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BBA Accounting

  • Dubai Business School
  • undergraduate

BBA Accounting

Fall & Spring


Full & Part Time

Study Mode

123 hours

Total Credit Hours

4 Years




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The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting is designed to provide students with knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of accounting. It aims to teach students how to use their theoretical knowledge and apply it successfully for business organizations. Accounting is the universal language of business and accounting studies focus on reporting a company’s financial position and performance to entities outside the company, such as shareholders, creditors, government agencies, and Suppliers. The primary role of accounting managers is to manage the day-to-day operations of the accounting department, monitor, and analyze accounting data, and produce financial statements and financial reports. As a graduate of the BBA in Accounting, you will be responsible for the accounting strategy of the business by establishing and applying the appropriate accounting methods, policies, and principles. The program combines academic rigor and the development of analytical and practical skills based on real-world context to prepare students for professional accounting qualifications, such as: CIMA, CPA/AICPA, CIA, CMA. Career opportunities for Accounting graduates include (but are not limited to): Accounting Manager, Management Accountant, Internal Auditor, Tax Accountant, Senior Accountant, Senior auditor, Corporate controller, Budget Analyst, and Chief Accounting Officer.

Admission Requirement

High School English Math
75% for General Stream 70% for Advanced or Elite Stream EmSAT 1100 or Academic IELTS 5.00 or TOEFL (PBT 500 or IBT 61 or CBT 173) EmSAT 600 or UD math placement test

Who is the program for?

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting program is typically designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in accounting and financial management. It is suitable for students who have an aptitude for numbers, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The program is aimed at individuals who wish to acquire a strong foundation in accounting principles, financial reporting, taxation, auditing, and related areas. It provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and analyze financial data, prepare financial statements, and make informed business decisions. The BBA Accounting program is relevant for students who aspire to become professional accountants, auditors, financial analysts, tax consultants, or pursue careers in corporate finance, banking, or financial management. It is also valuable for individuals interested in starting their own businesses or working in the finance departments of various organizations. Additionally, the program can be suitable for individuals who plan to pursue further professional certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Overall, the BBA Accounting program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of accounting principles and practices, preparing them for a wide range of career opportunities in the accounting and finance fields.

Career Opportunities

A BBA in Accounting opens up various career opportunities in the field of accounting, finance, and business. Some potential career paths for graduates of a BBA Accounting program include:
  1. Accountant: Graduates can work as accountants in public accounting firms, private companies, or government organizations. They are responsible for preparing financial statements, managing budgets, analyzing financial data, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations.
  2. Auditor: Auditors examine financial records and statements to ensure accuracy and compliance with laws and regulations. They work for accounting firms or internal audit departments of companies, assessing financial controls and identifying potential risks.
  3. Financial Analyst: Financial analysts provide financial insights and recommendations to businesses and individuals. They analyze financial data, evaluate investment opportunities, conduct market research, and create financial models to support decision-making.
  4. Tax Consultant: Tax consultants assist individuals and businesses in navigating complex tax laws and regulations. They help clients with tax planning, preparation of tax returns, and ensuring compliance with tax requirements.
  5. Financial Manager: Financial managers oversee the financial operations of organizations. They develop financial strategies, manage budgets, analyze financial reports, and make financial forecasts to support business growth and profitability.
  6. Corporate Controller: Corporate controllers are responsible for managing the financial reporting and accounting functions within a company. They ensure accurate financial records, coordinate audits, manage financial controls, and provide financial analysis to support business operations.
  7. Investment Banker: Graduates with a strong accounting background can pursue careers in investment banking. They assist in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs), and provide financial advisory services to clients.
  8. Entrepreneur: BBA Accounting graduates can start their own businesses and utilize their accounting knowledge to manage financial aspects, track expenses, and ensure financial viability.
These are just a few examples of the career opportunities available to individuals with a BBA in Accounting. The field of accounting offers diverse paths and the potential for growth and advancement in various industries and sectors.

