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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


The Robert H. Smith School of Business
1570 Van Munching Hall, 301-405-2286
Chair: M. Loeb
Professors: L. Gordon, O. Kim, M. Loeb, S. Loeb
Associate Professors: S. Cheng, R. Hann, M. Kimbrough
Assistant Professors: H. Lee, N. Seybert, J. Staihar (Asst Prof), M. Subasi (Asst Prof), E. Zur
Lecturers: P. Basu (Clinical), S. Brown (Clinical), G. Bulmash (Clinical), E. Cantor (Lecturer, Assoc Clin Prof), M. Finch, E. Folsom (Lecturer), P. Ford (Lecturer), M. Gagnon (Lecturer), S. Handwerger, M. Keim, R. Martin (Lecturer), E. Martinez (Lecturer), J. McKinney (Clinical), J. Milton (Lecturer), L. Mostow (Lecturer), A. Ramirez (Lecturer), S. Rose (Lecturer), A. Siegfried (Lecturer), D. Sites (Lecturer), D. Weber (Lecturer), H. Weiner (Lecturer)
Visiting Faculty: S. Demirkan (Visit Asst Prof), L. Zhou

The Major

Accounting, in a limited sense, is the analysis, classification, and recording of financial events and the reporting of the results of such events for an organization. In a broader sense, accounting consists of all financial systems for planning, controlling, and appraising performance of an organization. Accounting includes among its many facets:  financial planning, budgeting, accounting systems, financial management controls, financial analysis of performance, financial reporting, internal and external auditing, and taxation. The accounting curriculum provides an educational foundation for careers in public accounting and management, whether in private business organizations, government or nonprofit agencies, or consulting. Two tracks are provided: The Public Accounting Track leading to the CPA (Certified Public Accounting) and the Management Accounting/Consulting Track. Please note: Currently, only the Public Accounting track is available.

Admission to the Major

See Robert H. Smith School of Business entry in chapter 6 for admission requirements.

Requirements for the Major

  All Accounting Majors: Credits
BMGT310Intermediate Accounting I 3
BMGT311Intermediate Accounting II 3
BMGT321Managerial Accounting 3
BMGT326Accounting Systems 3
 Accounting Majors must complete an additional 12 credits from one of the following tracks.  
Public Accounting Track:
BMGT323Taxation of Individuals* 3
BMGT411Ethics and Professionalism in Accounting*  3
BMGT422Auditing Theory & Practice* 3
 One of the following: 3
BMGT410Government Accounting 
BMGT417Taxation of Corporations, Partnerships and Estates 
BMGT423Fraud Examination 
BMGT424Advanced Accounting 
BMGT427Advanced Auditing Theory & Practice 
BMGT428Special Topics in Accounting 
Management Accounting/Consulting Track:
BMGT426Advanced Managerial  Accounting 3
 Three of the following: 9
BMGT305Survey of Business Information Systems and Technology 
BMGT323Taxation of Individuals* 
BMGT332Operations Research for Management Decisions 
BMGT385Operations Management 
BMGT402Database Systems 
BMGT403Systems Analysis and Design 
BMGT410 Government Accounting 
BMGT411 Ethics and Professionalism in Accounting*  
BMGT417Taxation of Corporations, Partnerships and Estates 
BMGT423Fraud Examination 
BMGT424Advanced Accounting 
BMGT428Special Topics in Accounting 
BMGT430Linear Statistical Models in Business 
BMGT434Introduction to Optimization 
BMGT440Advanced Financial Management 
BMGT446International Finance 
Upper Level Economics Requirement
One of the following courses:
ECON305Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy 
ECON306Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 
ECON330Money and Banking 
ECON340International Economics 
Total Credits for Accounting
and Economics

* Required for CPA in Maryland

In addition to the major requirements listed above, please consult Chapter 6 or www.rhsmith.umd.edu for a listing of additional Smith School degree requirements that apply to all Smith School majors.

The basic educational requirements of the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy to sit for the CPA examination are a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in Accounting or with a non-accounting degree supplemented by course work the Board determines to be substantially the equivalent of an Accounting major. Students planning to take the CPA examination for certification and licensing outside Maryland should determine the educational requirements for that state and arrange their program accordingly.

120 credits are required to complete a degree in Accounting; however, students seeking to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) must meet the certification requirements for the state in which they wish to practice. Most states, including Maryland, require a minimum of 150 credit hours of college education to fulfill the education requirements to obtain a CPA license. However many of these states, including Maryland, will allow applicants to take the CPA exam prior to earning 150 credits if they have accumulated 120 credits, earned a degree, and meet specified education requirements. In addition, do not assume the course and credit requirements for the accounting major are sufficient for all states. For details on various states' CPA requirements visit www.nasba.org .


General advising for students admitted to the Smith School of Business is available Monday through Friday in the Office of Undergraduate Programs, 1570 Van Munching Hall, 301-405-2286, undergradinfo@rhsmith.umd.edu. It is recommended that students visit this office each semester to ensure that they are informed about current requirements and procedures. Transfer students entering the university can be advised during spring, summer, and fall transfer orientation programs. Contact the Orientation Office for further information, 301-314-8217.

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