Our Bachelor of Accountancy Degree (BAC) gives you the increasing depth of skills needed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
The business world is becoming more complex. Our program will help you master that complexity. Our degree program satisfies the Certified Public Accountant license requirements while providing you with the business background and extensive accounting skills necessary for success as a CPA.
Bachelor of Accountancy Program Format
Earning a Bachelor of Accountancy degree requires a total of 127 semester credit hours. The 127 credit hours include courses in the professional core and the program core.
The * courses are typically transferred in from a community college or another accredited educational institution. Equivalency guides outline the courses transferable to Walsh as prerequisites to advanced course work and for completion of degree requirements. Learn more.
| Professional Core
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I*
ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II*
ACC 310 Managerial Accounting*
BIT 305 Business Computing Tools*
BIT 335 Business Driven Technology
COM 300 Communications Essentials**
COM 210 Principles of Business Communications*
COM 320 Business Communication Methods
ECN 201 Principles of Economics I*
ECN 202 Principles of Economics II*
FIN 315 Financial Management
MGT 201 Principles of Management*
MGT 303 Behavioral Management*
MKT 202 Principles of Marketing*
QM 202 Statistics Methods for Business*
**COM 300 is required of all students who score below 4 on the Walsh College communications placement exam.
| Core Courses
ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 302 Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 303 Financial Accounting Concepts
ACC 406 Accounting Information Systems
ACC 411 Business Combinations
ACC 412 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACC 415 Auditing
ACC 418 Accounting Communications
ACC 419 Advanced Managerial Accounting
BL 301 Business Law I
BL 302 Business Law II
TAX 495 Tax and Business Taxation I
TAX 496 Tax and Business Taxation II
TAX 497 Tax and Business Taxation III
Walsh College faculty offer students access to their extensive business knowledge and experience. Meet the Accounting Faculty.
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Under a new public law in Michigan passed in 2010, persons wishing to be designated as certified public accountants (CPAs) no longer have to have one year (2000 hours) of experience working at a certified public accounting firm. The 2000-hour requirement may now be fulfilled through qualified experience in government, industry, academia or public practice. This is good news if you wish to develop a career path which includes becoming a CPA but not limited to working at a CPA firm. For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu/cpa.
Opportunities for Employment
Join the Walsh College Accounting & Taxation Student Organization (ATSO). Connect with students, network, volunteer opportunities and learn from guest speakers.
Our accounting graduates either work at public accounting firms, or large corporations. Some work in local, state or federal government. Others choose to “hang out a shingle” and become self-employed CPAs. New government regulations have created additional controls over boards of directors and corporate conduct that require the skills of accountants to implement.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers report these starting salary expectations:
- Average salary range for accounting graduates: $37,000-52,000.
- Average salary in public accounting: $40,058.
Salaries greatly increase with experience:
- Public accounting firm partners can start as high as $128,800
- The average starting salary for an experienced partner is $276,000.
Walsh College Alumna
Rebecca Sorensen, BAC '85
Institutional Consultant, Senior VP of Investments and Wealth Advisor
UBS Financial Services
"There was a time in my life that I never believed I would graduate from College. Walsh believed in me and supported me financially. The help I received was not only monetary but also emotional and made a tremendous difference in how I saw the world and myself. I truly believe that with enough effort, most people can achieve what they dream. This is true for current students and for alums. Dream big, work hard, and develop a financial plan that will take you to where you want to go."
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