Bachelor of Science in Accounting

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Reach your career goals with an accounting degree

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.

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Accounting Degree Overview

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.

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Accounting Courses & Curriculum

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, students must earn 120 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credits hours. Program requirements are listed below.

Lower Division Requirements (60 credits)

(18 credits)
  • COMP 110 Computer and Office Applications
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra
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
  • MRKT 110 Principles of Marketing
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
3 credits elective courses

Upper Division (60 credits)

Prerequisites for Upper Division Courses
  • Successful completion of general education course requirements
  • Successful completion of ACCT 101, ACCT 110 and FIN 230
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
6 credits
  • MGMT 305 Organizational Communications
  • MGMT 435 Strategic Management and Planning
24 credits
  • ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 307 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 330 Assurance and Audit Services
  • ACCT 320 Intermediate Accounting III
  • ACCT 402 Corporate Taxation
  • ACCT 408 Forensic Accounting
  • ACCT 450 Advanced Financial Reporting
  • BUS 320 Advanced Business Law for Accounting
18 credits
  • ACCT 302 TAP for Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 310 TAP for Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 314 TAP for Assurance and Audit Services
  • ACCT 409 TAP for Forensic Accounting
  • ACCT 451 TAP for Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCT 480 Capstone Project for Accounting

Accounting Requirements & Outcomes

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

  • Translate complex economic events into financial information based on professional accounting standards and methodologies
  • Analyze business information to determine the impact of audit and business risks on operational performance.
  • Use ethical data collection techniques to research accounting, tax, auditing, and commercial law literature in order to apply professional accounting and auditing standards, regulations, rules, and interpretations.
  • Develop written business communications that convey the work performed and conclusions reached within the context of professional accounting or auditing standards and the needs of stakeholders.
  • 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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Bachelor in Accounting Jobs & Opportunities

Planning Analyst

Planning Analysts research and report data regarding cost, feasibility, and profitability on short- and long-range strategic plans.

Small Business Owner

Small Business Owners plan, direct, and manage all functions from operations to marketing to accounting, ensuring business health and profitability.

Sales Manager

Sales Managers direct the business development activities of sales personnel, ensuring revenue targets are met or exceeded.

Planning Analyst

Planning Analysts research and report data regarding cost, feasibility, and profitability on short- and long-range strategic plans.

Small Business Owner

Small Business Owners plan, direct, and manage all functions from operations to marketing to accounting, ensuring business health and profitability.

Sales Manager

Sales Managers direct the business development activities of sales personnel, ensuring revenue targets are met or exceeded.

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Accounting Concentrations

Finance Concentration Courses

  • FIN 310 Investment Analysis and Portfolio 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 Contract 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 Concentration Courses

  • 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 Concentration Courses

  • 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 Concentration Courses

  • 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

Bachelor in Accounting Frequently Asked Questions

An Accounting Degree is an undergraduate degree that gives you a strong foundation in managerial accounting and cost management, financial reporting and analysis, tax accounting, auditing, accounting ethics, and financial management. In our Accounting program, you will get a competitive edge with skills for a variety of accounting roles in public, private, and government careers.

The time it takes for you to get an Accounting Degree can vary depending on several factors, including how many credit hours you’ve already completed and the course of studies you intend to follow. However, we can give you an estimate; a Bachelor’s in Accounting may take you up to four academic years.

UOTP aims to provide qualitative education at an affordable price. So we can assure you that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get your degree. You can have a clearer idea of how much you will be spending on your education by calculating your cost. Not to forget that UOTP offers financial aid, scholarships, and other financial resources to keep your education affordable.

Yes, you can. The University of the Potomac gives you the opportunity to choose whether you want to enroll in an on-campus or online Accounting program. It is entirely up to you to choose your study method.

With the Accounting Degree you will receive from UOTP, you will be able to get a hold of a number of accounting-related positions. However, you can also work in a number of roles with an Accounting Degree besides accounting, including budget analyst, business and financial consultant, financial analyst, financial examiner, finance manager, management analyst, or personal financial advisor.

It all starts with you deciding to study Accounting. After you make sure that you meet the UOTP admission requirements, you check the application deadline and start with the application procedures.