Bachelor's, Degree Completion


Finish your degree with this entirely online completion program and gain the skills you need to pursue careers in accounting.

Why Study Accounting at Winona State?

Accounting extends well beyond auditing, taxation, and business advisory services.

Accountants also:

  • help guide good managerial decision making.
  • keep track of organizational financial commitments.
  • report budgetary information to government entities.
  • do forensic accounting work, like investigating white-collar crimes. 

With the Accounting online degree completion program at Winona State, you’ll be ready to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and pursue a career in any industry or sector.

This fully online program is meant for students who have already completed general education requirements. Students who are well suited for the Accounting online degree completion program include working adults, parents, and distance learners. 

The Accounting bachelor’s degree program is offered through the Accounting Department. This major is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Graduation Requirement

Aside from major- or minor-specific requirements, you’ll need to complete additional requirements through the General Education Program (GEP) to earn your degree from Winona State University.

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What Will You Learn as an Accounting Major?

As an Accounting major, you’ll learn how to record, translate, and report accounting data using industry software and technology.  

You’ll also: 

  • know best practices for making recommendations to improve financial performance. 
  • expand your professional network to earn a paid internship or post-graduate job in your field.  
  • get hands-on experience completing real-world audits, tax returns, and other career-relevant projects with local companies. 

Your coursework will prepare you for graduate studies or work at small organizations, large corporations, or the government.  

Creating My More

In this Q&A, learn what Brent Pfaff ‘17 enjoyed most about being at Winona State and where he believes his degrees in Accounting and Finance will take him next.

Read about Brent’s Warrior Journey
Brent Pfaff '17
Program Highlights
Flexible Coursework

Coursework is delivered entirely online, making the Accounting program great for anyone who wants to fit their education into their personal and professional lives.

With fully asynchronous classes, you can complete your assignments anytime, anywhere. This means you can take your career to the next level at your own pace.

Competitive Certification

The Accounting major curriculum prepares you to sit for both the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams.

These designations are valuable options for employment in this field.

Study Abroad

Apply what you learn in the classroom by traveling the world. At WSU, you can earn credit that applies to your degree while exploring the globe.

Learn about the business of health care in Paris, economics in Poland, and the sustainability of international business in Scotland.

Or stay within the U.S. and dive into the influential financial institutions along Wall Street and Main Street in New York City.

Personalized Advising

You’ll receive personalized student advising services and other support as you enroll in the Accounting major to when you graduate.

There’s also a business-focused career services advisor who’s ready to match you with a local organization in need of new talent.

Hear from Accounting Alumni
You aren’t just a number in this program, and you’re always able to find help in both school and with your future. This program heavily assisted me in getting my desired starting job.
Samuel Nielsen ‘22
From touring the Timberwolves accounting department to performing mock audits with local businesses, I was able to develop a sense of the opportunities available for a WSU Accounting major.
Natalie Cleland ‘21
My experience at WSU was great: the Accounting professors were always willing to answer questions and push me toward success.
Mitch Marien ‘21
Careers & Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field for accountants and auditors is predicted to grow 6% by 2031.  

Not F-1 Eligible

This program does not meet F-1 visa requirements for international students.

However, more than 90% of Winona State’s majors and programs meet F-1 visa criteria.

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