Estimated salary range

The salary for individuals with a BBA in Accounting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can vary depending on factors such as work experience, job role, industry, and the size of the company. It’s important to note that the following figures are estimates and can be subject to change. Here are some approximate salary ranges for BBA Accounting graduates in the UAE:
  1. Entry-Level Positions: For entry-level positions such as junior accountants or accounting assistants, the salary range can be around AED 4,000 to AED 8,000 per month (approximately $1,090 to $2,180).
  2. Accountant: With a few years of experience, accountants in the UAE can earn between AED 8,000 and AED 15,000 per month (approximately $2,180 to $4,080).
  3. Financial Analyst: Financial analysts with a BBA in Accounting and relevant experience can expect salaries ranging from AED 10,000 to AED 20,000 per month (approximately $2,720 to $5,440).
  4. Audit Associate: In the field of auditing, starting salaries for audit associates typically range from AED 8,000 to AED 12,000 per month (approximately $2,180 to $3,260). With experience and professional qualifications, the salary can increase significantly.
  5. Financial Manager: As financial managers gain experience and move up the career ladder, their salaries can range from AED 15,000 to AED 30,000 per month (approximately $4,080 to $8,160).
It’s worth noting that these figures are approximate and can vary based on the specific circumstances. Additionally, salaries in the UAE are often accompanied by other benefits such as accommodation, transportation allowances, and healthcare benefits, which can further enhance the overall compensation package.

Study Plan

Year 1
Semester (1) – Fall - 15CH Semester (2) – Spring – 18CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
ENGL 100 English I None 3 BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting None 3
GISL 100/105 Islamic Thought (Arabic/English) None 3 BECN 100 Microeconomics GMAT 115 ENGL 100 3
GMAT 110 Mathematics for Business I None 3 BBUS 200 Introduction to Responsible Business None 3
GITB 120 Introduction to Information Technology None 3 ENGL 105 English II ENGL 100 3
GEST 100 Emarati Studies ENGL 100 Co 3 GMAT 115 Mathematics for Business II GMAT 110 3
Elective 1 3
Year 2
Semester (3) – Fall – 18CH                  Semester (4) – Spring – 18CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BBUS 110 Fund. Of Innovation and Entrepreneurship ENGL 105 3 BMNG 200 Management & Organization Behavior ENGL 100 3
BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis GMAT 115 3 BBUS 205 Quantitative Analysis in Business BSTA 200 3
ESPU 200 English for Special Purpose (Business) ENGL 105 3 BBUS 225 Research Methods BSTA 200 3
GCRT 200 Critical and Creative Thinking ENGL 105 3 GCMM 205 Communication & Negotiations Skills ENGL 105 3
BFIN 200 Principles of Financial Management BACC 205 3 Elective 3 3
Elective 2 3 BECN 225 Macroeconomics BECN 100 3
Year 3
Semester (5) – Fall – 15CH Semester (6) – Spring – 12CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BMNG 310 Operation Management BBUS 205 3 BBUS 400 Strategic Management Capstone 90 CH 3
BMRK 200 Principles of Marketing BECN 100 3 BBUS 305 Business Law ENGL 105 3
BACC 210 Principles of Managerial Accounting BACC205 3 BACC 301 Cost & Managerial Accounting BACC 210 3
BMNG 315 International Business management BBUS 200 3 BACC 320 Accounting Information Systems & Technology BACC 210 3
BBUS 343 Emerging Technologies in Business GITB 120 3
Year 4
Semester (7) – Fall – 12CH Semester (8) – Spring – 15CH
Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH Code Course Name   Pre-requisite CH
BACC 313 Intermediate Accounting 1 BACC 210 3 BACC 467/473 Internship/Industry Project 93 CH 6
BACC 314 Intermediate Accounting 2 BACC 313 3 BACC 416 International Accounting BACC 313 3
BACC 420 Financial Reporting and Analysis BACC 313 3 BACC 427 Taxation BACC 313 3
Elective 4 3 BACC 435 Auditing BACC 314 BACC 307 3

Courses Descriptions

  • Required Business Courses (45 Credit Hours)

BBUS 200 Introduction to Business Administration 

This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of Business Administration. It examines the factors that lead towards successful administration of a business, and the achievement of organizational goals. The course covers topics such as Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Social Responsibility and Ethics, International Business, and MIS. Prerequisite: None.

