Emphasis in Accounting: 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.
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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).
Studying accounting isn’t just about crunching numbers. You get to know about virtually every facet of business, from taxes to auditing and evaluation. As a result, you have a wide range of options available in the professional world.
Consider UNC’s B.S. in Accounting if you:
- Want to help businesses achieve success
- Are looking for a broad background in business as well as accounting
- Excel in small classes with close mentorship and experiential learning
- Technical skills in financial accounting, auditing and tax and accounting systems
- How to think critically, strategically and globally
- Broad knowledge of key business concepts and technologies
- Effective communication skills
- Ethics in accounting and business
- Business Communications
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- Legal Environment of Business
- Strategic Management
- Advanced Accounting
- Accounting Ethics
Job Titles of our Accounting Alumni
Sample of companies our Accounting alumni have joined since 2011
Adjusters International/Matrix Business Consulting
Ahli United Bank
Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
AmeriFirst Financial, Inc.
Andersen's Sales and Salvage, Inc.
Anderson & Whitney, P.C.
Anderson and Whitney, PC
Animal Health International
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
Arkins Park Stone
Associates In Family Medicine
Atlas Preparatory School
Aurora Organic Dairy
BC Services, Inc.
BDO USA, LLC
BDO USA, LLP
BKS CPA's & Advisors
Borchardt Senger and Associates
Brock and Company, CPA's PC
Camino Natural Resources LLP
Capstone Restraunt Group
CBIZ MHM, LLC
Centeral Colorado Water Conservancy Distict
China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation
City and County of Denver
City of Boulder
City of Evans
City of Fort Collins
City of Northglenn
Clear Choice Dental Implant Centers
CMI Mechanical HVAC and Refridgeration
Collins and Heath Public Accountants LLC
Colorado State University
Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
CPI Card Group
Creative Financial Staffing
DB Financial & Consulting
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Dennis & Company PC
Denver Christian School
DesRoches & Company CPA's
Developing the Tiny Home Experience
Douglas County School District
Drivewise and Driven Financial
EAP Glass Inc.
Eide Bailly LLP
English Language Institute/China (ELIC)
Estes Park Golf Courses
First Colorado National Bank
Gogo Business Aviation
Grant Thornton LLP
Greeley Housing Authority
Hartle & Reese LLC
Haynie & Company
Home Care and Hospice of the Valley
Innovest Family Office
Janus Henderson Investors US
JBSK CPAs, LLP
Joan M. Van De Griek CPA, LLC
K Coe Isom
Kauai Realty, Inc.
Kodiak Building Partners
L&L Candle Company
Lauer, Szabo and Associates
Liberty Oilfield Services
Loveland Products Inc.
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Marcia Siebring, CPA
McGee, Hearne & Piaz, LLP
McMahan and Associates, LLC
Meyers, Brettholtz & Company, PA
ModivCare, formerly LogistiCare
Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA
NDO USA, LLP
New York Life Insurance Company
Nutrien Ag Solutions
NYLIFE Securities LLC
Our Lady of Peace Church
Oxford Exploration, LLC
Pinnacle Agirculture Holding, LLC
Pipe Industry Administration Company, LLC
Public Investment Fund (PIF)
Raymond James Financial Serivices, INC, Member FINRA/SIPC
Red Rockies Brewing CO
Resource Capital Funds
Revelstoke Capital Partners LLC
RG Tech, Inc.
Richmond American Homes
RM Transportation LLC
RSM US LLP
SABIC Investment Company
Scaled Agile Inc.
SM Energy Company
Soukup, Bush & Associates, P.C.
State of Colorado
Strategic Tax and Investments CO
Streamline Property Group Inc.
Sturm Group, LLC
TBK Bank, SSB
The Broe Group
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
Town of Timnath
Trusted Roofing, LLC
UK at Actionstep
United Energy Trading LLC
University of Northern Colorado
US Anesthesia Partners
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Weld County Garage
Westridge Accounting Services
Wright Medical Technology
Wyckoff and Associates LLC
Wyoming Business Counsel
"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