School of Business


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

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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What degree concentrations are offered in Accounting?

Careers in accounting

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

What They Do

Job Title: Accountants & Auditors
Accountant, Auditor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Financial Auditor

Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.

Career Outlook Description

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Career Outlook Indicator


Annual Salary Range

$50,440 – $137,280

Hourly Salary Range

$24.25 – $66.00



  • Business
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Math and Science
  • Safety and Government
Common Tasks

Common Tasks

  • Prepare detailed reports on audit findings.
  • Report to management about asset utilization and audit results, and recommend changes in operations and financial activities.
  • Collect and analyze data to detect deficient controls, duplicated effort, extravagance, fraud, or non-compliance with laws, regulations, and management policies.
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of accounting students found employment
of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare
of internships result in job offers

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