Combine Technical Skills with Critical Thinking
UNC’s Monfort College of Business is one of the very few that is accredited by AACSB International in both business administration and accounting—the "gold standard" for accreditation.
It’s a standard we take seriously, and students develop technical skills in financial accounting, auditing and tax and accounting systems while focusing on critical, strategic and global thinking. To deepen their experience, students gain hands-on experience and conduct accounting research to answer challenging business questions and learn how to communicate the answers to a range of business professionals.
Undergraduate students can pursue a Business Administration degree in accounting, while graduate students can earn a Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree.
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.
Enrich society and accounting practice by facilitating students’ transformation into exemplary citizens and professionals.
- Provide excellent accounting education that prepares students for successful, meaningful careers and responsible global citizenship.
- Conduct and publish scholarship that enriches accounting practice, education and academics.
- Engage the accounting profession, our community, and other stakeholders through active involvement in both professional and community organizations.
Student connections with faculty
Student placement and lifelong relationships ‐ "Always a Bear!"
Engagement with the profession and the community
Ethical awareness and application
Creative problem solving
Independent and lifelong learning
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.
Attract and retain high‐quality students.
Enhance the quality and currency of our curriculum, thus allowing students to pursue a wide variety of accounting careers.
Advise and place students in entry‐level positions in the accounting field.
Hire and retain faculty dedicated to honorably serving students and the accounting profession through teaching, research, and service.
Expand existing and develop more professional and student employment relationships within the accounting profession.
MCB Accounting Learning Objectives
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in major business disciplines
Students will score at the 80th percentile or higher on each section of the ETS Major Field Test.
Demonstrate effective communication skills
Students will demonstrate competency in preparing and delivering professional quality presentations on various accounting topics.
Students will demonstrate competency in preparing professional accounting documents.
Demonstrate conceptual and analytical skills
Students will analyze accounting data/information to identify key accounting issues, generate and evaluate appropriate alternatives, and propose feasible accounting alternatives at a competent level.
Demonstrate technology skills
Students will score a minimum of 80% on the BA 101 assessment of technological proficiency in the following business software packages: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Students will demonstrate competence in business software packages to solve accounting problems.
Students will demonstrate competency in the use of professional accounting software such as ACS, ACL, RIA's Checkpoint and a general ledger package.
Demonstrate knowledge of accounting ethics concepts
Students will score demonstrate competence on course-embedded ethics and social responsibility assessments.
Students will competently identify the ethical issues or problems in an accounting case based on the AICPA's Code of Professional Conduct and the Colorado State Board of Accountancy's Rules of Professional Conduct, analyze the consequences for various stakeholders and develop an acceptable resolution.
Demonstrate knowledge of key accounting concepts
Students will demonstrate competence on test questions specifically tied to individual course objectives (as outlined on course syllabi).
Sample of companies our alumni have joined since 2017
Ahli United Bank
Anderson & Whitney, P.C.
Animal Health International
Associates In Family Medicine
BKD CPAs & Advisors
Capstone Restraunt Group
City and County of Denver
City of Boulder
City of Evans
Creative Financial Staffing
Developing the Tiny Home Experience
Drivewise and Driven Financial
Eide Bailly LLP
Joan M. Van De Griek CPA, LLC
Kodiak Building Partners
L&L Candle Company
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Nutrien Ag Solutions
Oxford Exploration, LLC
RG Tech, Inc.
Soukup, Bush & Associates, P.C.
TBK Bank, SSB
Town of Timnath
Trusted Roofing, LLC
University of Northern Colorado
Weld County Garage
Westridge Accounting Services
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"From my first day on campus, my experience at MCB has been more than I could have imagined. I cannot think of one teacher that doesn't have experience outside of the classroom, which is what I like most about MCB. The experiences and stories shared by professors make class more interesting and allow me to relate to what they are teaching. They tell you that they put their students first, and they have all followed through with that by going out of their way to make sure I succeed."
- Morgan Laustrup, Class of 2015