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    Setting you up for success
    Accounting professionals play an important role in the success of any organization, and with a degree in accounting you’ll be in high demand.
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    Find great careers
    With a bright mind and promising future, students often locate careers in Financial Analysis, Public Accounting, Management Accounting, Banking, Taxation, or Finance just to name a few.
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    Learn with our techniques
    UMC's Accounting program teaches students the fundamental and advanced techniques needed to assist future clients and firms with financial reports.
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    Get certified here
    Small class sizes help tailor courses to your career needs, giving you the ability to be successful in taking certification examinations through our campus to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)...without having to be in a master's program.
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    Aquire knowledge from expert faculty
    Learn from expert faculty members who balance theory with applied, hands-on experience and best practices.


Bachelor of Science (BS)

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) LogoDo you enjoy learning in a small classroom where implementation and auditing are a center focus of your degree? The University of Minnesota Crookston’s (UMC) Accounting B.S. degree teaches students the fundamental and advanced techniques needed to assist future clients and firms with financial reports. Presenting numbers in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles through problem solving for profit, public and non-profit organizations, accountants apply themselves through problem solving and methodical strategies. With a bright mind and promising future, students often locate careers in Financial Analysis, Public Accounting, Management Accounting, Banking, Taxation, or Finance just to name a few. 

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Key Features

Key Features

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  • UMN Crookston was recently granted official accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Our accounting program also received separate accreditation, which makes UMN Crookston one of only two universities in the state of Minnesota with this honor. Learn why this accreditation matters.
  • The University of Minnesota Crookston's (UMC) degree in Accounting is designed to provide students with both the theoretical and the analytical framework required to work effectively in public, private, or governmental accounting.
  • There are many growth opportunities and a wide variety of job possibilities.
  • UMC Accounting graduates have excellent communication and technology skills which makes them very marketable.
  • We also offer classes outside of the major that compliment it and help students become successful.
  • Get involved with the Accounting & Finance Society, a student organization.
  • Small class sizes and individualized attention.
  • The University of Minnesota Crookston Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting is offered on campus and online. Don't forget we also have an accounting minor on campus and online.

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  • Upon completion of the 120 credit hour program, a graduate may choose take certification examinations through our campus to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (review courses available), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) at a 4-year university instead of being involved within a master’s program. The respective certificates will be issued with the attainment of a satisfactory score and the completion of the appropriate experience. For more information, visit the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) site for more information.

    *Many states now require 150 semester credits of education to take the CPA exam or be licensed. Please check with individual state boards of accountancy or Accounting faculty knowledgeable about this requirement.

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view the current Accounting, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
View Accounting, BS curriculum

Also, we offer a minor in Accounting:
View Accounting minor curriculum

Associated Clubs & Organizations

Associated Clubs & Organizations



Starting Salaries: $41,600 - 60,000

Jobs are projected to remain in high demand for the foreseeable future. Accounting graduates take positions as/in:

  • Financial AccountantsAccounting Professionals
  • Financial Managers
  • Cost and Management Accountants
  • Management Advisory Consultants
  • Tax Accountants and Consultants
  • Financial Analysts and Personal Financial Advisors
  • Independent Auditors with CPA Firms
  • Internal Auditors for Corporations or Government Organizations
  • FBI Agents
  • Forensic Accounting and Auditing
  • Banking and Management

Accounting also provides a good foundation upon which to build a career in many business ventures.

Student Stories

Student Stories

Hailee Rice

Her smile is the first thing you notice about Hailee Rice. And, the Accounting major from Fertile, Minn., smiles a lot these days with good reason. She loves her major and her internship at the Crookston office of Brady Martz & Associates, P.C. Learn more.



Ross Sigler

Senior Ross Sigler, an Accounting major at the University of Minnesota, Crookston talks about his experience in "In Accounting, Everyone Counts"PDF File Icon  from the Spring 2014 version of the Torch magazine. Nearing the end of his college career, Sigler looks back and says, “The people here are the best. I like the size of the campus and the campus culture. I made the right choice.”




Mawaye Appleton

Mawaye Appleton, 2014, Brooklyn Park, Minn., it was much more than a visit to company headquarters. For the accounting and management double major at the University of Minnesota Crookston, it was a time she will never forget. 

Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, 2013, an international student from Seoul, Korea, discusses his experiences as a student at the U of M, Crookston and a tells bit about his major, accounting.

Update: Danny's goal is to be a global leader who makes positive contributions to the world. As the founding president of UMC Accounting Society, he took the initiative in certifying UMC as the IRS tax assistance site for the community. He is also currently co-president of Multicultural International Club and UMC Residential Life Community Adviser. After graduation, he will start his career with Ernst & Young in September 2013.

Xiaowei Zhou

Xiaowei Zhou, 2013 - My name is Xiaowei and I am from Chongqing, China. After graduating, I will pursue my Master of Science in Accounting at graduate school. So far, I have been admitted to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), North Dakota State University (NDSU), and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).  I planned to continue my graduate study at UIC. I believe the education in UMC and my advisor’s and instructors’ references played an important role through my application process. I do really appreciate all the support and education I received from University of Minnesota Crookston.

