Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

Accounting is the language and foundation of every business.

The role of accountants in preparing and communicating financial information is crucial to decision-making in domestic and international businesses, governmental agencies, and other organizations. The International School of Business provides a strong financial accounting foundation and builds upon the foundation by introducing students to managerial accounting, cost accounting, tax accounting, auditing and accounting information systems.

Bachelor’s In Accounting Scholarships

Visit Finlandia University’s scholarship section to view available opportunities for financial aid related to our accounting degree programs and other disciplines.
Scholarship Opportunities

Accounting Study Abroad Opportunities

Students considering traveling abroad to study International Business must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA and apply to the Dean of the International School of Business to make arrangements. Students are highly encouraged to study at least one year of the Finnish language (or language of destination country) prior to departure.

International Partners – Accounting

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Jyväskylä)

JAMK Summer School – Creativity and Communication in Business (3 week program in June)

International Study Programs International Admissions (906) 487-7208 |

Accounting Program Policy

ISB students pursue the traditional four-year accounting B.B.A. degree, which requires completion of Finlandia’s General Education requirements, the Business Core (required of all BBA students), 14-16 credits of free electives, and 23-25 credits in the Accounting Concentration.

Accounting Licensing/Certification Exam Data

You can take the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam to upgrade your qualifications or continue your education toward becoming a CPA – Certified Public Accountant (Michigan law requires CPAs to have 150 college credits for licensure) at one of several Michigan Universities (Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University).

Clubs & Organizations of Interest – Accounting

AAA – American Accounting Association
The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting.

Additional Links and Forms – Accounting Degrees

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What you will learn

Finlandia's bachelor's in accounting program includes the business core required of all ISB students plus courses in cost and managerial accounting, auditing, tax accounting, and finance. Our experienced faculty includes active CPAs, CMAs and accountants who work with clients and involve students in actual case studies. Combined with Finlandia's liberal arts education, your Finlandia accounting degree will open doors to make your mark on the world.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting?

You will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of accounting theory and concepts and develop an understanding of the ethical and social impacts of accounting. Your career possibilities are endless as every aspect of society needs accountants. There is employment in forensic accounting/auditing for financial law enforcement, in a range of federal and state agencies, in major corporations, and in smaller businesses. You can use your accounting skills as an entrepreneur or for other entrepreneurs.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize their conceptual knowledge of accounting principles and the accounting cycle to make financial decisions and to develop and interpret financial statements for the organization.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with people of different disciplines in order to communicate the role and importance of accounting in the organization.
  • Be prepared to apply to graduate school.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Principles of Accounting I
    Covers the basic concepts, principles, and procedures of accounting. Major topics include the accounting cycle, financial statement preparation, and revenue recognition. Available fall semesters. Prerequisite: MAT 140 or above.
  • Cost/managerial Accounting
    Studies how managers use accounting information to plan production and control the costs of a manufacturing operation. Topics include cost systems, cost elements, budgeting, profit planning, responsibility accounting, and standard cost. Available fall semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 202.
  • Accounting Systems
    Provides students with a thorough understanding of the design of information systems that support the accounting function of a firm. Topics include business transaction cycles and processes, accounting system technology, and management of accounting systems. Available spring semesters. Prerequisite: BUS 202.

Career Opportunities

Accountant, Auditor, Financial Manager
Eli KarttunenAdjunct Instructor of AccountingFinlandia
Kevin ManninenDean, International School of Business Associate Professor of Management & MarketingFinlandia Universitykevin.manninen@finlandia.edu906-487-7371
Laura SiedersInstructor of AccountingFinlandia 487-7359

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