Earn a degree that makes you a valuable addition to any business.

Major Roadmap

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Accounting Major Guide

An Accounting major gives you the technical expertise and ethical foundation for one of the fastest-growing career opportunities. Prepare to become a fraud examiner, business development consultant or corporate accountant in classes taught by faculty with years of real-life experience. You’ll learn critical thinking and communication skills to apply in a challenging profession that needs values-based leaders.

Get hands-on practice in an internship that immerses you in the professional world. Prepare to sit for the CPA exam or earn a credential as a Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor or Certified Fraud Examiner. You can also go all-in and earn your undergraduate degree and a Master of Accounting degree from St. Edward’s in just five years.

As an Accounting major, you’ll have the chance to conduct research into accounting topics and present your work at professional conferences. And, with your fellow students, you’ll give back to the community by helping low-income Austinites prepare their tax returns.

Accounting graduates discover job opportunities in every industry, in nearly every location across the globe. You might follow in the footsteps of the many St. Edward’s students who’ve interned, then been hired, at Big Four accounting firms. Or work for a smaller firm, a local business or in a government department. Companies frequently look for CEOs with a strong foundation in accounting because these candidates understand the financial consequences of business decisions.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of accountants and auditors will grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. You’ll leave St. Edward’s well prepared for a job that’s in high demand.

What do our graduates do?

Accounting majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Senior audit associate at KPMG
  • Audit and assurance accountant at Deloitte
  • Accounting team leader at Whole Foods
  • Analyst in Accounting and Finance at ConocoPhillps
  • Accountant at Texas Mutual Insurance Company
  • Accountant at St. David’s HealthCare
  • Recipient of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Creating International Connections

Creating International Connections

Zachary Riola ’17 participated in KPMG’s highly competitive Global Internship Program and spent a month in Christchurch, New Zealand, working with international teams on major client accounts.

The Classroom and Beyond

The St. Edward’s Accounting program will prepare you to become an ethical, detail-oriented professional. You’ll develop your skills in volunteer and internship settings like the following.

Service Experiences

Accounting majors help residents of an Austin affordable housing community complete their tax returns. This is a good opportunity to give back to the community while learning what tax preparation looks like in practice. 

Student Organizations

Get to know your fellow students and learn about career options in the Accounting Club and the annual Accounting Student Retreat. 

Internships

In the spring, Accounting students can complete a full-time, “busy season” internship during either the audit busy season (January to mid-March) or the tax busy season (January to mid-April). Your Accounting courses will begin in a compressed semester after the busy season, allowing you to be fully immersed in the professional world for this important time. Students have recently interned with KPMG and Deloitte as part of this program and have been extended full-time offers after the internship.

Additional Accounting internships include the following: 

  • The “Big Four” firms: KPMG, Deloitte, PwC and EY
  • Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM
  • Salling Madeley, PLLC
  • WP Engine in Austin
  • Disney College Program
  • New York Mets
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts