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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Business Systems - Certificate

Career Area: Business & Management
Program: Accounting
Campus(es): Winona/Red Wing/Online

Step up your skills with training in finance and accounting

With a Certificate in Business Systems from Minnesota State College Southeast, in less than one semester you’ll be ready to launch a career in one of the nation's fastest growing professions.

The Business Systems Certificate focuses on the fundamental accounting concepts and principles that are used in a business environment to provide reports on the economic condition of an organization. You will also learn about personal finance, business ethics, and small business development.

MSC Southeast offers a program that can be completed online, on campus in Winona, or a combination of both. You can enroll in the accounting program in either the fall or spring semester and attend classes on a full-time or part-time basis.

About Accounting

If you have the desire to own your own business, be a leader, motivate people, and solve problems, consider enrolling in an accounting diploma or degree at Minnesota State College Southeast.

More and more employers are demanding higher education in business skills from potential job candidates to fill their positions. Our approach is a blend of theory and practice, providing a solid foundation for your career. We offer a practical, personal approach to learning the principles of accounting and making the best use of a variety of popular accounting software packages.

Once you have your degree in hand, you'll find that the opportunities for meaningful and challenging employment are plentiful in companies of all sizes.

Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast

Career Field: Business Management & Administration
Cluster: Finance
Pathway: Accounting
Recommended high school classes and basic job/program skills

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1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Personal Finance
Personal Finance offers a study of economic decisions facing individuals in their personal lives. The course includes such topics as budgeting, using consumer credit, buying or renting a home, providing for medical care, purchasing life insurance, understanding retirement programs, buying and selling stocks, preparing income tax returns, minimizing taxes, and thinking about consumerism. (Prerequisites: none) (MnTC Goals 5 and 9) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
3 crs
Spreadsheets Concepts and Applications
This course uses a spreadsheet system for business applications. Procedures used include: document creation, storage, retrieval, major editing, printing, merger of documents, segments and variables, and graph creation. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Financial Accounting
This course covers the fundamental accounting concepts and principles which are used in a business environment to provide reports on the economic condition of an organization. The focus will be on the accrual method of accounting, utilizing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to analyze and record transactions. The ultimate objective is to understand the effects of these transactions in order to provide timely and relevant information in the form of financial statements. (Prerequisite: none) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
Small Business Development
A study of current theory and practice relating to starting and managing small firms. It provides a comprehensive coverage of critical small business issues, numerous real-world examples to help students understand how to apply the business management concepts presented in the text, and incorporates material to help them explore small business issues in the Internet. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Business Ethics
A study of ethical problems in business and the foundations for decisions involving ethical issues. Topics include ethical concepts, personal integrity, individual conscience, and company loyalty and responsibility conflicts as they impact on the decision process in the functional areas of business. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
13 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 16 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$3,113
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$3,413


Career Opportunities

  • Staff Accountants
  • Banking
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Income Tax
  • Financial Services
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Government/Non-Profit
  • Budget Analysis
  • Audit

Career Information


Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Apply the principles of financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, tax accounting and not-for-profit accounting.
  2. Apply mathematical, analytical and business knowledge skills to formulate and solve problems and to make decisions relevant to the needs of business.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in personal computer operations and applications.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of human society and culture in order to function as an effective employee and citizen.


  • 100% online option available
  • Excellent reputation with employers and students
  • Hands-on learning
  • Instructors have professional experience in all areas of accounting
  • Learn the latest computer software: Excel, QuickBooks, Access, Turbo Tax, Word, Peachtree and PowerPoint
  • Vast job opportunities with high growth potential
  • Interactive learning combines technology with accounting theory
  • Student organizations such as Student Senate provide leadership and professional growth opportunities


Jillane Halverson
Jill Halverson has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Winona State University. She has expertise in the areas of public, private, tax, auditing, and non-profit accounting.
Samantha Justin
Samantha Justin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Winona State University. She also holds a Wisconsin Certified Public Accountant license. She has experience in public, private, audit, tax, governmental, and non-profit accounting.





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