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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.

  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.

  3.  Advise and place students in entry‐level positions in the accounting field.

  4.  Hire and retain faculty dedicated to honorably serving students and the accounting profession through teaching, research, and service.

  5.  Expand existing and develop more professional and student employment relationships within the accounting profession.

MCB Accounting
Learning Goals

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).

Your Future in Business Accounting

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

You’ll learn:

  • 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

Sample courses:

  • 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

14 West
Accuity LLP
Adjusters International/Matrix Business Consulting
Ahli United Bank
Akerna Corp.
Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
Allina Health
AmeriFirst Financial, Inc.
Andersen's Sales and Salvage, Inc.
Anderson & Whitney, P.C.
Anderson and Whitney, PC
Animal Health International
Antero Resources
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
Arkins Park Stone
Associates In Family Medicine
Atlas Preparatory School
Aurora Organic Dairy
Ball Aerospace
Banner Health
BC Services, Inc.
BKS CPA's & Advisors
Borchardt Senger and Associates
Bowin Subway
Brinkman Construction
Brock and Company, CPA's PC
Camino Natural Resources LLP
Campus Outreach
Capstone Restraunt Group
Centeral Colorado Water Conservancy Distict
Certent Inc.
Charles Schwab
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
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
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
DCP Mainstream
DCP Midstream
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Dennis & Company PC
Denver Christian School

DesRoches & Company CPA's
Developing the Tiny Home Experience
DHM Services
Douglas County School District
Drivewise and Driven Financial
EAP Glass Inc.
Edward Jones
Eide Bailly LLP
Empower Retirement
English Language Institute/China (ELIC)
Equus Software
Erlich Toyota
Estes Park Golf Courses
Excel Energy
Farmers Bank
First Colorado National Bank
FullSpeed Automotive
Gaia Inc.
Gogo Business Aviation
Grant Thornton LLP
Greeley Housing Authority
Hartle & Reese LLC
Haynie & Company
Henriksen Butler
Heska Corporation
Home Care and Hospice of the Valley
HonorHealth Hospital
HUB International
Innovest Family Office
Integris Partners
Janus Henderson Investors US
Joan M. Van De Griek CPA, LLC
K Coe Isom
Kaiser Permanente
Kauai Realty, Inc.
K-Coe Isom
Kodiak Building Partners
L&L Candle Company
Lauer, Szabo and Associates
Leprino Foods
Liberty Global
Liberty Oilfield Services
Lockheed Martin
Loveland Products Inc.
Lumen Technologies
Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Marcia Siebring, CPA
McGee, Hearne & Piaz, LLP
McMahan and Associates, LLC
Meritage Midstream
Meyers, Brettholtz & Company, PA
ModivCare, formerly LogistiCare
Moss Adams
Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA
New York Life Insurance Company
Newmont Corporation
Nutrien Ag Solutions
NYLIFE Securities LLC

Old Navy
Our Lady of Peace Church
Oxford Exploration, LLC
Pinnacle Agirculture Holding, LLC
Pipe Industry Administration Company, LLC
Plante Moran
Public Investment Fund (PIF)
Raymond James Financial Serivices, INC, Member FINRA/SIPC
Red Robin
Red Rockies Brewing CO
REIS Associates
Resource Capital Funds
Revelstoke Capital Partners LLC
RG Tech, Inc.
Richmond American Homes
Riyadh Bank
RM Transportation LLC
Robert Half
RubinBrown LLP
SABIC Investment Company
Scaled Agile Inc.
Schmidt Westergard
SCL Health
Scott Aviation
Skupos, Inc.
Skywest Airlines
SM Energy Company
Soukup, Bush & Associates, P.C.
State of Colorado
Strait Mechanical
Strategic Tax and Investments CO
Streamline Property Group Inc.
Sturm Group, LLC
Tallgrass Energy
The Broe Group
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
Town of Timnath
Traction LLC
Trusted Roofing, LLC
UK at Actionstep
United Energy Trading LLC
University of Northern Colorado
US Anesthesia Partners
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Vail Resorts
Vermilion Energy
ViewRay, Inc.
Weld County Garage
Westridge Accounting Services
Wipfli, LLP
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

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