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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.

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

#13 in the U.S. for CPA pass rate

in the U.S. for CPA pass rate

NASBA, 2015
100% Job Placement

Accounting alums employed or in grad school

within 6 months of graduation, 2014-2015
$56k Starting Salary

Average starting salary for accounting grads

Class of 2015

Additional accounting requirements

To pursue a major in accounting, you must first be admitted to the Tippie College of Business. In addition, you must also meet the following criteria to declare a major in accounting: 

  • GPA of 3.0 UI and cumulative
  • A 2.67 (B-) average in ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting and ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting.
  • A passing score on the writing skills assessment.

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
Sukriti Nayar

“I'm in an industry that values age and experience, and being able to talk intelligently about accounting and finance has helped me prove my credibility.”

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.

Go farther

Want to develop your accounting expertise even further? Get a master's degree and broaden your perspective on accounting in Iowa's internationally ranked MAC program.

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

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.