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Accounting Major

We mean business at Grand View! Our accounting program will prepare you for a successful career. Our internship program is second to none! Being in the heart of Des Moines means access to valuable internships that will put you a step ahead in the job market. 

Grand View University accounting graduates excelled in the recent national CPA Examination, with a passing rate of 75%, which far exceeded the national average of 48.4 percent or other Iowa schools at only 54.6%. That put Grand View at 10th in the nation among small schools!

Why Grand View?

  • Personal attention from faculty with real world accounting experience and expertise
  • Powerful internship program to gain real world experience
  • Rigorous academic preparation
  • Ability to customize your degree to fit your career goals
  • This program is offered in its entirety in either the day or weekend-evening program. 
Career Options

Some of our recent graduates secured the following jobs: 

  • Auditor
  • Operations Billing Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Research & Remediation Analyst
  • Business Information Analyst
  • Merchandiser
  • Annuity Claims Administrator
  • Home Mortgage Consultant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Loan Servicing Specialist
  • Consumer Loan Underwriter
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Fraud Operations Supervisor
  • Financial Advisor
  • Software Developer
  • Territory Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Game Operations
  • Ad Coordinator

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Prerequisite Courses (9 credits)

These prerequisites will not be included in the major GPA but must be taken for the major.

ECON 101 Principles of Macro Economics 3 credits
ECON 102 Principles of Micro Economics 3 credits
MATH 116 Finite Mathematics 3 credits

Required courses for the major (65-66 credits)

ACCT 211 Financial Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting I 4 credits
ACCT 304 Intermediate Accounting II 4 credits
ACCT 330 Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting (or substitute ACCT 412, Advanced Income Tax) 3 credits
ACCT 381 Advanced Managerial Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 401 Advanced Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 411 Income Tax 3 credits
ACCT 431 Auditing Theory 3 credits
BSAD 145 Fundamentals of Information Systems 3 credits
BSAD 310 Principles of Management 3 credits
BSAD 311 Operations Management 3 credits
BSAD 315 Marketing 3 credits
BSAD 340 Business Law I 3 credits
BSAD 341 Business Law II 3 credits
BSAD 352 Corporate Finance 3 credits
BSAD 399 Internship 3 credits
BSAD 450 Business Capstone Seminar 3 credits
ECON 315 Money, Banking and Financial Markets 3 credits
ENGL 309 Writing for Business 3 credits
STAT 241
BSAD 239
Principles of Statistics
Statistics for Social Sciences
4 credits
3 credits

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 12 upper division semester credits in Accounting at Grand View. All accounting majors must achieve a 2.2 grade point average in the major and a 2.2 grade point average in their required accounting courses. Required courses in accounting, business administration, and economics are counted in determining the average in the major. Only credits and grade points earned at Grand View will be used to calculate a student's cumulative grade point average.

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Awards and Accomplishments

Alec Zama • Assistant professor of business, presented a paper at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference (MAM) in Chicago, Illinois, with the following title: Impact of High-CSE CEO on Top Management Team Composition and Size. He has been a reviewer and a presenter at MAM since 2009.

Alec has also been a keynote speaker at the Leadership Iowa Luncheon, a development program organized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation where 40 leaders from across the state of Iowa participate in year-long leadership development activities. Zama's speech is titled "American Democracy: An Immigrant's Perspective." In his speech he discussed his experiences living in a communist society and in a democracy while comparing and contrasting the two systems.

Grand View student, Heather Poula received the outstanding accounting and finance academic recognition award from the Iowa FEI Chapter.

Is Accounting Right for You?

Why Major in Accounting?

  • Accounting is found in almost every industry around the world.
  • The demand for accountants is rising and is not going away any time soon.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment, accountants are projected to grow 11% by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Top 3 Fun Facts

  1. Mick Jagger, Janet Jackson, Eddie Izzard and John Grisham studied accounting.

  2. Bubble gum was invented by an accountant.

  3. Many accounting terms have Latin roots.
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Named after college benefactor and former Maytag CEO, Daniel J. Krumm, this academic building houses general-purpose classrooms for business students, a large lecture hall, computer lab for all students, and faculty/staff offices.The university's information technology department is also based out of the Krumm Center.

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