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Our program offerings continue to grow and as we focus on relevant business topics and giving students a competitive edge in the marketplace. All our online degree programs are built on a flexible platform to allow students to complete their classes on their own schedule.

Even our on-site classes are built around a schedule to help accommodate adult students who want to continue their education. University of the Potomac faculty and staff work individually with each of student to choose an academic pathway that best satisfies their career goals.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Degree Program Overview

The Bachelor’s in Accounting is a robust program with courses designed to give students a competitive edge with real life skills for a variety of accounting roles in public, private and government careers. Additionally, students can choose one of several concentrations within the accounting program to further focus their learning and help students differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

B.S. in Accounting Degree Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Accounting are able to:

  • Identify and discuss the ethical and social responsibilities of accounting professionals and apply professional judgment to present financial statements fairly.
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements and managerial reports using various accounting standards, theories and techniques.
  • Develop written and oral business communication skills to deliver accounting information to appropriate users effectively.
  • Work in teams, analyze practical accounting problems and financial statements consistent with real world situations.
  • Use technology to solve accounting problems and improve decision-making skills.

What You Will Learn

While math is important for an accounting degree, you will not need to be a complete math genius to get through your accounting degree.  You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that the most important math skills you will need are typically the math fundamentals and some ability to learn statistics.  So if you struggled with high school calculus, don’t worry. The theoretical math will not come into play as much with an accounting degree. 

Accounting graduates need a much more broad based math skill set with less theoretical than most would expect.  With the exception of some of the higher accounting degrees, it will be your basic math skills and algebra that will help you most. So don’t shy away from an accounting degree because you think you needed to be an A student in calc, trig or geometry. If you generally enjoy the more practical math classes and it makes sense to you. You should be fine.

Core Courses & Requirements

General Education Requirements (18 credits)

  • COMP 125 The Digital World
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra

Management Courses (18 credits)

  • BUS 110 Foundations of Business
  • BUS 202 Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • BUS 230 Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
  • ECON 201 Principles of Economics
  • MGMT 230 Organizational Behavior

Accounting Courses (21 credits)

  • ACCT 101 Principles of Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 110 Principles of Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 203 Federal Taxes
  • ACCT 214 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 220 Payroll Accounting
  • ACCT 290 Intermediate Accounting I
  • FIN 230 Fundamentals of Finance

General Education Requirements (12 credits)

  • ENGL 395 Research and Report Writing
  • MATH 323 Research and Statistical Analysis
  • PSYC 201 Principles of Psychology
  • SCIE 312 Environmental Science and Sustainability

Management Courses (6 credits)

  • MGMT 305 Organizational Communications
  • MGMT 435 Strategic Management and Planning

Accounting Courses (24 credits)

  • ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 320 Intermediate Accounting III
  • ACCT 307 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 308 Assurance and Audit Services
  • ACCT 402 Corporate Taxation
  • ACCT 408 Forensic Accounting
  • ACCT 450 Advanced Financial Reporting
  • BUS 320 Advanced Business Law for Accounting

Available Concentrations

Finance Concentration Courses

  • FIN 310 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FIN 320 Asset Management
  • FIN 320 Asset Management
  • FIN 330 Corporate Finance
  • FIN 340 Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • FIN 350 International Banking and Finance
  • FIN 400 Derivatives and Risk Management

Government Contact Management Concentration Courses

  • MGMT 308 Government Contract Law
  •  MGMT 326 Principles of Federal Acquisition (FAR and DAR)
  • MGMT 330 Purchasing and Material Management
  • MGMT 332 Cost and Price Analysis
  • MGMT 350 Contract Administration
  • MGMT 450 Contract Modification and Options

Healthcare Management Concentration Courses

  • HLTH 303 Information Systems for Health Systems
  • HLTH 400 Societal Health and Policy Issues
  • HLTH 403 Global Health Administration
  • HLTH 405 Healthcare Financial Management
  • MGMT 411 Total Quality Management
  • MRKT 427 Marketing Management

Information Management Concentration Courses

  •  CBSC 320 Information Security
  • MCAP 303 Organization and Technology of Information Management
  • MCAP 351 Management Support Systems
  • MICS 341 Systems Analysis and Design
  • MICS 455 Computer Networking and Telecommunications
  • MICS 461 Database Management

International Business

  • BUS 310 Export/Import Marketing
  • FIN 350 International Banking and Finance
  • MGMT 303 International Business Management
  • MGMT 440 International Organizational Development Strategies
  • MRKT 424 International Marketing
  • MRKT 450 New Product Development (US and Global) Management Concentration

Management

  • MCAP 303 Organization and Technology of Information Management
  • MGMT 360 Leadership
  • MGMT 365 Managing Conflict and Change
  • MGMT 417 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 424 Negotiations Management
  • MGMT 427 Operations Management

Marketing

  • MRKT 350 Salesmanship
  • MRKT 424 International Marketing
  • MRKT 425 Consumer Behavior
  • MRKT 427 Marketing Management
  • MRKT 450 New Product Development (US and Global)
  • MRKT 490 Marketing and Social Media

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an interview with an admissions representative.
  • Submit a completed application.
  • Submit transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended. The College must receive official transcripts within eight weeks of a student’s start date.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examination. (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training programs or professional development.1
  • Submit transcript request forms for all colleges attended.2
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1: A student may be required to register with ACE, if official transcripts are not available from his/her company, to determine appropriate credit for corporate training programs.

2: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.

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