting major if I am a non-business major?
A: You must first be admitted as a business major prior to changing your major to accounting.

Q: Is there an application process for the Leventhal School of Accounting?
A: No. After being admitted into the Marshall School of Business and completing the admission requirements for the Leventhal School of Accounting, you can change your major to Accounting by filling out a change-of-major form available in ACC 101.

Q: Can I repeat one introductory accounting course in order to meet the admission requirements for the accounting major?
A: Yes. In meeting the B average required in BUAD 285ab or BUAD 286ab, only one of the courses may be repeated.

Q: Can I repeat my accounting courses from the community college or BUAD 305 in order to meet the 3.00 GPA admission requirements?
A: Yes. You can repeat one of these courses in order to meet the 3.00 GPA admission requirements.

Q: How long do the 2 unit courses last compared to the 4 unit courses?
A: The 2 unit courses are 7 1/2 weeks long and the 4 unit courses are full semester courses.

Q: How many semesters will it take for me to complete a degree in accounting?
A: It varies from student to student. Contact an academic advisor at (213) 740-4838 or visit us in ACC 101 for more information.

Q: Is there an accounting minor?
A: Yes. The accounting minor is open to non-accounting and non-business majors who have completed 32 college-level units and have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher. For additional information stop by ACC 101 or contact the advising office at (213) 740-4838.

Q: I am interested in applying to the Master in Accounting or Master in Business Taxation program before I graduate, how do I find out more information?
A: ​Please visit the Masters Program website for more information. Also, contact an academic advisor at (213) 740-4838 or visit us in ACC 101 for to see how you can prepare for the program.