Accounting at Aquinas College
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Why Study Accounting?

Accounting is the language of business—and a challenging and rewarding discipline. It is an excellent career path to choose. There are many opportunities to pursue within the field; students who graduate with an accounting degree are employed in CPA firms, government, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and small businesses. At Aquinas College, the Accounting Program offers outstanding preparation to enter the profession and to become a CPA (certified public accountant).


The 150-credit Professional Accountancy major fulfills education requirements for CPA licensure.


Our full-time professors are CPAs (Certified Public Accountants) with years of professional experience.


Our alumni have highly successful careers in CPA firms, government, nonprofits, and corporations maintain strong ties with the department.


We offer dual-major and minor programs, including 120-credit Accounting/Business Administration dual major.


The Aquinas College Accounting Advisory Board, professionals in public accounting, industry and governmental accounting, provide input into our programs.


The accounting recruiting program assists students in finding internships and full-time employment.


Our courses focus on accounting ethics and communication skills.


The Accounting Majors Network provides information on full and part-time jobs, internships, scholarships, and professional development.


Students engage with the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.


Business and Accounting League offers students opportunities for leadership and professional development.

Career Opportunities

For-profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations all need accountants in order to function properly. In addition, public accounting firms offering services in tax, assurance, and consulting have a strong demand for qualified staff. Entry-level positions in the field of accounting generally provide excellent opportunities for advancement.

The Aquinas College Accounting Department and Career Services work together to curate the Accounting Majors Network. Through this site, students access information about employment opportunities ranging from corporate finance internships to full-time auditing positions with public accounting firms.

Featured Work

Aquinas College Participates in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Each year, Aquinas College participates in the West Michigan Collegiate Partnership of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. This program offers free assistance with tax preparation for single taxpayers earning less than $27,000 and single individuals or married couples with children who earn less than $56,000. IRS-certified Aquinas students provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to individuals who qualify..