Accounting Program

Learn the Language of Business

Accounting is the system of recording and summarizing business and financial transactions and analyzing, verifying, and reporting the results. Accounting students seek the knowledge and skills to participate in important economic decisions. They have an aptitude for mathematics and are able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures quickly. The information accountants provide is the basis for decisions inside and outside the business enterprise.

Accounting information is used by operating, marketing and financial managers within an organization and investors and other capitol providers outside the organization. In the past, accounting generally focused on traditional record-keeping functions. The modern accountant has broadened the field and is interested in a range of activities which include planning and problem solving; control and attention directing; and evaluation. The information provided by accounting assists the user in making reasonable choices in the conduct of business activities.

Accounting student presenting.
Students attending a NABA conference.

Why Earn Your Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at UM-Flint?

Professional Preparation

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting prepares students for professional positions in public, private, or government 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 the development of communication and leadership skills.

100% Flexible Online Program Option

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

Be Involved in Business

  • Beta Alpha Psi & National Association of Black Accounts: The School of Management (SOM) proudly supports and sponsors nine student organizations that are nationally recognized and have received national awards. Student organization members gain real-life career experience and make professional connections not only within the Flint community, but worldwide. Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation. NABA is a network for a global business marketplace that represents bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. All ethnicities are welcomed to be a part of this network.
  • Internships/Career Readiness: An internship provides an opportunity to engage in an activity of experiential learning using the knowledge acquired in the classroom and putting it to practical use within the professional setting. An internship opportunity will provide hands-on experience allowing students to practice activities in their profession, as well as identify future career opportunities. Additionally, SOM partners with organizations locally, state-wide, and internationally for college internships. Internships may count for  academic credit when participating in a paid internship opportunity.
  • Study Abroad: SOM hosts faculty-led study abroad trips that are three weeks or shorter in the spring/summer semester. You will gain firsthand knowledge about business and culture in a foreign country alongside an experienced professor and a group of peers. Study abroad trips count towards UM-Flint credit and are eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

Expert Faculty

UM-Flint’s Accounting faculty bring practical working knowledge into the learning environment and are experienced, tested, and respected global experts in their field. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues.


The UM-Flint BBA program is accredited by AACSB International, the highest accrediting body for business schools worldwide. Only 5.5% of business schools are accredited by AACSB. In accordance with AACSB, we subscribe to the highest standards in management education. We prepare students to contribute to their organizations and the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Within the BBA degree, accounting students will take 18 credits of specialized accounting courses. Students may choose from:

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 sit for the CPA exam in the State of Michigan, students must complete certain accounting and business courses. Please see the NSABA website for specific course information.

Master of Science in Accounting

Students pursuing the accounting major will have an opportunity to pursue the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) following their BBA degree. The MSA is 100% online. This program will provide students the credits necessary to meet the 150 credit hours required to pursue their CPA licensure in the State of Michigan. For students who successfully complete the BBA with an accounting major will waive the MSA foundation course leaving only 30 credits (10 courses) to complete their MS in Accounting degree. See the Graduate Programs website for more details on the MSA.

Completion of SOM’s Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), will allow students to meet all of the requirements for the CPA exam and educational portion of the state licensure. Review the detailed MSA program curriculum.

Accounting Career Outlook

UM-Flint accounting students from 2019-2021 have interned: A&A Accounting, UM-Flint Fin Service & Budget, Plante Moran, Fernco Inc., Ann Arbor Spark, Flint Institute of Barbering, Hoemer & Geer CPA, Flora Craft, Hausebeck Pickke Co. Autoneum, VADE Nutrition, Deloitte, and more.

UM-Flint SOM alumni are currently employed at a variety of organizations ranging from non-profits, corporations, self-employed, or Fortune 500 companies. Accounting alumni work at companies such as Plante Moran, EY, PWC, Roy Noye & Warren, Yeo & Yeo, Andrew Hooper & Pavlic, Lewis & Knopf, United Shore, University of Michigan, and more for university course credit.

The average salary for an accountant and auditors is $73,560 per year in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The projected percent change in employment from 2019 to 2029 is growing as fast as average at 4%.

$73,560 median annual wage for accountant and auditors Source:

The top occupations for someone with an accounting degree are:

  • Certified public accountant (CPA)
  • Management accountant
  • Internal or external auditor
  • Tax accountant
  • Forensic accountant

Top Industries:

  • Business
  • Consulting
  • Criminal justice
  • Finance
  • Government

Advising Services

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to guide their educational journey. Explore all the possible pathways for your future, and book an appointment today.

In addition to academic advising, SOM provides extensive career advising services to help you define a clear path for your career. Contact Antonio Riggs at or call (810) 237-6680 to schedule your appointment.

Learn More about the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Accounting can open up the world of business to you. Are you ready to discover how you’ll succeed with a UM-Flint Accounting degree? Apply today or contact us to learn more.