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Explore the Accounting Program

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) LogoWe are busting the myth. No way is it true that accounting is only for math geniuses who love to do taxes (but if you are a math genius who loves taxes, awesome). Our accounting program is solid, accredited and superb for all interested learners (yep, that includes you too, creative thinkers and extroverts). This is where implementation and auditing can be the center focus of your degree. You’ll manage, examine, and communicate the financial resources of an organization, all while paving the way to achieve your CPA or go straight into the field. With a bright mind and promising future, you’ll find a career in Financial Analysis, Public Accounting, Management Accounting, Banking, Taxation, or Finance, to name a few.

Accounting is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Major in the making of you

Certificate in Taxation

The Certificate in Taxation is designed to prepare the student for a career in tax preparation, including individual, farm, business, trusts, estates, payroll, estate taxes, etc. It would also 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. Complete the certificate with your degree or on its own. 

Complete 4 CPA Review Courses

The Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) has teamed up with Gleim CPA Review to offer Four CPA Review courses (12 credits) that can be taken online for college credit.

  • ACCT 4511. CPA Review Course-- Regulation. (3 cr.) Prepares students for Regulation section of CPA exam. prereq: 4405
  • ACCT 4512. CPA Review Course--Financial Reporting and Accounting. (3 cr.) Prepares students to sit for Financial Reporting/Accounting section of CPA exam. prereq: 4111
  • ACCT 4513. CPA Review Course--Auditing and Attestation. (3 cr.) Prepares students to sit for Auditing/Attestation section of CPA exam. prereq: 4310
  • ACCT 4514. CPA Review Course--Business Environment and Concepts. (3 cr.) 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.

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.

Career Options

  • Forensic Accounting & Auditing
  • Tax Accountants & Consultants
  • Financial Accountants & Managers
  • Internal Auditors for Corporations or Government Organizations
  • Banking and Management

Want to become CPA, CIA, or CMA Certified?

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.




  • Earning your 120 credit hour degree will set you up to take certification exmainations in Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

  • Complete our 4 CPA Review courses.

  • Earn your Certificate in Taxation.

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredited. Learn more about what this accreditation means for you.

Are you ready?

We open the door for those who are ready. Ready to change their life, ready to achieve goals, and ready to make a difference in the lives around them. All brought to you in an online, flexible environment. With a University of Minnesota degree that will bring you to soaring new heights. And endless possibilities getting you ready for a career change, to start something new, or to start over -- whatever your reason is, take your next step with UMN Crookston! We're ready, are you?

Meet your future professors

  • Kara Bowen

  • Ali Saeedi

    Associate Professor
  • Wm Leckie

    Assistant Professor