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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

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Accountant/auditor$63,550 per year13% (166,700 more jobs)
Top executive (CEO/CFO)$101,650 per year​11% (261,500 more jobs)
Management consultant$78,600 per year19% (133,800 more jobs)​

For More Information

Visit the School of Accounting website​ or contact:

Business Student Services Center
Grawn Hall 105
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.
Additional Common Body of Knowledge in Business Administration Courses
(9 hours)
BUS 100
Essential Business Skills
3
BUS 300QR
Applied Business Statistics
3
MGT 499
Integrated Capstone-Strategic Management
3
Accounting Core
(21 hours)
Note: ACC 311, 321, 370, 501, and 531 are required to take the CPA exam.
ACC 301
Intermediate Accounting I
3
ACC 302
Intermediate Accounting II
3
ACC 311
Federal Income Taxation I
3
ACC 321
Managerial Cost Accounting
3
ACC 370
Accounting Systems and Controls
3
ACC 501
Advanced Accounting
3
ACC 531
Auditing and Assurance Services
3
Electives I
(6-9 hours)
Select 2 or 3 courses from the following:
ACC 511
Federal Income Tax II
3
ACC 512
Tax Research and Administration
3
ACC 517
Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
3
ACC 521
Managerial Cost Control Analysis
3
ACC 536
Forensic Accounting
3
ACC 543
Fund Accounting
3
ACC 570
Strategic Accounting System Development and Implementation
3
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
1-3
ACC 491
Independent Studies
1-3
ACC 492/BIS 492/FIN 492/MGT 492/MKT 492
Practicum In Small Business
3
ACC 597
Special Topics In Accounting
1-3
BIS 420
Systems Analysis and Design
3
BLR 302
Law of Agreements
3
BLR 390
Law of Enterprise Organization
3
FIN 442
Intermediate Financial Management
3
MGT 335
Introduction to Management Science
3
MKT 350
Marketing Analysis
3