Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

The Accounting program has a different philosophy about accounting education. We are proud of our ability to develop accountants who can transcend narrow functional boundaries and fill a variety of roles in any organization. 

Earning your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting at UDM will successfully prepare you for your life's career, not just your next job. As a student in the Accounting program, you will be taught the accounting skills and analytical tools necessary to succeed in today's rapidly changing economic environment. Our faculty's primary commitment to teaching, coupled with classrooms small enough to encourage participation, make Detroit Mercy an ideal place to procure your accounting education.

A candidate for the Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours within required liberal arts, business and accounting courses in consultation with a faculty mentor.

Great Academics

Our renowned business programs have remained fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for more than 70 years. This distinction places us in the top five percent of business schools worldwide.

Our College of Business Administration is ranked the best private business school in Michigan by College Choice.  Both our undergraduate Management program and our MBA have been ranked among the nation's top 30 Management programs by U.S. News & World Report

Our pass rate for first-time candidates on the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam, 95%, ranks 1st in the nation!  See the ranking here.

We offer you diverse choices for programs and majors, whether you want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in one of many areas, including:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Intelligence
  • Sports Management

Many students even go on to receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years, with scholarships that last the entire length of the program!

Great Outcomes

The job placement rate of our Bachelor's degree candidates exceeds 95%.  And our graduates populate the board rooms and executive offices of major companies, governments, and nonprofits around the world.  View a sample of them here.

Great Values

Do you want to make the world a better place? We do! No matter which business school you choose, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the field, but at Detroit Mercy we can offer you something more: The opportunity and know-how to affect change in the world around you.

Why are we different? Because we’re rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of our religious sponsors. Jesuit and Mercy schools are known for providing students a great, well-rounded education with an emphasis on leadership and service — we don’t just teach business; we create community leaders.

While in school, hone your skills by participating in service learning projects aimed at helping others, like providing volunteer income tax assistance and teaching financial literacy classes. You’ll learn business, but also so much more.

Great American City

Do you want to go to school in a city rich with culture and entertainment, known for its music, theater, food, sports and world-class museums?

And what about a city with 20 Fortune 500 companies nearby? Think about the possibilities for co-op placements and internships!

If this sounds good to you, then you might just feel at home at University of Detroit Mercy. Our students learn, work and play in the Motor City. And as a business student, you’ll be at the forefront of the industry, surrounded by opportunities to make a name for yourself before you’re even done with school.

Your on-campus opportunities are plentiful, too. You’ll get great personal attention from your professors, thanks to our student-centered environment and small class sizes, and you can meet new friends with similar interests in our many clubs and organizations.

But as much as we take pride in our Detroit roots and campus experience, we also understand how important it is for our students to experience the world at large. That’s why we offer study abroad opportunities through our International Studies in Business travel course — experience the world of business in Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Rome.

Come, open the door, visit us and learn how you can play an active role in creating your own path to success. Great things are in store for you at the University of Detroit Mercy!

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    Degree Requirements & Curriculum

    Required University Core Curriculum (20 courses)

    • Communication Skills
    • Mathematical and Computer Literacy
    • Economic & Scientific Literacy
    • Meaning and Value
    • Diversity of Human Experience
    • Social Responsibility

    Accounting Core Courses (8 courses)

    • ACC 3110 Intermediate Accounting I
    • ACC 3120 Intermediate Accounting II
    • ACC 3310 Cost Accounting Systems & procedures
    • ACC 4130 Advanced Accounting
    • ACC 4300 Federal Income Taxation I
    • ACC 4500 Accounting Information Systems
    • ACC 4510 Auditing
    • Accounting Elective

    Business Core Courses (11 courses)

    • ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I
    • ACC 2020 Principles of Accounting II
    • BUS 2310 Business Law I
    • BUS 3110 Organizational Management
    • BUS 3120 Principles of Marketing
    • BUS 3130 Financial Management
    • BUS 3150 Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
    • BUS 3160 Control of Operations Management and Quality
    • BUS 3180 Organizational Leadership
    • BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership and Social Responsibility
    • BUS 4990 Strategic Policy and Management

    Unrestricted Electives (3 courses)




    About CBA

    An Accounting degree helps connect you with a dynamic group of business leaders, community partners and fellow students. Here you can delve deeper and learn more about us.

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    The application process may differ based on what type of incoming student you are. Please visit our admission page to learn more and apply online.

    For more information about our  Accounting Program, send your inquiries to:

    Jeanne David, Accounting Discipline Coordinator

    Leonard Kloft, Assistant Dean

    You can also call Admissions during hours at 800-635-5020 or e-mail us and we'll get right back to you:

    You can also  request information online.

Alumni Profile: Anai Orozco-Hernandez

"The individual attention I received from professors and staff, the friendships I've made with people from diverse cultures, the values I've learned to guide me in my professional and personal life, with the great city of Detroit as my background, have all been essential and led me to where I am today. I started as a shy and intimidated student in the fall 2010 semester, and four years later, I've successfully completed my accounting undergrad and will obtain my MBA after the winter 2015 semester, at which point I’ll join the Ernst & Young assurance team, convinced that I’ll be able to make lasting contributions to them and, eventually, my community. Landing the job I’ve always wanted at the company of my dreams wasn’t a simple task, but with the support of my family, friends, peers and the University, I’ve accomplished every goal I’ve set. And that’s just the beginning."

-Anai Orozco-Hernandez '14, '15

Alumni Profile: Sarah Fioritto

“The University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration helped me cultivate my accounting skills for my future. I currently just started my accounting career as a Tax Consultant at Deloitte Tax LLP and am sitting for the CPA exams. I am glad I went to Detroit Mercy to study accounting and learn the skills necessary for a successful career in public accounting.”

Sarah Fioritto, '18, MBA '19

Tax Consultant, Deloitte