Study Accounting at WSU

Accounting is a high-paying field in business with great opportunities for advancement.

Students majoring in this field study accounting for entry-level employment, but with skills required for a lifetime of career development. WSU accounting students are also prepared for furthering their formal education at the graduate level. Our students regularly perform at a higher than national average on the CPA exam.

At WSU you may choose your area of concentration such as: 

  • Financial
  • Managerial
  • Tax
  • Governmental
  • Management Advisory Services
WSU graduates have obtained internships and employment at firms including:
  • 3M
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Deloitte
  • Elde Bailly LLP
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fastenal Company
  • Federated Insurance
  • Grant Thornton
  • Hawkins Ash CPAs, LLP
  • IBM Corp
  • IRS
  • Koehler Co.
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • RSM McGladrey

Accounting majors and minors are required to apply for admission to the College of Business. Accounting Program Planning Guides are available to help you plan your course load.

Program Requirements

Accounting Major Requirements 
The undergraduate major consists of at least 120 credits.

Accounting majors take foundation courses in the College of Business such as business statistics, business law, marketing, management and finance. In addition to these courses, students take classes in financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, auditing, accounting information systems and accounting computer applications. Students have the opportunity to specialize in any of these areas through their elective classes.

Accounting Minor Requirements
The accounting undergraduate minor consists of at least 21 credits.

Path to Purple

The accounting major may also be completed via the Path To Purple Program in partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) in Rochester, MN. The first two years of course work may be completed through RCTC and the last two years completed through Winona State University on the Winona campus.

Note: Contact an RCTC counselor/advisor or visit the RCTC website for lower-division program requirements.