BECN 100 Microeconomics

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the essential microeconomics tools to 1) study how consumers and businesses make decisions in the face of resource scarcity, 2) examine how their interactions in the market determines prices and quantities of goods, and 3) assess the efficiency of markets in the presence of government influence and under different market structures. It is hoped that as a result of taking this course, students will develop an appreciation of the economic way of thinking about real-world problems and develop interest in pursuing a career in economics.  Prerequisite: GMAT110: Mathematics for Business I.

BECN 225 Macroeconomics

This course provides an overview of determination of output; unemployment; interest rates, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies are discussed besides public debt and international economic issues. The course introduces basic models of macroeconomics and illustrates principles with the experience of the UAE and other economies. It also exposes students to the Islamic economics whenever applicable. Prerequisite: BECN 100 Microeconomics.

BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the basic concepts of statistics and probabilities that will help them make decisions. Coverage includes: basic probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression models. Prerequisite: GMAT110: Mathematics for Business I.

BBUS 225 Research Methods

The purpose of this course is to enable students acquire the skills necessary to develop scientific research proposal. It will enable the students undertake systematic research using empirical and non-empirical approaches, conduct literature review and structure and manage a research project on UAE firms.  Prerequisite: BSTA 200: Statistical Analysis.

BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting

The course introduces students to accounting concepts, principles, and processes underlying the production of financial statements, and also analyzes measurement and reporting of business transactions to users of financial statements. Prerequisite: None

BBUS 205 Quantitative Analyses in Business

This course is considered as an introduction to recent developments in quantitative techniques with particular emphasis on management applications. Techniques include linear programming, descriptive statistics, probability, expectations, games and decisions, testing of hypotheses, analysis of variance, and operations research. Suitable software will be used to help solve the problems. Prerequisite: BSTA 200 Statistical Analysis.

BFIN 200 Principles of Financial Management

The purpose of this course is to help student an understanding management of finance within a business organization. The coverage includes the sources of finance, the basic financial techniques such as TVM technique used for making decisions in relation to valuation of financial instruments, risk and return trade off. Prerequisite: BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting.

BMNG 200 Management & Organization Behavior

This course gives students a critical understanding of essential management functions such planning, organizing, leading/interpersonal influence, and managing in both local and international contexts. The course develops a management framework based on diverse corporate culture before broadening that environment to a global level. This course examines individual and group behavior in companies in depth. It teaches students how to manage businesses more successfully while also improving the quality of the work environment for employees. Motivation, individual and group behavior, employee diversity, attitude and job satisfaction, leadership, communication channels, group dynamics, job design, conflict, and power and politics are among the topics covered. Students should get a grasp of managerial responsibilities and the essential skills and have the necessary abilities to apply them in real-world circumstances.

BMRK 200 Principles of Marketing

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the marketing process, global market place and consumers, integrated marketing communication and marketing plan. Prerequisite: None

BBUS 305 Business Law

This course focuses on business law within the context of contract and civil law. Topics include legal forms of business organization & ownership, contract & sales law, government regulation of business, laws relating to business, bankruptcy, finance, banking, and insurance.  Prerequisite: ENGL 105 English II.

BMNG 310 Operations Management

Operations management is an area of business concerned with the production of goods and services in a wide range of contemporary contexts.  It involves the study of concepts, theories and techniques relating to the operations functions in both manufacturing and service organizations. The course will cover classical topics in operations management including forecasting, inventory management, capacity planning, location planning, quality management, waiting lines, supply chain management. Case studies are used to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the theories, current practices, and trends. Prerequisite: BBUS 205: Quantitative Analyses in Business.

BMNG 315 International Business Management

This course aims at introducing students to the various practices, environments, and functions involved in the field of international business. It includes analysis of the environmental factors (such as culture, communication, behavior) at the international, national and industry levels. The course addresses the functional areas of business (Marketing, Finance, Production, and Human resources), and assesses, in this respect, the global competitiveness of the UAE/ economy. Prerequisite: BBUS 100 Introduction to Business Administration.

