Accounting


Our AACSB-accredited accounting program will arm you with the tools you need to propel business forward. Often referred to as the language of business, accounting provides a foundation to serve you in a variety of roles.

Program information

The opportunities for accounting professionals are diverse and limitless. An accounting skillset opens doors to jobs with public accounting firms, corporations and governmental entities. Supplement your major with a concentration to give you specialized training in an area of interest and to make you more competitive in the job market.

National recognition

  • Our undergraduate accounting program ranks 27th among public universities, per U.S. News and World Report (2022).

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Recent graduate data

$51K
Median starting salary of spring 2020 accounting graduates
77%
Percentage of spring 2020 accounting BSB graduates employed six months after graduation

Course information

Required courses

  • ACCT 230: Intro to the Accounting Profession
  • ACCT 320/323 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 325: Managerial Accounting II
  • ACCT 330: Intro to Taxation
  • ACCT 410/411: Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 425: Accounting Information Systems and Analytics
  • ACCT 543: Intro to Auditing
  • +1 Advanced Business Elective

Advanced business electives (320 or higher)

  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Internship credit

Accountants are pivotal to the success of every company, particularly in heavily regulated industries and industries with an emphasis in financial transactions. As an accountant, you will have plenty of room for advancement.

Many accounting graduates start as an auditor. You can move from there to audit director, controller, vice president of finance and even chief financial officer. To get an accounting position, it is important to get internships and network during your time at KU.

Typical positions include:

  • Tax associate
  • Audit associate
  • Internal audit
  • Tax planning
  • Forensic/investigative accounting
  • Personal financial planning
  • Financial reporting

Course information

Required courses

  • ACCT 230: Intro to the Accounting Profession
  • ACCT 320/323 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 325: Managerial Accounting II
  • ACCT 330: Intro to Taxation
  • ACCT 410/411: Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 425: Accounting Information Systems and Analytics
  • ACCT 543: Intro to Auditing
  • +1 Advanced Business Elective

Advanced business electives (320 or higher)

  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Internship credit

Accountants are pivotal to the success of every company, particularly in heavily regulated industries and industries with an emphasis in financial transactions. As an accountant, you will have plenty of room for advancement.

Many accounting graduates start as an auditor. You can move from there to audit director, controller, vice president of finance and even chief financial officer. To get an accounting position, it is important to get internships and network during your time at KU.

Typical positions include:

  • Tax associate
  • Audit associate
  • Internal audit
  • Tax planning
  • Forensic/investigative accounting
  • Personal financial planning
  • Financial reporting