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Accounting Major and Minor

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When you study accounting in Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management, you’ll gain access to real-world experiences that will make you more than ready for a wide range of career opportunities. From for-profit businesses and public accounting firms to government and nonprofit organizations, there’s no limit to where you can apply your skills. In addition to mastering the functional areas of accounting, our AACSB-accredited program emphasizes critical thinking, research, and communication skills, as well as ethics and professional responsibility.

A minor in accounting is available for students in all majors. Coursework covers financial accounting, taxation, and cost accounting, while also allowing students to tailor their experience to their career goals through the entrepreneur or CPA tracks.

Why should you study accounting at Loyola?

Immersive Experiences

Dive into Loyola’s accredited accounting program with a challenging curriculum that translates to success. Intern with the top local and international accounting firms. Join honor societies, student organizations, and clubs; attend guest lectures; and network with industry leaders and successful Loyola alumni.

Door-Opening Connections

Build connections with prominent business professionals and meet Sellinger alumni in the field. The placement rate for Greyhounds after graduation is 99%—including at all Big Four accounting firms—in cities such as Baltimore, New York, and Boston, which means employers recognize what it means to be Loyola Ready.

Track Record of Excellence

Loyola’s accounting program was the first in Maryland to receive separate accreditation from AACSB International. As one of only 169 schools in the nation to hold this distinction, we are proud to offer a challenging curriculum, coupled with dedicated career services and opportunities beyond the classroom.

From mastering the tools of the trade to developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, graduates of Loyola’s accounting program will:

  • Become storytellers, going beyond recording financial information and learning to interpret it for others
  • Know the rules, learning how major, public corporations issue their financial statements
  • Learn to think critically, weaving smaller elements into a bigger, compelling picture
  • Become ethical leaders, understanding how to prevent and detect fraud while fostering an environment of responsible behavior


AC 421
Every publicly listed company in the United States must undergo a yearly audit, and many accounting students get their first job working for an auditing firm. Learn how to assess reporting risk and understand the relationship between auditor and client. Get acquainted with the audit risk model and learn the ethical responsibilities of the auditor as guardian of the public’s trust.

Taxation of Business Entities

AC 412
Get an in depth look into several topics in corporate taxation. You’ll start with the structure of federal income and investment taxation then move through accrual tax accounting, the taxation of business entities and more. Additional topics include a comparative analysis of the various forms of business and an introduction to tax research.

Accounting Information Systems

AC 402
Examine the role of accounting systems in the flow of information and assets. Learn to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of accounting information systems from both an internal control and an efficiency perspective. Learn how to detect fraud using everything from quantitative tricks to an understanding of human behavior.

Explore our course catalogue for a full listing of courses, descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.

Major Minor

Faculty experts

Our accounting courses are taught by experts with the highest level of qualifications. Loyola faculty are teacher-scholars who are attentive to students’ ambitions and needs and who have a deep personal interest in each student’s academic success. In addition, our executives in residence bring significant industry knowledge and experience to their teaching and student advising and mentorship.

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Who is hiring Loyola accounting grads?

  • The "Big Four" Accounting Firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC, KPMG)
  • RSM
  • BDO
  • Ellin & Tucker
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • The Maryland Office of Legislative Audits
  • T. Rowe Price

Recent job titles of Loyola accounting graduates include:

  • Auditor
  • Investment Analyst
  • Tax Associate
  • Cost Accountant
  • Financial Reporting Accountant

Rankings and Accolades

No. 2 in Maryland
Best Colleges for
Accounting & Finance
Top 25% Nationally
Undergraduate Business Schools
U.S. News & World Report
No. 99 in America
Best Colleges for Accounting
No. 57 Nationally
Accounting in Undergraduate Business Programs
U.S. News & World Report

Accounting department

Dr. JP Krahel, Ph.D., CPA
Department Chair, Accounting
Associate Professor of Accounting
Sellinger Hall 317

Alexander Hosseini
Program Assistant
Sellinger Hall 318

Visit the accounting department page