Why UM-Flint


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 skills with a focus on building communication and leadership skills.


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 learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues.

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Accounting Major


The Accounting major prepares students for professional careers in public, managerial and governmental accounting, such as managerial, cost, tax or government accountant and internal or independent auditor. Graduates of the program are also prepared for advanced study in accounting, management, law, and related fields.

The curriculum 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.

Accounting faculty members are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of the above-mentioned areas.


In addition to the requirements for the BBA degree , at least 18 additional credits as follows:

A. Major Core Courses

  • ACC 320 - Cost Accounting (3).
  • ACC 321 - Intermediate Accounting I (3).
  • ACC 322 - Intermediate Accounting II (3).
  • ACC 421 - Accounting Information Systems (3).
  • ACC 424 - Auditing (3).

B. Major Electives

At least three credits from:

  • ACC 325 - Income Tax Preparation (3).
  • ACC 394 - Accounting Internship Program (1-3).
  • ACC 420 - Federal Income Taxation (3).
  • ACC 422 - Federal Income Taxation-Advanced Topics (3).
  • ACC 423 - Fundamentals of Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3).
  • ACC 425 - Advanced Accounting (3).
  • FIN 467 - Financial Statement Analysis (3).

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Requirements

To become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Michigan and most other US states, students are required to have completed 150 hours of college credit. Students planning to become CPAs in Michigan should consider one of the following paths:

A. Undergraduate Coursework

Completion of 150 credit hours at the undergraduate level, to include:

  • ACC 320 - Cost Accounting (3).
  • ACC 321 - Intermediate Accounting I (3).
  • ACC 322 - Intermediate Accounting II (3).
  • ACC 420 - Federal Income Taxation (3).
  • ACC 421 - Accounting Information Systems (3).
  • ACC 423 - Fundamentals of Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3).
  • ACC 424 - Auditing (3).

  • Two from:

  • ACC 422 - Federal Income Taxation-Advanced Topics (3).
  • ACC 425 - Advanced Accounting (3). (strongly recommended)
  • FIN 467 - Financial Statement Analysis (3).

B. Master of Science in Accounting

Completion of the School of Management’s Master of Science in Accounting (MSA). This program is particularly appropriate for students wishing to become a CPA in a state that requires 150 hours of university education to take the CPA exam, including Michigan. For students who successfully complete the BBA program and receive a grades of B (3.0) or better in the undergraduate accounting courses, MSA foundation course requirements are waived and the MSA requires only 30 additional credits.


The student who wishes to pursue a CPA license in Michigan under option A or B above should see an accounting faculty member by the junior year to see which path best fits needs. In some cases, students with a BBA degree with major in accounting may be able to take the CPA exam before the completion of all required courses, but counsel from an accounting faculty member, or State Board of Accountancy, should be sought before doing so. The student who wishes to take the CPA exam, and become a CPA in another state must comply with the requirements for education and CPA certification in that state.

Many professional certifications are available in accounting and, more generally, in financial services. Examples include, Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Certified Bank Auditor (CBA). Criteria for these certifications are readily available on the internet, and most of them require fewer accounting credits than the CPA license. However, the CPA license is still seen by many as the top accounting designation attainable. Students are encouraged to consult with accounting faculty members regarding certification opportunities.

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 120 credits

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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 include:

  • 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
General Business Check with a SOM Advisor