Business Major: Accounting Option (B.A.)

Business Major: Accounting Option (B.A.)
accounting option

Graduate with real-world skills and experience

The increased demand for accounting professionals means that students who pursue the business B.A. with an accounting option will have the opportunity to pursue an in-demand and lucrative career. Two internships provide real-world on-the-job experience.

What is the accounting option in business?

Created in response to the growing demand for accounting-trained graduates in public accounting firms and in industry, UNH Manchester's accounting option fulfills the requirements needed to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Local public accounting firms have voiced that there is increased need for accounting professionals—and that trend is also reflected nationally, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting a 10% job growth rate between 2016 and 2026.

Why study accounting at UNH Manchester?

Located in the economic heart of New Hampshire, the accounting option at UNH Manchester was created so business graduates are qualified to take the CPA exam—a major step toward CPA licensure. Small class sizes offer you individualized attention from faculty, who bring years of industry experience to the classroom. 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 and allows you to get real-world experience through two internships, preparing you for the opportunity to seek an in-demand and lucrative career.

Potential career areas

  • Actuary
  • Certified public accountant
  • Commercial banker
  • Credit manager
  • External auditor
  • FBI agent
  • Internal auditor
  • Loan officer administrator
  • Tax accountant
  • Underwriter

Office: Department of Business & Public Affairs, 88 Commercial Street, RM 510, Manchester, NH 03101

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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

Curriculum & Requirements

The Accounting Option is offered in response to the growing demand for accounting graduates in public accounting firms as well as in industry. Many local public accounting firms have expressed that with an expected high retirement rate among “baby boomers”, there appears to be a need for graduates with robust accounting credentials. Representatives from well-known CPA exam prep course firms expressed the opinion that accountants are in high demand and the unemployment rate in this industry is very low.

The Accounting Option offers students the necessary courses to enable them to sit for the CPA exam, which is one of the major steps in obtaining a CPA license. The requirements for sitting for the CPA exam in the State of New Hampshire are a bachelor’s degree, 24 credits in business subjects, and 30 credits in accounting subjects. The Accounting Option within the Business program provides these required credits.

This program also provides the students an opportunity to seek professional accounting positions in corporate environments. Students would be encouraged to take the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exam, leading to this desirable certification.

For more information, contact Yvette Lazdowski, program coordinator or contact the Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH Manchester undergraduate students will develop individual academic plans with their professional advisor during the first year at UNH. Please note that not all accounting courses are offered every semester or even every academic year.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
UMST 401
or UMST 402
First Year Seminar
or Transfer Seminar
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
BUS 400 Introduction to Business 4
BUS 532
or BUS 533
Introduction to Financial Accounting
or Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Discovery Course 4
MATH 422 Mathematics for Business Applications 4
Discovery Course 4
BUS 532
or BUS 533
Introduction to Financial Accounting
or Introduction to Managerial Accounting
ECN 411
or ECN 412
Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles
or Introduction to Microeconomic Principles
Second Year
Foreign Language 4
ECN 411
or ECN 412
Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles
or Introduction to Microeconomic Principles
BUS 430 Introduction to Business Statistics 4
BUS 603 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 4
Foreign Language 4
BUS 615 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 4
PTC 500 Business Communication 4
Discovery Course 4
Third Year
COMP 405
or COMP 415
Introduction to Web Design and Development
or Mobile Computing First and For Most
BUS 601 Financial Management 4
BUS 610 Marketing Principles and Applications 4
Discovery Course 4
BUS 405 Introduction to Business Computer Applications 4
BUS 620 Organizational Behavior 4
BUS 690 Business Program Internship 4
Discovery Course 4
Fourth Year
BUS 705 Business Ethics 4
Discovery Course 4
BUS 535 Federal Taxation 4
Accounting Elective 4
BUS 750 Business Capstone Senior Seminar - Internship 4
BUS 720 Auditing 4
Discovery Course 4
Accounting Elective 4
 Total Credits129-130

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: Yes

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Students must complete 128 credits to graduate. Each required course must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in major courses required for graduation. Majors cannot use BUS 430, ECN 411, or ECN 412 to satisfy both Discovery Program and major requirements. Transfer students must complete at least half of their credits in the major and the 8-credit capstone experience (BUS 705 and either BUS 750 or BUS 760) in-residence at UNH Manchester.

