Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

Your pathway to online degree completion

Next Session Start Date:

Apply by: 06/11/24

Document Deadline: 06/14/24

Confirmation Deadline: 06/21/24

Start Session: 07/01/24

Program Overview

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.

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.

What Is Competency-Based Education?

Designed to leverage your previous knowledge, college coursework, and work experience, competency-based education enables you to earn your degree at your pace as you demonstrate mastery of relevant academic content.

How our YourPace online programs save you time and money:

  • Prove your knowledge, move ahead—the faster you advance, the more you save
  • Flat tuition rate per 8-week session, no matter how many courses you complete
  • With no weekly deadlines, you control the speed of completion

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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

$1,500* per session

Flat-Rate Tuition

12 months**



Credit Hours

UMPI is ranked among the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the North for graduates with the least debt. – U.S. News & World Report, 2023.

“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


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Learn more about our affordable tuition

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!

*Tuition and fees are subject to change

Tuition breakdown:

$1,500* per session

Flat-Rate Tuition


Dates you need to know

There are six opportunities throughout the year to begin our YourPace online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline. Please note, application and document deadlines are the same. UMPI must receive all documents including official transcripts by the document deadline to be considered. Transcripts can often take 10 or more business days from the request date to be received by UMPI, please plan accordingly.

TermApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineConfirmation DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineStart DateClass End DateTerm Length
Spring 202/06/2402/09/2402/16/2403/05/2403/07/2403/11/2405/03/248 weeks
Summer 104/02/2404/05/2404/12/2404/30/2405/02/2405/06/2406/28/248 weeks
Summer 206/11/2406/14/2406/21/2406/25/2406/27/2407/01/2408/23/248 weeks
Fall 107/26/2408/02/2408/09/2408/27/2408/29/2409/03/2410/25/248 weeks
Fall 209/20/2409/27/2410/04/2410/22/2410/24/2410/28/2412/20/248 weeks

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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.

Admission Requirements:

No Application Fee

Minimum 1.75 GPA

Admissions Requirements and Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs

  • Students must be 20 years of age at the time of application.
  • High school diploma or equivalent (e.g., HiSet, GED)
  • Minimum cumulative college of GPA 1.75 from most recently attended institution
    • Submission of all official transcripts:Transcripts are only considered official if they are sent directly to UMPI from the granting institution or their electronic ordering service. Student-submitted transcripts are not accepted.
    • College credits with a cumulative GPA of less than a 1.75 must also submit a resume to indicate activities and experience post high school diploma (or equivalent). An interview may be required.
  • Students who do not have any college credits must submit the following:
    • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
    • A resume to indicate activities and experience post high school diploma (or equivalent)

Instructions for international students:

  • Submit Transcripts for Credential Evaluations
    • At UMPI, we require all international applicants to submit a credential evaluation report for high school and university transcripts because we do not do evaluations in-house. (There are a few exceptions; please see below for details.) There is a fee for this process that can range from around $85 to over $275 (if you have transfer credit). This evaluation report will translate your grades into US equivalencies.
    • If you are planning on using another provider, they must be endorsed by NACES or  AICE
    • What evaluation should I order?
      • Course-by-course evaluation: students with college/university work completed outside of the United States.
      • Course-by-course evaluation: students with a high school transcript AND advanced level work; advanced level work could include A-levels, CXC’s, CAPE exams, etc.
      • Document-by-document evaluation: students with only a high school transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • All international students are required to show proof of English language proficiency. There are several ways an international student can do this.

Note: If you are using WES and are from the Caribbean, CXC results need to be sent directly to WES from CXC ( China Credentials Verification (CSSD) evaluations cannot be considered. The length of time an evaluation will take varies so please plan accordingly.

Additional guidelines for international applicants may be found here.

**Student under 20 years of age do not meet the requirements for the YourPace programs. We do offer other programs that may meet your needs. If you would like more information about our traditional programs, please visit You can also reach out to the Admissions Office at or by calling 207.768.9433.

Institutions and third-party vendors may submit official documents such as official transcripts and English proficiency exam score reports to:

Mailing Address:

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PO Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412


A look at the Bachelor of Arts in Accounting online program

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. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

The program includes 40 credit hours of general education courses, 59-62 credit hours of business core/Accounting Concentration courses, and 18-21 credit hours of electives.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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 field trips to local businesses and lectures by guest speakers.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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. Must be taken before BUS 220.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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. Students lacking significant experience with Microsoft Office should take BUS 125 before taking BUS 200.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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 325.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

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

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

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

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

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

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

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

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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 and is essential to their performance and competitive advantage.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with knowledge of the specialized accounting principles applicable to state and local governments and not-for-profit organizations. An emphasis is placed on budget & control issues and fund accounting and how it applies to the recording of assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, and expenditures. Other areas covered include the analysis and interpretation of the financial statements of government and not-for-profit organizations.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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”.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

Duration: 8 weeks | 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.

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