• Accounting Program

    Accounting is the language and basic tool for business and therefore opens doors to any number of career paths. Work your way up to becoming a CFO or CEO. Pursue a career in corporate management or become a partner at a top accounting firm. Work overseas in a multinational corporation or start your own business. Pair your passion for public service with a career as a financial manager for your favorite nonprofit organization or government agency. With an accounting major, the possibilities are endless. 

    The Hamline Advantage

    • Prepare for CPA licensure, the “gold standard” among accounting professionals in the financial world
    • Enjoy small class sizes and personal attention from professors 
    • Study abroad—hundreds of locations available 
    • Pursue numerous internship opportunities through government, nonprofit, and private corporations (including 20 Fortune 500 companies)
    • Become a member of the Hamline Student Business Group
    • Access resources, speakers, and other opportunities through the School of Business

    Careers and Graduate Work

    In a world of complex financial transactions, accountants are on the cutting edge of recording and quantifying economic events. The career tracks available to students who major in accounting are diverse. Whether a student chooses private industry, public accounting, government, or nonprofit, the choices are abundant and available to both men and women entering the field. Consider a career as: 

    Certified Public Accountant
    Staff Accountant
    Tax Accountant
    IRS or FBI Agent
    Federal Treasury Analyst
    Chief Financial Officer or Chief Executive Officer
    Financial Analyst
    Corporate Accountant
    Multi-National Accountant
    Cost Accountant
    Audit Manager

    Famous Accountants

    Accounting can take you anywhere. Take a look at these famous people who put their accounting majors to notable use!

    Arthur Blank, cofounder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, is a CPA.

    Tim DuBois, known as The Singing Accountant, is the president of Arista Records in Nashville. He wrote numerous hits, including “Love in the First Degree,” (Alabama), “She Got the Goldmine,” (Jerry Lewis), and “When I Call Your Name” (Vince Gill). 

    Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina (the state’s first female governor and currently the youngest governor in the U.S.), has a degree in accounting.

    Kevin Kennedy, former Texas Rangers Manager and CPA, did his players’ tax returns to make extra money when he managed in the minor leagues.

    Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell graduated from Cal Poly University-San Luis Opispo with a degree in business and accounting. He won an Ultimate Fighting Championship and was a 2009 contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

    J.P. Morgan, after graduating from school, got his first Wall Street job as a junior accountant. Five years later he founded his own company.

    Walter L. Morgan, founder of the Wellington Fund, was considered to be one of the pioneers of the mutual fund industry. The Wellington Fund became the flagship fund for the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, the second largest mutual fund company in the world. 

    Bob Newhart, comedian, actor, and Grammy Award winner, started his career as an accountant for the United States Gypsum. 

    Nancy Webber, CPA and Hamline instructor extraordinaire, formerly worked in health care and journalism. She was a senior accountant for Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company. Most famously she was the ghost writer for the Percy Ross "Thanks a Million" philanthropic newspaper column, which gave away an estimated $20 to $30 million to readers in need. 

    Catherine Webster, senior vice president and treasurer for Verizon, responsible for corporate-wide financing activities, cash management and pension and insurance activities.


    Advanced Accounting
    This course focuses on accounting for various entity formations. Students learn about mergers and acquisitions, the consolidation of financial statements, and governmental and not-for-profit accounting. Additionally, they will be exposed to partnership formations, as well as bankruptcy and reorganization methods.


    Accounting was named one of the Best Careers in 2011 by U.S.News.com. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects accountant and auditor employment growth of 22 percent between 2008 and 2018. And here's even better news: the average starting salary is $50,000.

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