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Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance (BSAF)

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance (BSAF) degree at Miami Herbert Business School is intended for quantitatively strong students arriving at the business school with a clear interest in careers in the financial services industry or in corporate financial management. This degree allows students to accelerate coursework in the Accounting and Finance disciplines simultaneously, as well as encourages the development of quantitative skills in data analytics. 

Because of the accelerated sequencing and unique course requirements, the BSAF program is lockstep in the first two years.  Therefore, it is open only to first year students starting in fall who are prepared to successfully complete Calculus I (MTH 161) and Introduction to Business Statistics (MAS 201) in their first semester.  Except in rare cases, the BSAF program is not open to transfer students.

Students must maintain a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to remain eligible for the BSAF degree, calculated at the end of each semester or term, including the first. The University Repeat Rule may be utilized by BSAF students to replace a D or F only if the cumulative GPA meets the requisite 3.0 GPA without the repeat. Given the accelerated pace of the BSAF core, repeated courses are not to be used to retroactively reinstate a student into the program.

Every course completed in satisfaction of the BSAF degree (with the possible exception of some electives) must be taken for a grade. A minimum grade of "C-" or higher must be earned for all BSAF Business Core Requirements, except for ACC 223 and FIN 302 for which a grade of “B” or higher is required. (A grade of "B-" is not sufficient in either course.) To graduate with the BSAF degree, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all Accounting courses and in all Finance courses.  Students who do not meet program requirements at any point in the degree’s completion will be converted to the BBA or BSBA program, as appropriate.

A minimum of 125 credits is needed to graduate with the BSAF degree.

BSAF Requirements

Sample Plan of Study 

This Sample Plan of Study represents one possible version of a new freshman Business student’s 8-semester plan.  The individual student's plan may vary depending upon the initial placement into English Composition and mathematics. Moreover, other plan variations are possible if a student enters the University with advanced college credits, wishes to participate in study abroad, participates in the Foote Fellow program, or selects additional cognates or minors.  

Note that each major/minor at the University of Miami satisfies a particular "Area of Knowledge" within the general education requirements of the University and therefore a separate cognate in these areas would not be required. Business School students are required to satisfy the Arts and Humanities Area of Knowledge by completing a cognate, minor, or major through another School or College at the University.

Students construct their individualized plans in collaboration with their assigned academic advisor.

 

FIRST-YEAR
FALL CREDIT HOURS
ECO 213 Principles of Economics 4
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MAS 201 Introduction to Business Statistics 3
MKT 201 Foundations of Marketing 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
  Credit Hours 17
SPRING
ACC 223 Principles of Financial and Managerial Accounting 4
BUS 150 Business Analytics 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
FIN 302 Fundamentals of Finance (minimum B grade) 3
MAS 202 Intermediate Business Statistics 3
  Credit Hours 16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
FALL
ACC 311 Intermediate Accounting I 3
BTE 320 Introduction to Programming 3
BUS 211 Professional Development for Finance and Accounting 1
FIN 320 Investment and Security Markets 3
MAS 332 Data Acquisition, Preparation and Visualization 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
  Credit Hours 16
SPRING
ACC 312 Intermediate Accounting II 3
BSL 212 Introduction to Business Law 3
FIN 303 Intermediate Financial Management 3
MAS 432 Data Analysis 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
  Credit Hours 15
JUNIOR YEAR
FALL
ACC 403 Fundamentals of Taxation 3
BUS 300 Critical Thinking and Persuasion for Business 3
MGT 304 Organizational Behavior 3
Finance elective 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
  Credit Hours 15
SPRING
ACC 301 Cost Accounting 3
ACC 402 Auditing 3
MAS Course 3
Business Principles Choice 3
Finance Elective 3
  Credit Hours 15
SENIOR YEAR
FALL
FIN 433 Case Studies for Financial Professionals 1
Business Principles Choice 3
Finance Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Credit Hours 16
SPRING
ACC 406 Accounting Systems 3
Business Principles Choice 3
Finance Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Credit Hours 15
  Total Credit Hours 125

 

NOTEENG 105 and ENG 106, or their equivalents, and all 100 and 200-level Business Core courses must be completed by the end of the fifth semester of college work or during the semester in which the student is completing 75 credit hours.

NOTE:  MTH 161 must be completed with a “C-” or better. 

 

Business Principles

In addition to the Core of Required Courses, students must choose at least three classes from the following list:

 

Data Analytics 

In addition to MAS 201, MAS 202, BUS 15, BTE 320, MAS 332, and MAS 432 students must choose at least one of the following:

Students must successfully complete MTH 161 before enrolling in ACC 223 Principles of Financial and Managerial Accounting.

Students will need to maintain at least 3.0 GPA to remain in the BSAF degree. Students who change to the BBA or BSBA after completing ACC 223 will receive credit for ACC 211 and must complete ACC 212 (or have completed ACC 301) to satisfy degree requirements.  Students who change to the BBA or BSBA after completing ECO 213 will receive credit for ECO 211 and must complete ECO 212 to satisfy core requirements.   

 

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