Accounting Option - Business, B.A.

Accounting option

Created in response to the growing demand for accounting-trained graduates in public accounting firms and in industry, UNH Manchester's accounting option prepares students with the necessary courses to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.

Local public accounting firms have voiced their opinions that there is increased need for accounting professionals. That trend is reflected nationally, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting an 11 percent job growth rate between 2014 and 2024. 

The CPA exam is a major step towards CPA licensure. In order to sit for the CPA exam in New Hampshire, you must have a bachelor's degree, 24 credits in business and 30 credits in accounting. The accounting option within the Business B.A. fulfills these requirements, preparing students for the opportunity to seek an in-demand and lucrative career. The accounting option at UNH Manchester requires the completion of two internships​, so you graduate with real-world skills and experience.

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The demand for CPAs and accounting professionals in New Hampshire is extremely high and growing. It is, undoubtedly, one of the most revered professions.

Robin Abbott, CEO, New Hampshire Society of CPAs


The accounting option is comprised of six courses. Together with the requirements in the Business program, the accounting option fulfills 32 credits in accounting—which satisfies the 30-credit accounting requirement to take the CPA exam in New Hampshire.

You must take these four courses:

  • BUS 535 - Federal Taxation
  • BUS 603 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUS 615 - Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUS 720 - Auditing

Plus two courses from the following:

  • BUS 629 - Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 715 - Forensic Accounting
  • BUS 725 - Financial Statement Analysis

The accounting option also requires the completion of two internship experiences, so you graduate with real-world skills and experience.

For more details on the accounting option, please contact Bill Troy, program coordinator and senior lecturer of business.