The Bachelors of Accounting (B.Acc.) provides the core competencies in accounting and general business that are necessary for a successful accounting career. You will study the following areas: financial accounting; management accounting; accounting information systems; financial, operational, and information systems auditing; and taxation. Additionally you'll gain a foundation in the functional areas of business law, finance, information systems, marketing, operations, and management as well as a broad general education, including the areas of the behavioral sciences, the humanities, English, communication, the arts, mathematics, and statistics.
You may choose to be professionally certified in public accounting as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Most states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin, require students to complete 150 semester hours of education to become a licensed CPA. All 150 hours may be taken at the undergraduate level, or a combination of undergraduate and graduate level courses may be used. At UMD, students can choose to combine their B.Acc. degree with an M.B.A.; another major within LSBE such as MIS, Financial Markets, or Healthcare Management; or a minor from LSBE such as the Financial Planning or MIS minors; or a major or minor from another collegiate unit. (Contact the Department of Accounting for additional information.)
Other types of professional certifications for accountants in private industry do not require 150 hours of education. The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certificate is issued by the Institute of Management Accounting. The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certificate is issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors. Our degree program also serves as basic preparation for both the CMA and CIA examinations.
For Admission and Degree Requirement details visit the official University Catalog site for the Accounting B.Acc.