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If you like analyzing numbers, finding solutions to problems and getting organized, the accounting major might be for you. Read more information about this program below!

Why Study Accounting at Northwest

Companies need people who are good with numbers. It's a skill not many people have! Throughout this program, you'll not only learn the accounting basics, but you'll also get exposure to taxation, auditing, and cost accounting courses. We offer two track options: public accounting or managerial accounting. More information about these tracks is available at the bottom of this page. 

You may be wondering what makes our accounting program so special. Northwest accounting faculty are experts in the discipline with a combined 50+ years of teaching and industry experience. You'll also have the option to get involved with other accounting students by the Northwest Accounting Society.

Interested in taking the CPA exam? In Missouri, students can sit for the CPA exam 60 days prior to earning 120 credit hours, but must earn 150 total hours to be eligible for CPA licensure. This requirement varies by state. Alternatively, accounting students can consider the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) certification, which has a more operational and financial focus to prepare students for positions with large organizations.

The accounting program at Northwest will prepare you for both professional exams. Want to pursue an online program? Check out our online options below.

Did you know? Northwest's managerial accounting major is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Pick your path

Managerial Accounting

Make a smart investment in your future with an online bachelor’s degree in managerial accounting from Northwest. Become an expert at analyzing an organization’s operational metrics and turning data into useful information to assist management in making critical business decisions.

 managerial accounting 4-year plan 

Public Accounting

Become an asset to any organization with the analytical, technical and practical accounting skills you will develop through the bachelor’s degree in public accounting from Northwest. This 100 percent online program is designed to provide a complete understanding of accounting while successfully preparing you for the CPA exam. The pass rate on the CPA exam for Northwest students is about 15 percent higher than the state average.

public accounting 4-year plan 

Online Programs

Earn your bachelor's degree on a schedule that works for you. Online programs are available in two track options: public accounting or the managerial accounting track.

Career Ready
Public Accounting

“I gained several transferable skills in my time at Northwest. My class work pushed me to be a better problem solver by using analytical reasoning as well as critical thinking.” — Claire Stuedle

Career Opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Loan processor
  • Auditor
  • Accountants payable clerk
  • Tax and audit associate
  • Payroll

What Can I Do With a Major in Accounting?

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