accounting forms


Whether you aspire to have a career in public accounting, work as a corporate controller or treasurer, or serve in government or at a nonprofit, an accounting major will prepare you well. With courses that focus on financial reporting, auditing, data analytics, tax, and cost accounting, you will learn how to measure, report, and analyze the financial performance of an individual or business. And upon completion of all degree requirements and 150 credits, you will be equipped with the knowledge to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination*.

URI’s undergraduate and graduate accounting programs are the only ones in the state to be separately accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International—a highly regarded credential.

Vision and Mission


Why Major in Accounting?


  • Separate AACSB accreditation
  • A caring, student-oriented faculty who have held prestigious leadership positions and fellowships with leading professional/regulatory organizations, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • A large, diverse alumni network
  • 97% placement rate from the undergraduate program.
  • The opportunity to study in a strong Master of Science in Accounting program with a 100% job placement rate.
  • Opportunities to network through strong Chapters of Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting Honorary Organization, and the National Association of Black Accountants, an organization dedicated to enhancing diversity in all business professions
  • Scholarship opportunities through both the University and outside organizations

*While it is possible to meet the 150 hours of education required to become a licensed CPA without earning a master’s degree, the URI Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to allow you to meet CPA requirements across the U.S. Students earning the bachelor’s degree with 150 credit hours of academic generally must take additional coursework to comply with Massachusetts, New York, and other state CPA licensure requirements. A summary of these considerations can be found in the document, Summary of URI Program Compliance with State CPA Licensure

Professional Licensure Disclosure

In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, URI discloses that the Bachelor of Science in Accounting alone, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), does not satisfy the educational requirements for licensure as a Certified Professional Accountant, which requires a minimum of 150 credits in all U.S. states and territories. The applicable licensing board in your state/territory may also impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license (e.g., specific coursework; passing of an exam; obtaining a certificate; providing evidence of work experience; etc.), and if you are interested in becoming a CPA, we encourage you to investigate those requirements with your licensing board.