Whether you dream to direct the finances of a business, guide tax planning, audit the operations of government, or dissect a trail of numbers as a forensic expert, SAU has a program that will prepare you to get to the bottom line. 

Our graduates work at Caterpillar, Deere & Company, Deloitte, RSM Global, HNI Corporation, and many others.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Intern At Fortune 500 Firms
  • Exceptional Student Outcomes
  • Grow Your Skills & Service To Others

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Small class sizes, expert faculty with real-world experience, and internship and networking opportunities you won't get at a larger university. Our location and relationships with Fortune 500 companies give you a big edge in the business world.

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More Information on the Accounting Program

What will I learn?

As an accounting major, you will learn U.S. and international accounting standards and be able to plan, coordinate, and control the financial activities of businesses at a bottom-line level.

Internships in your junior or senior year will place you directly in the business world, where you apply what you've learned. The Quad Cities supports many world-class accounting firms and companies including Deloitte, RSM, Modern Woodmen, and HNI (HON). Our students have grown their skills as interns at Deere & Company's worldwide headquarters and been hired for its elite career development program.

What's more is that at SAU, you get an education based in the Liberal Arts, and your general education courses help you develop strong inquiry, communication, and writing skills – something employers tell us they love about our student interns and graduates.

What makes SAU's accounting program unique?

At SAU, our location is a huge advantage and gives you opportunities to intern with world-class accounting and Fortune 500 firms. We have established relationships with firms and companies including Deloitte, RSM, Modern Woodmen, and HNI (HON). Our students have grown their skills through internships at Deere & Company's worldwide headquarters and some were hired for the company's elite career development program. You can participate in internships during the spring, summer, or fall.  

As an Ambrosian, you can gain practical accounting skills and help others. In the spring of 2018, students taking Accounting seminar provided free tax preparation for low-income tax filers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This is just one of many service learning and volunteer opportunities you have as an SAU student.

We are proud of our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, which means you will enjoy small class sizes and a lot of attention from accounting professors, not teaching assistants. In fact, at SAU you can expand your learning by working individually with faculty through work-study positions.  

At SAU, you can major in accounting and earn your master's degree in just five years. If you maintain a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, that automatically qualifies you for admission to the MAcc program. Even in graduate school, you will continue to enjoy small class sizes and learn from professors you know (and who know you, too).

What are some possible job outcomes?

You have abundant choices. Accountants can specialize in public accounting, conducting audits and tax planning for CPA firms. You can work for corporations such as Deere & Company doing cost, financial or international accounting or internal auditing. Others choose governmental accounting positions at the federal, state or city level, taking on roles with the FBI, IRS, or as a bank examiner.

Some accountants use their expertise in nonprofit agencies such as United Way or Red Cross. Other career options include working as a tax specialist, forensic accountant, controller, chief financial officer, financial planner, and international accountant.

Our Career Center will help prepare you for life after college, and that includes lots of job prep such as creating a résumé, writing a cover letter, learning how to have a successful interview, and more.

If it's graduate school you're aiming for, preparing an application and interview are also part of their services.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • After earning his undergraduate accounting degree in 2008, John Hammar stayed at SAU for a master's degree in accounting in 2009. He is now an audit manager at Deloitte in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • Katie Zorn '15 was a rare triple-major in Accounting, International Business, and Theology. She works as a Cost Accountant for HNI in Cedartown, Georgia.

Allison Ambrose, PhD, Professor and Chair

Michael Cipriano, PhD, Assoc. Professor
Janene Finley, PhD, Assoc. Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting (29 credits)

ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 300 Accounting Fundamentals and Professionalism
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 305 Income Tax Procedures I
ACCT 307 Cost Accounting
ACCT 312 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 415 Auditing

Accounting Electives (6 credits):
ACCT 314 Internal Auditing
ACCT 402 Accounting Seminar
ACCT 406 Income Tax Procedures II
ACCT 410 Advanced Accounting
ACCT 414 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

Electives (at least 3 credits):
ECON 307 Money and Banking
ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 313 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
FNCE 301 Financial Valuation in the Corporation

