Accounting, B.A.  

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Accounting is the language of business, and, as such, accounting plays an important role in every business enterprise.  Accountants analyze business events and transactions and use the information to determine the financial condition and operating results of businesses. Students interested in the financial aspects of the business world should consider a career in accounting. 

Common double majors and minors pursued

Accounting majors at UNI can elect to double major or minor in economics, finance, marketing, management, and management information systems within the College of Business Administration or in an academic discipline from another college.  The opportunity to pursue a double major or minor enhances the diversity of the educational experience that students receive in their undergraduate years.

CPA Requirements

Plan of Study

Discover the courses you'll take as an accounting major in the Plan of Study.


Accounting seniors are recruited by all components of the accounting profession. All four of the largest international public accounting firms, other national, regional and local public accounting firms, industry, and not-for-profit organizations all recruit UNI accounting graduates. Approximately 60 percent of the graduates remain in Iowa with the balance locating primarily in the surrounding states.

Websites for Career Exploration

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Institute of Management Accountants

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association

The Institute of Internal Auditors

Unique Features: 

CPA 150-hour Requirement

Accounting students who plan to practice as a Certified Public Accountant must complete 150 hours of college credit. A variety of options are available to comply with this requirement.  One option is to enter the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program and earn a graduate degree during the fifth year.  This degree is an attractive option for those students that meet the program admission requirements.  It should be noted that graduate study for the additional 30 hours is not a CPA requirement.  Therefore, another option is to take undergraduate courses as a second major or minor.  Students electing this option should work closely with their advisor to develop an individualized program of study that meets their needs.


Housed in the $10.2 million Curris Business Building that features extensive classrooms, computing laboratories and lounge areas.

Scholarships & Awards: 

Scholarships range from the J. Michael McBride Scholarship, which provides student tuition, room and board, fees and books, to those scholarships that provide a small portion of tuition reimbursement. Each year the department offers students approximately 40 scholarships with a monetary value of approximately $70,000. These scholarships primarily are available for fourth and fifth year accounting students.

More information on department scholarships can be obtained from the Department of Accounting.