Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting Overview

Whether on campus or online, an accounting degree from SMWC will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for a gratifying career in accounting or finance. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Interested in earning your accounting bachelor’s and a master’s degree in 4 years? Learn more about our 3+1 Leadership Development Program.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of today’s accounting profession. You will have a mix of accounting, business and general studies courses rooted in our liberal arts education, helping you learn to think critically and analytically. With our expert faculty, comprehensive curriculum and opportunities for professional experience, you will be well on your way to achieving your goals in the accounting field.

This degree prepares a person for a professional career in accounting including the educational components for many certifications such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA), the Certified Financial Management (CFM), the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and others. Some of these certifications require work experience before you can take the exam. If you are interested in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, there are ways of modifying and adding hours to this major to meet the requirements in your state.


Why get an accounting degree?
Accountants can work for any business or in any industry. Managing money and assets is an integral aspect of running a company, and there is a demand for accountants in all aspects of business. It can allow you to start your own business or accountancy firm.

What can you do with an accounting degree?
Accounting is often called “the language of business” because it is integral to every business and industry. As an accountant, you will be at the forefront of new technologies to solve today’s problems in diverse and exciting industries. Accounting majors at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College are prepared for positions requiring graduates to apply a broad perspective and accounting knowledge to various jobs. Jobs include:

  • Staff Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Accounts Payable or Accounts Receivable Administrator
  • Tax Preparer
  • Financial Analyst

Check out our blog 8 careers you can have with a degree in accounting

What is the average annual salary of someone with an accounting degree?
Employment of accountants is expected to grow 6% through 2031 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The average salary for accountants with a bachelor’s degree is $71,550, according to BLS.

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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