Learn the language of business, and start your path toward a flexible, rewarding, and reliable career.

As an accountant, you follow the money—where it is, where it comes from, and where it goes. And the money trail you uncover is essential to diagnosing the health of a business, as well as keeping it on the right side of tax and regulatory laws. Of course, following the money, you’ll need an in-depth knowledge of how every part of a business functions. That’s one of the reasons so many CEOs are former CFOs, and why an accounting degree from Tippie is the perfect foundation for just about any career in business.

The numbers add up. We’re a destination for accounting majors.

Tippie’s BBA in accounting is consistently ranked as one of the best accounting programs in the country by the Public Accounting Report, which surveys accounting professors from over 200 colleges to rank programs. The success of Tippie’s accounting program is grounded in our excellent faculty, challenging courses, and talented student body.

At a glance

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CPA pass rate for large U.S. programs

NASBA, 2019
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of Accounting alums employed or enrolled in grad school

within 6 months of graduation, 2020
59 thousand dollars

Average starting salary for accounting graduates

Class of 2020

Declaring an accounting major

To declare a major in accounting, you must be eligible to declare a major in Tippie and meet the following additional criteria:

  • GPA of 3.0 UI and cumulative
  • At least a B- grade in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting

In order to then enroll in major-level courses in accounting after declaring the major, you must have a 2.67 (B-) average in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting and ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting.

Students admitted to Tippie who do not meet the requirements for enrolling in major-level courses in Accounting must petition for access.

Want to see the courses you could take as an accounting major? Check out the accounting academic plan.

Accounting academic plan

Maximize your opportunities for advancement

You can increase your career opportunities and earning potential by following your BBA with Tippie’s top-ranked Master’s in Accountancy (MAC) degree. In just one year of additional study, you’ll earn all the credits you need to obtain your Iowa CPA license. Most states—including Iowa—require 150 semester hours of coursework to be CPA licensed. The MAC is a 30-semester-hour program that bridges the gap between a 120-hour undergrad degree in accounting and the requirement for CPA licensure.

Start a career with flexibility and security

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for accountants to grow by a rate of 11% through 2024. You’ll be well paid, too. The median salary for accountants is $63,550, almost double the average for all occupations.

Explore accounting careers

Alumni Story
Mary Beth Zajicek

“Seriously consider the MAC program for those additional 30 hours, because it really builds your confidence when you transition to your professional career.”

Highlighted Offerings

Student Organizations

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is the international honorary organization for financial information professionals. We create an interactive accounting environment throughout the Tippie College of Business. Our goal is that members leave us with a desire for self-improvement, high moral standards, and a respect for professionalism.

Study abroad
City of Hong Kong

Spend a semester in one of the world’s largest financial hubs through the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) exchange program—designed specifically for accounting majors.

Master's Program

Want to develop your accounting expertise even further? Earn a master's degree in accounting and deepen your knowledge in Iowa's nationally ranked MAc Program. The GMAT test is not required for University of Iowa accounting majors.

Community Service
Students working at VITA

Support the community and gain hands-on experience at the same time. Volunteer to help low and moderate income taxpayers by offering free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

Student Organizations


HawkTrade Stock Investment Club meets weekly to discuss investment strategies, market news, and share stock opinions. From finance to engineering and from beginners to those who trade options and derivatives, members of HawkTrade vary greatly in their chosen majors and experiences. We highly recommend that all students attend a meeting to experience everything that HawkTrade has to offer.              

In the News

Willy Tan of Marshalltown, Iowa, didn’t bring a car to college because he prefers two wheels to four. He’s working to make bikes more accessible to students and the Iowa City community.