Accounting 4+1 Option

The Accounting 4+1 option at the University of Michigan-Dearborn allows students to earn both the Bachelor of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Accounting at a substantial savings in time and money.

Students may count up to four graduate accounting courses toward the BBA Accounting major and the MS in Accounting at the same time, thereby saving four courses. Students will receive scholarships to reduce the net cost of these shared courses to undergraduate tuition rates.

The value of the course reduction in the MS in Accounting is more than $10,000, assuming part-time enrollment at resident tuition rates.

Accounting 4+1 Curriculum

Students complete all curriculum requirements for the BBA Accounting major and MS in Accounting, including the following modified requirements for the BBA Accounting major:

Required Courses

ACC 355 - Cost Accounting
ACC 356 - Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACC 357 - Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACC 557 - Auditing (replaces ACC 457)*
ACC 560 - Introduction to Federal Income Taxation (replaces ACC 360)*
FIN 402 - Advanced Corporate Finance

Choose one from the following:

ACC 403 - Advanced Managerial Accounting
ACC 516 - Advanced Financial Accounting I (replaces ACC 416)*
ACC 438 - Advanced Federal Income Taxation
ACC 539 - Not-for-Profit Accounting (replaces ACC 439)*
LE 453 - Business Law

*In the 4+1 option these courses count toward both the BBA Accounting major and the MS in Accounting. The scholarships are available to students who have not previously completed the undergraduate version of the same courses, ACC 360, 416, 439, and 457. 



Who is Eligible?
  • BBA students with a declared Accounting major who are currently enrolled at UM-Dearborn
  • Completed ACC 356, 380 and 381 (if currently enrolled in one or more of these, students may seek conditional admission)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 at UM-Dearborn
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in Accounting courses at UM-Dearborn, excluding ACC 298 and ACC 299
  • Scholarships to reduce the cost of ACC 516, 539, 557, and 560 to undergraduate tuition rates are available only to students who have not previously completed ACC 416, 439, 457, and 360, respectively
How to Apply

To take full advantage of the 4+1 option, apply for graduate admission before you take ACC 360, ACC 416, ACC 439, and ACC 457.

Please click “Sign up” in our online application portal and follow the on-screen instructions.

Students following the Accounting 4+1 option are not required to submit transcripts, letter of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume, GMAT/GRE, and the application fee is waived. Enter coupon code UMD41 when prompted.

Students who meet the 4+1 eligibility criteria will be offered conditional admission to the MS-Accounting while completing the undergraduate degree.

CPA Exam Preparation

The College of Business has partnered with CPAexcel® to offer CPA exam preparation at a significant discount to our eligible Accounting students. In addition, eligible students who pass all 4 parts of the CPA exam within 12 months of graduation can receive a 100% reimbursement of the discounted cost of the CPAexcel® Gold review course. Alternatively, eligible students who complete at least one section of the CPA exam within 6 months of graduation can receive a 50% reimbursement of the discounted cost of the review course.

Students must meet specific accounting and general business course requirements in order to qualify for the CPA examination in Michigan. See the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy for the official policies.

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