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B.S. in Accounting

Complete your accounting degree and unlock your potential.

At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, we recognize you are more than just a number. Our personalized education puts you at the center. With 30 transferable college credits, you can build on your foundation and complete your degree, online, in just one year.

Accounting professionals in Minnesota can earn an impressive average salary of $75,000. Our flexible online program allows you to balance work, life, and family. It prepares you for CMA and CPA exams, with real-world insights from faculty with experience in Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Experience the Saint Mary’s difference and advance your career today. For more information about this program and CPA licensure, visit our Professional Licensure page.

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Individual credits and completion times vary


per credit

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start dates

1 year

completion time


B.S. in Accounting Program Highlights

  • No need to wait. With six start times annually, begin your journey today.
  • Save both tuition and time with graduate courses counting towards both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Up to 50% of a graduate degree can be completed as part of your bachelor’s degree, with graduate courses at undergraduate course tuition prices.
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

What You’ll Learn in the B.S. in Accounting Program

  • Analyze and interpret financial and non-financial information for stakeholders
  • Incorporate audit methods and techniques in daily operations
  • Implement accounting technology to analyze data and communicate results
  • Laws, regulations, and the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Collaboration with diverse groups and individuals
  • Develop ethical principles and character-driven leadership

Turning a doable degree into a dream job.

Ephrem Eshete B’23 is a father, husband, and member of the U.S. Army Reserve. When he received a life-changing offer from a Big 6 accounting firm, he attributed his success to the bachelor's completion programs at Saint Mary's. “I wouldn’t see myself in this position unless I got this degree,” he said,.

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Join us for an information session to learn more about programs, how to apply, transferring your credits, and more. We offer live information sessions where you can meet other prospective learners and faculty, as well as an archive you can view on your own time.

Previous Credits Count Toward Your B.S. Degree

Prior credits earned, past work experience, and military service all count toward finishing your degree. All of them. Apply the credits you already have toward the career you want — and do it faster than you thought possible.  

  • Your past credits are always eligible – they never expire
  • Technical college credits are accepted
  • Transfer up to 90 credits (75% of your bachelor of science degree)
  • Transfer credits for prior learning
  • You can apply standardized tests such as CLEP or DSST toward your degree.
  • We accept military, industry, and business training via the American Council on Education (ACE) or PLA.

Apply for Admission

Apply anytime to finish your bachelor’s degree. Many of the programs have six start times per year. Start here to take the next step.

    • Applicants must demonstrate an overall grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale with evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits*.
    • These credits must include completion of one basic English composition course with a grade of C- or better.¹
    • Applicants may be required to complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admissions process.


    *These credits may be made up of:

    • Industry Training and Military Separation Paper carrying American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations or,
    • Past College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exam credits or,
    • International credits evaluated by a source accepted by Saint Mary’s University or,
    • Any credits transferable from a regionally accredited or non-regionally accredited institution.


    ¹The English composition course requirement helps the student prepare for college level coursework. The applicant may be conditionally admitted if he or she cannot prove competency in this area, in which case the CLEP College Composition exam with essay or a similar university course must be taken within the first semester of study at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

  • Students who have completed 30 credits from  an accredited institution within the U.S. or the equivalent of these credits from an institution in an approved waiver country are exempt from demonstrating English language proficiency. Otherwise, students with transcripts from universities located outside of the U.S. are required to take and pass English proficiency testing. 

    Saint Mary’s accepts:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo Language Test with a minimum score of 100
    • Pearson Test of English with a score of 51

    Please see our academic catalog for a list of all approved waiver countries.

  • Applicants must submit the following:

    1. Completed application form
    2. Official transcripts should be issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 semester credits (C- and higher) and a college level English Composition course.
      • Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, One Earth International Credential Evaluators or any approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards.
      • Saint Mary’s can order and cover the cost of transcripts from domestic institutions that allow third-party requests for eligible degree-seeking applicants. Contact your transfer counselor for more information.
      • Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission:
        • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
          2500 Park Avenue
          Minneapolis, MN 55404
        • Or email: tcadmission@smumn.edu

    • Fall: August 2nd, 2024
    • Spring: December 2nd, 2024
    • Summer: April 4th, 2025
    • Fall 2025: August 1


    Applicants completing the application process by the priority deadline are guaranteed consideration for their intended start date.

  • Fall 2023 : Aug. 28
    Fall 2023 term 2
    :  Oct. 23

    Spring 2024: Jan. 8
    Spring 2024
    term 2: March 4

    Summer 2024 : May 6
    Summer 2024 term 2
    : July 1

    Fall 2024: Sept. 2

  • You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.

Explore options to finance your education.

At Saint Mary’s, we are comitted to making your investment as accessible and affordable as possible. Learn more about tuition, fees, financial aid, and scholarships.

Course Catalog

In addition to foundational courses, you’ll take courses such as:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Cost Accounting
  • Auditing

The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.

Careers & Salary

The demand for highly competent and qualified accountants is rising due to globalization and complex regulatory requirements. Our accounting degree program prepares you for various careers in public accounting firms, large corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

Financial Analyst

$95,570 per year*

Accountant or Auditor

$77,250 per year*

Loan Officer

$63,380 per year*

growth rate is expected for accountant and auditor occupations from 2021 and 2031

Related Programs

Find the right program for right now — or the future. Saint Mary’s offers adult degree completion programs, as well as graduate certificates, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Saint Mary’s offers a generous transfer policy.  Many can transfer up to 90 credits toward our degree completion programs. Our transfer counselor specialists will guide you through the process.

  • At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom:


    Student Central: Your one stop for student services

    Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.

    Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students

    Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education

  • The only thing virtual about your online experience is the classroom. Our flexible online programs offer the rigor and reputation you expect from Saint Mary’s. 

    Explore more here.

  • If you are in a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for financial aid. 

    Learn more here.

  • Life gets busy. Whether you’re raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you take the next step in your career. That’s why Saint Mary’s online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.

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Sources and Disclaimer

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Analysts at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Loan Officers at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/loan-officers.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  4. All other career data on this page can be found at Lightcast (lightcast.io) Q1 2023 Data, September 2022-February 2023.