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Accounting Major

Excel in the language of business.

On the Winona campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, our Accounting major  is tailored to meet the needs of aspiring CPAs, CMAs, controllers, tax specialists, and governmental accountants.

Step into a comprehensive curriculum designed not only to equip you with the skills to confidently sit for the internationally-recognized Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam but also to lay the groundwork for your journey towards the esteemed Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam – a recognized standard of excellence in the accounting field.

Our commitment to excellence is demonstrated through accreditation by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), signifying our dedication to maintaining the highest standards and best practices in business education. As you embark on this journey, our distinguished faculty, with their diverse real-world experiences, will serve as your guiding mentors.

Engage in a learning environment that extends beyond traditional classrooms. Forge connections with instructors both in and outside class walls, immersing yourself in genuine business scenarios, collaborating with industry experts, and mastering practical accounting principles that set you apart.

Our curriculum places ethical conduct at its core, recognizing your role as a responsible professional. The significance of ethical decision-making is emphasized, ensuring ethical standards remain unwavering throughout your career journey. Develop an ethical framework highly valued by employers.

Grounded in our Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota empowers you to embrace ethical leadership and service. This ethos transcends professional and personal boundaries, fostering your growth as a well-rounded individual.

Join us in a journey of exploration and growth. Saint Mary’s Accounting major is not merely about numbers – it’s about understanding the language of business that shapes outcomes. We’re here to prepare you for more than just a career; we’re here to guide you toward a path of influence, ethics, and accomplishment. Collaborate with our esteemed faculty, seize opportunities, and become a decision-maker who shapes a brighter future. Your journey starts now.

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Program Highlights


  • Our program serves as a stepping stone to the nationally-recognized Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, the gold standard for accounting professionals.
  • Our program prepares  you to confidently sit for the internationally-recognized Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, setting the stage for a successful career trajectory.
  • Saint Mary’s Accounting major is accredited by the prestigious International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), underscoring our commitment to excellence and best practices in business education.
  • Personalize your journey with 19 different minors. Learn more.

What You'll Learn

  • Fundamental business concepts, theories, and practices
  • Business environmental factors at domestic and global levels
  • Legal and ethical business principles; applications of business decision-making
  • Business-related quantitative methods and tools to aid decision-making
  • Business concepts/functions and interrelated associations between functional areas
  • Effectively work with diverse colleagues in team situations


Your journey towards a brighter future starts here. Whether you’re a high school graduate starting your college search — or a transfer student eager to find the perfect fit — Saint Mary’s is committed to helping you find your place in the world.

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Careers that look to the future.

The demand for highly competent and qualified accountants is rising due to globalization, an evolving digital world, and complex regulatory requirements — from corporations, public accounting firms, and nonprofit organizations. An accountant's median annual salary is $77,250 with over 81,00 new jobs expected between 2021 to 2031.1

Accountant or auditor


Budget Analyst


Loan Officer


Financial Analyst


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Published on: 2024-02-05
Published on: 2024-02-01

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors at (visited Aug. 10, 2023).

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