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Accounting at Saint Martin's University focuses on the collection, analysis and communication of financial information for public and private organizations, or individuals. Saint Martin's prepares accounting graduates for responsible positions in private practice, corporate accounting, and governmental service through a deep foundation in current technologies and best practices.

Why Saint Martin's University?

  • Proximity to Washington state capital, Olympia
  • Emphasis on internships
  • Business-specific career and internship fairs held on campus each semester
  • Faculty members are both educators and business professionals
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring with faculty
  • Training in industry standard software
  • Extra-curricular activities, competitions and networking opportunities
  • 4+1 dual degree program: qualified students earn bachelor’s and MBA in 5 years
  • A rigorous yet supportive educational environment
  • Exposure to all functional areas of business and economics
  • Well-rounded, liberal arts education

Research, internships and study abroad

  • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internship opportunities
  • H&R Block, Enterprise, local CPA firms
  • Study abroad opportunities tied specifically to business curriculum in countries such as Germany, South Korea and Japan
  • 35-40 percent of students are offered a job at their internship site

Accounting partnership

We are proud to be in partnership with the Nisqually IIA Chapter as their grant assists our accounting students financially with the Internal Audit Practitioner Program.

ACBSP accreditation

Saint Martin's University's School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

We are also a member of the AACSB Business Education Alliance.

Accounting Requirements

Accounting is “the language of business” and is an essential part of every business organization. The study of accounting helps students develop analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills as well as master the principles that govern financial reporting and decision making for responsible positions in public practice, corporate accounting and governmental service.

Certain courses are only offered once a year. This is noted next to the course title.  Details can be found in the academic catalog.

Accounting degree checklist and audit sheet (2021-2022)

Foundation courses (21-22 credit hours)

  • MTH 161: Mathematical Methods for Business and Social Sciences  -OR-  MTH 171: Calculus I
  • MTH 201: Introduction to Statistics
  • ECN 201: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECN 202: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ACC 201: Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 202: Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • BA 225: Business Law I

Common professional component (24 credit hours)

  • BA 300: Principles of Finance
  • BA 302: Applied Quantitative Business Techniques
  • BA 305: Business Communications
  • BA 320: Operations Management
  • BA 330: Marketing
  • BA 420: International Business and Global Economics
  • BA 435: Corporate Finance
  • BA 499: Business Strategy

Upper-level major course requirements (24 credit hours)

  • ACC 301: Intermediate Accounting (Fall only)
  • ACC 301L: Accounting Lab
  • ACC 302: Intermediate Accounting (Spring only)
  • ACC 351 and ACC 351L: Individual Tax and Individual Tax Lab  -OR-  ACC 352 and ACC 352L: Business Taxation and Business Taxation Lab
  • ACC 353: Managerial Cost Accounting (Fall only)
  • ACC 450: Auditing (Fall only)
  • ACC 450L: Auditing Lab
  • Electives: 6 semester hours in upper-division accounting electives

Accounting at a Glance

Bachelor of Arts
Program Type
4+1 Accelerated
Main (Lacey)
Saint Martin's-JBLM
Type of Instruction
In Person
School of Business
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4+1 program

Saint Martin's University School of Business offers tracks specifically for Accounting students who want to continue their education and complete a Master of Accountancy (M.ACC.) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree.

Academic Excellence

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Business College of Distinction

Saint Martin's was named a Business College of Distinction for 2024-25.

30% of Saint Martin's accounting graduates go to work at CPA firm

30% of Saint Martin's accounting graduates work at government agencies

30% of Saint Martin's accounting graduates work for private companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft to small, private companies

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Transformative outcomes

Career paths

  • Tax preparation
  • Auditing
  • Financial planning
  • International accounting
  • Risk management consulting
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The School of Business is committed to developing leaders for tomorrow’s business world. Our undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs provide students with the necessary skills to succeed in today's fast-changing world.

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