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A Solid Foundation for Accuracy in Reporting.

With a major in accounting, you will be prepared to seek licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Refining your skills in analysis and problem solving, you will graduate equipped to make ethical, sound decisions and to contribute to the growth and development of both individuals and organizations.

What can I do with a major in Accounting?

The state of Michigan requires 150 credit hours to become a Certified Public Accountant. By choosing to pursue an additional major or minor in finance or by opting to earn a graduate degree, you will have opportunities to obtain positions as a...

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Financial Manager
  • Internal or External Auditor
  • Personal Financial Planner
  • Production Manager
  • Manufacturing Accountant
  • Tax Preparer

How can I complete my degree program in three or four years?

Download sample degree plans for a major in Accounting.

3 Year Accounting Degree Plan

4 Year Accounting Degree Plan

Where are internships and partnerships available for students in the Accounting program?

Available internship opportunities range from large multi-national corporations to small local companies and not-for-profit organizations, including the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Based as a student in Grand Rapids, you may choose to intern with...

  • Bank of Holland
  • Merrill Lynch
  • State Farm Insurance

What are graduates of the Accounting program doing now?

  • Chris Gordon, CP ('04) is a senior auditor at Capin Crouse LLP: "I knew that my business professors cared about my success as a student and as a person."
  • Ashley Dean ('07) is a reimbursement specialist at Family Home Health Services: "The class sizes at Cornerstone were definitely an advantage because professors and students were able to develop relationships which makes seeking help very easy."
  • Kara Smelter Stout ('06) is an accounting manager at Trimaco LLC: "The atmosphere at Cornerstone was ideal for academic advancement and spiritual growth. My internship requirement was a great way to gain some real life experience before entering the workforce full-time."
  • Sarah E. Keith ('06) is a senior management analyst at BearingPoint Management & Technology Consultants: "My time at Cornerstone prepared me for my careers in ways that I appreciate every day. The faculty and staff really cared about my career development as well as my spiritual development.

With a major in Accounting, what classes will I take?

Accounting Information Systems

Understand the importance of internal controls throughout the flow of collecting, storing, and retrieving data, understanding the process of managing change in systems and examining various accounting software packages.

Cost Accounting

Learn accounting functions in the manufacturing environment, visiting local manufacturing plants to realize product costing, overhead cost analysis, standard costs, activity based costing, variance analysis, contribution accounting, flexible budgeting, and responsibility center accounting in context.


Examine federal income tax theory, law, and regulations and implications for individuals, partnerships, and corporations, preparing you for the IRS Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program.

Who can I contact for more information on a major in Accounting?


Bill Riter, M.S. | Associate Professor