Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – Accounting Concentration

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.B.A. in Accounting

Our online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – Accounting Concentration online program is designed to prepare you for in-demand financial and managerial roles that require an accounting background. Develop your skills in applying the principles and tools of accounting and finance to solve real-world problems, integrate knowledge of business intelligence into your career, and increase your earning potential.

In this accredited online business administration accounting program, you will learn practical applications of financial planning expertise that is essential to ensuring an organization has a budget to meet its needs and achieve its goals. Coursework is 100% online and aligned with competencies focused on expertise employers seek. You will be exposed to all major business functions as you learn to adapt to rapid changes in a technologically dynamic global marketplace. Grow your professional communication, critical-thinking, and decision-making abilities. Experiential learning activities provide opportunities to devise strategic solutions to situations facing a hypothetical organization.

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 B.A. in Business Administration – Accounting online program, you will learn to:

  • Become proficient in QuickBooks and other tools
  • Effectively communicate financial and non-financial results
  • Analyze and prepare financial statements, statements of income and retained earnings, balance sheets, and statements of cash flows
  • Apply the three key steps of financial planning: forecasting short-term and long-term financial needs, developing budgets to meet those needs, and establishing financial controls to ensure the business is achieving its goals

B.A. in Business Administration – Accounting career opportunities include:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Technician
  • Manager in Accounting
  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Financial Advisor
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Cost Accountant
  • Assistant Controller
  • Compliance Manager
  • Business Manager

$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.

“I have an extensive work and business background. The flexibility of completing my degree online and at my own pace and convenience was exactly what I needed.”

-Perry Leavey, UMPI YourPace Online Student


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Learn more about our affordable tuition

Our B.A. in Business Administration – Accounting online program features the same affordable flat tuition rate each session no matter how many courses you complete, with 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.

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A look at the online B.A. in Business Administration – Accounting curriculum

To earn your B.A. in Business Administration – 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

This course will provide an introduction to computer and telecommunications information systems. Topics covered will include information system concepts, hardware and software systems components, basics of systems operation, and the ethical use of information systems in culturally diverse organizations and societies. This course is designed to accommodate non-business majors who wish to gain a greater understanding of information systems. Prerequisite: BUS 125 or BUS 200.

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

An overview of business and society, corporate social responsibility and ethics; focused study of legal topics including the Constitution, contracts, torts and government regulation. Developing analytical skills and professional communication skills are emphasized.

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

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

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.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Mathematical analysis for economics, accounting, finance, and management. Graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, mathematics of finance, derivatives and optimization. Equivalent: MAT 131. Prerequisite: MAT 117 or equivalent score on placement test. Students can also take MAT 131 – Calculus.

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

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.

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