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.

Program highlights

  • 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

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  • 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
  • Career paths

    There are diverse opportunities for students majoring in accounting. Careers in this field include:

    • Tax preparation
    • Auditing
    • Financial planning
    • International accounting
    • Risk management consulting

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With This Major". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.


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.

  • 21 semester hours of foundation courses
  • 24 semester hours of a common professional component
  • 24 semester hours of upper-level requirements for completion of the major

Undergraduate catalog

  • Foundation courses (21-22 semester hours)
    MTH 161
    MTH 171
    Mathematical Methods for Business and Social Sciences
    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 semester 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


  • Catalog major course requirements (24 semester hours)
    ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting (Fall only)
    ACC 301L Accounting Lab
    ACC 302 Intermediate Accounting (Spring only)
    ACC 351 and ACC 351L
    ACC 352 and ACC 352L
    Individual Tax and Individual Tax Lab 
    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


Where do Saint Martin's accounting graduates work?

Go to work at CPA firm
Work at government agencies
Work for private companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft to small, private companies