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Help organizations and individuals become financially stronger. Guide them to make smart decisions. Use accounting information systems and applications with ease.

Why Study Accounting at Winona State?

Accountants are in great demand at public accounting firms that do auditing, taxation, and business advisory services for their clients. Accountants are also needed by corporations to help guide good managerial decision making. 

Non-profit organizations like hospitals and schools need accountants to keep track of their financial commitments. Governmental entities like cities and counties need accountants to report budgetary information to constituents. And the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and FBI need accountants to do forensic accounting work, including investigating white-collar crimes. 

That’s where the Accounting bachelor’s degree through Winona State’s Accounting Department comes in.  

The Accounting major is meant for students who want to combine their passions for business and numbers. This major is also a good fit for transfer students who have already earned 30 college credits and want to complete their bachelor’s degree. 

With this major, you’ll be ready to not only sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, but also pursue a career in any industry or sector. 

The Accounting bachelor’s degree program is 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.

Learn More about the GEP
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

Real-World Training

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.

Dual Graduate Studies

If you have room in your schedule during your final year as an undergraduate student at WSU, you can enroll in select graduate courses and start the online Master of Professional Accounting program.

This will save you time as you complete your MPA degree.

Engaging Learning Spaces

The College of Business Engagement Center is your hub for experiential learning.

This space includes the Winona National Bank Financial Markets Lab, Strauss Center for Sales Excellence, Federated Insurance Role Play Room, and an event area dedicated to collaborating with guest business partners.

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.

Beyond the Classroom

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.  

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