Accounting (B.S.)

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To really understand how business works, you must understand accounting.

Accountants provide investors and regulators with information essential for markets to operate smoothly. They’re more than auditors, they’re problem solvers, strategic thinkers and trusted advisors.

Lerner’s accounting major combines technical knowledge and critical thinking. It equips future accountants to navigate cutting-edge information systems while providing a broad foundation in all business disciplines. It provides preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and other certifications.

Lerner’s program offers students opportunities to sharpen their skills and knowledge beyond the classroom. Students can gain practical experience through internships and externships, participate in the Accounting Student Association or engage in community outreach with programs like the Lerner Tax Clinic and Community Audits.

What I Love About my Major

In this video, UD Lerner College students majoring in accounting discuss why they chose their major – why it is unique and opportunities they’ve had that will prepare them for their careers.

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Program Highlights

Leadership and Engagement Opportunities

Gain practical experience through clubs and organizations, including:

  • Accounting Students Association
  • Blue Hen Investment Club
  • Lerner College Trading Center

Accounting Certification Preparation

The accounting program provides foundational preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and other certifications.

The UD accounting degree provides you with 123 credit hours and prepares you to take the CPA exam in almost all states. Requirements for sitting for the exam vary by state, and our faculty advisors will help guide you towards meeting specific state requirements. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants requires 150 hours for becoming a Certified Public Accountant. The Department of Accounting & MIS offers the opportunity to complete 150 credit hours through the accelerated bachelor’s and master’s in accounting degree, completing a dual major or through taking additional courses.

Honors in Accounting

The honors program at UD offers a scholarly and enriching community that extends well beyond graduation. You’ll enjoy smaller, more challenging classes and the opportunity to engage in research and assume leadership roles.

The honors degree requires:

  1. All courses and requirements for the B.S. in accounting
  2. All of the UD requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree

An ACCT course taken at the 600-level will count for honors credit.

Program Requirements

Suggested Course Sequence

All courses 3 credits unless stated otherwise.

Freshman Year
First semester
ECON 101 – Microeconomics
MATH 221 – Calculus I or MATH 241 – Analytic Geometry
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
History & cultural change breadth course
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business

Second semester
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
ENGL 110 – First-Year Writing
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Creative arts & humanities, history & cultural change or foreign language course
MISY 160 – Business Computing
Free elective

Sophomore Year
First semester
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
Mathematics, natural sciences & technology breadth course
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
Free Elective
Social & behavioral sciences breadth course
Free elective

Second semester
ACCT 315 – Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 327 – Cost Accounting
MISY 262 – Fundamentals of Business Analytics
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems
Free elective

Junior Year
First semester
ACCT 302 – Accounting Information Systems
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
ACCT 316 – Intermediate Accounting II
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
Multicultural requirement

Second semester
ACCT 350 – Business Law I
ACCT 413 – Income Tax Accounting
BUAD 306 – Introduction to Service & Operations Management
ACCT, FINC or MISY elective, 300-level or above
Creative arts & humanities, history & cultural change or foreign language course

Senior Year
First semester
ACCT, FINC or MISY elective, 300-level or above
ACCT 415 – Advanced Accounting
ACCT 417 – Auditing
Communication requirement
ACCT elective 300-level or above

Second semester
ACCT 414 – Advanced Federal Taxation
ACCT, FINC or MISY elective
ACCT 425 – Strategic Information Systems & Accounting
Mathematics, natural sciences & technology breadth course
Free elective

Career Opportunities

Within 6 months of graduating, for the class of 2022, 98% of Lerner’s accounting graduates are employed (earning a mean starting salary of $66,249) or pursuing further education. For more information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.

Top Employers

Some of the top employers of Lerner’s accounting graduates include:

  • KPMG
  • EY
  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • RSM

Top Jobs

Job titles of recent graduates with an accounting degree include:

  • Staff Accountant
  • Staff Auditor
  • Federal Tax Associate
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax Advisor

Visit Career Outcomes of Lerner accounting students to see more top employers, job titles, salaries and locations.


The Accounting Program’s mission is to promote scholarship in accounting, to offer distinctive and innovative educational opportunities that contribute to professional success, and to advance ethical leadership in a rapidly changing business environment.

To that end, the AMIS department is committed to fostering a community that:

  • Attracts, retains and cultivates excellent teachers and forward-thinking academic leaders.
  • Challenges students with educational experiences and leading-edge technology to develop their passion for life-long learning.
  • Empowers students to identify and understand ethical dilemmas and uphold their professional responsibilities.
  • Collaborates to solve problems effectively and creatively with respect and understanding, promoting a transparent platform for diverse opinions and cultural perspectives.
  • Promotes programs and opportunities designed for students to positively impact their organizations and communities, locally and globally.
  • Partners with business entities and professional firms to explore emerging topics to enrich student experiences and strengthen the relevance of faculty scholarship.


Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.