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.

Your Coursework in Accounting

The accounting curriculum, developed in consultation with employers, features real-world data sets. Accounting employers often serve as guest speakers and contact UMGC to recruit our students. You’ll take courses in statistics, economics, cost accounting, income taxation, business law, and auditing. Related required coursework 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

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in accounting requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 36 credits for the major, 41 credits in general education requirements, and 43 credits in minor and elective coursework. You must also complete all related required coursework, which may be applied to general education or elective requirements, as part of the 120 credits required for the degree. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major (36 Credits)

Related Required Courses

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • Management and Organization Theory (3 Credits, BMGT 364)
  • Business Law I (3 Credits, BMGT 380)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 201)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 203)
  • Business Finance (3 Credits, FINC 330)
  • Marketing Principles (3 Credits, MRKT 310)
  • Introduction to Statistics (3 Credits, STAT 200)
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Accounting (3 Credits, ACCT 411) or Business Ethics (3 Credits, BMGT 496)
  • Introduction to Professional Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 293), Writing for Managers (3 Credits, COMM 390), or Advanced Business Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 394)

General Education Courses (41 Credits)

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 research and computing literacy).

Research and Computing Literacy

  • Program and Career Exploration in Business (3 Credits, PACE 111B) or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • Introduction to Research (1 Credit, LIBS 150), Career Planning Management (1 Credit, CAPL 398A), or other general education elective
  • Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3 Credits, IFSM 201) or another computing course appropriate to the major

Communication

  • Academic Writing I (3 Credits, WRTG 111) or other writing course
  • Academic Writing II (3 Credits, WRTG 112)
  • Introduction to Professional Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 293), Writing for Managers (3 Credits, COMM 390), or Advanced Business Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 394) (related requirement for major)
  • Advanced Business Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 394)
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • Technological Transformations (3 Credits, HIST 125) or other arts and humanities course
  • Introduction to Humanities (3 Credits, HUMN 100) or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Biological and Physical Sciences

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