Yundi Liu

Yundi Liu, 2013 - My name is Yundi Liu. I transferred from a Chinese university to UMC in 2010. I appreciate all the faculty, staff, and classmates who help me a lot in and outside of the classroom. I have accomplished much during my undergraduate years. However, I recognize that there remains much to learn and to experience. Thus, I am intent to move forward to advanced studies in accounting at a graduate school. I have been admitted to the graduate programs at the Illinois State University, University of Massachusetts, University of San Diego, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Bradley Kappes Student Stories

Bradley Kappes, 2010, a double major in Accounting and Agricultural Business talks about his experience at the U of M, Crookston in "A Perfect Blend"PDF File Icon in the Spring 2010 version of the Torch magazine. 

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Preparation Courses

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Preparation Courses

Prepare for your CPA Exam online while earning college credits at the same time!

The Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) has teamed up with Gleim CPA Review to offer CPA Review courses that can be taken online for college credit.

Program course features:

  • Online Classes
    UMC CPA Review courses contain four unique online classes totaling twelve credits
    • ACCT 4511. CPA Review Course-- Regulation. (3 cr. ; Student Option; Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer) Prepares students for Regulation section of CPA exam. prereq: 4405

    • ACCT 4512. CPA Review Course--Financial Reporting and Accounting. (3 cr. ; Student Option; Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer) Prepares students to sit for Financial Reporting/Accounting section of CPA exam. prereq: 4111

    • ACCT 4513. CPA Review Course--Auditing and Attestation. (3 cr. ; Student Option; Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer) Prepares students to sit for Auditing/Attestation section of CPA exam. prereq: 4310

    • ACCT 4514. CPA Review Course--Business Environment and Concepts. (3 cr. ; Student Option; Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer) Prepares students for Business Environment/ Concepts section of CPA exam. prereq: 3322

  • Earned Credits
    Credits earned can be applied toward the 150-credit requirement to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Expert Instruction
    Courses are taught by highly-qualified Accounting faculty members with extensive subject knowledge, industry experiences, and notable online teaching experience.
  • Convenience and Flexibility
    Courses are offered entirely online and are accessible 24/7

Note: Many states now require 150 semester credits of education to take the CPA exam or be licensed. Please check with individual state boards of accountancy or Accounting faculty knowledgeable about this requirement.


To register, or for more information, please contact:

University of Minnesota Crookston
Owen Hall, Suite-A
2900 University Avenue
Crookston, MN 56716
800-UMC-MINN (862-6466)
218-281-8575 (FAX)

Certificate in Taxation

Certificate in Taxation

Degree or non-degree seeking students interested in advancing as a tax professional will now have the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Taxation at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The certificate is offered to students both on campus and online.

The certificate is designed to prepare the student for a career in tax preparation, including individual, farm, business, trusts, estates, payroll, estate taxes, etc. In addition, it prepares the student to pass the registered tax return preparer competency test.

The certificate also would appeal to non-licensed paid preparers and to individuals interested in a new career as a tax preparer. In order to complete the certificate, students will take classes in income tax, tax preparation, and accounting systems.


Effective January 1, 2011, all paid preparers of 1040 income tax returns are required to obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before preparing and filing tax returns. Current preparers will be issued a provisional PTIN, and have until the end of 2013 to pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer competency test administered by the IRS.

Required Courses:
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Tuition & Fees:
Learn more about tuition and fees.

Financial Aid:
Financial aid is available for eligible degree seeking students. Students must fill out the FAFSA form in order to apply for financial aid. Use code 004069 when applying for financial aid for this program. UMC offers more information on financial aid and scholarships to help students understand options for paying for college.

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Certifications - CIA, CMA and CPA

Certifications - CIA, CMA and CPA

Upon completion of the 120 credit hour program, a graduate may choose to take any of the following certifications:

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

The CIA designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field. Moreover, earning the CIA designation is more than just proof of what you know and what you’ve achieved — it’s the best way for auditing professionals to communicate to the world that they are prepared to meet today’s challenges. Candidates leave the program enriched with educational experience, information, and business tools that can be applied immediately in any organization or business environment. Learn more about being a CIA.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential is the advanced professional certification that delivers tangible value. It demonstrates your command of the critical accounting and financial management skills demanded by today’s dynamic businesses, translating into significant career opportunities for you. Learn more about being a CMA.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

CPAs, and potential CPAs, have a variety of career paths from which to choose. Within public accounting, you can work for any sized firm, ranging from a large, international CPA firm to a small local accounting practice. Within the firm, you can work in such areas as audit, tax and management consulting. The same holds true in business and industry, where you can choose careers in companies of all sizes, working in diverse areas such as financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, financial analysis and treasury/cash management. Within government, you can create a path to success at either the federal, state or local level. Non-profit organizations and education also offer many diverse opportunities. Learn more about being a CPA.

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

On-Campus Faculty

On-Campus Faculty

Lecturer, Department Chair
(218) 281-8267
Assistant Professor
(218) 281-8174
(218) 281-8185
(218) 281-8194
Associate Professor
(218) 281-8117
Academic Advisor, Online Academic Advisor
(218) 281-8179
(218) 281-8173
C.P.A., M.P.A.
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Related Majors, Minors & Programs...

Interested in a double major or minor to complement your Degree? Check out these other programs at UMC: