Program Overview

The Accounting Diploma at Minnesota State Community and Technical College gives students the skills and knowledge to begin their careers in accounting.  Students will learn to examine, analyze, interpret, and edit accounting information in order to create financial statements, payroll and accounting reports, budgets, and state and federal income tax returns for individuals.  The program also includes concepts in computerized accounting as well as business concepts and communication.   

Students will be given a comprehensive background in the principles, procedures, and theories of organizing and running financial and business transactions.  Students who complete the program are also eligible for entry-level employment in many different institutions in the accounting department.  Graduates will have the potential to display the skills and knowledge needed in accounting related careers.  Individuals will also learn how to be proficient with various computerized accounting systems and software in order to process financial information.  Classes include subjects on accounting software, business concepts, managerial and cost principles, financial statements, the Internal Revenue Code and its relationship to income taxes, and other topics.

The Accounting Diploma requires a total of 64 credit hours.  Students may be required to take developmental courses in reading, math, and writing in order to prepare them for education on a college level; whether these classes are required is determined by the student’s score on the Accuplacer assessment.  Students have the ability to continue their education in a related field at a baccalaureate institution and are advised to consult a counselor to ensure the transferability of the courses to the intended college or university.

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    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Minnesota State Community and Technical College (“M State”) is a two-year public institution of higher education, located in the city of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Students can enroll in courses at M State’s campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The Fergus Falls campus has a liberal arts focus, and about 75 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges and universities after they attend M State.

    M State offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Many students at M State choose to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree by earning a University Transfer degree at any of the or online through eCampus. M State’s eCampus offers over 25 programs and majors that can be completed entirely online.

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