Start your accounting career at Inver Hills Community College, which provides transfer pathways to Minnesota State universities

Accounting is the universal practice at the foundation of all business practices. Accountants and auditors make sure businesses, organizations, companies, corporations, governments, families and individuals prosper from using sound fiscal procedures. They keep accounts and public records, provide auditing services, and prepare and authenticate financial documents. Accountants stay current with information technology, the law, budget analysis and investment planning.


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The Business and Accounting departments enrich the learning of diverse students in a collaborative environment through vigorous curriculum with a global mindset to lead a value-driven and ethical life.

The Business and Accounting mission is crystalized in two key ways:

  • Membership in the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education
  • Active participation in DECA , a student business organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree prepares you for two pathways, a paraprofessional career in the accounting field and transfer to a four-year college or university. Inver Hills has transfer agreements with five institutions in Minnesota. Visit Accounting Transfer Opportunities to learn more.

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Interested in learning more about the multitude of opportunities and pathways you have with our business and accounting programs? Sign up to attend this information session to hear more about how we can get you started toward your bachelor's degree or landing a job after finishing your associate's degree.


A.S., Accounting Transfer Pathway Degree – 60 credits

The Accounting Transfer Pathway A.S. degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Accounting bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities* enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University

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Accounting Transfer Pathway Curriculum - 30 Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ACCT 2101 Financial Accounting 4 cr
ACCT 2102 Managerial Accounting 4 cr
ACCT 2220 Federal Individual Income Tax Accounting 3 cr
ACCT 2230 Government and Nonprofit Accounting 3 cr
ACCT 2241 QuickBooks and Excel for Business 3 cr
BUS 1100 Introduction to Business Applications and Computing 4 cr
BUS 1131 Legal Environment of Business 3 cr
BUS 2004 Principles of Marketing 3 cr
BUS 2021 Principles of Management 3 cr
Total Credits: 30

General Education Curriculum - 30 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
ENG 1111 OR
ENG 1114 OR
ENG 1130
Research Writing OR
The Research Paper OR
Writing and Research for the Professions
2-3 cr
COMM 1110 Public Speaking 3 cr
MnTC Goal 3 (with lab) elective   3 cr
MATH 1103 Introduction to Statistics 4 cr
MATH 1118 College Algebra or higher-level math 4 cr
ECON 1105 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr
ECON 1106 Principles of Microeconomics 3 cr
General elective (MnTC Goal 6 recommended) 3 - 4 cr
Total Credits: 30
Course Descriptions

ACCT 0310  Financial Reporting (Metro State Univ Course)   4.0 cr

Course Outline for ACCT 0310

This first course in a two-part financial reporting sequence provides for the preparation and understanding of financial information. Topics include: financial accounting theory and practice; official pronouncements of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and conceptual statements; financial statement preparation and analysis; revenue and expense recognition; accounting for assets and current liabilities; non-current liabilities and stockholder equity; and financial statement disclosures.

ACCT 0530  Business Taxation (Metro State Course)   4.0 cr

Course Outline for ACCT 0530

This course focuses on identifying issues that affect the taxation of businesses. Four modules are covered: foundation of taxation, including types of taxes, structure of the income tax, taxpayers, and general concepts of income and deduction; business income and expenses; taxation of property transactions; and overview of corporations, S corporations, partnerships, and entity choice. Planning options are emphasized.

ACCT 2101  Financial Accounting   4.0 cr

Course Outline for ACCT 2101

Focuses on basic accounting concepts with emphasis on how financial information is used in decision-making, primarily by creditors and investors. It focuses on what the financial statements reveal about the credit worthiness and financial performance of companies organized as corporations. Topics covered include preparation, analysis and interpretation of financial statements including income statements, balance sheet, statement of owner's equity, and cash flow statement. Additional topics include processing accounting information, end of period adjustments, closing entries, cash versus accrual accounting, receivables, inventory, income measurement, current and fixed assets and liabilities, stockholders? equity, ratio analysis, cash flow, merchandising operations, and internal control. Meets lower-division transfer requirements for accounting and business administration majors at most 4-year institutions. Require completion of Math 0840 or assessment into Math 0940 or higher; recommended concurrent enrollment in BUS 1100.

