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

With a UD accounting degree, you will have the skills you need to tell the financial stories of businesses by recording, analyzing and communicating financial information.

You’ll gain the expertise you need to interpret this data and help businesses make important investment decisions. And you’ll play a critical role in the financial arena, determining how investments are performing over time and considering how and when businesses should expand.

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
Creative Arts and Humanities breadth course (CAH)
History and Cultural Change breadth course (HCC)
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business

Second semester
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
MATH 230 – Finite Mathematics with Applications
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
Free elective (1 credit)

Sophomore Year
First semester
MISY 160 – Business Computing
STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
ECON 308 – Banking and Monetary Policy
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth course
Free elective (1 credit)

Second semester
ACCT 315 – Intermediate Accounting I
MISY 262 – Fundamentals of Business Analytics
ACCT 327 – Cost Accounting
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems
Free elective (1 credit)

Junior Year

First semester
ACCT 316 – Intermediate Accounting II
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology breadth course
ACCT 302 – Accounting Information Systems
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
Free elective

Second semester
ACCT 350 – Business Law I
BUAD 306 – Service and Operations Management
ACCT 413 – Income Tax Accounting
ACCT, FINC or MISY elective
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior

Senior Year

First semester
ACCT 351 – Business Law II
ACCT 415 – Advanced Accounting
Communication requirement
ACCT 417 – Auditing

Second semester
ACCT 414 – Advanced Federal Income Taxation
ACCT, FINC or MISY elective
ACCT 425 – Strategic Information Systems and Accounting
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology breadth course
Free elective

Career Opportunities

After graduating in 2018, 97% of Lerner’s accounting graduates were employed (earning a median starting salary of $59,572) 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, offer distinctive and innovative educational opportunities related to the profession of accounting, and to advance successful leadership in a rapidly changing business environment.

To that end, the faculty is committed to the following goals:

  • Attract and retain talented and diverse faculty, who are thought leaders in scholarship and excellent teachers, committed to the success of our students.
  • Maintain leadership in integrating technology throughout the accounting curriculum.
  • Attract talented, diverse and intellectually curious students.
  • Develop distinctive educational programs that provide the knowledge and skills required for our students to succeed in a global marketplace.
  • Support interaction with business entities and professional firms and organizations to provide opportunities for the professional development of our faculty and students in order to enhance the relevance of our courses and programs.
  • Prepare students for success in achieving professional certifications.


  • Lerner Grads Earn More - Class of 2018 graduates of the University of Delaware’s Lerner College are earning above-average starting salaries, beating national starting salary averages by up to 20%.
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  • New Course Explores All Aspects of Accounting - ACCT 267: Fall Exposure, the newest accounting course, is designed to help accounting students become internship-ready through seminars, panel discussions, case studies and more.
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  • Blue Hens beat the S&P 500 - The Blue Hen Investment Club beat their S&P 500 Market Index benchmark throughout the entire 2018 year.

Admissions Information

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

Admissions & Financial Aid