School of Business and Economics

BS with Major in Accounting

A Degree That Really Adds Up

Accounting is often referred to as “the 360-degrees of freedom” degree because it’s got so many career applications—from auditing, taxation, strategic cost management, and beyond.  The increasing complexity of today’s corporate environment and financial markets presents accountants with a constant challenge—to provide accurate, transparent, understandable financial information and advice to managers and investors. At Michigan Tech, you’ll gain the advanced accounting knowledge to be able to tackle this challenge head on.

About the Program: The Michigan Tech Advantage

Studying accounting at a university with prominent technology, engineering, and science programs is a real value. You’ll benefit from Michigan Tech’s unique cross-discipline collaboration and gain the experience you need to build an amazing résumé.

  • Our program teaches much more than accounting procedures. You’ll gain advanced knowledge and skills to help solve real problems for real organizations.
  • Our undergraduate accounting courses are rigorous and meet or exceed all academic requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations.
  • Apply your knowledge base and gain real-world exposure by participating in regional and national competitions sponsored by organizations such as the IMA and AICPA.
  • Join the Applied Portfolio Management Program Team and gain real-world experience on the trading room floor by investing more than $1.5 Million of real money.
  • Get involved with student organizations that fit your interests and offer great résumé experience, such as Kappa Sigma Iota, Michigan Tech’s accounting and finance group, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Entrepreneurs Club
  • The Silicon Valley Spring Break experience is a one-of-a-kind trip available exclusively to School of Business and Economics students. Travel to the heart of the tech business world, tour top-level companies like Google and Cisco, meet with successful entrepreneurs, and more.
  • Gain real-world experience through peer collaboration with our senior-level Business Development Experience—you could have the opportunity to develop and present a business plan for a Senior Design or Enterprise project.

Career Pathways

The US Department of Labor Statistics projects strong growth through 2026 for accounting professionals, enhancing the multitude of positions and applications already available to graduates in this field.

What can I do with an accounting degree?

  • Internal and External Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Systems Analysis
  • Professional Consulting
  • Business and Asset Valuation
  • Financial Analysis and Reporting 

Where have our graduates found work?

  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG
  • Grant Thornton
  • Kohler
  • Bemis
  • Caterpillar
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Department of Justice
  • Commercial Bank of China
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Additional International, regional, and local CPA firms
  • Fortune 500 management teams

Experiential Learning

Each major offered within the School of Business and Economics has identified a specific way to impart experiential learning.  This could either be conducting market research, managing complex projects, developing a business around an idea or a technological invention, undertaking internships, etc.  

Listed below is the information on the specifics of experiential learning as offered by the accounting major within the School of Business and Economics.

Student Learning Goals

Per the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), assessment of student learning is critical to the continuous improvement of our academic program. To develop a strong assessment, the School of Business and Economics established seven student learning goals all SBE undergraduates should achieve by graduation:  These learning goals were designed to align with the SBE's mission statement.  We emphasize direct, embedded assessment of student work in our courses.   As part of our overall curriculum management, these assessment results enable us to identify opportunities to improve courses and curricula, and teaching practices.

  1. Critical Analysis 
  2. Technical Competence
  3. Ethical Awareness
  4. Team Work
  5. Effective Communication
  6. Global Leadership
  7. Disciplinary Knowledge

a. Demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the accounting cycle, and be able to produce financial statements that are useful to both internal and external users of financial information.

b. Demonstrate a proficiency in applying and communicating various measurement and disclosure criteria used by accounting professionals, both quantitative and qualitative.