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Bachelor of Arts
in Accounting


YourPace: Your pathway to online degree completion

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Program Overview

The need for qualified accountants is increasing, so our 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.

icon $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
icon As few as 18 months* Duration
icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
icon As few as 18 months* Duration
icon 120 Credit Hours

In our accredited YourPace 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.

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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

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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

Career opportunities include:

  • Staff Accountant
  • Public Accountant
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Business Analyst
  • Finance Specialist
  • Budget Analyst
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Cost Estimator
  • Accounting Manager

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“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

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!

$1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition

Calendar

There are six opportunities throughout the year to begin our B.A. in Accounting YourPace online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline.

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Admissions

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.

No Application Fee
No Minimum GPA
Diploma
or GED

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  • Submit your free application online
  • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Prior college and/or work experience:
    • If you have 0-11 earned credit hours, you will need to have 3 years of post-high school work experience
    • If you have 12+ earned credit hours, you will need to have 2 years of post-high school work experience

Submit documents electronically to: edocs@maine.edu

Mailing Address:

Application Processing Center
PO Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Fax: 207-581-5456

Applicants may also authorize UMPI to request transcripts on their behalf, at no additional cost, by completing the Transcript Request Form and submitting it via email to umpi-yourpace@maine.edu.

Courses

To earn your BA 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. The program includes general education, business core, accounting concentration courses, and electives. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

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Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits hours of general education courses.

BUS 101: Introduction to Business

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

BUS 150: Introduction to Financial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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. Prerequisite: MAT 17 or equivalent.

BUS 1XX: Principles of Accounting II

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Coming soon.

BUS 200: Intermediate Business Computing

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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. Prerequisite: Students lacking significant prior experience with business computing are advised to take BUS 125 prior to enrolling in this class.

BUS 220: Managerial Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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 150.

BUS 325: Financial Management

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

BUS 350: Business Law I

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

BUS 352: Business Law II

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

BUS 353: Legal & Ethical Environment of Business

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

BUS 361: Intermediate Accounting I

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

BUS 362: Intermediate Accounting II

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Accounting for liabilities, stockholder’s equity, intangible assets, and long-term investments. Accounting for leases, in-come taxes, and pension obligations. Prerequisite: BUS 361.

BUS 376: Independent Auditing

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

BUS 377: Federal Taxation I

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

BUS 378: Federal Taxation II

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

BUS 415: Operations Management

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

BUS 4XX: Accounting Information Systems

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Coming soon.

BUS 4XXa: Governmental and Not-for Profit Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Coming soon.

BUS 464: Advanced Accounting

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

BUS 4XXb: Advanced Accounting II

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Coming soon.

BUS 469: Strategic Professional Communication

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

COM 210: Organizational Communication

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Coming soon.

ECO 207: Macro & Micro Economics

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   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.

Students must take 18 – 21 credit hours of general elective courses.

*Time to completion varies by student and is based on several factors including prior college coursework, relevant work experience, amount of time dedicated to studying, and the number of courses completed each session.

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