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BS in Accounting

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The Bachelor of Science in accounting offers a proven business education that prepares students for accounting careers across the public and private sectors.

As an accounting major, you’ll be exposed to the latest research and theory, with plenty of opportunity for classroom practice and real-world application. The program will prepare you for careers in financial, managerial, governmental, nonprofit and international accounting, as well as auditing and taxation.

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Accounting is often called the language of business, and the core courses help you develop fluency. Financial and cost accounting, auditing, tax, ethics, accounting systems and research build the foundation for understanding accounting as one of the most essential areas of business.

As you begin to learn more about accounting, you may choose to go into one of many specialized areas: corporate accounting, government accounting, nonprofit accounting, public accounting-tax or public accounting-audit. You will find a wide range of courses that help you move forward on the path that best fits your goals.

For a full list of curriculum requirements, visit the UIC Catalog.

For a full list of offered course, visit the course catalog. 

Program Outcomes

With an accounting degree, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Prepare tax returns for a large or small business
  • Formulate financial reports for shareholders
  • Organize and manage a company’s financial records
  • Evaluate a nonprofit’s financial operations
  • Audit businesses for a government agency
  • Counsel management on ways to reduce costs, boost revenues, and increase profits

 And so much more! The possibilities for accountants are endless due to their strong financial and business knowledge.

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Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Accounting degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Business Administration section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
General and Basic Course Requirements 45
Business Core 45
Major Requirements24
Business Electives 6
Total Hours120

General and Basic Course Requirements

See General and Basic Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Business Core

See Business Course Requirements in the College of Business Administration section for the list of courses needed to meet this requirement.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ACTG315Intermediate Financial Accounting I3
ACTG316Intermediate Financial Accounting II3
ACTG326Cost Accounting3
ACTG445Federal Income Tax I3
ACTG470Ethical Environment of Business3
ACTG474Accounting Information Systems3
ACTG493Accounting Cases, Research and Analysis3
Total Hours24

Business Electives

Select at least two of the following:6
Business Law I: Commercial Transactions
Advanced Financial Accounting
Federal Income Tax II
Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting
Database Accounting Systems
International Accounting
Valuation and Analysis
Special Topics in Accounting
Total Hours6

It is recommended that students who intend to sit for the CPA exam take the following:

Business Law I: Commercial Transactions
Advanced Financial Accounting
Federal Income Tax II
Before taking 300-level accounting courses, students should have completed the following courses:
Intro to Management Information Systems
Business Statistics I
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics

Sample Business Major Curriculum

See Sample Business Major Curriculum in the College of Business Administration section. See your academic advisor for an individualized major map in your field of study.


UIC Business offers minors that add an edge to your degree.

Business Analytics

The hottest new area of business. Add insight to your marketing, management or IDS degree with a focus on the use of data-driven approaches to decision making and management.

Managerial Skills

Effective management of people and projects is essential for all fields. This minor is a great choice for any student who aspires to leadership roles in their work life.

Program Faculty

Professor Sudhakar (Sid) Balachandran

Sudhakar (Sid) Balachandran

Director of MBA Graduate Studies
Richard Blessen, Adjunct Lecturer

Richard Blessen

Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Accounting
Gary Chen, Assistant Professor in Accounting

Gary Chen

Assistant Professor in Accounting

Five-Year Masters

UIC Business offers a five-year Master of Science in Accounting program that provides the 150 hours needed to sit for the CPA. By completing the bachelor degree requirements and maintaining a 3.25 GPA, you will be granted access into MSA program.

A Proven Education

Our program is designed to help you be a leader in the field of accounting. As a student, you will work directly with a faculty adviser each semester to ensure that you are following the right path to career success. And our program is independently accredited by AACSB. 

Career Success

Top Job Functions of 2014 Accounting Grads and Median Starting Salary

  • Public: Tax $57,000
  • Public: Audit $57,000
  • Corporate: Staff Accountant $45,000

Top Employers

The following firms are top employers of UIC Business students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.  For more career resources, visit the UIC Business Career Center site.

  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • CBIZ
  • CohnReznick
  • Corbett, Duncan & Hubly (CDH)
  • Friedman & Huey 
  • RSM
  • True Partners Consulting
  • Warady & Davis LLP
  • Weiss & Company LLP
Deloitte recruiting

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be ready to sit for the CPA exam with a Bachelor of Accounting?

The UIC BS in Accounting program satisfies all the educational course requirements for taking the CPA exam in Illinois, including 30 hours of accounting, 24 hours of business and the required specific courses.

The only additional requirement needed is a total 150 hours of college credit, which can be obtained through the Master of Science in Accounting program offered through our Liautaud Graduate School.