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

Accounting Career Opportunities

U.S. News ranks Accounting careers as #3 for Best Business Jobs.  With changing tax laws and added regulatory requirements as a constant part of our economy, there will always be need for accounting professionals to monitor finances and make sure companies stay in compliance.

Projected accounting job growth estimated at 16% by 2020

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

The accounting degree will prepare you for careers including, but not limited to: public and private accounting, auditing, financial analysts, compliance and more. For information on jobs related to this program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes, please click on the links below to the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Accounting Career Information
For information on jobs related to this program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes, please click on the links below to the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Accounting Careers:

  • Corporate Controller
  • Senior Project Accountant
  • Senior Accountant ( Non-Profit Organization)
  • Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Senior Internal Auditor
  • Associate Accounting Manager. Investment Treasury
  • Financial Analyst
  • Audit Manager (Non-Profit Organization)
  • Assistant Manager-Project Accounting
  • Accounting Consultant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Senior Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Contract Manager
  • Accountant/Assistant
  • Accountant/Tax/Audit
  • Internal Senior Auditor
  • Senior Tax Associate
  • Staff Accountant
  • Central Control Group Associate
  • Director, Underwriting
  • Cost Accountant
  • Senior Subcontracts Administrator
  • Accounting/Finance Vice-President
  • Management Analyst
  • Staff Accountant-General Accounting
  • Cost Accounting Consultant
  • Accounting Staffing Executive
  • Principle Financial Analyst
  • Federal Accountant/ Audit Specialist
  • Tax Accounting Manager III
  • Accounting Manager
  • Federal Accounting/ Audit Specialist
  • Accounting Management/Property
  • Accounting Manager (TLK)
  • Government Contract – Senior Accountants
  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Senior Accounting Analyst
  • Finance Accounting Analyst
  • Revenue Accounting Manager
  • Director of Client Service – Accounting/Finance
  • Cost Accounting Manager
  • Senior Accounting Analyst
  • Accounting Manager
  • Assistant Controller
  • Public Accounting Auditor
  • Associate Accounting Manager – Investment Treasury
  • Accounting Coordinator
  • Regional Accounting Manager
  • Controller/Accounting Manager
  • Federal Accounting Consultant
  • Manager of Client Accounting
  • Accounting Tax Manager
  • Real Estate Accounting Manager
  • Senior IT Auditor
  • General Ledger Accounting Manager
  • Corporate Accounting Manager
  • Manager, Regional Accounting
  • Director of Tax and Regional Accounting
  • Senior Accountant/Accounting Manager/Controller
  • Senior Manager, Accounting Policy
  • Accounting Services Manager Federal Practice
  • Audit Manager – Non-Profit Organization
  • Assistant Manager, Project Accounting
  • Accounting Services Senior Manager- Federal Practice
  • Manager- Rental Property Accounting
  • Product Accounting Manager
  • Senior Accounting Analyst – Litigation Support
  • Accounting Manager- Specialty Revenue
  • Corporate Accounting Manager
  • Corporate Accounting Consultant
  • Senior Accounting Supervisor
  • Accounting & Reporting Manager
  • Financial -Accounting Manager/Supervison
  • Director of International Accounting Operations
  • Manager, Payroll Accounting
  • Director of Investment Accounting
  • Construction Accounting Manager
  • REIT Accounting Analyst
  • Senior Property Accountant
  • Contract Administrator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Internal Auditor
  • Tax Manager
  • Determined Audit Manager
  • Finance Analyst – Business Development
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Senior Development Accountant
  • Internal Audit/Risk Management Manager, Director
  • Federal Accounting & Financial Management Consultant
  • Assistant Controller
  • Controller
  • Grants and Contract Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Director, Internal Audit and Regulatory & Compliance
  • Assurance Senior III
  • Assurance Manager DC Public Sector
  • Production Accountant
  • Architecture Senior Accountant
  • Senior Tax Consultant
  • Senior Billing Specialist
  • International Tax Manager
  • Portfolio Accountant
  • Property Accountant
  • Manger of Financial Reporting
  • Mutual Fund Accountant
  • Financial Due Diligence Director
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Corporate Account
  • Director of Financial Operations
  • Internal Audit Trainer

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

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)
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