Introductory Business Core Courses
BUS 400Introduction to Business4
BUS 405Introduction to Business Computer Applications4
BUS 430Introduction to Business Statistics4
BUS 532Introduction to Financial Accounting4
BUS 533Introduction to Managerial Accounting4
ECN 411Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles4
ECN 412Introduction to Microeconomic Principles4
ENGL 401First-Year Writing4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 422 Mathematics for Business Applications
or MATH 425 Calculus I
PTC 500Business Communication4
Select one of the following:4
COMP 405
Introduction to Web Design and Development
COMP 415
Mobile Computing First and For Most
COMP #425
Introduction to Programming
COMP 430
Systems Fundamentals
Intermediate Business Core
BUS 601Financial Management4
BUS 610Marketing Principles and Applications4
BUS 620Organizational Behavior4
BUS 690Business Program Internship 11-4
BUS 705Business Ethics 24
BUS 750Business Capstone Senior Seminar - Internship 24
or BUS 760 BUS SR SEM - Research Project
Total Credits65-68

Experiential learning is required prior to the last semester at the University. BUS 690 Business Program Internship satisfies this experiential learning requirement.


Business Capstone Experience (two courses: BUS 705 Business Ethics and one senior business seminar [BUS 750 Business Capstone Senior Seminar - Internship or BUS 760 BUS SR SEM - Research Project] fulfills the Discovery Program capstone requirement for business majors and is taken during the senior year).

Note: Because this is a bachelor of arts program, students must fulfill a language requirement. Efforts will be made to enhance fluency through subsequent courses and community experiences.

Accounting Option Requirements
BUS 535Federal Taxation4
BUS 603Intermediate Financial Accounting I4
BUS 615Intermediate Financial Accounting II4
BUS 720Auditing4
Select two of the following courses:8
BUS 629
Adv Managerial Accounting
BUS 712
Accounting Information Systems
BUS #715
Forensic Accounting/Fraud Examination
BUS 725
Financial Statement Analysis
HLS 640
Forensic Accounting
Total Credits24

At the conclusion of the Business program, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Breadth and depth of knowledge about business and economic concepts, theories and methodologies, especially in the sub-field concentrations of: accounting/finance (full option), management/organizational behavior/ human relations, marketing/sales, and business economics, and how these varying fields are inter-related and complementary.
  • Ability to analyze the effects of economic, social and political forces on changing local, national and global business by employing a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach rooted in the social sciences and ethics.
  • Ability to apply business and economic social science research to real-world, case based, situations in order to craft workable solutions that will yield to increased success and profit.
  • Information literacy (ability to find, retrieve and analyze information) in the fields of business, economics, accounting/finance, marketing through use of proven and reliable private and public sector resources, including: articles, studies and research reports using UNH library resources such as ebscohost.
  • Ability to lead discussion groups and project teams to effective conclusions – written and oral, delivered in or out of the classroom.
  • Adeptness at multiple kinds of qualitative and quantitative analysis of data, particularly data found in, but not limited to, private and public sector reports.
  • Effective writing skills in all types of business and professional writing: memoranda, case studies, analytical and project reports.
  • Essential grasp of cogent presentation methods and techniques in the classroom, in front of visitors and peers.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and an appreciation for the diversity of human experience and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the importance of engaged citizenship in building healthy communities at every level (local, national and global).
  • Display professionalism in the workplace, in both service learning and internship contexts.

Explore Program Details

The demand for business-savvy accounting graduates is growing, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting positive growth in many related professions between 2012 and 2024. Not only are your career possibilities vast, but many also come with lucrative salaries.

Job Title
Job Growth
Median Salary
Accountant or Auditor 11% $67,190
Budget Analyst 3% $71,590
Compensation and Benefits Managers 6% $111,430
Financial Analyst 12% $80,310
Personal Financial Advisor 30% $89,160

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