B.A. Accounting

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New Blended Format

Combining Onsite and Online Courses

FAST FACTS: B.A. Accounting

  • Curriculum prepares student to take CPA or CMA exams
  • Prior Learning Assessments allow "testing out" of subjects already mastered
  • Convenient evening classes offered in Duluth, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Grand Rapids and the Twin Cities
  • Accelerated eight-week terms; complete the program in fewer than three years (no transfer credits) or fewer than two years (with transfer credits)*
  • 128 credits to graduate, or 150 credits for the CPA track

Tuition: $405/credit*

*This tuition rate is in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year and is subject to change in subsequent years. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on each person's transfer credits and individualized program plan.

Master the language of numbers

Accountants are vital to the success of any business, large or small. An accountant performs traditional auditing services, but also may offer financial, strategic and tax advice to people and corporations; implement and develop advanced accounting software; or investigate and detect fraud and other criminal misconduct.

Accelerated curriculum lets you finish your degree faster

All classes are offered in an accelerated format, with eight-week terms instead of the usual 16-week semesters. Many students enroll in two classes at a time and attend class year-round. This allows you to complete your degree in fewer than three years, depending on transfer credits and other prior learning.

Classes also are scheduled in the evening or online, making it easier to find balance in your work, family and school obligations.

Higher than average CPA exam pass rates

Our B.A. in Accounting program prepares students, and prepares them well, to sit for the CPA exam. In 2012, of all the exam sections taken by the 17 St. Scholastica students, 79.1% of those sections were passed and completed, compared with the average pass rate of 49% (Sources: 2012 NASBA report and MNCPA).

A stepping stone to an advanced degree

Students wishing to complete the CPA track are required to take a few more credits. The additional credits can be met through course transfer, elective courses, or even through taking graduate-level business classes. Students can complete up to half of their MBA or M.A. in Management coursework while achieving their 150 credits at the same time.

Career outlook

Employment growth in the accounting field is expected to remain strong for the next decade. Accountants are critical to the success of businesses, corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations worldwide. Through their ability to prepare, analyze, interpret and use financial information in the process of business decision-making, accountants are highly-valued business professionals. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting curriculum at St. Scholastica prepares students to take the CPA or CMA examinations, and includes core business courses to understand how an accountant fits into the broader picture at an organization.


The B.A. in Accounting program is offered in an accelerated format at the following locations. Select courses also are offered online.

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