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 & humanities breadth course
History & cultural change breadth course
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
 
Second semester
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
MATH 230 – Finite Mathematics with Applications
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Creative arts & humanities, history & cultural change or foreign language course
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
Free elective (1 credit)
Sophomore Year
First semester
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
MISY 160 – Business Computing
MATH 201 – Statistics I or STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
ECON 308 – Banking & Monetary Policy
Social & behavioral sciences breadth course
Free elective (1 credit)
 
Second semester
ACCT 315 – Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 327 – Cost Accounting
MATH 202 – Statistics II or MISY 262 – Fundamentals of Business Analytics
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems
Free elective (1 credit)
Junior Year
First semester
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
ACCT 316 – Intermediate Accounting II
Mathematics, natural sciences & technology breadth course
ACCT 302 – Accounting Information Systems
Free elective
 
Second semester
ACCT 350 – Business Law I
ACCT 413 – Income Tax Accounting
BUAD 306 – Introduction to Service & Operations Management
ACCT, FINC or MISY elective
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
Senior Year
First semester
ACCT 351 – Business Law II
ACCT 415 – Advanced Accounting
ACCT 417 – Auditing
Communication requirement
Creative arts & humanities, history & cultural change or foreign language course
 
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

After graduating in 2019, 97% of Lerner’s accounting graduates were employed (earning a mean starting salary of $59,737) 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.

Mission

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.

News

  • Lerner Remote Resources - The Lerner College is committed to supporting our community during this uncertain time. Please refer to this page for important resources and contact information.
  • Blue Hen Joins Accounting Scholars Program - Q&A with rising UD senior Breanna Steele who has been selected as a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Scholar.
  • The Power of Black Women’s Voices - As part of the UD Lerner Women’s Leadership Initiative’s “Addressing Racism” webinar, a panel of Black women leaders from the Lerner community discussed racial justice and calls to action.
  • UD Grad Named Top CPA Candidate - Brandon Heggan, UD Class of 2018, was an Elijah Watt Sell Award winner for landing in the top fifth of the top one percent of CPA exam takers.
  • Lifelong Lerner: Anna Biondi - Anna Biondi, a member of UD’s Lerner Class of 2020, shared her favorite UD memories, how she has changed during her time at UD and her plans following graduation.

Admissions Information

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

Admissions & Financial Aid