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Accounting is the one degree that gives you the education needed to succeed in every aspect of the business world. You’ll be prepared to earn your certification in public accounting​, management accounting and internal auditing after graduation. At the same time, because accounting is the international language of business, it also gives you a wide range of career opportunities beyond those certifications.​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​Points of Pride

The School of Accounting at Central Michigan University is one of just 180 in the country (one of five in Michigan) to have earned prestigious accounting accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation assures you that CMU provides a top-quality education. It tells employers that CMU students graduate ready and qualified to perform.

Through CMU’s CPA Fast Track program, you can choose to study and sit for the CPA exam during the summer – while earning credit toward the 150-hour state licensing requirement. You also can leverage CMU’s SAP University Alliance to mix technical accounting and information systems knowledge, with the opportunity for TERP10 certification. Accountants with IT knowledge are in high demand, so you’ll stand out among peers from across the nation.

If you’re an ambitious, hard-working undergrad, be sure to check out CMU’s accelerated MBA program for accounting students. It positions you to graduate in five years with your MBA, TERP 10 certification and CPA. Employment opportunities for such accounting graduates are almost endless.

Put Your Degree to Work

Accountants have titles such as chief executive officer, chief financial officer, managing partner and controller. They work for national and international business firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and in their own companies. Many work in certified public accounting firms providing management consulting services, auditing services, personal and financial planning, and tax services. Others work in finance and operations for corporations or manage the revenues of governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2026​
Accountant/auditor$69,350 per year10% (139,900 more jobs)
Budget analyst$75,240 per year7% (3,800 more jobs)
Top executive (CEO/CFO)$106,700 per year8% (193,100 more jobs)
Management analyst$82,450 per year14% (115,200 more jobs)​

For More Information

Visit the School of Accounting website​ or contact:

Business Student Services Center
Grawn Hall 113
Email: cba@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3124

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Accounting Major

Total: 39 semester hours Note: Accounting and business electives depend on the student's career objectives and should be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.
Common Body of Knowledge Courses I
(6 hours)
BUS 100
Essential Business Skills
MGT 499
Integrated Capstone-Strategic Management
Common Body of Knowledge Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
Applied Business Statistics
Applied Lean Six Sigma
Accounting Core
(21 hours)
Note: ACC 311, 321, 370, 501, and 531 are required to take the CPA exam.
ACC 301
Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 302
Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 311
Federal Income Taxation I
ACC 321
Managerial Cost Accounting
ACC 370
Accounting Systems and Controls
ACC 501
Advanced Accounting
ACC 531
Auditing and Assurance Services
Electives I
(6-9 hours)
Select 2 or 3 courses from the following:
ACC 511
Federal Income Tax II
ACC 512
Tax Research and Administration
ACC 517
Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
ACC 521
Managerial Cost Control Analysis
ACC 536
Forensic Accounting
ACC 543
Fund Accounting
ACC 570
Strategic Accounting System Development and Implementation
Electives II
(0-3 hours)
If only 2 courses are selected from group I above, select one course from the following list:
ACC 489
Accounting Internship/Co-Op
ACC 491
Independent Studies
ACC 492/FIN 492/MGT 492/MKT 492
Practicum in Small Business
ACC 597
Special Topics in Accounting
BIS 323
Spreadsheet-Based Modeling for Business
BIS 420
Systems Analysis and Design
BLR 302
Law of Agreements
BLR 390
Law of Enterprise Organization
FIN 442
Intermediate Financial Management
MGT 335
Introduction to Management Science
MKT 350
Marketing Analysis