Using Your Degree
Prepare for career success
Within two months of graduation, nearly all St. Kate’s accounting majors secure jobs in their field with corporate, nonprofit and government organizations, including Cargill, Deloitte & Touche, Ecolab, 3M, Target, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the State of Minnesota. You'll also have the foundation you need to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
Accounting: An in-demand profession
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (2012), employment of auditors and accountants is expected to grow 16% from 2010 to 2020, with an average salary of $61,690.
- Public accountant: Auditing, consulting and tax functions
- Management accountant: Cost accounting, budgeting, financial statement preparation and analysis
- Government accountant: Oversight, performance and allocation of funds
- Internal auditor: Compliance with organizational policies, accounting controls and accounting systems
- Nonprofit organizations: Specialized expertise in accounting and tax regulations, and policies unique to them
- Financial analyst
... and more.
Our alumnae include:
- Tammie Eichman, Deloitte & Touche
- Lori Leysen, Office of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor
- JeanAnne Murphy, Olsen Thielen and Co. Ltd.
- Kristin Narverud, Target
- Jenette Snyder, 3M
- Sarah Wong, Ecolab
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
A St. Kate's accounting major enables you to meet the provisions of the Minnesota Board of Accountancy and other states to sit for the Uniform Examination for the CPA. Most states require CPA candidates to have an undergraduate degree with the equivalent of a major in accounting.
A number of states now require 150 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework. To fulfill the 150-hour requirement, St. Kate's accounting majors can complete an additional 20 credits in undergraduate courses or 20 credits in our Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program.
Your bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Kate's will open doors for graduate work in many areas, including the new St. Kate's MBA. St. Catherine students have been accepted into advanced degree programs locally, nationally and internationally at the University of Minnesota, Harvard, Yale and the London School of Economics.
Business Career Fair
With more than 70 companies, St. Kate's Annual Career Opportunities Fair is the largest of any private college or university in Minnesota, with promising possibilities for full-time positions, part-time jobs, and internships in business, government, nonprofit and other fields.