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The accounting department mission is to provide current relevant programs that prepare our students to excel and advance in their accounting careers while building their business acumen to contribute meaningfully to their lives and community.

Why Accounting?

Top employers tell us that graduates of our accounting program are better prepared - and therefore preferred hires. The BBA in Accounting provides graduates with far more than a basic understanding of accounting. Davenport prepares students to become a well-rounded and effective accounting professional through practical experience in using accounting information as a decision making tool. Our students find jobs not only in accounting firms, but in industry businesses and government. In addition, we offer a suite of accounting programs to include a Masters in Accountancy and a BBA in Accounting Fraud Investigation, further signaling our strength in accounting education.

The BBA in Accounting can be completed in-seat or online.

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**Online Colleges ranked Davenport University in the top five schools in the country offering online Accounting programs.

Specialties Offered

After completing the core courses in the BBA Accounting program, you will have the opportunity to finish your degree with accounting electives or choose from one of two specialties.  
Internal Auditing:
The focus is on organizing, planning, performing and directing internal audits for companies. Topics for courses in this specialty are designed to prepare you for the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam.
Management Accounting:
The focus is on corporate finance, financial statement analysis, decision analysis, investment decisions and professional ethics in business. Topics for courses in this specialty are designed to prepare you for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.

Employment Opportunities

Entry level to mid-level accounting positions are available for graduates. Accounting employment availability is expected to rise at least 11% from 2014-2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Increasing tax and regulatory complexities and an overall growing economy are expected to provide a strong demand for accountants in all areas of business.In addition to accounting positions, many companies will hire accounting graduates and train them for finance, opening up even more opportunities.

In addition, the Davenport University accounting degree programs are developed with careers and respective certifications in mind. Earning certifications can lead to better job prospects and higher pay. Some certifications students will be prepared to take include the following:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)                                           
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)                          
  • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
  • Certified Financial Manager (CFM)                                          
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

Salary Information

Statistic

Resource

Starting salaries for Accountants

$51,426 in the U.S.

NACE

Starting salaries for Accountants

$49,841 in the Great Lakes Region

NACE

Average salaries for Accountants

$67,190 in the U.S.

BLS

Projected growth for Accountants

11% growth from 2014-2020.

BLS

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Full Curriculum

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION  •  120 CREDITS  •  ACCTG BBA

The Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting degree from Davenport combines the development of expertise and technical skills with the communications, teamwork, and leadership skills expected of today's accounting business management professional. Students learn to develop and maintain accounting records, prepare financial statements, and begin to use accounting information as a decision-making tool. Intermediate and advanced courses focus on an in-depth, topical study of accounting processes and reporting, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Accounting Standards (IAS), and financial statement presentation and analyses. Cost accounting, budgeting, and individual and corporate tax courses enhance the student's professional knowledge, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities. Interlacing accounting coursework at all levels is the understanding and use of accounting information systems technology.


Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2016-2017 Recommended Program Sequences for Accounting, BBA:

Accounting, BBA and printable pdf download

Specialty: Internal Auditing and printable pdf download

Specialty: Management Accounting and printable pdf download

 

 

Foundations of Excellence39 cr.
ACES100 or OPENAchieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ECON200Microeconomics3 cr.
ECON201Macroeconomics3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
ENGL311Professional Writing3 cr.
ENVS125 or SCI/MATHIntroduction to Environmental Studies or Science/Math Elective3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
STAT220Introduction to Statistics3 cr.
HUMNHumanities Elective3 cr.
SOSCSocial Science Elective3 cr.
Foundations of Business32 cr.
ACCT201Accounting Foundations I4 cr.
ACCT202Accounting Foundations II 4 cr.
ACCT220Accounting Information Technology3 cr.
BITS211Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheet3 cr.
BUSN120 or BUSN*Introduction to Business or Business Elective3 cr.
BUSN210Professional Ethics3 cr.
FINC211Corporate Finance3 cr.
LEGL210Business Law Foundations3 cr.
MGMT211Management Foundations3 cr.
MKTG211Marketing Foundations3 cr.
Major45 cr.
ACCT213Cost Accounting3 cr.
ACCT301Intermediate Accounting I4 cr.
ACCT302Intermediate Accounting II4 cr.
ACCT315Federal Taxation I 3 cr.
ACCT318Payroll & State Tax3 cr.
ACCT320Auditing and Assurance Services 3 cr.
ACCT350Accounting Information Systems3 cr.
ACCT420Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting3 cr.
ACCT495Accounting Issues and Research4 cr.
Choose one of the following options:(3) cr.
BUSN489 or ACCT490Field Experience in Business or Accounting BBA Internship3 cr.
FINC493 & FINC494ACG Capstone Experience I & ACG Capstone Experience II3 cr.
Choose 12 credit hours of Accounting electives from list below or choose a specialty:(12) cr.
Accounting Electives: [AI](12) cr.
ACCT310Accounting Fraud Examination3 cr.
ACCT316Federal Taxation II3 cr.
ACCT401Certified Internal Audit Basics (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT402Certified Internal Audit Practice (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT415Advanced Accounting Topics3 cr.
ACCT421EDP Computer Auditing3 cr.
ACCT461CMA Prep Financial Planning/Performance Control3 cr.
ACCT462CMA Prep Financial Decision Making3 cr.
ACCT490Accounting BBA Internship3 cr.
FINC212Advanced Corporate Finance 3 cr.
Internal Auditing Specialty [AIIA](12) cr.
ACCT401Certified Internal Audit Basics (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT402Certified Internal Audit Practice (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT403Certified Internal Audit Knowledge Elements (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT421EDP Computer Auditing3 cr.
Management Accounting Specialty [AIMA] Choose 12 credits from the following:(12) cr.
ACCT415Advanced Accounting Topics3 cr.
ACCT421EDP Computer Auditing3 cr.
ACCT461CMA Prep Financial Planning/Performance Control3 cr.
ACCT462CMA Prep Financial Decision Making3 cr.
FINC212Advanced Corporate Finance 3 cr.
Open Electives4 cr.