Walsh College

Bachelor of Accountancy


Bachelor of Accountancy

The Bachelor of Accountancy degree program at Walsh College consists of a specialized sequence of coursework in accounting, with related business administration topics. The coursework is designed for those interested in entering the accounting profession and interested in CPA licensure. For specific subject/credit hour requirements, contact the Walsh College Admissions and Academic Advising office or view the educational requirements via Michigan State Board Accounting web site: CPA Educational Requirements.

Students must take all courses in the professional and program core. Most undergraduate students transfer in courses that are equivalent to some of those in the professional and program core. Elective courses may also be necessary to meet residency and/or degree requirements. 

Students must complete 18 semester credit hours of the 45 semester credit hours taken in residence at Walsh College in Accounting and Tax. For complete BAC graduation requirements, refer to our online catalog.

Bachelor of Accountancy

127 credits (includes up to 82 transfer credits)


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/IT 520

Business Driven Technology

BL 301^

Business Law I

BL 302^

Business Law II

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^

Statistical Methods for Business


Core Courses

ACC 301

Intermediate Accounting I

ACC 302

Intermediate Accounting II

ACC 303

Financial Accounting Concepts

ACC 406

Accounting Information Systems

ACC 415/515


ACC 418/518

Accounting Communications

ACC 419

Advanced Managerial Accounting

TAX 495

Tax and Business Taxation I

Select one of the following concentrations:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Concentration

ACC 411/511

Business Combinations

ACC 412/512

Government & Not-For-Profit Accounting

TAX 496/596

Tax and Business Taxation II

TAX 497/597

Tax and Business Taxation III


Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Concentration

FIN 310/515

Financial Markets

FIN 403

Investment Management

FIN 406

Financial Statement Analysis


Choose one from:

   FIN 412

International Economics and Finance

   FIN 425

Financial Modeling

   FIN 460

Fundamentals of Financial Fraud


*COM 300 is required for all students that obtain a score of 1-3 on the Walsh College Communication Placement Exam. The Communication Placement Exam must be completed within the student’s first semester of enrollment at Walsh College.


**Students are required to take COM 320 within their first 9 semester credit hours in residence at Walsh College.


+ ACC 201, ACC 202, ECN 201, ECN 202, must be taken at the transfer institution prior to attendance or through concurrent enrollment.


The ^ courses are typically transferred from a community college or another accredited educational institution. Additional transfer equivalencies may be established, depending on the course taken and the transfer institution.


BAC students are eligible to take two courses (6 credits) at the graduate level.

Accounting Faculty

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

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.

Opportunities for Employment 

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022*, about as fast as the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, these workers will continue to be needed to prepare and examine financial records.

Salary Expectations

The median starting salary for graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting was $51,500*.

*Source: Salary Survey, January 2015, National Association of Colleges and Employers.


 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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