The School of Accounting at FIU educates students to achieve great success in today’s accounting industry. The program provides the most current knowledge and emphasizes the skills needed for success in public, private and government sectors—and to pursue an advanced degree. The Bachelor of Accounting program curriculum includes comprehensive technical competencies, as well as important professional capabilities, including verbal and written business communication skills.

For public accounting, you'll also need to pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, which in Florida requires 30 credit hours beyond the Bachelor of Accounting degree.

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Learning Goals

The Florida Board of Governors has mandated that public universities in Florida develop and annually assess Academic Learning Compacts for each Undergraduate degree program. Academic Learning Compacts identify the skills you should acquire provided you follow your major's prescribed course of study. These skills, known collectively as Student Learning Outcomes, describe the core competencies and learning expectations you are expected to display and the College is required to assess for each major.

Bachelor of Accounting Learning Goals


  • 60 credits of lower division coursework including business pre-core courses.
  • 60 credits of upper division course work, including business core courses, finance courses, and upper division business electives.
  • Major courses require a grade of "C" or higher.

Special Note: Summer course offerings are extremely limited. When making graduation plans or new job commitments, please understand that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to register for accounting summer courses.

Accounting Core Requirements (21 credits)

All accounting courses must be taken at Florida International University. Courses from other universities are not transferable unless approved in advance by the Director of the School of Accounting.



One of Florida International University’s main objectives is to provide you with an affordable, high-quality undergraduate education.

Our tuition ranks among the lowest in the nation and the lowest among our competitors. In fact, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine consistently ranks FIU among the top “100 Best Values in Public Colleges”—and U.S. News & World Report also recognizes FIU as a “best buy” in higher education, ranking our students among the least indebted college students in the nation.

Accounting Careers: In-Demand Skills Every Business and Organization Needs

No matter their size, every business, agency and nonprofit organization needs professional accountants: this has always been one of the strongest, most stable professions. According to the most recent Federal Bureau of Labor (BLS) Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13 percent through 2022.

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There are a various type of accounts and auditors, including public accountants, who perform a broad range of accounting auditing, tax and consulting tasks.

Many public accountants advance their career opportunities by earning their CPA designation. Management accountants record and analyze financial information for a company's internal use, while government accounting focus on the public sector. Internal auditor research company records to identify fund mismanagement, fraud and reduce waste. Forensic accountants use investigative techniques to identify activities and often partner with law enforcement.

  • Public accountants

    You can handle a varied range of financial tasks or specialize in one particular area, including accounting, auditing, tax or consulting. You can work for an accounting firm that supports business clients in private sector, public sector or both, as well as individuals – or you can open your own business.


  • CPA

    Many public accounts advance their career opportunities by earning their CPA designation, achieved after 30 additional credit hours and successful passing of the Certified Public Accountant examination. This elevates their expertise to handle more complex financial needs and can help fast track their career advancement or business growth.


  • Management accountants

    These professionals focus on data prepared for a company’s internal use, including analysis of sales; expenses; productivity; and forecasting, as opposed to work prepared for the general public.

  • Government accountants

    Focus their efforts on examining or maintaining records in the public sector or for businesses and individuals subject to government regulations or taxation. They are often employed by agencies at all levels of government, from local to federal, ensuring that incoming and outgoing revenue complies with all laws and regulations.

  • Internal auditors

    These professionals research company records to identify fund mismanagement and identify process improvement to reduce or eliminate waste and fraud.

  • Forensic Accountants

    A unique combination of accounting/finance knowledge combined with legal and investigative techniques empowers these professionals to search out and identify illegal activity. They often partner with law enforcement personnel and attorneys and serve as expert trial witnesses.