With a B.A. in Accounting from Multnomah University, you will be equipped with the tools you need to assess financial operations, analyze records, and ensure that organizations run smoothly and efficiently. Our Accounting program will shape you into a highly-educated, business-savvy, competitive candidate in any industry eligible to sit for the CMA and CFE professional certifications. Many competing programs require 5 years of study, but you can make a wise investment in your future by choosing our 4-year program that will unleash your potential while saving your time and money.

Ways to study

Undergraduate (Major) | On-campus

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Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Exams

The comprehensive Accounting program prepares students for the CMA and CFE exams. Your senior year, you will be eligible to sit for these tests. Students who pass the CMA exam will continue on to gain two-years of qualified field experience to become Certified Management Accountants. Students who pass the CFE exam will continue on to gain two-years of qualified field experience to become Certified Fraud Examiners.

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Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

This course is an in-depth study of cost accounting focusing on its role in internal reporting and the resulting decision-making processes. Students will evaluate the foundation, ethics, and basic costing systems, analyze budgets, cost behavior, pricing, and profitability concepts and learn to determine how cost allocations, product quality, and investment decisions are applied by organizational leadership.

This course presents alternative methods of preparing managerial accounting information and examines how these methods are used by companies. Managerial accounting is a company’s internal language and is used for decision-making, production management, product design, and pricing and for motivating and evaluating employees. Managerial accounting assists decision-makers to understand and control organizational internal operations.

This course deepens understanding of the topics covered in the introductory accounting courses, focusing on the asset side of the balance sheet: cash, receivables, inventory, marketable securities, equity investments, PPE, and intangibles. Additionally, the course covers revenue and expense recognition issues and generally accepted accounting principles that affect the format and presentation of financial statements.

This course includes a consideration of the historical role of the auditor and the changing role in today’s environment, the organization of the accounting profession, and the new influences of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. It introduces the students to generally accepted auditing standards, professional ethics, and legal liability. A conceptual theory of auditing is discussed and practical examples of auditing techniques and work programs are used to illustrate the application of the theory. The course also covers the auditor’s reporting standards and uses case studies and professional journal articles as bases for discussion and analysis.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree. Whether you are beginning college for the first time or are a transfer student, we’ve got you covered.

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Meet Your Professors

Faculty Headshot Heather Lohmolder
Heather Lohmolder, M.B.A.
Director and Chair, Business Administration Program; Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Faculty Headshot Victor Reynolds
Victor Reynolds, Ph.D. (c)
Assistant Professor, Business Administration

Career Placement

The accountant plays a strategic role in the decision-making processes that help sustain healthy organizations and individuals. With your B.A. in Accounting, you will be prepared for the next step in your journey whether its a graduate program, financial role, or additional certification in areas, such as:

• Certified Public Accountant • Forensic Accountant • Accounting Manager
• Financial Manager • Investment Banker • Chief Financial Officer
• Financial Analyst • Actuary • Financial Advisor

“I'm really enjoying the accounting degree here at Multnomah. I'm pursuing my career with the focus that everything is meant to glorify God. My professors do a good job teaching accounting principles in light of our relationship with Christ.”

Grant Balvanz '21, Accounting