Versatility, stability, earning potential: Gain entrance to a variety of possibilities with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

If you have a way with numbers, you may want to consider earning your bachelor’s degree in accounting. No matter what their mission or type of work is, all companies and agencies need accounting departments to keep their finances on track, so with an accounting degree, you’ll have a wide range of directions to choose from.

This major combines theory and practice to help prepare you for analysis of and reporting on the economic activities of organizations. You’ll develop skills in managerial accounting, budgeting, accounting systems, internal controls, financial analysis, financial reporting, internal and external auditing, taxation, and international accounting.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Accounting Bachelor's Degree

The accounting curriculum, developed in consultation with employers, features real-world data sets. Accounting employers often serve as guest speakers and contact UMUC to recruit our students. You’ll take courses in statistics, economics, cost accounting, income taxation, business law, and auditing. The required minor in business administration complements your accounting coursework with study of management theory, finance, and ethics.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Communicate with financial and nonfinancial audiences in a clear and concise manner and make appropriate financial decisions
  • Research, prepare, analyze, and review financial and business data by applying accounting and business management principles to produce financial and business reports
  • Use current technology and analytical tools to work collaboratively and facilitate decision making
  • Employ analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving to identify, test, and validate processes, systems, and financial data
  • Define, develop, and demonstrate ethical business practices and accountability by identifying and addressing current and emerging issues
  • Conduct fraud detection and deterrence planning, analysis, and communication
  • Perform a range of functions, including auditing and financial reporting, to manage finances for federal agencies
  • Create reports and conduct disclosure analysis

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Relate accounting concepts to actual companies and agencies
  • Analyze the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K, which companies use to disclose information
  • Review and analyze publicly traded companies and examine federal financial statements, operation reviews, RFPs, and reports related to fraud and ethics
  • Review and analyze corporate governance and ethical issues to ensure understanding of and compliance with license and government regulations

Accounting Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • ACCT 326
  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • ACCT 310
  • ACCT 311
  • ACCT 321
  • ACCT 323
  • ACCT 410
    or any upper-level ACCT course
  • ACCT 422
  • ACCT 424
  • ACCT 436
    or any upper-level ACCT course
  • ACCT 438
    or any upper-level ACCT course

The following additional related requirements for the major are listed under general education courses.

  • ECON 201
  • ECON 203
  • STAT 200
  • WRTG 293
    or COMM 390 or WRTG 394

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

Related Required Courses Focus

  • BMGT 364
  • BMGT 380
  • FINC 330
  • MRKT 310
  • ACCT 411
    or BMGT 496

Electives Focus

The bachelor's degree in accounting requires 28 credits in minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111B
    or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general education elective
  • IFSM 201
    or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291 
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • WRTG 293
    or COMM 390
    or WRTG 394 (related requirement for the major)
  • WRTG 394
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • STAT 200 (related requirement for the major)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201 (related requirement for the major)
  • ECON 203 (related requirement for the major)

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101 
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160 or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for accounting certifications and careers at corporations and nonprofit and government organizations that cover a wide range of industries. For more information about professional licensure in this field visit www.umuc.edu/professional-licensure.

State-Specific Details

This program is designed to help prepare students to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam and/or obtain initial licensure as a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland. To sit for the CPA Exam in Maryland, a candidate is required to have successfully completed 120 credits toward an accounting degree. Many other states, however, require candidates to successfully complete 150 credits prior to sitting for the CPA Exam.

To obtain initial licensure as a CPA in Maryland and most other states, a candidate is required to have successfully completed 150 credits. Maryland has additional requirements to obtain initial licensure as a CPA, not all of which can be fulfilled through education. Learn more about Maryland's requirements for initial licensure. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in their state.

Learn more about professional licensure and how to contact your state's licensing board.

Additional Information

Educational Relationship

An articulation agreement between UMUC’s Undergraduate School and Graduate School allows eligible students who complete their undergraduate degree at UMUC with a major in accounting to reduce their total coursework for the Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Management, the Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems, or the Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Accounting at UMUC by 6 credits (two courses). More information is available in the graduate catalog.