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 to analyze and report 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.

Students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for the following master's degree programs:

  • Accounting and financial management
  • Accounting and information systems
  • Management (with accounting specialization)

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 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

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

This program requires 36 credits of coursework in the major.

  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • ACCT 310
  • ACCT 311
  • ACCT 321
  • ACCT 323
  • ACCT 326
  • 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

Related Required Courses

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

  • BMGT 364
  • BMGT 380
  • ECON 201
  • ECON 203
  • FINC 330
  • MRKT 310
  • STAT 200
  • ACCT 411 or BMGT 496
  • WRTG 293, COMM 390, or WRTG 394


This program requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

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

Additional Information

Educational Relationship

An articulation agreement between UMGC’s Undergraduate School and Graduate School allows eligible students who complete their undergraduate degree at UMGC 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 UMGC by 6 credits (two courses).