Accountancy at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Master the data that drives business success.

You want a career that's time-tested yet flexible. You're drawn to the certainty of numbers, but you have a creative streak, too. Consider accounting. You'll use your numerical know-how to create data-informed solutions in virtually any business setting. Our program will set you up for success: our graduates consistently pass the certified public accountant (CPA) exam at a rate higher than the national average.

My major is accountancy. I chose it because it is a field that is very versatile and has job security. I also want to open my own business, and accounting is a great foundation.

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What Can I Do With an Accountancy Degree From NIU?

Our graduates establish and advance successful careers in corporate and nonprofit organizations, government agencies and other settings. You'll be able to connect with more than 60 employers at the career fair we hold exclusively for accountancy students.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Accounting
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial analysis
  • Forecasting
  • Leadership

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Health care
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing

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Career Potential for NIU Accountancy Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Allstate
  • Crowe
  • Discover Financial Services
  • KPMG
  • PWC
  • Plante Moran

Job titles include:

  • Accountant
  • Accounting manager
  • Chief financial officer
  • Controller
  • Financial analyst
  • Vice president of finance

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Accountancy Major at NIU

After you gain general business and accounting knowledge, you can explore specialized topics like forensic accounting, internal auditing, and government and nonprofit accounting. You'll also build your communication and problem-solving skills through team projects, presentations and other activities.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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2.0 or higher?

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3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
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