UM-Flint student working towards a BBA in accounting

What is Accounting?

Accounting is the recording of financial transactions plus storing, sorting, retrieving, summarizing, and presenting the information in various reports and analyses.


The accounting major prepares students for professional careers in public, managerial, and governmental accounting. Graduates of the program are also prepared for advanced study in accounting, management, law, or related fields. The accounting curriculum is fully online and emphasizes developing an understanding of the social, ethical, economic, legal, and regulatory environments that affect accounting. Development of problem-solving, decision making, communication, and leadership skills, in addition to business and accounting knowledge, are emphasized.


UM-Flint equips students for professional careers in accounting. In addition to preparing students for the CPA exam, faculty emphasize the social, ethical, economic, legal, and regulatory environments that affect accounting. Students also practice decision-making and problem-solving, with a focus on building communication and advanced business skills. For information regarding the CPA Exam, visit


The program's online format accommodates the learning styles and schedules of today's busy students—whether those students are starting as freshmen or taking advantage of transferable credits earned at another institution. The program is also available in a traditional, face-to-face format.


Experienced, tested, and respected global experts in their field, UM-Flint accounting faculty bring practical working knowledge into the online learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of teaching and mentorship experience. The Accounting faculty members are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of the above-mentioned areas.  


The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management (SOM) encourages students to engage in professional development activities outside the academic environment. In the Fall of 2019, SOM will require all students to participate in career development activities to enhance their employability skills.

Students will be required to participate in practical work experience and career development activities to earn 30 points prior to graduation. Students will be able to attend or participate in presentation, workshops, and seminars/online tutorials in the following areas:

  • Developing Networking Skills
  • Resume Writing Skills
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Search Skills 
  • Business Etiquette 
  • Job Shadowing 
  • Internship 

*Points can be accumulated for each event you attend from freshmen to senior year.


You earn one degree with two different majors. The Accounting major has core classes that overlap with Finance and General Business. The Accounting and General Business degree is offered 100% online or in the traditional format. Benefits of a double major:

  • Broader level of knowledge. Studying within two majors earn you a level of knowledge within two disciplines other students may not acquire. 
  • More potential career paths.  By double majoring, you are more likely to be promoted to positions that require knowledge in multiples of functional areas.   
  • Double count courses toward your second major.  Students wishing to pursue a double major should consider majors that share courses between them.  If two majors share the same course, you only have to take that course once.  This reduces the number of courses needed to complete your second major. 
BBA Double Major for Accounting Number of Shared Courses
Finance (1) Intermediate Accounting I or Financial Statement Analysis
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Please refer to the online catalog for the BBA requirements.