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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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.

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  • 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

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

2021-2022 undergraduate catalog
 Accounting Degree Checklist and Audit Sheet (2021 – 2022)

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


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


ACC 301Intermediate Accounting (Fall only)
ACC 301LAccounting Lab
ACC 302Intermediate 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 353Managerial Cost Accounting (Fall only)
ACC 450Auditing (Fall only)
ACC 450LAuditing Lab
Electives6 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