Walsh College

Bachelor of Accountancy


Bachelor of Accountancy

Our Bachelor of Accountancy degree program 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.

 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 210 Principles of Business Communication*
 COM 300 Communication Essentials**
 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*
 QM 301 Statistical Inference for Management Decisions
** 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 & 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

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.

Walsh College faculty offer students access to their extensive business knowledge and experience. Meet the Accounting Faculty.


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CPA Requirements

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.

Student Involvement

Join the Walsh College Accounting & Taxation Student Organization (ATSO).  Connect with students, network, volunteer opportunities and learn from guest speakers.

Opportunities for Employment 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.

Salary Expectations

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."

Get Involved & Get Connected

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