Why study Accounting?

Accounting is the language of business, and fluency in accounting opens many doors. All organizations require some kind of accounting system, and those who understand these systems are better positioned to manage their organizations. Activities are typically evaluated based upon accounting data in the form of budgets, internal reports, and financial statements. Familiarity with the systems that underlie these numbers is valuable to professionals working in large corporations, small businesses, hospitals, government, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Completing an Accounting minor will also enhance the ability to intelligently analyze, interpret and understand financial statements. When job-seeking, a minor in Accounting typically signifies a strong work ethic and superior analytical skills. However, please note: A minor in Accounting will not normally qualify a student for an accounting position at a company, nor will the student with an accounting minor be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.

Admission Requirements

Lindner College of Business students may apply to add the minor to their major. Non-Lindner students already pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any college at the University of Cincinnati can add the minor to their program as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Have 30 earned semester credit hours
  • Have at least a 3.0 University GPA and be enrolled in a four-year degree granting program
  • Complete at least 50 percent of all minor coursework in the Lindner College of Business
  • Earn a 2.0 in minor courses to be certified with the minor.

 To apply for the minor, Lindner and non-Lindner students should visit the Minors Program Option site.

Students will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program and the process for registration in the Lindner classes required for the minor.

Successful accountants possess excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze information. Other attributes include:

  • Problem solving skills 
  • Ability to identify and control risk
  • Strong communication skills
  • Team building skills

The accounting minor allows students to add value to their degree by developing specialized expertise in accounting that fits their particular goals and interests. Students enhance their resume with the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to compete in today’s global business environment.

A number of career paths would particularly benefit from the addition of an Accounting minor. Examples of disciplines that would benefit from the addition of an Accounting minor include: Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Management and Law.

Success in today’s business environment is primarily driven by who students are and how they act. Accordingly, business education at Lindner focuses on the development of each student’s individual Professional, Academic, Character and Engagement (PACE) to ensure they can successfully pursue the personal and professional goals they are passionate about.


  • Classes in Lindner ensure that our students learn the professional communication skills they need to excel in today’s business environment.
  • Lindner’s Career Services team works with undergraduate students in developing resumes, learning interviewing techniques and obtaining the practical skills that fulfill the expectations of businesses.


  • Lindner students are distinct individuals with unique goals and interests, and that is why our curriculum ensures that students have a foundational understanding of the key business functions. The breadth of minors allows students to add a minor that will customize their education for added value.


  • Character means having the strength and conviction to both lead and work with teams made up of diverse social, cultural and economic viewpoints. Lindner business courses help students build these skills through hands-on, collaborative projects, often working with Cincinnati businesses.


  • Students’ lives and careers will be comprised of much more than just work. Community service, citizenship and organizational involvement are all key components of personal growth. In Lindner, students are encouraged to get involved in the things they care about via the 20-plus student organizations within the Lindner College of Business, the 300-plus organizations within the University of Cincinnati and ongoing partnerships with service organizations like the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

Accounting scandals of recent years have resulted in increased visibility for the profession as well as additional regulatory scrutiny and reporting requirements. The demand for people with accounting skills is, therefore, extremely high and professional placement is close to 100 percent.

Students who have been accepted to the minor will see the minor appear on their application for graduation. Students will apply for graduation in the minor as they normally would for their bachelor’s degree.

Application Deadlines

Applications deadlines for the business minors follow the “application for change in college” dates.

Fall Semester– July 1             

Spring Semester – November 1                     

Summer Semester – March 1

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.

Contact Information

Matt Keaton
Carl H. Lindner Hall, Room 1352
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0020
(513) 556-7979

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Program Code: 22MIN-ACCT-MIN