Accounting

Program Type: Major, Minor
Program Level: Undergraduate, Associate
Department: Social Sciences

MOST PEOPLE THINK OF ACCOUNTANTS AS NUMBER CRUNCHERS. BUT THE ACCOUNTING PROGRAM AT MOUNT MARTY WILL OPEN UP MORE DOORS, AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED.

Yes, the highly technical training you’ll receive in the accounting program at Mount Marty will prepare you to manage money. As an accountant, you’ll prepare and analyze financial reports and tax statements for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. But coursework in theories and practices of financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, auditing, and business will also provide you with the skills you need to become part of a management team for a corporation or work as an auditor in public accounting. In an entry-level role, you’ll be well positioned as a budget analyst, office manager, financial analyst, staff accountant, governmental auditor, cost accountant, fraud examiner, internal auditor or tax accountant.

  • Professional, caring mentors. Our experienced faculty are very familiar with national certification exams and will make sure you’re prepared to take one of the most important tests of your life. The Yankton business community—accountants, bankers, and attorneys—also has your back, offering advice and lending expertise to faculty.  
  • Community service. As an accounting student at Mount Marty, you’ll be able to help with our Volunteer Tax Clinic, providing free tax preparation services for low-income families in our community. It’s a chance to get involved in community service—one of our Catholic Benedictine values—while learning skills to be an accountant. It’s the Mount Marty way!
  • Hands-on learning. Our accounting students have secured sought-after internships in businesses and organizations across the region. You’ll gain firsthand experience and the opportunity to figure out which area of accounting you’re interested in.

*Available at the Yankton campus or Watertown location. 

Accountants and Auditors - Examine financial statements for accuracy, determine the amount of tax owed, and prepare tax returns for individuals and corporations. They may also be tasked with keeping financial records and inspecting the bookkeeping records for an organization. Some accountants and auditors make financial and business recommendations to management based on their findings. Average Salary: $76,730

Bookkeeping, and Accounting Clerks - Record and prepare an organization's financial transactions to help produce any appropriate financial statements. They enter any appropriate information, typically into an organization's financial software, then proofread the statements for any errors. Average Salary: $40,220

Management Analysts - Help an organization become more efficient. A large part of the process is often requires gathering and analyzing various financial reports and data. Based on their findings, management analysts provide recommendations to the organization's management team on ways they can improve efficiency or solve organizational issues. Average Salary: $udget analyst helps prepare and review an organization's financial proposals. They make recommendations on funding, monitor the organization's spending, estimate future expenditures and costs, and ensure that the organization's budget is accurate and falls within legal boundaries. Average Salary: $91,910

Budget Analyst - Prepares and reviews an organization's financial proposals. They make recommendations on funding, monitor the organization's spending, estimate future expenditures and costs, and ensure that the organization's budget is accurate and falls within legal boundaries. Average Salary: $77,170

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The career choices are endless! That’s why our program is designed to prepare you for a wide range of national certifications including:

  • CPA (CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT)

  • CBA (CERTIFIED BANK AUDITOR)

  • CIA (CERTIFIED INTERNAL AUDITOR)

  • CFE (CERTIFIED FRAUD EXAMINER)

  • CMA (CERTIFIED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT)

  • CISA (CERTIFIED INFORMATION SYSTEMS AUDITOR)

You can earn a bachelor's degree in accounting or you can opt for an Associate of Arts degree or a minor in accounting. Whichever path you choose, you’ll be ready to take your national certification exams.

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