Knowledge of accounting concepts and the framework of accounting for economic activity has long been a necessary part of the educational preparation for careers in business. Accounting data is a fundamental information source for decision-making and control purposes in both profit-seeking and nonprofit organizations. The growing complexity and globalization of business, as well as the need for more effective and efficient approaches to business problem solving, increases the demand for accounting knowledge.
Metropolitan State offers a comprehensive accounting curriculum that focuses on core accounting disciplines intended to develop a common body of accounting knowledge.
On completion of the Accounting program, a graduate will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of accounting theory, assumptions, procedures, limitations, and economic consequences;
- demonstrate understanding of the ethical implications of accounting decisions and policies;
- accurately complete technical calculations using financial and non-financial information to support stakeholder decision making;
- prepare financial statements and reports using relevant standards and procedures;
- critically analyze financial reports, information, stakeholder perspectives and the general business environment to evaluate economic impacts across functions within an organization; and
- create oral and written recommendations to managers involved in short- and long-term decision-making, based on accounting information
The accounting major prepares individuals for professional careers in public accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, accounting systems, and private and public sector financial management through a rigorous program of study. Accounting is an excellent academic base for career development in both accounting and management roles.
Upon completion of the accounting major, a graduate meets the academic qualifications to take the examination for Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Completion of the accounting degree will contribute a minimum of 120 credits to the required 150 necessary for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification.
Transfer of Credit
Transfer course evaluation is made by the faculty in the College of Management consistent with the requirements of Minnesota State Policy 3.2 and Minnesota State Procedure 3.21.1 (Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy 2120). COM faculty will accept a course as meeting a COM major or minor requirement if the course content is equivalent to or acceptable in place of a Metropolitan State University course as determined by COM faculty;
- the course was taught at a similar or higher level as the comparable COM course;
- the content and level of the course are consistent with state/national-level professional, industry and licensure standards; and
- the course carries a grade of "C-" or "S" or higher.
"Sunset" policy specifies the maximum time between when the course was taken and when the student was admitted to Metropolitan State. If a course is not accepted because too much time has elapsed since the course was completed, a student may demonstrate competence via exam.
Credit and Residency Requirements
Students in the College of Management Bachelor of Science major programs must complete a minimum of 20 credits in the Business Core Courses, Major Required Courses, and Capstone (unless otherwise noted) at Metropolitan State University. In addition, students must meet the residency requirement of at least 30 credits at Metropolitan State University in order to graduate.
College of Management Double Major Policy
Students may combine any two majors in the College of Management as a double major as long as there are at least 24 upper division semester credits of coursework in the second major that do not overlap the first major. Both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.
Declare Your Program
If you have successfully completed your Foundation courses (see course list on right) with a grade of C- or better, submit a College of Management Undergraduate Program Declaration Form.
The COM Foundation courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help you succeed and have the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.
General Education and Liberal Studies
Students in degree programs at Metropolitan State University must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS).
In addition, courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include Prerequisite, Foundation, Business Core, Major Required, Elective and Capstone courses. Contact your academic advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.
The College of Management strictly enforces prerequisites. Many College of Management courses are sequenced and build on previous learning. Students must complete course prerequisites before registering for a course which requires prerequisites. In addition, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, including introductory and intermediate writing before they can register for College of Management upper division courses (those numbered 300 and above).