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2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook

Accounting, B.S.

Program Description

Accounting is more than numbers; it is the language of business in the ever-adapting global digital world. To succeed in professional accounting, accountants need technical competencies in recording, analyzing, and mapping data, as well as enhanced professional communication skills. With this unique combination, accountants assist businesses in ensuring compliance and achieving corporate mission and goals.

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree is designed not only to prepare individuals for a career in any industry, but also to create a pathway to complete a Master of Science in Accounting degree. With growing global commerce and ever-changing regulatory requirements, continuing education is the key to adapting to emerging challenges and opportunities. The accounting program pathway offers the foundation to prepare for CMA and CPA certification.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze and interpret financial and non-financial information to aid decision makers within an organization.
  2. Identify and follow laws and regulations applicable to accounting practice.

  3. Incorporate an ethical perspective into the accounting environment.

  4. Identify the global and economic business environments, changing trends, and related educational strategies.

  5. Identify and apply audit methods and techniques used in practice today.

  6. Assess the importance of accounting technology to maintain systems, analyze data, and communicate results.

  7. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  8. Collaborate effectively with diverse populations and groups. 

Program Structure and Delivery

Accounting courses are delivered online in an accelerated 8-week format  Business, management, and communication courses are offered in an accelerated 8-week format in both blended and fully online versions.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation with a bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary’s University. All students must meet the general education credit requirements. A minimum of 36 credits is required to complete the B.S. in Accounting.

Foundation Courses* 6 cr.
Required Accounting Courses 21 cr.
Required Business/Management Courses 6 cr.
Required Communication Courses 6 cr.
Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total Credits 36 cr.

*foundation courses do not count toward the 36 core program credits

Required Capstone: 3 cr.

AC490 is a blended course, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner. AC495 is a fully online course.

Requirements for Double Major

For students seeking both the Accounting and Business Administration, B.S., please see the double major requirements.

Accounting/Business Administration, B.S.  


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate and degree programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework. Applicants must provide evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits upon acceptance, including completion of a basic English composition course. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family).
  2. All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 transferable semester credits with a Basic English composition course.  (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. 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, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404