Program Spotlight: Accounting

Accounting Transfer Pathway Degree A.S. opens door to bachelor’s degree

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.

Accounting specialties range 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.

About the Accounting Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (A.S.)

The Accounting Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (A.S.) offers you a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an A.S. 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 you can complete this pathway degree and transfer to one of the seven Minnesota State universities¹ with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway A.S. degree directly transfer and apply to designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The Accounting Transfer Pathway A.S. clears the way for you to transfer to accounting majors at the following four-year institutions:

Note: In addition, Inver Hills has transfer agreements with most private universities in Minnesota.

Accountants and Auditors

Interpret budget statements to give financial advice.


Well above the statewide median of $20.95/hour.


Median: $32.46/hour
High: $40.09/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $33.47/hour
High: $41.27/hour


In Minnesota, there are 22,960 workers employed in this very large career. This career is currently in very high demand and seeing high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate is 9.4 percent. There will be a need for about 30,295 new Accountants and Auditors to meet market demand between 2018–2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

Employment information

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 you can follow after earning your Accounting Transfer Pathway A.S. at Inver Hills.

  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Budget Analysts
  • Cost Estimators
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Managers
  • Personal Financial Managers
  • Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Learn more about the Accounting Transfer Pathway A.S. at Inver Hills by contacting:

Yohannes Agegnehu
Business and Accounting Faculty

Admissions Team
College Center

¹ 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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