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In today's business environment, an accounting professional doesn't just crunch numbers. They serve as an integral part of a business organization, helping it achieve success. Students in the Accounting Emphasis will develop technical skills in financial accounting, auditing and tax and accounting systems, which will be invaluable in helping you reach your goals. You'll learn how to think critically, strategically and globally. You'll conduct accounting research to answer challenging business questions and learn how to communicate the answers to a range of business professionals. In addition, you'll gain valuable knowledge and practical experience in ethical implications in accounting and business.

Learn from seasoned faculty with solid experience

Our award-winning faculty is comprised of dedicated professors who thrive on interacting with students and helping you achieve your potential. Most serve or have served on regulatory and professional boards and are active in both state and national professional accounting organizations. Because of these activities, our faculty knows what's going on in accounting and brings that real-world experience to the classroom. The faculty knows the firms and the people who hire accountants. As a result, most of our students are placed in accounting positions within the first three months of graduation, with many receiving job offers during their senior year. Through a variety of teaching methods including classroom, on-line and experiential learning, our faculty will prepare you to join the accounting and business world.

The tools you need, the opportunities you want

The Monfort College of Business is high touch and wide tech, offering state-of-the-industry facilities, technology and experiences that you'll use in the workplace. You'll also have access to numerous part-time jobs and internships opportunities with prestigious firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Anton Collins Mitchell (ACM), Deloitte & Touche, EKS&H, GHP, BKD, Eide Bailey, Anderson & Whitney PC, Western Union, Swift & Company, and State Farm Insurance Companies. In addition, the Monfort College of Business also offers a Master of Accounting degree, which will further your knowledge and skills, and satisfy Colorado's and most other state's 150-hour requirement for licensing as a CPA.

The credentials that matter

For successive years, graduating seniors of the Monfort College of Business scored in the top 5-10 percent on the national Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Business, which assesses students' core business knowledge. The Monfort College of Business is the first and only business college ever to earn the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States. The college is also one of the very few that is accredited by AACSB International in both business and accounting - the "gold standard" for accreditation.


Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Objectives

The Accounting Program, as one of the five areas of emphasis within the Monfort College of Business (MCB), supports both the University of Northern Colorado and the MCB in their responsibilities as designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and in their respective missions as decided by faculty.  In addition, because the Program strategically operates as a separate program, the Accounting Program puts forth the following Vision, Mission, Value and Strategic Objectives in order to serve its stakeholders efficiently and effectively.

Our Vision is to provide an excellent accounting education that prepares our students to have successful accounting related careers.


Our three-pronged Mission is to First, provide excellent accounting education with a strong undergraduate foundation and a focused graduate program that prepares primarily our state-wide residents for successful careers and responsible global citizenship.

Second, conduct and publish research that both enriches accounting practice and education and enhancing our teaching and the profession.

Third, benefit the accounting profession, our community, and other stakeholders locally, regionally, and nationally by participation in and service to both professional and community organizations through membership and leadership.

We value:

  • currency of curriculum
  • a safe and challenging learning environment
  • creative problem solving and diverse thinking
  • effective professional communication skills
  • ethical and community awareness
  • career and academic advising
  • independent and lifelong learning
  • student placement in entry level accounting positions
  • professional relationships and networking


Additionally, the Accounting Program identified the following five Strategic Objectives, which are consistent with MCB’s strategic objectives and enable the Program to full its mission effectively and efficiently.

  1. Attract and retain high-quality students.

  2. Enhance the quality and currency of our curriculum, thus allowing students to pursue a wide variety of accounting careers or enter graduate school.

  3. Emphasize career advising and placement of students in entry level positions in the accounting field.

  4. Enhance the strength of our accounting faculty by hiring and retaining faculty dedicated to honorably serving students and the accounting profession through teaching, research and service.

  5. Build on the excellent foundation in place with accounting employers to expand and develop more regional professional and employment relationships within the accounting profession.

UNC Course Catalog

View the entry for Accounting in the UNC course catalog (current year)

Course Listings

Course Number Course Title

Principles of Accounting I
Principles of Accounting II
Survey of Accounting
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Fraud Examination
Cost and Managerial Accounting I
Income Tax I
Accounting Systems
Tax Cases
Accounting Theory and Research
Advanced Accounting
Accounting Directed Studies
Cost and Managerial Accounting II
Accounting Ethics
Auditing I
Governmental and Institutional Accounting
Income Tax II
Internship in Accounting
Special Topics in Accounting