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Business By the Numbers

Accounting Department

The St. Thomas Opus College of Business Accounting Department prepares students for successful careers in the financial services field. Our graduates have a sound foundational knowledge of technical accounting complemented with in-demand skills such as SAP Enterprise Resource Planning software, data analytics, and Forensic Accounting. Our students are in high demand for careers in auditing, taxation, corporate financial analysis and internal audit.

Gain Hands-on Experience and Real-world Knowledge

Our graduate accounting programs and undergraduate accounting concentration give you the technical and analytical skills to enter the field of accounting, or enhance your current credentials.

Experienced faculty pass on the business acumen and professional polish you need to assume leadership positions—in public accounting, private industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

Learn more about our accounting programs, resources and faculty. Have questions? Please contact us.

Undergraduate Students: (651) 962-5544
Graduate Students: (651) 962-4200

Contact

Larry Davis

Department Chair
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Phone Number
(651) 962-5096

Explore the Accounting Department

  • Academic Programs and Research Opportunities
  • Internships
  • Career Placement
  • Academic Programs and Research Opportunities

    Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, St. Thomas has the programs and courses you need to open the door to an accounting career. Students leave with the technical skills and analytical abilities to begin or advance their careers. Career paths include public accounting, corporate accounting and financial management, governmental accounting, and more.

    Accounting research opportunities are also available. Past projects have included tax research and fraud investigations for nonprofits.

    Explore Accounting Degrees and Concentrations

    Undergraduate concentrations:

    Graduate programs:

    Internships

    A number of accounting internship opportunities are available to prepare you for life after graduation. Local organizations approach St. Thomas seeking interns, and you can interview for internships as early as sophomore year. You can also participate in Leadership programs—a short introduction to careers in public accounting firms.

    Career Placement

    To help you find employment, we hold an annual Fall Accounting Career Fair. Over 30 firms come to campus to interview candidates, and 95% of St. Thomas accounting students obtain employment in the field. Our graduates can be found in public accounting, corporate America, government and nonprofit organizations.

    Academic Programs and Research Opportunities

    Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, St. Thomas has the programs and courses you need to open the door to an accounting career. Students leave with the technical skills and analytical abilities to begin or advance their careers. Career paths include public accounting, corporate accounting and financial management, governmental accounting, and more.

    Accounting research opportunities are also available. Past projects have included tax research and fraud investigations for nonprofits.

    Explore Accounting Degrees and Concentrations

    Undergraduate concentrations:

    Graduate programs:

    Internships

    A number of accounting internship opportunities are available to prepare you for life after graduation. Local organizations approach St. Thomas seeking interns, and you can interview for internships as early as sophomore year. You can also participate in Leadership programs—a short introduction to careers in public accounting firms.

    Career Placement

    To help you find employment, we hold an annual Fall Accounting Career Fair. Over 30 firms come to campus to interview candidates, and 95% of St. Thomas accounting students obtain employment in the field. Our graduates can be found in public accounting, corporate America, government and nonprofit organizations.
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    Accounting Club

    Learn about real-world business opportunities and build your professional network in the St. Thomas Accounting Club. Weekly meetings feature speakers from the FBI, top accounting firms, and Fortune 500 corporations. CPA exam presentations help you prepare for the big test, and service activities give you hands-on experience with local accounting firms. At our annual awards banquet, we award over $65,000 in scholarships.

    150-hour Requirement

    To earn a CPA license, you must complete 150 hours of university-level credits. If you are completing a BA in Business administration with a concentration in Accounting, you will earn 132 credits. To earn the extra 18 credits, you can either take additional undergraduate courses, or complete a Master of Science (MS) degree in Accountancy.
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    SAP University Alliance

    SAP is the global leader in enterprise application software, with more than 404,000 customers in more than 180 countries. They provide enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence (BI) and related applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries.

    SAP University Alliances is a global program enabling more than 3,500 educational institutions in over 113 countries to integrate the latest SAP technologies into curriculum. As a member of the SAP University Alliances program, St Thomas’ Accounting Department offers the SAP Student Recognition Award certificate to students who complete our SAP-enhanced coursework.

    Featured Faculty

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    Diane Matson, PhD

    Associate Professor, Accounting

    In her courses, Diane Matson encourages students to look beyond the numbers to discover patterns and relationships. In research, she seeks to combine theory, practice and pedagogy to create cases and articles that are useful to practitioners, academicians and students. Her research focuses on professional judgment and decision making in auditing, critical perspectives in auditing, and forensic accounting.

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    Brian Shapiro, PhD

    Professor, Accounting

    Brian Shapiro’s current scholarly work focuses on understanding how organizations incorporate their espoused values into their everyday practices to advance effective enterprise risk management, employee development, and ethical financial reporting. Shapiro serves on the editorial boards of Accounting and the Public Interest, Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, Accounting Forum, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

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    Lawrence Chui, PhD

    Associate Professor, Accounting

    Lawrence Chui's research focuses on improving auditors' judgment and decision performance. He aims to develop tools that help auditors assess fraud risk more effectively. Recently, he has examined the differences in mindset between financial statement auditors and forensic specialists, to identify factors that would improve an auditor's ability to address potential fraud in company financial statements.

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    Accounting Advisory Board

    To keep our curriculum highly relevant and up to date, we have an advisory board with representatives from across the accounting professions, including public accounting firms and corporations. These industry experts meet to discuss current curriculum, and plan future course content.
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    Conferences & Competitions

    Institute of Management Accounting (IMA) Leadership Conference
    This national conference provides networking opportunities, and features speakers on the latest developments in business, such as data analytics and blockchain.

    Deloitte Audit Innovation Campus Challenge
    Every fall, a team of St. Thomas accounting students participates in this competition. Teams propose the use of new and innovative audit technologies for use in the future. 

    PwC Challenge Case Competition
    In this annual competition, teams address the strategic issues in real-world business scenarios, and select and present possible solutions. Each fall, at least two teams of St. Thomas students compete.