The mission of the Accounting Program is to deliver a high quality professional accounting education to traditional and non-traditional students in our service region. The comprehensive curriculum offers an opportunity for students to learn about public, private, and governmental organizations; promotes an awareness of the context and consequences of professional decision-making; and emphasizes life-long learning. A student-oriented learning environment complemented by competent, professional faculty and staff supports our mission. The Accounting Program offers a 120 credit major, a 150 emphasis, a minor, and an associate degree. The program is designed to provide maximum flexibility to the student.

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There are numerous career opportunities available to SMSU accounting graduates. Possible career fields include public accounting, governmental accounting, industry, education, and banking. Employers of recent graduates include Hormel, Cargill, Wells Fargo Bank, Schwan’s Sales Enterprises, the State of Minnesota, the U.S. government, and various C.P.A. firms. Graduate school and professional certification such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) are also options for our graduates.

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Scholarship opportunities for SMSU accounting students include the Accounting Program Scholarship, the Dean Griebel Endowed Scholarship, the SMSU Accounting Club Scholarship, and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship. Incoming students may be eligible for a number of academic and leadership scholarships through the Office of Admission. These scholarships are awarded based on a student’s past academic record including the ACT, class rank, GPA, and leadership potential.


To succeed in the accounting field, an individual must possess strong problem-solving, computer, and communication skills. Leadership skills and the ability to work as a team player are essential. Accounting majors are required to take specific courses to ensure that their skills in these areas are developed and enhanced.


Accounting Program - Office

CH 129, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

  • Telephone: 507-537-6223
  • Fax: 507-537-7179
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The Academic Commons is a study center located in IL 224. Students are invited to study, meet friends, and seek assistance with coursework.

Our Mission is to create enhanced opportunities for learning by bringing an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location to facilitate seamless access to services for SMSU students and education resources for the wider community.


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  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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