Central's accounting program prepares students for professional careers in public, private, government and not-for-profit accounting. Central students have a strong history of success on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations. Central College accounting students are in demand — nearly 100% of accounting graduates are placed in great positions within six months! And Central students ranked 18th in the nation for first-time CPA pass rate among similarly-sized programs.


The Real World


Successful Careers

  • Stormi Peterson ’15, accountant, Terex, Waverly
  • Adam Shell ’14, tax analyst, John Deere, Moline, Ill.
  • Grant Seuferer ’14, tax consultant, Deliotte, master’s program, Iowa State University
  • John Seier ’14, tax associate, BKD CPAs and Advisors, West Des Moines
  • Shawn Jansen ’14, accountant, Brownells, Montezuma
  • Shelley Kracht ’13, software developer for 2nd Story Software


  • EAM Club (economics, accounting and management)
No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.
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Graduate Placement

Central students interested in pursuing graduate degrees have lots of opportunities for attending graduate school. Central students have gone on to achieve success at nationally renowned institutions.

  • The University of Iowa, business
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, law
  • Northwestern University, business
  • Northern Illinois University, accounting
  • University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
  • DePaul University - Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business


When it comes to future employment or entrance into graduate school, students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment. Central’s powerful alumni network ensures our students have access to some of the best internships available!

  • AEGON, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Cambridge Investment Research, Fairfield
  • McGladrey, LLP, Des Moines
  • John Deere, various locations
  • Principal Financial, Des Moines

Courses & Faculty

Central’s accounting curriculum begins with a solid foundation in financial and managerial accounting rooted in the liberal arts, including ethics, economics, communication, mathematics and statistics. In upper-level courses, students grow through coverage of a variety of theoretical and applied financial accounting topics, as well as cost, tax and auditing.

Central’s accounting faculty has designed the curriculum to hone the skills employers value most. Throughout their careers at Central, accounting students will develop public speaking abilities, polish professional writing skills and develop technological competencies. Coursework throughout the curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and application of professional judgment. The senior accounting capstone challenges students to perfect their research and presentation skills in a professional environment.

Learn more about Accounting in the course catalog.

Meet the faculty:

Graham Lemke, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Donald T. Butler Endowed Chair and Professor of Finance

Tuan Nguyen, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics, interest areas include: health economics, labor economics and the economics of risky behavior

Uwaoma Nwaogu, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, interest areas include: international trade and finance, monetary economics and labor economics

Brian Peterson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development, interest areas include: public finance, econometrics and economic education

Jaclyn Rundle, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Business Management, interest areas include: nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise certification methods

Maggie Schlerman, B.A., M.Acc., C.P.A. Assistant Professor of Accounting, interest areas include: financial accounting and analysis, strategic planning, international accounting and corporate social responsibility

Jessica Schuring, B.A., M.B.A, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, interest areas include: microeconomics, health economics, labor economics, environmental economics, development economics and economics of discrimination

Julie Summers, Lecturer of Management and Marketing

Sample Schedule

First Year
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Public Speaking
Sophomore Year
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Ethics
Junior Year
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Individual Tax Accounting
  • Professional Writing
Senior Year
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Government and Non-Business Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Accounting Research Seminar

The Central Difference

Professional Certifications

Faculty advisors help students interested in pursuing professional certifications ensure success. Each student has a defined pathway to full preparation for certification in his or her area of interest in four years. Examination requirements may be met with accounting coursework, internship experience and international study opportunities.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)


The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the department of economics, accounting and management, department of sociology and anthropology and department of modern languages.

The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes state-of-the-art technologies, a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Accounting majors are encouraged to study abroad because in an increasingly global economy, employers want to hire graduates who have a larger world perspective.

Professional Development

Finding and landing your first job is an important step. Central makes sure students are fully prepared for the job search through multiple events focusing on search strategies, resume building, interviewing practice and networking skills.


Full Speed Ahead

Full Speed Ahead

Central students never stop chasing possibilities, and many seniors have already lined up new opportunities to serve and grow after graduation.

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Step Ahead this Summer: Tax Intern
Step Ahead this Summer: Tax Intern

Accounting major Jane McKown ’17 writes about her summer experience as tax intern at Jeanne M. Matter CPA Ltd. in Delano, Minn.

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Grant Seuferer ’14 Recognized for Top CPA Exam Performance
Grant Seuferer ’14 Recognized for Top CPA Exam Performance

Grant Seuferer is a winner of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Award, earned by .08 percent of 2015 CPA candidates.

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Learn More

Want to find out more about Accounting at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.