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Using Your Degree

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A St. Kate's accounting degree gives you the credentials to switch from one field to another — and to become a business executive, a partner in an accounting firm or even an entrepreneur. You'll also have the foundation you need to go on and become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Field Responsibilities
Public accounting Auditing, consulting and tax functions
Management accounting Cost accounting, budgeting, financial statement preparation and analysis
Government accounting Oversight, performance and allocation of funds
Internal auditing Compliance with organizational policies, accounting controls and accounting systems
Nonprofit organizations Specialized expertise in accounting and tax regulations, and policies unique to them
Nearly all St. Kate's accounting majors secure jobs in their field within two months of graduation.

Our alumnae include:

  • Sarah Wong, finance manager, Ecolab
  • Emily Holte, staff accountant, Legacy Professionals LLP
  • Wenda Schmelebeck, a management consultant in Haymarket, Virginia
  • Linsey Miller, senior financial analyst, Ecolab

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

You can meet the provisions of the Minnesota Board of Accountancy and other states to sit for the Uniform Examination for the CPA with a St. Kate's accounting major.

Most states require CPA candidates to have an undergraduate degree with the equivalent of a major in accounting. A number of states now require 150 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework.

To fulfill the 150-hour requirement, St. Kate's accounting majors can complete an additional 20 credits in undergraduate courses or 20 credits in our Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program.

Graduate School

Your Bachelor of Arts in accounting from St. Kate's will open doors for graduate work in many areas, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. St. Kate's students have been accepted to programs at Harvard, Yale and the London School of Economics.