Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

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Detroit Mercy prepares you for your life's career, not just your next job.

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.

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.

Accounting students may apply for any position open to Business Administration majors, so that an Accounting major can be thought of as reaping the most flexibility in the long run.

Upon earning your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, you are qualified to take the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination.


Pass Rate on CPA Exam

In 2020, Detroit Mercy students and alumni achieved a 95% pass rate and an average test score of 87.5 on the CPA exam.

The University was one of only two institutions in the nation to achieve a pass rate of at least 90%. It is the third year in a row that first-time pass rates of Detroit Mercy students have ranked among the best in the United States.

Faculty Expertise and Commitment

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.

Return on Investment

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.

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    Degree Requirements & Curriculum

    A candidate for the Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting entering Detroit Mercy in fall 2020 and beyond must complete a minimum of 120 hours within required liberal arts, business and accounting courses in consultation with a faculty mentor. More credits will be required in order to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements if courses in the University Core Curriculum are not able to be double-counted. 

    Find detailed curriculum in the course catalog.

    Required University Core Curriculum (17 courses)

    • Communication Skills
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Natural & Social Sciences
    • Philosophy & Religious Studies
    • Humanities
    • Ethics & Social Responsibility
    • Reading, Writing & Research
    • Cultural Diversity
    • Human Differences
    • Personal Spiritual Development

    Accounting Core Courses (8 courses)

    • ACC 3110 Intermediate Accounting I
    • ACC 3120 Intermediate Accounting II
    • ACC 3310 Cost Accounting Systems & Procedures
    • ACC 3500 Accounting Information Systems
    • ACC 4130 Advanced Accounting
    • ACC 4300 Federal Income Taxation I
    • 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 2950 Principles of Managerial Economics
    • 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.



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

    Evan Peterson
    Arnold Jarboe Chair of Business Administration & Director of Undergraduate Business Programs

    Leonard Kloft, Assistant Dean

    Contact Admissions

    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.

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