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Accounting major and minor at Mount St. Mary's University



How do federal tax law changes impact the financial strategy of an auto manufacturing company in Detroit? What percentage of their income should a couple in their 40s save for retirement given their goals? And why does a bakery on Main St. have a cash flow problem? These questions and more can be answered by those who are trained and skilled in accounting.

Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business

The undergraduate degree program in accounting is part of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. The Bolte School has an impeccable reputation for producing successful business leaders, and the entire faculty shares a commitment to ensuring that you receive the knowledge, experience and insight to leave the Mount as a responsible, methodologically sound and ethical business professional.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

As organizations strive for efficiency and effectiveness amidst shrinking budgets and growing competition, the role of the accountant has become increasingly important. As an accounting major at the Mount, you’ll gain an understanding of how to build and interpret financial reports, their relationship to business objectives and how to make strategic decisions.

While in the accounting program, you’ll explore cost accounting, governmental and nonprofit accounting, consolidated and partnership financial statements, the role of the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal income tax law and auditing.

These skills will help you launch a career as a certified public accountant, auditor, tax accountant, management consultant, private, government or nonprofit accountant or financial planner. This variety of career path makes an accounting degree one of the most flexible options available, as you make a positive impact in whichever sector you choose.

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Sean McCann Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2016

At the Mount, I learned to accept others for their differences and developed the ability to listen and learn while keeping an open mind. This is a major key to success in today's society – an important lesson I will carry with me in the professional world.

Sean McCann, C'16 Internal audit risk consultant, KPMG

Where accounting majors go.

You’ll benefit from the Mount’s standing in the world of accounting, as we’ve been building relationships with some of the most well-known accounting firms in the nation. In fact, each fall, Mount students meet with representatives and receive job offers from firms and organizations such as:

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • PwC
  • KPMG
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • PNC Financial Services
  • CohnReznick
  • Kearney & Company


Our graduates have also landed positions at federal government agencies, such as:

  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
No. 1 Ranked as the top college for employment in Maryland for 2018-19

About the minor.

An accounting minor is a great complement to virtually any major. Whether your career plan involves business, social services, the arts, education or health care, a solid understanding of accounting principles will enable you to better manage your organization’s or department’s finances.

The courses offered cover fundamental accounting principles, preparing and understanding financial statements, managerial accounting, generally accepted accounting principles and macroeconomics.

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Prepare for a career in business and finance.

As of January 2018, Mount St. Mary’s renowned undergraduate accounting program is offered in an accelerated format for working adults. Students may take advantage of traditions like the annual accounting career fair and the national Federal Reserve Challenge competition.

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