The Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance is a technical degree for students who want to become CPAs, while still gaining a well-rounded business background.
What can I do with this degree?
This degree meets the required credit hours for taking the Certified Public Accountant exam (150 credits) for CPA licensure in the State of Minnesota. Through the development of critical thinking skills, our graduates are well-prepared to meet the challenges of providing insight and strategic direction. Finance knowledge provides a valuable support to leaders across functional areas in all organizations.
Our alumni work as CPAs in:
- Accounting firms
- Auditing firms
- Consulting firms
While most graduates with this degree are working as CPAs, some are in related fields as:
- Financial analysts
- Business analysts
- Credit analysts
- Investment analysts
- Financial planners
- Corporate finance support positions
- Corporate audit functions
- Insurance underwriters
What skills will I develop?
The ability to analyze decisions through the use of financial models provides the foundation to critically evaluate choices organizations need to make to maximize the return on invested capital.
- Excel modeling
- Financial forecasting
- Valuation models
- Sensitivity analyses
- Tax preparation
- Qualitative risk analysis
- Effective presentation of financial data
- Succinctly support decision making
- Development of a global perspective of the role of finance
- Problem solving related to partnerships, mergers, and international and government accounting
- Data analysis
- Strategic thinking
- Ethical reasoning
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
- International Market Issues course study abroad option during interim
- Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Global Equity Research Challenge
- Development and implementation of investment portfolio
- Group and individual simulations to assist financial decision-making
- Opportunities for providing tutor leadership to fellow students
- Finance students regularly serve as student leaders across campus
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10% higher alumni first-time CPA exam pass rate over national average
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As a Christian in the workplace, I am able to connect with people on a different level. I know my reason for being there and do my part to create an encouraging work environment for my coworkers. I hope my attitude is a positive example observable through the way I make decisions, treat my clients, and strive for excellence every day.Andrew Vennerstrom '07
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