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Accounting

Build Business Skills and Your Professional Network

When you earn a St. Thomas undergraduate business degree with a concentration in Accounting, you’ll gain the business skills and practical experience you need to thrive in the accounting field. Our engaging, hands-on curriculum prepares you to succeed in a variety of settings, whether in a public accounting firm, private business, government or nonprofit organization. A highly engaged faculty and small class sizes ensure that you receive plenty of individual attention, and your faculty advisor supports and guides your student journey. Your studies will prepare you to:

  • Handle financial statements
  • Conduct audits and other assurance work
  • Design accounting systems and budgets
  • Prepare tax work for individuals or companies
  • Analyze and interpret financial information reflecting an organization's performance
  • Participate in the management of an organization

If you’re interested in a well-rounded degree that shapes you into a skilled accountant and innovative business leader, look no further than St. Thomas.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Tutoring
  • Internships
  • All undergraduate business students are required to take core courses, concentration courses related to their major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business.

    The University of St. Thomas Accounting program meets the current education requirements set by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, and for CPA licensure.

    Accounting Program Courses

     

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I (4 cr)
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good (2 cr)
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation (2 cr)
    Allied courses in economics, math, and statistics

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders I
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 cr)

    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Students who complete the coursework receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Course Requirements

    All undergraduate business students are required to take core courses, concentration courses related to their major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business.

    The University of St. Thomas Accounting program meets the current education requirements set by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, and for CPA licensure.

    Accounting Program Courses

     

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I (4 cr)
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good (2 cr)
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation (2 cr)
    Allied courses in economics, math, and statistics

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders I
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service (0 cr)

    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    Students who complete the coursework receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Scholarships

    Accounting Department Scholarships

    The Accounting Department awards a number of merit-based scholarships to declared accounting majors. These scholarships are funded by corporations, public accounting firms, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and private donors. Two scholarships honor the memory of accounting faculty: Frank J. Coglitore, whose specialty was auditing, and Patrick McGowan, who taught tax accounting. The $65,000+ in scholarships are announced at the annual Accounting Banquet—a gathering of students, alumni, faculty, staff and employers.

    Scholarships

    GHR Fellows Program

    GHR Fellows receive:

    • Full tuition and fees for four years (and may, pending demonstrated financial need, receive grant funds that cover room and board at St. Thomas)
    • A fully funded J-Term study abroad experience
    • Professional coaching and mentorship
    • Networking opportunities with Fortune 500 business executives and community leaders
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    Build your network

    Accounting students have many opportunities to develop professionally, both in and outside of the classroom, allowing them to begin building their network early on in their college career.

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    Connect with Employers

    All students are welcome to join our student-led Accounting Club, which hosts employers on campus each week to talk about their company and culture, as well as internship and full-time job opportunities. The Career Development Center and Undergraduate Business Program also support Employer Chats, an opportunity for students to informally connect with recruiters in a one-on-one setting on campus to ask questions about the industry and individual companies.
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    Connect with Faculty

    Each accounting student is paired with an accounting faculty advisor. Faculty advisors help students plan their courses each semester, including selection of appropriate elective courses and ensuring their selection aligns with their long-term degree plan. Students also look to their faculty advisor for guidance on career planning and licensure requirements if they are interested in taking the CPA exam.
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    Connect with Alumni

    St. Thomas’s annual spring Accounting Banquet draws hundreds of attendees – students, faculty, staff, employers, and many St. Thomas accounting alumni. Students have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of accounting professionals at this engaging event.

    Learning Through Service: Business 200

    We believe that businesses need to be socially responsible in the communities where they operate. All undergraduate business majors and minors are required to complete BUSN 200, a zero-credit, tuition-free course that includes 40 hours of community service and a series of reflective seminars. This service learning helps you grow into a highly principled global business professional, and an effective and ethical leader who’s prepared to make positive contributions in both your profession and community.

    St. Thomas Career Services

    The experts in the Career Development Center can help you find internships, develop job search skills, and put you in touch with business leads—both alumni and St. Thomas connections in the broader Twin Cities business scene. We can help you:

    • Clarify your strengths and how they relate to majors and career fields
    • Map out a career plan
    • Create your résumé and prepare for interviews
    • Look for internships and jobs
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    Career Opportunities

    Typical accounting jobs include:

    • Auditor 
    • Account Manager
    • Systems Analyst
    • Budget Manager
    • Revenue Audit Supervisor
    • Accountant (financial, tax, corporate, investment)