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ACCOUNTING

18-24
MONTHS
Earn your degree in just 3 years
Prepare
FOR SUCCESS
Our program is designed with CPA and CMA exams in mind
96%
Employment Rate
of surveyed alumni within 9 months of graduation

Crunching numbers and kickstarting careers

A hands-on accounting education is waiting for you at Mount Mercy University.

Translating numbers into knowledge sounds like a superpower, but for an accountant, it’s all in a day’s work. Accounting is a high-demand field with opportunities across many different industries. Specializations like tax accounting, auditing, and accounting management need versatile graduates with distinct knowledge. 

Our program focuses on building accounting knowledge through practical experience for traditional students and working professionals. Working closely with the needs of the local business community helps us ensure both quality career placements for our students and great accountants for employers.

Why should I choose MMU?

Challenge your skills with hands-on projects

All accounting students start learning with our strong integrated course sequence called the business core. Once your foundational knowledge is established, accounting students benefit from practical experience through advanced accounting projects.

By simulating what you can expect in a job environment, you can learn what subtypes of accounting interest you, how to handle data, and experience the complexities of taxes firsthand. 

Utilize tax software to generate tax returns, learn about audit errors and discovery by conducting a full audit, and keep the books for a non-profit organization while enhancing your professional communication skills. These experiences beyond the textbook help you figure out your path to entering the workforce and give you a leg up on other accounting graduates when you get there.

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Complete your degree in 18-24 months

Choose the format that works best for you—on-campus, accelerated, or Degree in Three. Whatever you decide, our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.

Working professionals can take classes in 5- to 10-week block classes that meet once a week. This pathway allows working adults to effectively balance work, school, and life. Better build your schedule with options like:

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Where can it take me?

Opportunity abounds in the high-demand accounting field

Accounting happens in every business setting, in businesses of all sizes and of all industries. An effective accountant who can communicate interpretations of numbers is an essential asset to employers—that’s where you come in.

Our partnerships with local businesses in the Cedar Rapids Corridor assist with internship and job placement in a variety of paths like tax accounting, non-profit accounting, accounting management, auditing, and more.

In addition to entering the workforce, many accounting students pursue additional certification through professional exams, including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams. Mount Mercy’s accounting program is designed to provide you with the skills and coursework necessary to prepare for these exams.

Continued education, like combining your accounting degree with a finance double major or continuing to a Master's of Business Administration at Mount Mercy University, provides even more options for your future career.

We also have an articulation agreement with the University of Iowa's Master of Accountancy program to facilitate the admission of our graduates into the program.

"My professors have made learning relatable, and that makes for an interesting experience—they helped me seal the deal for my major."

Megan Miller '17
Accounting

What are the next steps?

Build off previous experiences by transferring up to 75 credits form an Iowa community college or up to 93 credits form a regionally accredited 4-year university.

Veterans may also earn credit for military training via the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). 

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We encourage all students to apply for federal, state and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in accounting

Chart your own path in an in-demand field

During your time at Mount Mercy, you will be exposed to multiple accounting specialties like tax preparation, auditing, management, and more that help you decide what type of role would be the best fit for your skills and interests. 

After graduating from Mount Mercy, many accounting majors pursue professional accounting certifications with the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams. Mount Mercy also has an articulation agreement with the University of Iowa’s Master of Accountancy program to facilitate the admission of Mount Mercy accounting graduates into their program.

You can find Mount Mercy accounting alumni at companies like:

  • AEGON/Transamerica
  • Alliant Energy
  • BerganKDV [Accounting Firm]
  • BGHN Associates [Accounting Firm]
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Dahm, Knapp & Associates [Accounting Firm]
  • GE Capital
  • GreatAmerica Financial Services
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • TaxACT
  • Terry, Lockridge & Dunn
  • Toyota Financial Services
  • Transamerica Corporation
  • United Life Insurance
  • World Trend Financial