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Discover our 100% online B.A. in Accounting

The need for qualified accountants is increasing, so the UMPI Bachelor of Arts in Accounting YourPace online program prepares you to thrive in this highly rewarding field. Equip yourself with the principles and tools you need for in-demand accounting, auditing, and financial roles within the corporate, nonprofit, government, international, and private sectors.

Online bachelor’s degree Tuition $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
Online Bachelors program Calender As few as 12 months* Duration
bachelor’s degree credit hours 120 Credit Hours
Online bachelor’s degree Tuition $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
Online Bachelors program Calender As few as 12 months* Duration
bachelor’s degree credit hours 120 Credit Hours

In our accredited B.A. online accounting program, you will gain a thorough understanding of the strategic role accounting plays in business. As you complete competencies aligned with the expertise employers seek, you will apply analytical and critical-thinking skills in activities that require real-world problem-solving. You will also learn to navigate individual income tax guidelines and complex concepts of corporate, partnership, and estate and trust taxation.

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In this YourPace online program, you will learn to:

  • Become proficient in QuickBooks
  • Apply the principles of taxation, accounting information systems, auditing, and financial and managerial accounting
  • Analyze and prepare financial statements, statements of income and retained earnings, balance sheets, and statements of cash flows as well as statements for mergers and acquisitions
  • Prepare, present, and explain consolidated, partnership, and not-for-profit financial statements

Accounting career opportunities:

  • Staff Accountant
  • Public Accountant
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Business Analyst
  • Finance Specialist
  • Budget Analyst
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Cost Estimator
  • Accounting Manager

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“This program allows me to get classes done on my time that fits within my budget. It is a perfect program for those who have busy lives but want to complete a degree program at an affordable price.”

– Meaghan Cote, UMPI YourPace Online Student

Tuition

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The B.A. in Accounting YourPace online program features the same affordable flat tuition rate regardless of how many courses you complete each session. No hidden fees or extra textbook costs. The faster you finish, the more you save!

$1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition

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There are six opportunities throughout the year to begin our B.A. in Accounting YourPace online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline.

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Admissions

Requirements for this online bachelor’s in accounting program

We’ve made the admission process simple and streamlined so it’s easier for you to get started. Those interested in earning their B.A. in Accounting should have the equivalent of a high school diploma and possess some prior college credit and/or work experience.

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No Minimum GPA

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  • Submit your free application online
  • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Submit documents electronically to: [email protected]

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PO Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Fax: 207-581-5456

Courses

A look at the online B.A. in Accounting curriculum

To earn your B.A. in Accounting you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. Each course is built around a series of competencies. Once you have mastered the series, you complete the course. The program includes general education, business core, accounting concentration courses, and electives. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

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Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits hours of general education courses.

BUS 101: Introduction to Business

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is intended to help first year business management students clarify their business education and career goals. Basic concepts of management, marketing, operations, finance, and human resource management will be surveyed. Classroom lectures will be supplemented by lectures from guest speakers.

BUS 150: Introduction to Financial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Topics include transaction analysis, recording accounting information, and preparation of financial statements. Additional topics include accounting for sales, cost of sales, inventory, and other assets. The emphasis is on communicating financial information to external users. Students use accounting software to establish and maintain an accounting system for a simulated business. Prerequisite: MAT 17 or equivalent.

BUS 200: Intermediate Business Computing

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

In-depth exploration of the advanced features of the Microsoft Office suite. Integration of spreadsheet and database information into reports and presentations and querying functions. Prerequisite: Students lacking significant prior experience with business computing are advised to take BUS 125 prior to enrolling in this class.

BUS 220: Managerial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Accounting for internal decision-making, planning, and control purposes. The manufacturing environment is emphasized. Topics include cost behavior and analysis, relevant costs, job order and process cost systems, budgeting, and standard costs. Prerequisite: BUS 150.

BUS 242: Spreadsheet Applications

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

By using Microsoft Excel, this course explores techniques in spreadsheet software as used to design and develop business-related applications. Topics include formulas and functions, charting, data operations, pivot tables, goal seeking, what-if analysis, data tables, importing data, and macros.

