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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Undergraduate Program


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At the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you'll discover accounting is an exciting career path that is rewarding, social and diverse. Accounting professionals are valued critical thinkers and problem solvers in today’s competitive marketplace. A math background is not needed; you will build an understanding of how money flows to help others make decisions. With accounting knowledge, the career possibilities are endless—help individuals, small businesses or major companies thrive in Nebraska and across the world.
  • College

  • Hours Required

    120 credit hours
  • Minors Available

    Accounting (Available to business majors only)

The Nebraska Difference


Nebraska is one of only 2% of institutions with AACSB Accreditation for both business and accounting


#38 Best Public Undergraduate Business Program, according to U.S. News & World Report


96% of students secured employment or continued their education


Our unique Professional Enhancement Program offers hands-on career development

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Program Features

Study in One of the Nation’s Best Accounting Programs

Nebraska’s dual accreditation in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) means you’re being educated by highly qualified professors and receiving a leading accounting education evaluated on engagement, innovation and impact. 

Prepare for the CPA Exam

Pursue our 4+1 program, where you earn your accounting bachelor’s degree and Master of Professional Accountancy to best prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Our MPA students have a 96% job placement rate and a 76% first-time CPA exam pass rate.   

Use Improv To Be a Better Accountant

Prepare for this ever-changing industry through an innovative course, Research and Communication in Accounting. Through writing, research and improvisational techniques and tools, you’ll gain increased confidence and effective communication and collaboration skills. 

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Notable Courses

To earn your bachelor’s degree in accounting, you’ll take 120 credit hours of courses, equating to four or five classes per semester, on average.
Managerial Accounting (ACCT 308)

Help companies make better internal decisions through managerial accounting tools, including costing, budgeting and performance evaluation.

Accounting Systems (ACCT 309)

Learn how companies use accounting systems, including databases, software and processes, to organize and access information needed to make effective decisions.

Federal Tax Accounting (ACCT 312)

Practical application of tax law and tax planning. Learn to navigate the complexity of our tax system to minimize taxes and maximize wealth.

Intermediate Accounting I and II (ACCT 313 and 314)

Analyze and interpret financial statements used by stockholders and creditors to make investment decisions. Understand contemporary accounting theory and ethics to solve problems.

Auditing (ACCT 410)

Determine credibility of companies’ financial reporting through an audit. Gain an understanding of the audit environment, including auditors’ essential role in the global capital markets.

Research and Communication in Accounting (ACCT 455)

Prepare to communicate effectively in an ever-changing industry. Merges the worlds of business and theater to build skills in improvisation, professional writing and presenting.

Huskers Do Big Things

From day one, you’ll have access to a career coach and potential employers at Hawks Hall. Your career development will feature hands-on learning experiences, like a resume review, networking and a practice interview with an employer. This major is also a STEM-designated program. This designation supports international students in obtaining a two-year OPT extension that allows you more time to gain work experience in the U.S.


  • Analyst intern, Goldman Sachs
  • Internal audit analyst intern, TD Ameritrade
  • Payroll master data intern, Kiewit
  • Financial services assurance intern, Ernst & Young
  • Compliance intern, Nebraska Department of Revenue


  • Financial analyst, Mutual of Omaha
  • Retail accounting manager, Amazon
  • Financial systems project manager, Google
  • Audit associate, FORVIS
  • Tax consultant, Deloitte

Graduate Schools

  • Master of Professional Accountancy, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics, Boston University
  • Juris Doctor, University of Iowa
  • Master of Sports Administration, Ohio University

Outside the Classroom

Get the most out of your collegiate experience by taking advantage of opportunities to get involved. Challenge yourself and make meaningful connections along the way.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Experience a tax or audit season as a full-time intern in our unique internship program without delaying graduation.
  • Analyze real-world data and cases to provide and present insights in class projects.
  • Develop communication skills through improv so you can easily adapt to changing situations.

Career Preparedness

  • Analyze an organization’s operations to ensure it runs efficiently and effectively.
  • Communicate accounting concepts to diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Investigate financial trends to make educated decisions about budgets, operations and investments.


  • Join business student organizations, like Beta Alpha Psi, to find networking opportunities and attend social events.
  • Gain and share your financial literacy so you can positively influence others in financial well-being.
  • Prepare free tax returns for low-income families through the university’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Accounting major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Kendra Ritchie
Contact Title
Associate Director of Recruitment