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Accounting at Carroll College

What to Expect

Technology and innovation have expanded the role of accountants in the global environment. While accounting is the language of business that enables individuals to communicate and analyze information about businesses, non-profits, and governmental entities, accountants are strategic business advisors who add value by working with people and a variety of data.

Students studying accounting at Carroll College gain an in-depth understanding of financial reporting, auditing, financial analysis and planning, and taxation along with the communication skills, ethical reasoning, and analytical abilities that employers value. Carroll College students have opportunities to work closely with business professionals, and approximately 90% complete internships or work for regional accounting firms, local non-profits, area businesses, and governmental agencies while enrolled at Carroll.

With small class sizes, students enjoy individualized attention and personal interaction with professors - experts in their fields who are committed to providing students rigorous academic challenges in an atmosphere valuing ethical principles.

Accounting students at Carroll College are encouraged to personalize their education by combining a major in accounting with majors or minors from another business area or from other departments. lists accountant in the top three best jobs and reported that accounting is the sixth happiest career in America.

Life after Graduation

With an accounting major grounded in a liberal arts education at Carroll College, students develop the skills that employers value: strong communication abilities, analytical and reasoning skills, and the knowledge to make ethical, value-based decisions. The Carroll College Career Center is available to assist students with securing internships, developing resume writing and interviewing skills, and researching employers.

Accounting majors are prepared for a variety of challenging and rewarding careers such as consulting with individuals on tax or financial planning matters, becoming a forensic accountant for the FBI, employment with a local or international corporation, or providing audits of financial statements.

Accounting graduates may enter directly into the workforce or enroll in graduate school. Recent graduates have gone on to earn masters in business (MBA), masters of accountancy, doctorates in business administration (DBA), or law degrees from schools such as Montana State University, University of Montana, University of Idaho, Gonzaga University, George Fox University, and University of Notre Dame.

The U.S. Department of Labor expects accounting jobs to continue to grow at a rate of approximately 20%. The National Association of Colleges and Employers ranked accounting in the top 3 majors in demand for undergraduates.

Ethical Leadership Certification

Accounting seniors completed the NASBA Ethical Leadership Certification Program. The program teaches business ethics and principles of ethical leadership helping students identify and avoid ethical dilemmas as they begin their careers. Students (left to right) included Mark Stiffler, JT Linder, Greer Davis, Kara Fuhringer, Peter Kuzmack, Carlee Norbeck, Ryan McCauley, Travis Mahoney, Holly Galen, and Tyler Thayer (not pictured)

The Business Department is supported by:

  • The Dr. Jerry Pohlman Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Business
  • The Mandeville Endowed Professorship in Accounting
  • The American Federal Savings Bank Endowed Professorship in Finance
  • The Fiehrer Endowed Lectureship in Business

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  • Carroll accounting students receive free memberships in the Montana Society of CPAs and scholarship opportunities are available through the MSCPAs.
  • Carroll students interact with accounting professionals through the lecture series, conferences, internships, networking events, and the etiquette dinner.
  • Recent Carroll accounting grads passed the CPA exam with scores in the 80s and 90s.
  • Carroll accounting students participate in the Ethical Leadership Certification program sponsored by NASBA Center for the Public Trust.
  • Students in Sigma Beta Delta lend to entrepreneurs in emerging economies through the Kiva microlending project.
  • Enactus students use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.


Professor Mel McFetridge

Professor Mel McFetridge was named the 2015 Jack Kempner Outstanding Educator by the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). The honor was bestowed upon Professor McFetridge to acknowledge his outstanding contributions to the Montana accounting community. Professor McFetridge is pictured below with a group of accounting seniors. Read more about this honor bestowed on Professor McFetridge.

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Lauren Larsen

Lauren LarsonCarroll College, senior, Lauren Larsen, was selected from college and university accounting students throughout Montana to serve as the Montana Society of CPAs (MSCPA) Student Representative on the MSCPA’s Board of Directors. She'll be graduating in May with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. Lauren plans to pursue a Master’s degree after graduation and her goal is to eventually work as a forensic accountant. Lauren attended her first MSCPA Board meeting on January 15 and 16 in Helena and will be representing her generation at the 102nd Annual Meeting of MSCPAs in Kalispell on June 18 and 19.


Fraud Conference

Students at MSCPA

Dr. Belle Marie and 10 senior accounting students attended the annual Fraud Conference jointly sponsored by the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) and the Big Sky Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Students had the opportunity to network with accounting professionals and learn more about careers in forensic accounting in addition to hearing fraud and forensic accounting topics such as fraud investigations from FBI and IRS files.

Previous classes were able to interact with accountants such as Andrew Fastow who in 1999 earned CFO Magazine’s Excellence Award for Capital Structure Management and later served six years in federal prison for his role in Enron’s fraudulent financial reporting which led to the corporation’s collapse in 2001.



IACBE Accreditation

Carroll College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Arts with major in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts with major in Finance
  • Bachelor of Arts with major in Business Administration - concentrations in economics, international business, management, and marketing.