BUS 325: Financial Management

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the role of the financial manager in forecasting and planning, coordination and control, dealing with financial markets, and, primarily, major investment and financing decisions. Coverage includes financial statement analysis, the time value of money, valuation of securities, the cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, financial forecasting, and managing and financing current assets. Prerequisite: BUS 220 and BUS 150.

BUS 348: Cost Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Topics covered include basic cost control concepts, manufacturing statements, accounting for material inventory, factory overhead costs, job order costing, activity based costing, and process costing. Students are introduced to cost estimation methods, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting and variances, and decision-making models. Prerequisite: Bus 220.

BUS 350: Business Law I

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study of the legal system, business ethics, torts, and product liability, with particular emphasis on contract and sales law.

BUS 352: Business Law II

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study of agency, commercial paper, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, business organizations, federal securities regulation, accountant legal liability, property law including bailments and landlord/tenant, insurance, and wills and estates.

BUS 361: Intermediate Accounting I

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Financial accounting and its basic theory. Analysis and preparation of financial statements, statements of income and retained earnings, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Accounting treatment of current assets, valuation of inventories, accounting for property, plant and equipment, and depreciation. Prerequisite: BUS 150.

BUS 362: Intermediate Accounting II

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Accounting for liabilities, stockholder’s equity, intangible assets, and long-term investments. Accounting for leases, income taxes, and pension obligations. Prerequisite: BUS 361.

BUS 376: Independent Auditing

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a logical framework of the fundamental steps comprising the auditing process and the application of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards. Special attention is given to the Code of Professional Ethics, the legal liability inherent in the Attest Function, the evaluation of internal control, and the audit of electronic data processing systems.

BUS 377: Federal Taxation I

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Determination of individual income taxation including income inclusions and exclusions, deductions, sales, exchanges, and other dispositions of property. Prerequisite: BUS 220.

BUS 378: Federal Taxation II

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches the complex tax concepts of corporate, partnership, and estate and trust taxation. Prerequisite: BUS 220.

BUS 415: Operations Management

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Operations management focuses on the use of Six Sigma methodology in both the manufacturing and service industries. Topics will include introducing students to the DMAIC steps for process improvement while having the ability to apply those steps through a service-learning project with a real organization.

BUS 440: Business Analytics

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the development and delivery of predictive data analysis for strategic decision-making in organizations. Students will apply the principles and tools to real-world problems, enabling them to integrate their knowledge of business intelligence in their careers—essential to their performance and competitive advantage.

BUS 466: Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course consists of the study of fund accounting and the financial statements of state and local governments, hospitals, and other nonprofit entities. General financial principles and fund accounting principles are compared and aligned with GASB statements. Prerequisite: Bus 220.

BUS 464: Advanced Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Specialized topics in financial accounting. The accounting treatment of mergers and acquisitions, with special attention to the preparation of consolidated financial statements at the date of acquisition and post-acquisition. An overview of accounting for inter-company profit and asset transfers. Partnership accounting and accounting for foreign currency translation. Prerequisite: BUS 362.

BUS 469: Strategic Professional Communication

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Using business knowledge and analytical skills, students develop professional level oral and written communication skills. Experiential learning exercises provide opportunities to develop strategic solutions to situations confronting a hypothetical organization.

BUS 489: Business Policy & Strategy

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Integrates the functions of marketing, finance/accounting, operations, human resources, and information systems into a coherent whole using the concept of “strategy.”

COM 210: Organizational Communication

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores essential oral communication skills for professional settings. Students will develop proficiencies relevant for leadership, conflict resolution, debate, group interactions, group facilitation, and decision making. Applications will include various forms of message delivery, such as presentations, impromptu speaking activities, and simulations of common professional communication scenarios.

ECO 207: Macro & Micro Economics

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Fundamental principles of capitalist macroeconomics including growth and recession, inflation, unemployment, the role of government regulation, economic development, and trade. Micro topics include supply and demand, market structure, and market failure.

Students must take 18 – 21 credit hours of general elective courses.

*Time to completion varies by student and is based on several factors including prior college coursework, relevant work experience, amount of time dedicated to studying, and the number of courses completed each session.

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