The Minnesota State University, Mankato Accounting Program is recognized for its excellence throughout Minnesota and the United States. Graduates of the Accounting Program consistently exceed the national average of first-time pass rate on the uniform CPA examination. 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 and Business Law.


Accounting Club

The MSU Accounting Club works to promote relationships between students, faculty, and professionals.

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

Student Center for the Public Trust

Minnesota State University, Mankato Student Center for the Public Trust (MavCPT) is an affiliated chapter inducted in November of 2017.

VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

IRS-certified student volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. VITA is part of a national program.

Career Opportunities

With a BS in Accounting or 120 credit hours, opportunities exist in public or corporate accounting and not-for-profit and governmental work. Average entry level salaries range from $45,000, to $55,000.

  • Entry level job opportunities include: 
  • Public Accountant 
  • Corporate Accountant 
  • Management Accountant 

With a Master of Accounting or 150 credit hours, additional opportunities include: 

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 
  • Tax Advising and Tax Planning 
  • Consulting 
  • Information Systems Auditing (CISA) 

Available Degrees in Accounting

Computer screen. Designates degree is also available online.

Master of Accounting (MAcc)

Minnesota State Mankato’s Master of Accounting program provides students with the credit hours necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant, prepares them for success in a dynamic job market and produces graduates with skills and abilities that will allow them to advance faster.

Certificate in Taxation

The Graduate Certificate in Taxation (GCT) program is designed for students and professionals who want a solid foundation of knowledge of the tax field.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

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

Minor in Accounting

A minor in Accounting consists of the following 18 credits and requires a total cumulative 2.70 GPA

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