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An Accounting degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to track money, time and resources - all of which are the vital components of successful businesses. It's no wonder that accounting is one of the most sought-after majors in the business world, with major firms opting for top-ranked college programs that provide up-to-date industry knowledge, job training, internships and research opportunities.

Degree Types
Major , Minor
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Capstone or Thesis
On-Campus Interviews
Offered Annually

Why McDaniel for your degree in Accounting?

McDaniel College's top-ranked Accounting program is designed to prepare you for success by providing you with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the world of business. You’ll gain an understanding of the core accounting principles needed in business, large and small, locally and globally. With an Accounting major, graduates can find employment with large companies like T. Rowe Price, mid-size organizations such as the Baltimore Orioles, or start their own small business.

Graduates from the department have gone on to careers at places like:

  • Bank of America
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Deloitte and Touche
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Smith Barney/Citigroup
  • T. Rowe Price

Pathways to Success: McDaniel Graduates Pursuing Advanced Degrees

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McDaniel College BA/MS Pathways M.S. in Data Analytics from McDaniel College Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Programs

McDaniel offers 5-year programs resulting in a Master of Science in Data Analytics in the following degree programs: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Marketing.

McDaniel undergraduate students who decide to pursue these new degree options would apply in their junior year and would complete two graduate courses during their senior year.

Graduate School Partnership Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 Program Provides Option to earn Joint Degree

Through a collaboration with Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, McDaniel students have the opportunity to earn a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree from both institutions.

Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Graduate School Partnership Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business Preferred Admission to Four Master’s Degree Programs

McDaniel College and Duquesne University have formed a new partnership that gives McDaniel undergraduate students in the Economics and Business Administration department, as well as eligible alumni, preferred admission to four master’s degree programs at Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Photo courtesy of Duquesne University Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Distinctive Courses

ECO 1102 - Economic Issues and Policy

Exploration of the contributions made by economic theory towards understanding and solving major policy issues of our times. The principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics are studied and applied to such timely topics as the environment, health care, international trade, the minimum wage, and a variety of similarly critical issues.

BUA 2216 - Small Business Management

An introduction to the management of a small business. The course begins by addressing macro issues, such as social responsibility, ethics, and strategic planning. The course then provides an in depth examination of the essential facets of managing a small enterprise, such as the business plan, accounting records and financial statements, small business finance, the legal environment, marketing, pricing, promotion, human resources, and operations management.

ECO 3306 - International Finance

This course provides a detailed investigation of foreign currency markets and international monetary economics. By the time you complete this course, you will be well versed in open-economy macroeconomics and able to understand and critically interpret associated contemporary policy debates. Topics to be covered include: balance of payments accounting, FX markets and various theories of exchange rate determination, the macroeconomic aspects of trade in goods and capital, open-economy macroeconomic policy, the international monetary system, and the role of international organizations like the World Bank and IMF.

BUA 4100 - Business Strategy and Policy

A capstone seminar course for Accounting Economics and Business Administration majors that relies on the case method to provide a challenging environment in which to apply knowledge acquired in the major toward developing strategies for business success. Basic building blocks such as accounting, economics, finance, and marketing, et al are integrated in an individual as well as a team approach to problem solving, policy analysis, and strategic management. 

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Experiential Learning Senior Capstone Business, Accounting, Economics

Carly Weetman, Business and Economics major, and Andrew Roberts, Economics and Accounting major, talk about their senior capstone — their study on how the move from a Communist economy to a more privatized one affected the Tiehua artwork industry in China, as the culmination of their training at McDaniel.

Class of 2023: Charess Thompson

Student Spotlight Class of 2023: Charess Thompson Meet a Green Terror

Charess Thompson transferred to McDaniel filled with excitement and determination. An Accounting and Business Administration major, she has all 150 credits she needs to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam — though graduate school is still on the books. Mentorship from Accounting Professor Kerry Duvall and taking part in Interviewing Day helped Charess find internships and land a full-time accounting job before graduation.

Mike Bucci '15

Alumni Spotlight Mike Bucci ’15

Mike Bucci ’15 arrived on the Hill knowing without a doubt that he would pursue accounting, business, and economics, but it took the next four years – and a diversity of courses and the support of faculty with professional experience – for him to decide what he would do with his triple major in Accounting Economics, Economics, and Business Administration. Today the 2015 graduate has his C.P.A. and is an assurance manager with RSM, focusing on clients in the federal government contracting, industrials, and consumer products industries.