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Accounting Minor | Byrum School of Business

Minor in Accounting

Are you thinking about majoring in business analytics, finance, marketing, or management? Then we encourage you to think about adding a minor in accounting to your plan of study.

Get a basic foundation in sound, ethical accounting practices and tailor your courses to your life and career goals. If you enjoy math and working with financial data, a minor in accounting is a great choice, especially if you want to work in the financial industry or start your own business.

Why choose a minor in accounting at Marian?

Understanding generally accepted principles of accurate, reliable accounting practices will make an impact on your personal and career success.

College graduates with accounting backgrounds can obtain excellent jobs in the public or private sector with good salaries, increasingly generous employment benefits, career stability, and opportunities for advancement.

  • For careers in banking, investments, insurance, real estate, e-commerce or retail, credit-card operations, consumer finance companies, or stock brokerages, having a minor in accounting will give you a broader perspective about the bottom line. It will also distinguish and give you a competitive edge over other candidates when seeking employment.
  • An accounting minor is particularly relevant if you major in finance. Your learning experience will be more integrated since the subjects are usually ones with which you’re already familiar. You’ll also gain more experience in using and applying the theories and concepts you learn about finance.
  • If you want to work in software development, network security, or other technology positions in the financial sector, having a minor in accounting offers valuable insight about how to collect, analyze, and protect financial data.
  • Plan to earn an MBA? Our accounting minor offers added flexibility because you can take the Uniform Certified Public Accountancy or CPA exam once you’ve completed a total of 150 undergraduate and graduate credit hours.

Even in your daily life, understanding how to track, budget, and account for your personal finances is important. Whether it’s paying off student loans, saving for your first home, or planning for retirement, an accounting minor will provide you with practical, useful information that you can put to good use over the course of your lifetime.

What will you study?

Marian’s accounting courses emphasize hands-on, experiential learning opportunities and developing essential skills like critical thinking, analysis, and collaboration. Case studies, real-world examples, and project-based learning are all utilized in the Byrum School’s accounting curriculum.

To earn our 24-credit accounting minor, you’ll complete:

  • BUS 209: Quantitative Analysis of Business
  • ACC 250: Intro to Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 310: Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • FIN 111: Personal Finance

You’ll also complete six elective credits, choosing from courses like:

  • ACC 320: Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACC 321: Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACC 430: Federal Taxation I
  • ACC 440: Auditing
  • ACC 455: Cases in Accounting and Finance
  • FIN 311: Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MIS 320: Business Decision Making

What are your career paths?

With a major in business and a minor in accounting, you’ll have excellent prospects for a dynamic career. Depending on your major, these are some of the jobs you could pursue with an accounting minor:

Major Minor Career options 
Business analyticsAccountingDatabase administrator, operations research analyst, supply chain or logistics manager, production planning manager

Accounting Financial analyst, personal financial advisor, financial examiner, loan officer, risk and compliance manager, commercial and consumer banking specialist 
ManagementAccountingHuman resource manager, management analyst, business manager, general manager, expeditor, operations manager
Marketing Accounting Sales director, business development manager, account executive, market researcher, brand manager, or fundraising manager 


According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here are employment projections for some of those occupations.

OccupationGrowth through 2026 Median salary (2016) 
Sales manager 7 percent $117,960 
Logistician (supply chain manager) 7 percent  $74,170
Human resource manager 9 percent $106,910 
Fundraising manager 10 percent $107,320
Database administrator 10 percent $84,950 
Financial analyst 11 percent $81,760
Management analyst 14 percent $81,330 
Personal financial advisor 15 percent $90,530 
Operations research analyst 27 percent $79,200 

Want to Know More?

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(317) 955-6300
(800) 772-7264

For Program Specifics

Thomas Gjerde
Assistant Dean
(317) 955-6455

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