With a major or minor in accounting, there are a number of directions your career can take. Accounting prepares you for more than just a tax deadline. It can lead you to become a CFO for a private organization, a partner at a major public accounting firm, or an entrepreneur. 

At the Offutt School of Business, we’re ready to help you apply your education to your dream career and become an ethical business leader.

The Offutt School of Business Difference

Through engaging classroom courses with dedicated faculty, you will learn accounting concepts to prepare you for your postgraduation goals. Many of our faculty have professional experience in accounting and finance positions with a variety of businesses and organizations. 

Accounting majors choose from one of the following concentration areas:

  • General Accountancy
  • Public Accountancy

Along with rigorous accounting courses, you'll take a variety of core business courses to prepare you to be a well-rounded participant in the business workforce. These foundational courses include global economics, ethics and leadership, introduction to business law, principles of financial accounting and principles of managerial accounting.

You'll also participate in hands-on learning outside of the classroom through internshipsjob shadowingand volunteer opportunities

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Recommended supporting courses:

Accounting majors must choose at least one concentration (18-48 credits)


General Accountancy Concentration

Requires 21 credits.

6 credits from the following:

Public Accountancy Concentration

Requires 24 credits plus additional credits to total 150 hours.

Recommended courses include:

Beth Osman '15

"It became apparent early on that the education I received from the Offutt School of Business and, more specifically, professor Ron Twedt was top-notch. There was not a topic discussed that I did not understand."
On Her EY Internship Experience

Facing the Future

Upon graduation, your degree will qualify you for a variety of professional positions and your hands-on experience will help you get ahead of the competition. If you’re interested in getting your CPA licensure, our public accountancy concentration will help you meet the education requirements.

In addition to the basics of accounting, students will develop skills like problem-solving, analytical thinking and understanding of various software applications. They’ll also practice skills in other key areas, including communication, strategic planning and innovation.

These skills, coupled with an understanding of accounting principles and practices, are designed to set our students up for success. In the dynamic world of business, we aim to prepare our business students for their strategic career goals.

Andrew Johnson '18

One of the reasons I really enjoyed the accounting department was because I connected with each of the faculty on a personal level.

CPA Licensure

Our accounting graduates have the second highest pass rate for the CPA exam among Minnesota colleges and universities.

Graduate Successes

Past accounting graduates have become partners in CPA firms, controllers, CFOs, CEOs, not-for-profit executives, vice presidents of business and even accounting professors.

Global, Ethical, Entrepreneurial

Founded on the pillars of transformative leadership, global engagement, ethical decision-making and entrepreneurial mindset, the Offutt School of Business is dedicated to sending into society thoughtful and informed business leaders with a strong moral compass. Our students attend classes in a state-of-the-art facility and participate in cutting-edge curriculum that allows them to think critically and network globally.


Carol M. Hedberg

Office Assistant for Budgets and Events Offutt School of Business (Office)