Undergraduate Programs


The Accounting program is recognized for its excellence throughout Minnesota and the United States. Graduates consistently exceed the national average of first-time pass rate on the uniform CPA examination. The Accounting major is a professional program designed to prepare the student for work in one or more of three areas: public, industrial or governmental not for profit accounting. The department also offers minors in Accounting and Business Law.


Program Locations Major / Total Credits
Accounting BS BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
70 / 120


Program Locations Total Credits
Accounting Minor
  • Mankato

Policies & Faculty


Admission to a Major in the College of Business. Admission to a major in the College of Business typically occurs at the beginning of the student's junior year. The student may choose to pursue a degree in one or more of the following COB majors: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, or Marketing. Multiple criteria will be considered for admission to a major in the College of Business. Admission is competitive; meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Deadlines for application are: October 1 for Spring Semester and March 1 for Fall Semester.

Criteria Considered for Admission to the Accounting Major

  1. Cumulative (Including Transfer) Grade Point Average: minimum 2.5
  2. Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0): CIS 101, MATH 130, ACCT 200, BUS 295, ECON 201.

Requirements for the Accounting Minor

  1. Students must be admitted to a major at Minnesota State Mankato, and
  2. Students must have a cummulative GPA of 2.5 or higher when starting to take 300 level courses for the Accounting Minor.

Academic Advising. Students will initially receive their advising from the professional advisors in the College of Business Student Center. When a student applies to the College of Business (which is done during BUS 295), he/she will be assigned a faculty advisor in the major area of study. Questions regarding the assignment of advisors can be answered in the College of Business Advising Center, 151 Morris Hall, 389-2963.

College of Business Policies

Students who are business minors, non-business majors or those who are not seeking a four-year degree may take up to 24 credits in the College of Business.

Students must be admitted to a major to take upper division (300/400) courses in the College of Business.

Students must be admitted to the College of Business major to be granted a Bachelor of Science degree in any College of Business majors.

Residency. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 resident credits at the upper division (300-400) level in the College of Business at Minnesota State Mankato.

Transfer students pursuing a major or minor in the College of Business must complete at least 50% (one-half) of their major or minor coursework at Minnesota State Mankato.

GPA Policy.

Students pursuing the Accounting major must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on the total courses required for the major and a 2.25 overall GPA to meet graduation requirements.

Students pursuing the Accounting minor must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on the total courses required for the minor to meet graduation requirements.

Accounting majors or minors must earn a grade of a "C" or better in required accounting and business law classes.

P/N Grading Policy. No more than one-fourth of a student's major shall consist of P/N grades.

Assessment Policy. The College of Business believes that the ongoing assessment of its programs makes a vital contribution to the quality of those programs and to student learning. Student Participation is an important and expected part of the assessment process.

Internships. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in one or more internship programs related to their field of study before graduation. Qualifying internships may receive academic credit counting towards a student's major, but are not required to be taken for credit. To receive academic credit, students must be registered during the semester the internship takes place. Registration instructions and other business internship resources can be found at:

Contact Information

MH 150


  • Wade Davis, JD
  • Sean Fingland, MA
  • Abo-El-Yazeed T. Habib, PhD
  • Steven Johnson, DBA
  • Oksana Kim, PhD
  • Byron Pike, PhD
  • Kirsten Rosacker, PhD
  • Ferdinand Siagian, PhD
  • Tasia Winrow, MPA
  • Juan Wu, PhD
  • Katheryn Zielinski, DBA

200 Level

Credits: 3

The accounting process, financial statement preparation, and analysis. Includes the accounting cycle, asset, liability, and equity accounting. Emphasis on the use of accounting data.

Prerequisites: MATH 112 or MATH 115or MATH 121 or MATH 130 or MATH 181

Credits: 3

Preparation and analysis of cost-based management reports: use of cost information to make short-term operating decisions and long-term capital decisions.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200

Credits: 1

This course provides extensive hands-on practice applying all steps in the accounting cycle. Emphasis will be placed on completion of journal entries, adjusting entries, closing entries, and preparation of financial statements.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200

300 Level

Credits: 3

An in-depth analysis of financial accounting concepts and procedures, and includes coverage of the income statement, balance sheet, time value of money, receivables and inventories.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200

Credits: 3

A continuation of Accounting 300. An in-depth analysis of long term liabilities, stockholders equity, leases, pensions, deferred taxes and the statement of cash flows.

Prerequisites: ACCT 300

Credits: 3

Emphasizes product and service costing, including job order and process costing systems. Other related topics are budgeting, pricing, cost-volume-profit analysis, standards and variance analysis.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200, ACCT 210

Credits: 3

A discussion of various accounting information systems. Topics include documentation, internal control, system design, knowledge structures, database design, software evaluation, systems applications and current developments.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The course examines the principles and procedures relating to the determination and computation of federal income taxes for an individual. Federal estate tax, gift tax, and income taxation of estates and trusts are also examined.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200, ACCT 210

Credits: 0

Curricular Practical Training: Co-Operative Experience is a zero-credit full-time practical training experience for one summer and an adjacent fall or spring term. Special rules apply to preserve full-time student status. Please contact an advisor in your program for complete information.

Prerequisites: Permission of the Chairperson of the department; co-op contract; other prerequisites may also apply.

400 Level

Credits: 3

A study of accounting principles and concepts for mergers, acquisitions, consolidated statements, foreign currency translation, partnerships, and governmental/not for profit.

Prerequisites: ACCT 301

Credits: 3

The course examines the principles and procedures relating to the determination and computation of federal income taxes for various business entities including sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships and tax-exempt entities. The course also covers tax research procedures.

Prerequisites: ACCT 300, ACCT 330

Credits: 3

An overview of the external audit process, the issues facing the auditing profession today, and assurance services. Includes detailed coverage of the AICPA Code of Conduct, audit planning, substantive testing, auditors' responsibilities for detecting fraud, and audit reports.

Prerequisites: ACCT 300

Credits: 1-3

Study tours are led by Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty and provide students with opportunities to visit companies and attend lectures by renowned experts from key sectors of economy, government, and business.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-6

Supervised experience in public, industrial or governmental accounting. Students must meet standards established by the employer and the Department of Accounting.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4


Prerequisites: none