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The accounting department mission is to provide current relevant programs that prepare our students to excel and advance in their accounting careers while building their business acumen to contribute meaningfully to their lives and community.

Accounting, bachelor of business administration

Top employers tell us that graduates of our accounting program are better prepared.

The BBA in Accounting provides graduates with far more than a basic understanding of accounting. Davenport prepares students to become a well-rounded and effective accounting professional through practical experience in using accounting information as a decision making tool. Our students find jobs not only in accounting firms, but in industry businesses and government. In addition, we offer a suite of accounting programs to include a Masters in Accountancy and a BBA in Accounting Fraud Investigation, further signaling our strength in accounting education. Students are also able to participate in our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program serves over 6,400 taxpayers around the tri-county area, yielding over $8 million in refunds. Assisting in the VITA program adds valuable experience to a student's portfolio while helping fellow citizens with much needed tax assistance.

Davenport's Employment Guarantee

We are so confident in the quality of our BBA in Accounting degree, that graduates who meet Davenport University requirements are eligible for our Employment Guarantee. This allows additional education benefits if graduates are unable to obtain employment within six months of graduation.

The BBA in Accounting can be completed in-seat or online.

Download a PDF of the Accounting program.

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Employment Opportunities

Entry level to mid-level accounting positions are available for graduates. Accounting employment availability is expected to rise at least 11% from 2014-2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Increasing tax and regulatory complexities and an overall growing economy are expected to provide a strong demand for accountants in all areas of business. In addition to accounting positions, many companies will hire accounting graduates and train them for finance, opening up even more opportunities.

In addition, the Davenport University accounting degree programs are developed with careers and respective certifications in mind. Earning certifications can lead to better job prospects and higher pay. Some certifications students will be prepared to take include the following:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)                                           
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)                          
  • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
  • Certified Financial Manager (CFM)                                          
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

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Full Curriculum


The Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting degree from Davenport combines the development of expertise and technical skills with the communications, teamwork, and leadership skills expected of today’s accounting business management professional. Students learn to develop and maintain accounting records, prepare financial statements, and begin to use accounting information as a decision-making tool. Intermediate and advanced courses focus on an in-depth, topical study of accounting processes and reporting, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Accounting Standards (IAS), and financial statement presentation and analyses. Cost accounting, budgeting, and individual and corporate tax courses enhance the student’s professional knowledge, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities. Interlacing accounting coursework at all levels is the understanding and use of accounting information systems technology.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2019-2020 Recommended Program Sequences for Accounting, BBA:

Accounting, BBA and printable pdf download

Specialty: Internal Auditing and printable pdf download

Specialty: Management Accounting and printable pdf download

Foundations of Excellence39 cr.
ACES100 or OPENAchieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
DATA275Introduction to Data Analytics3 cr.
ECON200Microeconomics3 cr.
ECON201Macroeconomics3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
ENGL311Professional Writing3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
STAT220Introduction to Statistics3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
HUMNHumanities Elective3 cr.
SOSCSocial Science Elective3 cr.
Foundations of Business32 cr.
ACCT201Accounting Foundations I4 cr.
ACCT202Accounting Foundations II 4 cr.
ACCT220Accounting Information Technology3 cr.
BITS211Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheets3 cr.
BUSN210Professional Ethics3 cr.
FINC211Corporate Finance3 cr.
GPMT287Principles of Project Management3 cr.
LEGL210Business Law Foundations3 cr.
MGMT211Management Foundations3 cr.
MKTG211Marketing Foundations3 cr.
Major45 cr.
ACCT213Cost Accounting3 cr.
ACCT301Intermediate Accounting I4 cr.
ACCT302Intermediate Accounting II4 cr.
ACCT315Federal Taxation I 3 cr.
ACCT318Payroll & State Tax3 cr.
ACCT320Auditing and Assurance Services 3 cr.
ACCT350Accounting Information Systems3 cr.
ACCT420Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting3 cr.
ACCT495Accounting Issues and Research4 cr.
Choose one of the following options:(3) cr.
BUSN489Field Experience in Business3 cr.
ACCT490Accounting BBA Internship3 cr.
FINC493 & FINC494ACG Capstone Experience I & ACG Capstone Experience II3 cr.
Choose 12 credit hours of Accounting electives from list below or choose a specialty:(12) cr.
Accounting Electives: [ACT](12) cr.
ACCT310Accounting Fraud Examination3 cr.
ACCT316Federal Taxation II3 cr.
ACCT401Certified Internal Audit Basics (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT402Certified Internal Audit Practice (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT415Advanced Accounting Topics3 cr.
ACCT421EDP Computer Auditing3 cr.
ACCT461CMA Prep Financial Planning/Performance Control3 cr.
ACCT462CMA Prep Financial Decision Making3 cr.
ACCT490Accounting BBA Internship3 cr.
FINC212Advanced Corporate Finance 3 cr.
Internal Auditing Specialty [AIIA](12) cr.
ACCT401Certified Internal Audit Basics (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT402Certified Internal Audit Practice (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT403Certified Internal Audit Knowledge Elements (CIA)3 cr.
ACCT421EDP Computer Auditing3 cr.
Management Accounting Specialty [AIMA] Choose 12 credits from the following:(12) cr.
ACCT415Advanced Accounting Topics3 cr.
ACCT421EDP Computer Auditing3 cr.
ACCT461CMA Prep Financial Planning/Performance Control3 cr.
ACCT462CMA Prep Financial Decision Making3 cr.
FINC212Advanced Corporate Finance 3 cr.
Open Electives4 cr.