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  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

131 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

131 credits

131 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

Learn accounting principles and how to apply them in the business world. Prepare for the CPA exam under experienced Christian business professors who have developed a rigorous academic program for strong entry into the field of accounting. The accounting program prepares you for a career as a professional certified public accountant, corporate controller, financial planner, internal auditor, bank officer, or an accountant in a charitable organization.


of accounting students found employment


of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare


of internships result in job offers

Why study accounting at Northwestern?

You have the option to add a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree to your experience at Northwestern by enrolling in the dual business administration degree plan.

We require you to participate in an internship to help translate classroom lessons into practical work experience, with more than 60% of internships resulting in job offers. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving business and accounting industries.

Our business classes regularly visit local corporations within the Twin Cities to experience a variety of business organizations—Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profits. Many classes utilize case studies to highlight real-world application of business principles.

At Northwestern, our small classes enable faculty to personally engage with you and pass on insights to thrive in a business environment, prepare for graduate programs, and serve the Lord in any profession.

If you have strong numerical, math, and organizational skills, desire to learn and apply practical business knowledge to help businesses, nonprofits, and other entities operate more effectively, using God's resources wisely and with integrity, and are interested in a career that offers the flexibility to work in any industry, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will analyze data, develop critical thinking skills, and learn to communicate effectively.

Some classes include:

  • Income Taxation
  • Accounting
  • Business Law - Partnerships and Corporations
  • Auditing
  • Corporate Strategies and Policies

131 Credits Required

Accounting major 150 credit rule: Effective July 1, 2006, the State of Minnesota requires the completion of 150 credits to be licenced as a CPA. A 150 credit major is not required to earn this degree.

Because of my education at Northwestern, I successfully passed the CPA exam after I graduated. And being surrounded by people who loved Jesus made me the passionate Christian businessman I am today. It was the best decision I have ever made.
School of Business - Class of 2009

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Christine Olsen

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Mark H. Johnson, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Accounting

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