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From Wall Street to the banking industry, from corporate offices to the nonprofit sector, accounting empowers decision makers to understand both the performance and the potential of organizations.

As the common language of business, accounting is invaluable. Companies use it to track financial history, stay fiscally healthy and plan growth.

When you graduate from St. Thomas with a major in accounting, you will be prepared to work for a public accounting firm, private business, government or nonprofit organization.‌

What You Study

Our accounting curriculum meets the education requirements set by State Board of Accountancy to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. You will develop the skills to:

  • prepare 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.

How We Support Your Learning

In addition to working with accounting faculty in the classroom, a member of the accounting faculty will serve as your major adviser. The Accounting Club will give you the opportunity to socialize with other accounting majors and interact with Twin Cities professionals through on-campus events, site visits and community service projects. Many accounting students also gain experience through an internship.

The undergraduate program also offers tutoring for introductory accounting courses, including ACCT 210, 215, and 311.

Typical Accounting Jobs

Accountant (financial, tax, corporate, investment)
Account manager
Systems analyst
Operations manager
Domestic transportation coordinator
Revenue audit supervisor

Accounting Department Scholarships

The Accounting Department awards merit-based scholarships funded by corporations, public accounting firms, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and private donors, as well as two scholarships which honor the memory of two accounting faculty: Frank J. Coglitore, whose specialty was auditing, and Patrick McGowan, who taught tax accounting. While the scholarships are merit-based and competitive, the only requirements are a declared accounting major by March, and junior or senior standing by the upcoming fall semester. 

Accounting students may also wish to investigate the scholarships offered by the Minnesota Association of Public Accountants (MAPA).

Applications for Accounting Department Scholarships are now available for the 2018-2019 academic year. Visit McNeely 128 or email for a copy. Applications are due to McNeely 316 by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

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