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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Department of Accounting and Business Law

The accounting major is a professional program designed to prepare the student for work in one or more of three areas: public, industrial or governmental not for profit accounting. The department also offers minors in Accounting, Business Law and Business Administration.

National projections by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate career opportunities in the accounting profession will continue to remain strong for the foreseeable future. Accounting is the language of business and allows graduates to progress rapidly into positions of responsibility with the corresponding rewards of those positions.

Graduates of the program hold positions as partners in both large and small public accounting firms, as controllers, chief financial officers in various industrial firms, and hold positions of responsibility in national, state, and city governments.


Internships are an undergraduate offering to facilitate meaningful career progression for accounting graduates. An internship gives the student an opportunity to apply and showcase what they have learned in the classroom. Performance in an internship can transition into a job offer or it can serve as reference for a full time job application. Many firms will not hire an accounting graduate without an internship.

Internships are available at public accounting firms, large and small private businesses and select governmental agencies. Internships at public accounting firms are available in spring semester. There are also a limited number of opportunities during the summer. A student who has a part-time job doing accounting-related work may earn internship credits.

Preapprovals are required for internships. Upon application for internship, a brief job description must be provided. The supervisor of the intern also completes an assessment of the intern performance upon completion of the internship. The range of assessment includes technical accounting skills to interpersonal communications.

We actively encourage internships for accounting graduates. Click here to learn more about Accounting Internships and apply for credit or contact the College of Business Internship Coordinator at for more information.

Professional Certifying Exams

The Accounting major at MSU qualifies students to make application to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations in Minnesota.

Accounting Club

The Accounting Club provides students the opportunity to interact with their peer group and also with professionals from many areas of the accounting profession. The purpose of the club is to help students grow in their social and academic lives through participation in the clubs varied activities.