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Accounting at a glance

North Central’s Accounting major will prepare you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. You’ll also enhance your analytical and quantitative skills so you can manage budgets, achieve financial efficiencies, and much more. With courses ranging from analysis to international business, you’ll be equipped to pursue a career in accounting.

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  • Classes you’ll take
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What sets us apart

An accounting and finance professor teaches.
Prepare for the CPA Exam

A technical degree designed for professional work in business.

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We Prepare You to Sit for the CPA Exam

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting at North Central University is considered a technical degree for students who want to work in the field of accounting, while still gaining a well-rounded business background.

One option that many students will take advantage of is becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

The State of Minnesota requires the completion of 150 credits to be licensed as a CPA. At North Central, a 150-credit major isn’t required. Our program is 124 credits. You can get 150 credits by completing additional credits at North Central, either with additional undergrad courses or the Masters in Strategic Leadership.

What does a CPA do?

  • Assurance services
  • Consulting services
  • Information Technology (IT) services
  • Forensic accounting
  • International accounting
  • Tax and financial planning
  • CPA exam
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Marketplace connections

Build connections with top leaders from respected companies.

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We provide marketplace connections

Quality research continually states that most job opportunities occur through individual networks. Networking with the right people in your industry can open doors for your future.

You need to be a part of a school, like North Central University, that understands this and is doing something about it.

Our network offers students premier opportunities for jobs, internships, seminars, and on-site training.

In the College of Business and Technology, we set the stage for you to network with top leaders from the most respected companies!

The Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to 16 Fortune 500 companies and is the epicenter of business life and opportunity. Our location in the heart of Minneapolis takes full advantage of being close to the best of the best in the business community.

Our distinguished, well-connected faculty bring with them outstanding professional partners from firms that include Best Buy, Target, 3MM, US Bank, General Mills, the Minnesota Vikings, Cargill, Regis Corporation, ShopHQ, TCF Financial Corp, UnitedHealth Group, Xcel Energy, Crew2, the Minnesota Twins, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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We offer supporting programs to prepare you with the skills employers need.

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Additional opportunities with the College of Business and Technology

Project Management Certification

One of the primary needs conveyed by our professional partners is project management skillsthe ability to execute a project effectively and efficiently. All business majors take a project management course and have the option of completing a proficiency exam to earn your Project Management Certification from the world-class Project Management Institute. Our school is the only institution in the Twin Cities that is currently offering this!

4+1 Program

NCU has an amazing Masters in Strategic Leadership program and we’ve specifically designed it so that business students can earn it with just one extra year of education. As an undergraduate business student, you automatically take two of the ten required courses for the master’s program. That means with just one additional year you could enter the marketplace with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Strategic Leadership!

Pre-Law Minor

The business world has seen its fair share of corporate failures and executive blunders (Enron, Tyco, WorldCom). Employers are daily feeling the pressure from key stakeholders and regulatory agencies. The NCU School of Business is helping students prepare for this environment by making it easy to pick up a minor in Pre-Law without the addition of any classes.

  • Potential careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers in the field of accounting, including:

    • Financial analyst
    • Accountant
    • Loan officer
    • Compliance officer
    • Operations research analyst
    • Tax manager
  • Internships

    Our unique location in the heart of Minneapolis means our students have opportunities to intern at a variety of significant companies. You could intern at:

    • 3M
    • Ameriprise Financial
    • Best Buy
    • Caribou Coffee
    • General Mills
    • HMN Financial
    • Medtronic
    • Piper Jaffray
    • Target
    • TCF
    • United Bancorp
  • Minors & supporting programs

    We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:

    • Business Administration
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Intercultural Studies
    • International Development
    • Leadership Development
    • Marketing
    • Mathematics
    • Pre-law
    • Urban Studies

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

Student Jennifer Ozerkov.

Jennifer Ozerkov '20
Coon Rapids, MN

"As a current student I believe that the staff and faculty are the greatest influences of the success I will have outside of this campus. Their passion, their drive, and their care have pushed me past what I thought I was capable of to become greater than I ever thought I could be. My journey at North Central is only the beginning."

Accounting and Finance student Madison Montgomery.

Madison Montgomery '18
Ham Lake, MN

"This program has constantly been giving me opportunities to step out of my comfort zone by pushing me to network with companies and other accountants to prepare me for my career."


All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Accounting degree.

Meet the dean

Faculty member Bill Tibbetts.


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Bill Tibbetts

Dean of the College of Business and Technology; Professor

Bill has been teaching at North Central since 2008. He graduated from Purdue University with intentions to be the next Bob Woodward of business journalism. The Lord redirected his journey, leading him to Washington DC, where he became an executive of a multi-million dollar international nonprofit. He later relocated to the Midwest to be closer to family and transitioned into executive leadership for a $35 billion finance company.

What are your areas of expertise?

Business Strategy and Marketing, with a concentration in organizational development and marketing analytics. Because God calls us to be stewards of his creation, we are all, therefore, called to be strategists. Impact is significantly increased when an organization can properly align their internal capabilities and resources with an understanding of what their specific market is demanding.

What do you love about teaching at North Central?

North Central fosters the opportunity to engage with students on relevant knowledge, Christian character, and professional skills unlike any other university. I thrive on mentoring students to discover God’s will for their future and then preparing them to lead organizations that innovate, grow, and deliver world-class results.

What are your favorite classes to teach?

One of my favorite classes to teach is Introduction to Business, a place for most students’ introduction to the subject matter.