Business Administration Major: Accounting Option B.S.

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Business Administration Major: Accounting Option B.S.

Accounting is called the first language of business for good reason: the fate of many products and marketing campaigns hinges on the financial officer's final analysis.  For this reason, successful accounting professionals often assume leadership roles within their companies. Whether you are interested in working within an existing organization or in starting your own business, understanding financial matters is vital to your success.

Program Overview

What is accounting?

Accounting is called “the first language” of business for a good reason. It is a way to communicate the financial health of a business or an organization to all interested parties. Accountants evaluate the assets, liabilities, and cash flow of an organization for all current and future investors. The fate of many major business decisions hinges on the financial officer’s final analysis.

Why study accounting at UNH?

As part of the Paul College of Business and Economics, the business administration major with an accounting option will prepare you for a career in in a variety of fields, including internal and external audit, tax preparation and planning, and consulting. You’ll possess the qualifications to obtain certifications, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). UNH’s Paul College has one of the highest CPA first-time pass rates in New England, and its accounting graduates are highly sought after. You also can take advantage of the 4+1 (five year) program to earn a M.S. in accounting at Paul College.

Potential careers

  • Actuary
  • Certified public accountant
  • Commercial banker
  • Credit manager
  • External auditor
  • FBI agent
  • Internal auditor
  • Loan officer administrator
  • Tax accountant
  • Underwriter

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  • Eddie Alhamdan '17 came all the way from Amman, Jordan, to study accounting at UNH. “When I was on the plane coming here, a lot was going on in my mind. There was a life I left behind me and a new life about to start for me. I was very nervous, especially in my first year.” He needn't have worried...
    Eddie Alhamdan '17 came all the way from Amman, Jordan, to study accounting at UNH. “When I was on the plane coming here, a lot was going on in my mind. There was a life I left behind me and a new life about to start for me. I was very nervous, especially in my first year.” He needn't have worried...

Curriculum & Requirements

The Option in Accounting prepares students for careers in accounting and the qualifications to obtain certifications, such as certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA), and certified internal auditor (CIA). Accounting is called "the first language" of business for good reason: the fate of many products and marketing campaigns hinges on the financial officer's final analysis. For this reason, successful accounting professionals often assume leadership roles within their companies. 

Further, this option provides students with opportunities in a variety of fields, including internal audit, external audit, tax preparation and planning, and consulting. Demand for accountants is consistently strong. Students may also take advantage of the four-one (5 year) program to earn a M.S. in accounting at Paul College. Obtaining a master's degree aids in preparation and eligibility for the CPA exam and is recommended for future career progression.

A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have additional requirements as noted. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.

Business Adminsistration core requirements
ADMN courses:
ADMN 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 420Business Statistics4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 703Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
Other subject code courses:
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
PAUL 660BiP-Social Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 670BiP-Analytical Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 680BiP-Competitive Intelligence Topics 22
PAUL 690BiP-Professional Intelligence Topics 22

Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year.

Option in Accounting

Required courses:
ACFI 621Intermediate Financial Accounting I4
ACFI 622Intermediate Financial Accounting II4
ACFI 723Advanced Managerial Accounting Concepts and Applications4
ACFI 724Auditing4
ACFI 726Introduction to Federal Income Tax4
MGT 647Business Law I4
Select one of the following:4
ACFI 725
Financial Statement Analysis
ACFI 740
Topics in Accounting II
ACFI 752
Independent Studies in Accounting
ACFI 799
Honors Thesis/Project in Accounting
Total Credits28

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