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Earn your degree in just 3 years
Our program is designed with CPA and CMA exams in mind
Employment Rate
Within 9 months after graduation

Strong integrated course sequence

The foundation for success in high-demand careers with formats designed for traditional students and working professionals.

Our accounting program serves as the foundation for success in high-demand careers with formats designed for traditional students and working professionals. We do this by focusing on community. Corridor businesses work closely with our students, offering internships that enrich career opportunities. 

Many local employers recognize the valuable contributions our accounts students provide and seek our students for priority placement within regularly available positions.

Why should I choose MMU?

Evaluate, measure, and manage risk.

At Mount Mercy we provide a highly-personal touch within a high-quality program. Recognized by the business community for providing an excellent foundation for future career success, our graduates are high in demand.

Equipping you with the skills you need, this major and format are designed to give you the necessary coursework to prepare for all professional exams, including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams.

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.

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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:

  • 9 start dates year-round
  • Evening, weekly classes
  • 10% tuition discount for employees of our educational partners

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

Megan Miller'17

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

Our graduates are in demand by many local employers.

Accounting majors often pursue Certified Public Accountant (CPA) status and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Common career paths include tax research or tax preparation, auditing, management, and cost accounting-related positions. Mount Mercy accounting graduates have gone on to work for companies like RSM McGladrey, Rockwell-Collins, AEGON/Transamerica, Great America Leasing, GE Capital, Alliant Energy, Toyota Financial Services and the Internal Revenue Service.

Mount Mercy has an articulation agreement with the University of Iowa's Master of Accountancy program to facilitate the admission of Mount Mercy graduates into that program. First year graduates report a median starting salary ranging from $40,000-45,000*. Graduates from Mount Mercy are currently working at:

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