Accounting

The Language of Business

The health of an organization is communicated through its financial statements, and accounting teaches us how to understand them and use them for leadership, decision-making and sustainable growth.

We offer graduate study and an undergraduate concentration to give students the technical skills and industry knowledge to enter accounting careers or to enhance current credentials. Job paths include accountant (tax, management, financial, investment), auditor, analyst and more.

Our outstanding faculty also teach the business acumen and professional polish needed to assume leadership positions—and not just in public accounting firms. Our graduates can be found in corporate America, private industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

We welcome you to explore our programs, faculty and options for study. Feel free to contact us with questions or for further information.

Tutor schedule - fall 2014 (PDF)  

Undergraduate Student Services & Advising: (651) 962-5544
Graduate Student Life & Advising: (651) 962-4200 (ask for an academic advisor)

Graduate Study Options

Graduate students in either the Full-time or Evening UST MBA programs may choose to specialize in Accounting. This combination gives students the solid business education of an MBA as well as advanced skills in the accounting profession.

Another graduate option is the MS Degree in Accountancy that provides students with a fast-track course to a career in accounting. Designed for those with an undergraduate accounting major, this program provides students with the added credential of a graduate degree while meeting the 150-hour requirement as mandated by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy.

150-hour Requirement

The U.S. accounting profession has widely adopted the “150-hour requirement.” This term refers to the number of university-level credits required to become a CPA. State law governs CPA practice. For information on how this affects St. Thomas students, go to Frequently Asked Questions that are listed below. For Minnesota’s specific requirements, go to the Minnesota Board of Accountancy website. For specifics of all states’ requirements, go to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) website. The University of St. Thomas offers alternatives by which students can meet the 150-hour requirement, through baccalaureate or master's degree coursework.

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