ACCT 2102  Managerial Accounting   4.0 cr

Course Outline for ACCT 2102

Consists of analyzing information and preparing reports for internal use in the company's management decision-making process. Emphasizes planning and control for profit-seeking enterprises. This course will cover cost terminology and behavior, fixed, mixed, and variable costs, standard costs and variances, activity-based costing, quality costs, job order costing, relevant costs, break-even and cost-volume-profit analysis, profit planning (budgeting), capital budgeting, flexible budgeting, segment reporting, transfer pricing, constrained resources, and business ethics. Meets requirements for accounting and lower-division-transfer business administration majors at most 4-year institutions.

ACCT 2220  Federal Individual Income Tax Accounting   3.0 cr

Course Outline for ACCT 2220

Introduces students to federal individual income tax law. This course is intended primarily for accounting two-year program students, or those interested in an introductory income tax course.

ACCT 2230  Government and Nonprofit Accounting   3.0 cr

Course Outline for ACCT 2230

Focuses on the fundamentals of fund/nonprofit accounting. It prepares students to apply basic governmental accounting principles and prepare financial statements for fund/nonprofit organizations. Topics covered will include accounting for states, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations with some federal government accounting. Prerequisites: ACCT 2101

ACCT 2241  QuickBooks and Excel for Business   3.0 cr

Course Outline for ACCT 2241

Introduces QuickBooks accounting software and extensive application of Microsoft Excel electronic spreadsheet applications. After completion of this course the student will be able to record small business transactions in QuickBooks and perform higher level Excel applications and analysis including macros, vlookups, and pivot tables. Requires ACCT 2101 and BUS 1100.

ACCT 2900  Applied Accounting (Capstone)   4.0 cr

Course Outline for ACCT 2900

Prepares accounting students to begin their career in business. Students review financial and managerial accounting and enhance their understanding by utilizing the knowledge in common business applications. Students will prepare cover letters and resumes as well as practice interviewing skills.

Transfer Pathways

With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer to the following majors at:

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Purpose: To provide students with opportunities to develop accounting, financial, and business skills, including project management, teamwork and networking. The club sponsors speakers on campus and participates in regional DECA debates.

Currently, we are seeking interested individuals in serving as DECA officers for 2020-2021

To learn more about DECA at Inver Hills, contact:

Hamid Kazeroony
Business Instructor
DECA Faculty Advisor

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Business and supply chain management

Human resources

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Accounting specialties range from from basic bookkeeping to complicated appraisals. Modern accountants are insightful, well-informed business professionals. They are responsible for recording and analyzing the fiscal data that drives executive decision-making in companies, organizations and government.

Modern accounting involves calculating the cost and efficiency of new technology as well as participating in mergers and acquisitions. The best and brightest accountants are vital to the success of a company or corporation. Company accountants monitor the quality, development and use of systems to track finances, tax strategies and health care benefit management. Solid math skills are crucial for success in the accounting field.

Basic accounting fields

  • Public
  • Management
  • Government
  • Internal auditing

Top five career paths

  • Internal auditor
  • Compliance executive
  • Financial analyst
  • Staff accountant
  • External auditor

Key accounting skills

  • General business knowledge
  • Information technology expertise
  • Communications skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Customer service orientation

Potential jobs in accounting fields

  • Chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Controller
  • Assistant controller
  • Senior accountant
  • Credit manager
  • Credit analyst
  • Internal auditor
  • Cost accountant
  • Tax accountant
  • Public accountant
  • Certified public accountant
  • Financial analyst

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with earning an A.S. in Accounting at Inver Hills.

Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.S. in Accounting degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Assist in the generation, analysis, and interpretation of financial data leading to sound fiscal management
  2. Generate critical financial analysis needed for decision-making within an organization
  3. Utilize professional techniques to support key decisions made every day by business and industry
  4. Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with accounting faculty
  5. Get firsthand experience working on real-world accounting problems
  6. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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The Contemporary Business (A.S.), Contemporary Business Practice (A.A.S.), and Accounting (A.S.) are accredited programs through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs,

The heart of the accreditation process centers on continuous improvement. To this end, every two years a quality assurance report is prepared highlighting continuous improvement efforts. Click here to view the most recent QA Report or Factbook.

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