Business Core electives (12 credits):
BUS 201 Legal Environment in Business
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 449 Strategic Management and Policy
INTL 400 International Experiential Portfolio
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics
PHIL 305 Business Ethics

Accounting Minor

Choose 18 credit hours in ACCT courses, excluding ACCT 101

View Accounting courses in the online course search

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in Accounting. This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

Fall CoursesCreditSpring CoursesCredit
ENGL 101 Composition 3 COMM 129 or 132 3
PHIL/THEO 100-200 Level 3 PHIL/THEO 100-200 Level 3
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting 3 MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing 3

STBE 137 Pre Stats Business
(Co-Req for ACCT 201)


ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting 
(ACCT 201 prereq)

Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
IL 101 Information Literacy 1 Gen Ed 1
Total 16 Total 16

Year Two

Fall CoursesCreditSpring CoursesCredit
ACCT 300 Intermediate I* 3 ACCT 301 Intermediate II 3
ACCT 307 Cost Accounting* 3 ACCT 312 Acct
Information Systems
ECON 201 or 202 3 ECON 201 or 202 3
Natural Science 3 MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 201 Business Law 3 MGMT 210 Principles of Management 3
KIN Activity 1-2
Total 16-17 Total 15

Year Three

Fall CoursesCreditSpring CoursesCredit
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting III 3 ACCT Internship or Study Abroad 3
ACCT 305 Income Tax I 3 Humanities 3
STBE 237 Stats for Business and Economics 3 Elective 3
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance 3 Business Core Class 3
PHIL/THEO 3 Creative Arts 2
INTL 400 Experiential Portfolio  1
Total 16 Total 14

Year Four

Accounting Electives** 6 MGMT 449 Strategic Mgmt & Policy 3
Electives 6 ACCT 415 Auditing 3
PHIL 305 Business Ethics 3 Electives 9
Total 15 Total 15

Read Course Descriptions in the Online Course Search

*Needs prerequisite. Check the Course Catalog for details.
**Accounting Electives: ACCT 306, ACCT 314, ACCT: 402, ACCT 410


Our accounting majors are eligible for several special scholarships and financial aid – more than $40,000 in scholarships are awarded each year. Students must re-apply every academic year.

Click here to apply for one of the Accounting Scholarships below:

  • Derrek Drexler Accounting Scholarship – available to full-time (at least 12 hours) accounting majors with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Preference given to graduates of Wahlert Catholic High School (or any Catholic high school); college juniors or seniors; and those involved in student activities and/or Wellness and Recreation.
  • Edward R. Frick Accounting Scholarship – available to full-time undergraduate and graduate accounting majors with at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship is based on financial need with the preference that applicants be Hispanic and/or active in athletics and/or student activities.
  • Shapley Accounting Scholarship – for graduate and undergraduates.
  • George Till Scholarship – available to full-time students with at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The Scholarship is based on financial need, academic ability, and varies from $500 to $4,000 per year.
  • Van de Voorde Accounting Scholarship – available to accounting majors who have financial need.
  • Wahl Accounting Scholarship – available to undergraduate accounting majors who have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

There are also jobs and work study opportunities throughout campus. Work study will be indicated on your financial aid award letter, and you can apply for campus jobs through the Career Center. Keep in mind that 98% of First-year students receive financial aid from St. Ambrose!

Check with Financial Aid

Meet One of Our Alumni

"I grew in many ways within the SAU community. Intellectually, I learned the knowledge and skills to excel in my profession. My spiritual life was deepened by Sunday mass and the retreats I attended. Socially, I met many friends with whom I believe I will have lifelong friendships. St. Ambrose made me a well rounded person and I don't think I'll ever be able to give back as much as SAU gave me." –Katie Zorn '15

Katie Zorn

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, International Business, and Theology,Cost Accountant at HNI Corporation in Cedartown, Georgia,Class of 2015

When Katie talks about her Ambrosian experience she describes a community that values academics, professionalism, spiritual life, and personal growth. With us, you will get an education rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and so many opportunities to discover your path in life.

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Allison Ambrose, PhD, Program Chair

Accounting Department
Ambrose Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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