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Go beyond numbers when you pursue your Accounting degree at Drake. While we help you hone your technical skills for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and the profession, we also emphasize communication, writing, and presentation skills—a carefully crafted combination that enhances your competitive edge for life after school.

You'll be taking accounting courses as a first-year student—an opportunity not found in most bachelor of accounting programs. From day one, you’ll have at least one course in the major every semester. And those courses are taught by expert faculty—CPAs and Ph.D.s (some even have both) will tap into their professional and academic experience to give you an exceptional accounting education.

You’ll also have the option to expand your studies with a unique joint major, pairing accounting with any other discipline within the Zimpleman College of Business. Or you can consider studying abroad or completing an internship (or three) at one of the major companies located in Des Moines.

About our Accounting Degree

What can you do with an accounting degree? Accounting is frequently referred to as the “language of business.” Every organization, large and small, needs accountants. Accounting careers include financial reporting, auditing, taxation, financial advising, business consulting, data analysis, forensics, and law enforcement. Accountants work for public accounting firms, private industry, non-profits, and the government. 

Drake University’s School of Accounting offers both undergraduate (BSBA) and graduate (MAcc) degree programs designed to prepare you for a successful professional accounting career. Combined with a prime location, outstanding faculty, and a leading-edge curriculum, the Drake School of Accounting provides its students with the tools for long-term success.

The Drake University School of Accounting is unique for the following:

  • Strong interaction with the Des Moines accounting community, including all of the “Big 4” accounting firms, local Fortune 500 firms, and government agencies
  • Student placement rate over 90%, making Drake one of the top accounting schools
  • Nationally recognized success on the CPA Examination
  • Dedicated faculty with both advanced degrees and professional certification
  • Extensive experiential learning opportunities through internships, student organizations, and service learning
  • Strong focus on both communication skills and data analysis
  • Students begin accounting coursework in their first semester
  • Opportunity to pursue a joint major combining accounting with another business discipline

Drake School of Accounting's Mission

The Drake University School of Accounting, a private mid-western institution, offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to be analytical and articulate accounting professionals. 

Learn more about Drake’s accounting degree and the internship/career opportunities that are available to our students


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