Accounting: The UDC Edge

The accounting program at UDC is comparable to those at other universities, but is available at a fraction of the cost. Our active student organizations, such as the UDC chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and the UDC Accounting Club, provide you with a career advantage through networking and conference opportunities.

In line with UDC’s mission of service to the community, you can gain real-world accounting experience by helping District residents with their taxes through UDC’s IRS-authorized tax clinic.

Bachelor’s Degree (BBA) in Accounting

When you go out to dinner with your friends, are you often the one figuring out the check—and you like doing it? You may be what some call a “numbers person.” If so, we have a place for you here at the University of the District of Columbia, where you can transform that ability into a career.

The bachelor’s degree program in accounting at UDC helps you develop expertise in the field of accounting, including auditing, tax accounting and cost accounting. You will enhance your quantitative abilities while complementing them with communications skills and a general competency in business practices. The program is also one of the most vibrant on campus, with our chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants being one of the most active student groups at UDC.

Completion of the program satisfies most of the education requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia accounting licensing boards and permits students to take the uniform certified public accountant (CPA) examination in many jurisdictions.

UDC’s business program is fully accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Program (ACBSP).


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Accounting Program

The bachelor’s degree in accounting (BBA) requires 130 credit hours.  Within the 33 credit hours of accounting courses, students may include an elective in an area of special interest.

Completion of the UDC accounting program meets most of the requirements to sit for the uniform certified public accountant (CPA) examination.  Certification requires 150 semester hours, including in Maryland an additional 3 hours of business ethics.  Additional accounting electives are recommended for content as well as academic credit.

H2: Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Accounting Program

  • Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
  • UDC Accounting Club
  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)

To gain real-world accounting experience, you can enroll in the internship/practicum class or participate in the UDC Tax Clinic (an IRS-authorized Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site) where District residents come to receive help with their taxes.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Accounting Program

Most UDC accounting faculty are certified public accountants (CPA).

Career Pathways and Prospects

A bachelor’s degree in accounting from UDC prepares you for entry-level professional positions as staff accountants, internal auditors and junior accountants in public accounting firms, government agencies or the private sector.  You are also well prepared to earn certified public accountant (CPA) certification, which will significantly boost your career prospects.

A 2005 UDC accounting graduate, Vanessa Fields, got a job after graduation with Grant Thornton LLP—the sixth-largest accounting organization in the U.S.—through her involvement with the UDC chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. She went on to receive her M.S. in accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and currently works as a senior tax analyst at Xerox.          

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