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Accountants work in small businesses, large corporations, not-for-profit organizations, medical facilities, schools, all levels of government and they may be self employed.

Enrollment Services

Accounting

Shape your studies to meet your needs
MSU offers a range of accounting coursework to meet students' career goals:

  • Accounting major (bachelor of science degree)
  • Accounting minor
  • Fraud examination minor
  • Post-degree preparation for CPA exam
  • Internships

What do accountants do?
Accountants provide tax services, conduct audits, or provide financial or managerial accounting services. Some teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Public accountants work with the general public. Management accountants typically work for a
specific business.

Certification exams
MSU accounting graduates are prepared to take national certification exams in management accounting (CMA), internal auditing (CIA), and fraud examination (CFE). Students who plan to sit for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam are required to complete 150 semester hours, which includes a baccalaureate degree, so will need to take classes beyond the minimum required at MSU for an accounting degree.

Internships
MSU accounting students can apply classroom knowledge to real world settings through internships. Many internships are initiated by employers, but students may seek out and develop their own internship opportunities. Internships may be full time, part time or project oriented. All internships provide students with great hands on learning opportunities and some lead to offers of employment.

Career outlook
The employment outlook for accountants is promising and growing. Individuals who are proficient in accounting-related software and information systems, or who have expertise in specialized areas, such as fraud examination, often have an advantage in getting some
jobs. Those with professional certification, especially CPAs, generally have the best career prospects.

Is accounting right for you?
Accountants are detail oriented and can quickly analyze, compare and interpret facts and figures. They have high standards of integrity. They are good at working with people, business systems and computers. They have the verbal and written skills to effectively communicate accounting and financial information clearly and concisely to team members, clients and managers.

Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.

College of Business
The College of Business is committed to active learning and preparing students for careers in business. Our facilities include the Slaaten Learning Center, which features:

  • Financial trading lab with stock ticker board
  • Corporate-style board room with video-conferencing equipment
  • Student study area furnished with computers, flat-screen TVs, café tables and comfortable seating
  • Meeting room for student organizations and other student groups.

Department of Accounting and Finance
Our department is dedicated to delivering students the best possible education and the personal attention they need to succeed. Please contact us for more information.

More information
To learn more, visit our College of Business web site or Accounting web site. Better yet, plan a campus visit so we can arrange a tour and meet face-to-face.

Contact Information
Jay Wahlund, CPA
Chair
Accounting and Finance Department
Phone: 701-858-3207, or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3207
jay.wahlund@minotstateu.edu