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School of Business, OM 379
Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Accounting Program (Major)

What is accounting?

The field of accounting focuses on the collection, analysis and communication of financial information for public and private organizations, or individuals. It plays a vital role in assessing the health of an organization and influencing management decision-making.

Why study accounting at Saint Martin's?

Business in the 21st century requires professional excellence accompanied by sensitivity to the needs of a vibrant and changing global economy. Saint Martin’s prepares accounting graduates for responsible positions in private practice, corporate accounting and governmental service through a deep foundation in current technologies, best practices and the development of the whole person.

Additional benefits include:

  • Emphasis on internships
  • Business-specific career and internship fairs held on campus each semester
  • Faculty members are both educators and business professionals
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring with faculty
  • Training in industry standard software
  • Extra-curricular activities, competitions and networking opportunities
  • 4+1 dual degree program: qualified students earn bachelor’s and MBA in 5 years
  • A rigorous yet supportive educational environment
  • Exposure to all functional areas of business and economics
  • Well-rounded, liberal arts education

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our business/accounting outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

There are diverse opportunities for students majoring in accounting. Careers in this field include:

  • Tax preparation
  • Auditing
  • Financial planning
  • International accounting
  • Risk management consulting

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • 15 semester hours of foundation courses
  • 33 semester hours of a common professional component
  • 24 semester hours of requirements for completion of the major

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of accounting requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Where do Saint Martin's accounting graduates work?

  • 30% go to work at CPA firm
  • 30% work at government agencies
  • 30% work for private companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft to small, private companies

Research / internship opportunities

  • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internship opportunities
  • H&R Block, Enterprise, local CPA firms
  • Study abroad opportunities tied specifically to business curriculum in countries such as Germany, South Korea and Japan
  • 35-40% of students are offered a job at their internship site

Related fields of study

Business administration (M., m.) | Economics (m.)

Note: Students majoring in accounting cannot minor in business administration.