​Accounting Major

Analyze numbers—without becoming one.

Love working with numbers? If so, you will be in good company at the USD School of Business. Our accounting major ranks nationally in the top 5 percent by College Factual. Many students receive job offers before they even graduate. And accounting graduates typically earn the highest salaries compared to other business majors. The secret? Our commitment to personalized learning.

We keep our accounting classes small so you can fully absorb the content, from financial accounting to auditing and everything in between. Many of our professors are licensed CPAs, and you have the freedom to ask them directly for industry or career advice. Plus, with annual on-campus hiring events, you will have opportunities to interview for internships and full-time positions.

To help you pinpoint where you would like to focus your career, we have four accountancy tracks for you to choose from. Each one will prepare you for a career as an accountant, whether you want to work on your own, for a company, at an NGO or within the government sector.


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Pick from four specialized degree tracks.


This option is ideal if you are seeking a career in public accounting and plan to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. It is also a great choice if you are interested in industry-related accounting careers in which the Certificate in Management Accounting (CMA) is more popular.

Accountancy and Supply Chain Management

We recommend this track if you are looking to build skills in both accountancy and supply chain management. You will learn how accounting principles are applied to supply chain concepts such as strategic costs, negotiations and activity-based costing.

Accountancy and Finance/Real Estate

With this option, you can choose to supplement your accountancy studies with either finance or real estate topics. You can gain a financial perspective by studying corporate finance, or learn how accounting methods are used to assign value to commercial properties.

Accountancy and Information Systems/Technology

Consider this track if you would enjoy a career in public accounting, industry or government, where you are required to combine accounting and technology skills. You will learn about accounting system design, analysis and internal controls.

Note: These options fulfill some of the requirements for the CPA exam in California.
Group of undergraduate students standing next to PwC logo The Big Four

USD accounting majors go on to work at the largest accounting and auditing firms in the world including EY, Deloitte, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Undergraduate USD students on campus steps Accounting Society

Join the Accounting Society to network with peers and industry professionals, serve the local community, visit accounting firms and more!


USD School of Business professor speaks with student on campus Accountancy Institute

Led by award-winning faculty members, the Accountancy Institute is here to boost your leadership skills and prepare you for an accounting career through numerous opportunities for professional growth.

USD undergraduate student looks up into the future BAcc + MAcc

With our combined bachelor’s and master’s accounting degree program, you can take Master of Accountancy (MACC) or Master of Taxation (MTAX) courses as early as the summer following your junior year. Students enrolled in the combined program typically earn their degrees in as little as four-and-a-half years by double-counting up to 12 units.