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Accounting

The accounting degree provides excellent preparation for entry into the business world. Critical thinking skills developed lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. Our students who choose to take the CPA Exam pass at a rate higher than the national average. For those students not wishing to pursue public accounting, the employment opportunities that exist include, but are not limited to:

  • Internal Audit
  • Corporate Accounting (including Cost Accounting)
  • Governmental Organizations (including cities and towns and the IRS and FBI)
  • Nonprofit Accounting; roles in a wide variety of functional areas in organizations.

Many of our students go on to graduate school for a Master of Science in Accounting, Taxation or a Master of Business Administration.

We strongly encourage our students to take internships during their junior and senior years at Saint Anselm College to supplement their classroom experience. Our objective is to provide the foundation to allow a student to pursue a wide variety of senior level accounting positions, as well as senior level business roles in various functions, as they progress throughout their career.

To obtain the professional standing of a CPA most states require 150 credit hours. We provide the tools necessary for our students to successfully complete the 150 hour requirement after graduation. Among the schools where our alumni have earned masters degrees in Accounting, Taxation or Business are:

  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Northeastern University
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Rochester

Requirements for the Accounting major: Principles of Microeconomics (EC141), Business Statistics (BU121), Financial and Cost Accounting (AC111), Financial Management (FI261), Auditing (AC313) and Business Law (BU321).

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Language Language
Freshman English (or Science) Freshman English (or Science)
Financial Accounting Cost Accounting

Sophomore year: Accounting majors will take Intermediate Accounting I and II, Microeconomics and Statistics. Depending on their initial placement they may be finishing their language requirement. The remainder of their courses will be college core requirements.

Junior year: Accounting majors will take Federal taxation, Business Law, and Financial Management. They may take Auditing, which is offered every other year. The remainder of their courses will be college core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s).

Senior year: If Accounting major did not take Auditing in their Junior year, they will take it in their senior year. Advanced Accounting is strongly recommended senior year. The remainder of their courses will be college core requirements or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s).