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Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Nicole.Phillips@stmartin.edu
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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 whatcanidowiththismajor.com. 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.