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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. You’ll prepare for success on the CPA exam through a rigorous program taught by experienced, Christ-centered professors. Be equipped to step into the accounting industry with relevant skills and knowledge.

Accounting may be the right degree for you if you have:

  • strong numerical and organizational skills
  • a desire to learn and apply practical knowledge to help businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations
  • the drive to find more effective ways to operate, stewarding God's resources with integrity

Why study accounting at Northwestern?

Northwestern's small classes allow students to engage directly with Christ-centered faculty. Business classes visit and have guest speakers from local corporations within the Twin Cities to experience Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, and nonprofits. Many classes use case studies to highlight real-world application of business principles.

All Business students participate in an internship translate classroom lessons into practical work experience, with more than sixty percent 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.

Complete a bachelor's and master's degree through Northwestern's Bachelor/Accelerated Master's program.

The State of Minnesota requires students to complete 150 credits before taking the Minnesota CPA exam. A 150 credit major is not required though. Students can complete extra credits at UNW with the addition of another major, minor, or elective credits.

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Careers in accounting

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in accounting.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Accountant
  • Bank officer
  • Budget accountant
  • Certified public accountant (examination and license required)
  • Corporate controller
  • Cost accountant
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Internal auditor
  • Tax accountant
  • Tax preparer

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Private accounting firms, regional and national
  • Nonprofit, education, and ministry organizations
  • Government agencies such as the IRS and FBI
  • Businesses and industries of all types
  • Tax preparation companies
  • Hospitals and health organizations
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Risk management firms
  • Consulting firms

Strategies for success:

  • Pursue a high grade point average. Grades are an indicator of technical competence in accounting and of a person’s work ethic.
  • Potential employers place a big emphasis on strong interpersonal skills. Demonstrate these skills by having a well-rounded background.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.
  • Gain work experience and learn information about careers through internships. Consider completing internships in the spring semester, not just summer term. Some employers use internships as a way to screen potential hires. Others look for multiple internships as an indicator of employability.
  • Accounting is a versatile degree. Students who graduate with a major in accounting may find jobs in many areas of business including: banking, financial planning, sales, production management, client management, product development, procurement, and general management.
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