Accounting

Students are prepared to develop, interpret and communicate financial data for business reporting and decision-making. The focus is on analysis and problem-solving applications to business where students develop into financial leaders for all types of business.

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Double Your Expertise

BVU's accounting students graduate as double majors in accounting and business. This provides students with strong technical accounting skills and a solid business foundation. Students can also choose an additional concentration, such as marketing, human resource management, entrepreneurship, sports management, or financial decision-making.

Our courses also prepare students for all sections of the CPA exam. From day one, faculty help students plan how to meet CPA requirements. In fact, most students meet the 150-hour CPA requirement in just four years.

At BVU, students learn accounting through focused instruction, internships, managing a portfolio of stocks, or participating in our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Auditing
  • Income tax planning and preparation
  • Management consulting services
  • Corporate accounting
  • Government accounting

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Growth Industry

Accounting jobs are projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than average.

Top 10

Accounting is on virtually every "top ten" list for college majors and, more often than not, at the top.

One of the Best Jobs

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked accounting in its annual list of "Best Jobs."

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Count On It

Our Students Get Involved!

  •  Each year, students and faculty attend valuable sessions and network with accounting professionals from across the state at the CPA Career Awareness Conference.
  •  Students work face-to-face with real tax clients, prepare tax returns, and give back to the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Funded by the Internal Revenue Service, VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to people who are lower-income, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers.  
  •  Students who participate in Accounting Interview Day, hosted by the Iowa College Recruiting Network, have the opportunity to interview a variety of accounting employers in one day, including Big Four firms, regional CPA firms, and corporations.
  •  Up to $5,000 is awarded annually to support three qualified, high-performing BVU business or accounting majors through the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievements Awards. 
  •  Students are selected to join other young entrepreneurs from across the state at the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) for a six-day academic experience. This advanced study includes an entrepreneurial simulation and seminars with successful entrepreneurs and business and community leaders. 

Internships

  •  Deloitte
  •  TD&T CPAs and Advisors
  •  Minnesota Vikings
  •  Principal Financial Group
  •  Schwan Food Company

Careers

  •  Deloitte, Tax Consultant
  •  KPMG, Audit Associate
  •  Iowa Auditor Office, State Auditor
  •  Iowa Division of Banking, Bank Examiner
  •  Principal Financial Group, Investment Accountant

BVU Grads at in Demand

A survey found that 100 percent of Accounting majors from the Class of 2017 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Major in Accounting (60 Credit Hours)
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Minor in Accounting (20 Credit Hours)
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Faculty

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Dr. Scott Anderson
Professor of Marketing
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Ms. Lisa Kesting Best
Professor of Business Law and Political Science
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Ms. Beth Blankers
Professor of Accounting
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Dr. Lanlan Chu
Assistant Professor of Economics
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Jennifer Hecht
Assistant Professor of Accounting
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Mr. Timothy McDaniel
Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Quantitative Business
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