online bachelor’s accounting degree florida

Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina


Earn a USF accounting degree with a fully online program!  USF’s flexible bachelor’s in accountancy is a convenient way for those who earned an associate’s degree recently, or many years ago, to continue their education and advance their career. Online students receive the same access to all Muma College of Business resources and expert faculty.


All course instruction, lectures, videos, assignments, etc. are provided online through Canvas. Most testing is also accomplished online using Proctorio software. Courses are typically asynchronous; in that there are no set times for “classes.” Students may complete assignments based on personal schedules and course deadlines.


The online program has the same curriculum and requirements as on campus. The only difference is the sequencing of online courses. Specific accounting major courses may only be offered online certain terms. Online students have an advisor to assist in course selection and sequencing.


The objective of the baccalaureate degree program in Accountancy is to provide students with accounting and business knowledge that will serve as a basis for careers in industry, government, non-profit organizations and public accountancy. The baccalaureate program also prepares students for entry into the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) professional degree program. The State of Florida requires completion of 120 semester hours to sit for the CPA examination and 150 semester hours are required for licensure.

Limited Access

Students who transfer to the USF Muma College of Business must meet the following admission guidelines below:

  1. Minimum of 60 semester hours of college credit earned.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (applies only to limited access programs) on all college-level work and a minimum of 2.0 on all credit attempted at USF, including any prior to renewal.
  3. Completion of all state mandated prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or better in each course and an overall 2.0 GPA in all seven (7) courses. The courses are:
    a. Financial Accounting: ACG X021/ACG X022 (or ACG X001 & ACG X011)*
    b. Managerial Accounting: ACG X071 (or ACG X301)*
    c. Computers in Business: CGS X100 (or acceptable substitute)
    d. Principles of Macroeconomics: ECO X013
    e. Principles of Microeconomics: ECO X023
    f. Elementary Calculus: MAC X233 or MAC 2230
    g. Statistics: QMB X100 or STA X023 or STA X122

*Accounting majors must earn a C not C- in ACG 2021 and ACG 2071.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfactory completion of the following requirements: 

  • General Education Program (36 credit hours), including State Core General Education Requirements;
  • State Computation (6 credit hours); 
  • State Communication (6 credit hours, in addition to ENC 1101 and ENC 1102); 
  • Minimum of 120 unduplicated credit hours;
  • A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all coursework taken at USF and an overall 2.0 GPA average on all college-level coursework;
  • Major and college requirements in a chosen degree program;
  • Nine credit hours of coursework taken during the summer term(s) (if entered USF with less than 60 credit hours); 
  • Registration and successful completion of at least thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) credit hours;
  • 42 credit hours of upper-level coursework;
  • Civics Literacy;
  • Foreign language admissions coursework.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Transfer credits will be accepted from accredited institutions; however, all hours earned may not be applied toward USF business degree requirements. Individual courses will be evaluated by an academic advisor and appropriately credited toward requirements in the student’s program at USF.

Florida public state or community college students enrolled in an Associate of Arts (AA) program should normally complete the general education requirements and the State Mandated Common Prerequisites at a Florida College System institution. As a rule, AA students should avoid taking any business courses at the state or community college that are listed as 3000- and 4000-level courses at USF. Normally, courses in finance, marketing, management, and accounting, as well as other business administration courses, taken at the lower division level that are offered as upper division courses at USF will not be accepted for upper division credit in business administration. In general, business courses taken at the lower level, at technical schools, or as part of professional or military training, are not applicable to the degree programs of the Muma College of Business. Exceptions to this policy will be made only upon proper validation of such courses. Validation consists of successfully completing specified advanced courses in the discipline.

Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) program in Business Administration are fully admissible to USF. Please see a business advisor to determine the articulation courses, discuss admission to the Muma College of Business and prepare a program plan for degree completion. Students transferring to the Muma College of Business with an A.S. in Business Administration may earn a major in Management only.

Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (A.S.) program in any other discipline should contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, SVC 2002, (813) 974-4051, for information regarding course transferability and degree articulation.

Completion of the following State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites (or equivalents) with a grade of C- or higher in each course and an overall 2.0 GPA:

  • ACG X021 or ACG X022 Financial Accounting or (ACG X001 & ACG X011)
  • ACG X071 Managerial Accounting or ACG X301
  • CGS X100 Computers in Business or CGS X100C or CGS X570 or CGS X060 or CGS X531 or CGS X000 or ISM X000 or CGS X518
  • ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO X023 Principles of Microeconomics
  • STA X023 Introductory Statistics or STA X122 or QMB X100
  • MAC X233 Elementary Calculus 

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Supporting Required Courses: 5 courses; 15 credit hours

The following courses are supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total major hours but are counted toward the total program hours of 120 credit hours. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

A minimum grade of C- in each supporting course is required.

  • SPC 2608 – Public Speaking Credit(s): 3
  • or
  • COM 3110 – Communication For Business and the Professions Credit(s): 3
  • ENC 3250 – Professional Writing Credit(s): 3
  • or
  • ENC 3310 – Expository Writing Credit(s): 3
  • Contemporary International Topics Course (3)
  • Behavioral Science or Humanities Course (3)
  • Ethics or Political Science Course (3)

Required Courses: (60 credit hours)

Business Foundation Courses (required of ALL Business majors): 9 courses; 27 credit hours

A minimum grade of C- in each Foundation course with an overall 2.0 GPA is required.

  • BUL 3320 – Law And Business I Credit(s): 3
  • FIN 3403 – Principles of Finance Credit(s): 3
  • GEB 3033 – Business Workplace Skills and Best Practices Credit(s): 3
  • ISM 3011 – Information Systems in Organizations Credit(s): 3
  • QMB 3200 – Business and Economic Statistics II Credit(s): 3
  • MAN 3025 – Principles of Management Credit(s): 3
  • MAN 4504 – Operations and Supply Chain Management Credit(s): 3
  • MAR 3023 – Basic Marketing Credit(s): 3
  • GEB 4890 – Strategic Management and Decision Making Credit(s): 3

Major Core Courses: 6 courses; 18 credit hours

  • ACG 3103 – Intermediate Financial Accounting I Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 3341 – Cost Accounting and Control I Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 3113 – Intermediate Financial Accounting II Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 3401 – Accounting Information Systems Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 4632 – Auditing I Credit(s): 3
  • TAX 4001 – Concepts of Federal Income Taxation Credit(s): 3

Major (Restricted) Electives: (6 credit hours)

Choose two (2) courses from the following list:

  • ACG 4123 – Intermediate Financial Accounting III Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 4351 – Cost Accounting and Control II Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 4642 – Auditing II Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 4931 – Selected Topics in Accounting Credit(s): 1-3
  • ACG 4940 – Accounting Internship Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 5205 – Advanced Financial Accounting Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 5505 – Governmental/Not-For-Profit Accounting Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 5675 – Internal and Operational Auditing Credit(s): 3
  • ACG 5841 – Analytics in Accounting Credit(s): 3
  • TAX 4940 – IRS VITA Tax Practicum Credit(s): 3
  • TAX 5015 – Federal Taxation of Business Entities Credit(s): 3


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