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Accounting is a growing profession and requires you to understand the language of business, analyze and solve quantitative problems, and make decisions with moral integrity. Bethel's accounting program develops you in these areas, and others, so that you may become successful professionals with the capacity to serve in a variety of settings.

Why should I study accounting?

You'll learn various aspects of accounting including financial, managerial, taxation, and auditing. Our program provides you with the foundation you need to earn professional certifications. There are numerous career options with an accounting degree, and you can combine it with other business emphasis disciplines like finance or business analysis and analytics.

The business degree with an accounting emphasis meets the accounting requirements to take the CPA exam, but you will need to complete additional credits (28 additional credits for a total of 150 credits) for CPA licensure in the State of Minnesota. See the B.S. in Accounting and Finance degree for another option for meeting the exam and licensing requirements to become a CPA in the State of Minnesota.

What can I do with this degree?

There are many career options for those with a business major and an accounting emphasis. Common sectors where accounting graduates begin their careers include public accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Various job titles in these sectors include:

  • Auditor
  • Internal auditor
  • Staff accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Tax accountant
  • Tax consultant
  • Corporate accountant
  • Consultant

Many of our graduates go on to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA). See the Minnesota Society of CPAs website under “Become a CPA” for additional details.

What skills will I develop?

  • Problem solving related to partnerships, mergers, and international and government accounting
  • Data analysis
  • Decision-making
  • Presentation skills
  • Writing skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Ethical reasoning

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Case studies approach to learning
  • Service-learning experience preparing tax returns for individuals and families in need
  • An internship to connect classroom learning to practical experience
  • Group projects and presentations

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OCT 28 2020

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Project Ex: Explore, Experience, Execute

OCT 28 2020

Bethel University Internship and Job Fair

1 p.m. Virtual

There will be organizations recruiting interns, current students and graduating seniors. This fair is open to all undergraduate majors and CAPS students! It's also free!

Program Features

Bethel Business and Economics Association

Students in the Bethel Business and Economics Association (BBEA) gain the training, skills, and networking opportunities important to success in the workplace.

Accredited by the ACBSP

Bethel's Department of Business and Economics programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.

BethelBiz Alumni Network

BethelBiz is a network that will connect you to fellow alumni, inspire you to pursue excellence in the workplace, and challenge you to become a faithful leader in your community.

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