Accounting Bachelor's Degree

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

A degree with a major in accounting requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 36 credits for the major; 15 credits for the required minor in business administration; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 28 credits in electives and other degree requirements. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

General Education Courses

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 Course

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

Computing Courses

Electives

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

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.

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.