Accounting and Finance Major (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance blends content knowledge in accounting and finance with corresponding knowledge of organizational processes in the field. This program prepares graduates to help organizations better leverage assets, manage budgets, gain efficiencies, and maximize investments. The program provides a foundation for individuals whose future goals may include earning the credential of Certified Public Accountant.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Some programs may have higher grade requirements for Major coursework as noted in the Major requirements section below. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
Math for Our World
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Major Requirements

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking  and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Accounting and Finance
Foundational Courses
APST 405Career Development and Planning2
CMPL 402Excel2
ECO 470Principles of Economics4
MTH 504Statistics4
MGMT 410Principles of Management4
or MGMT 566 Organizational Behavior
ACCT 532Financial Accounting4
ACCT 533Managerial Accounting4
Intermediate Courses
ACCT 550Accounting Information Systems4
ACCT 600Intermediate Accounting I4
ACCT 601Intermediate Accounting II4
COM 590Professional Communication4
FNC 611Money and Banking4
FNC 665Financial Management4
FNC 675Financial Modeling and Decision-Making4
Advanced Courses
ACCT 629Cost Accounting4
ACCT 635Taxation4
ACCT 710Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting4
ACCT 720Auditing4
ACCT 730Advanced Data Analytics for Accounting Professionals4
FNC 612Investment Principles4
Integrative Capstone:
MGMT 795Integrative Capstone: Industry-Based Internship4
or MGMT 797 Integrative Capstone: Industry-Based Project
or MGMT 798 Integrative Capstone: Strategic Management Experience
Total Credits80


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
APST 405 Career Development and Planning 2
CMPL 402 Excel 2
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
MGMT 410
Principles of Management
or Organizational Behavior
General Education Course 4
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
ACCT 532 Financial Accounting 4
Second Year
ACCT 533 Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT 550 Accounting Information Systems 4
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
ECO 470 Principles of Economics 4
COM 590 Professional Communication 4
FNC 611 Money and Banking 4
MTH 504 Statistics 4
General Education Course 4
Third Year
ACCT 600 Intermediate Accounting I 4
ACCT 601 Intermediate Accounting II 4
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
FNC 665 Financial Management 4
ACCT 710 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting 4
ACCT 720 Auditing 4
FNC 612 Investment Principles 4
General Education Course 4
Fourth Year
ACCT 629 Cost Accounting 4
ACCT 635 Taxation 4
FNC 675 Financial Modeling and Decision-Making 4
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
ACCT 730 Advanced Data Analytics for Accounting Professionals 4
MGMT 795
Integrative Capstone: Industry-Based Internship
or Integrative Capstone: Industry-Based Project
or Integrative Capstone: Strategic Management Experience
 Total Credits120
  • Demonstrate knowledge of essentials in the fields of accounting and finance to provide sound information through valid processes to users of accounting and financial services.
  • Show thorough competence in understanding quantitative and qualitative methods as applied to problem-solving in the fields of accounting and finance.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to explain, evaluate, and present financial and accounting information to varied audiences.
  • Employ integrity, ethics and social responsibility in accounting and financial practices.