Never before has there been a more dynamic, innovative, opportunity-rich time to pursue a career in business and business-related fields than there is today. As an accounting major, you’ll gain a strong foundation in the necessary accounting principles and practices and be prepared to make an immediate impact upon graduation.
The accounting program blends valuable classroom instruction from faculty who bring extensive real-world business experience with an abundance of opportunities to apply what you learn in real, meaningful ways. During the annual managerial accounting field trip, you’ll be able to meet and form connections with accountants at top firms in Chicago and Indianapolis.
The program curriculum covers all aspects of accounting as well as aspects of management, marketing, macroeconomics, microeconomics, finance, statistical applications, business law, ethics, and other areas. In your senior year you’ll take the BBA comprehensive examination, which is formatted as a case study in which you’ll be part of a team that prepares a case report, gives an oral presentation, and addresses panelists’ questions about your work. This experience will test your technical competencies as well as your communication, analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills.
As part of the program’s advanced writing proficiency requirement, you’ll submit a portfolio of three papers from business courses with at least one coming from an accounting class. The ability to write as a business professional is critical. The emphasis we place on developing your writing skills will demonstrate the breadth of your skills and talents to prospective employers and graduate schools.
Most years, 100 percent of our accounting graduates are offered positions prior to graduation. You’ll find Saint Mary’s accounting alumnae at places like Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Groupon, Vera Bradley, and Eli Lilly and Company. And they’ve been accepted into graduate programs at Loyola University Chicago, Villanova University, and the University of Notre Dame.