Using Your Degree

Using Your Degree

A St. Kate's accounting degree gives you the credentials to switch from one field to another — and to become a business executive, a partner in an accounting firm or even an entrepreneur. You'll also have the foundation you need to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

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. Career options include: financial analyst, budget analyst, public accountant, management accountant, government accountant, internal auditor — and more.

Field/Responsibilities

  • Public accounting: Auditing, consulting and tax functions
  • Management accounting : Cost accounting, budgeting, financial statement preparation and analysis 
  • Government accounting: Oversight, performance and allocation of funds
  • Internal auditing: Compliance with organizational policies, accounting controls and accounting systems 
  • Nonprofit organizations: Specialized expertise in accounting and tax regulations, and policies unique to them

Successful Alumnae

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. 

Graduate School

Your Bachelor of Arts 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.