BBUS 400 Strategic Management

The purpose of this course is to stimulate and develop students’ awareness and understanding of the key concepts of Strategic Management. The coverage includes situational analysis, the generation of choices of alternate actions and issues of implementation of the chosen course of action. Prerequisite: 90CH.

BBUS 343 Emerging Technologies in Business

The course focuses on introduction to emerging technologies and its application in the business context, both in public and private sectors. Emerging technologies such as Big-Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Block-Chain, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of things (IoT), and leverage these technologies to improve business management and performance.

  • Majors Courses (30 Credit Hours)

BACC 210: Principles of Managerial Accounting

This course examines the role of accounting information in managing organizations. It focuses on concepts and tools used in planning operations, controlling activities, and decision making. Topics covered include: fundamental cost concepts, cost-volume profit analysis, budgetary planning, responsibility accounting and performance evaluation, incremental analysis, capital budgeting, flexible budgeting and standard costing and financial statement analysis (GAAP and IFRS). Prerequisite: BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting.

BACC 301: Cost & Managerial Accounting

This course examines the tools and procedures used to accumulate cost data and information for planning, control, and decision making. Topics include cost accumulation and allocation, product and process costing, activities-based costing, transfer pricing, flexible budgets, and variance analysis. Prerequisite: BACC 210 Principles of Managerial Accounting.

BACC 309: Accounting Information Systems and Technology

This course provides an overview of accounting information systems and illustrates the importance of information technology for accountants. The coverage includes an introduction to the subject of accounting information systems, including their design, control, and use. Attention is given to control procedures and methods for manual and computerized systems by revenue, expenditure and other major transaction cycles. Prerequisite: BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting.

BACC 313: Intermediate Accounting 1

This course covers the conceptual framework underlying contemporary financial reporting standards and practices. The course focuses on the measurement, reporting, and disclosure of financial statements: balance-sheet, Cash-Flow statement, Income statement, and the issues related to short-term and long-term assets. Prerequisite: BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting.

BACC 314: Intermediate Accounting 2

This course discusses the conceptual framework underlying contemporary financial reporting standards and practices. The course focusses on measurement, reporting and disclosure issues related to short and long term liabilities, leases, shareholders’ equity and earnings per share. Prerequisite: BACC 313 Intermediate Accounting 1.

BACC 416: International Accounting

This course provides students with a broad perspective of international accounting and reporting issues that multinational corporations face. The course covers international accounting standards (IFRS) for assets, liabilities, and equity; diversity in financial reporting practices around the world; international efforts to harmonize financial reporting; accounting for foreign currency transactions; translation of foreign currency financial statements; and other financial reporting issues. Prerequisite: BACC 314 Intermediate Accounting 2.

BACC 420: Financial Reporting and Analysis

This course helps students understand how firms communicate through financial statements. Students learn how to use financial statement analysis as an integral part of the strategic analysis of firms; interpret financial statements, analyze cash flows, make judgments about earnings quality and uncover hidden assets and liabilities; and apply financial statement analysis prospectively to forecast and value firms by applying modern accounting-based technologies. The course has a very practical emphasis, with a wide variety of cases, in-class exercises and a group project, all involving comprehensive analyses of publicly traded companies. Prerequisite: BACC 313 Intermediate Accounting 1.

BACC 427: Taxation

This course provides students with basic concepts and procedures associated with individual and corporate tax systems. Topics covered include sources of income, measurement of taxable income, taxation rates, tax exemptions, liability for taxes, and the role of the state in collecting taxes. Prerequisite: BACC 313 Intermediate Accounting 1.

BACC 435: Auditing  

This course provides the tools, concepts and techniques for the practice of external auditing. Topics covered include: the practice of external auditing, auditing standards, audit reports, audit responsibilities and objectives, risk, ethics, legal liability, audit planning, fraud assessment, audit programs, evaluation of internal control, gathering and documenting evidence, audit of sales and collection cycle, audit of cash, audit of inventory and warehousing cycle, audit of payroll and personnel and other cycles, audit reporting, management report and other audit topics. Prerequisite: BACC 314 Intermediate Accounting 2.

 BACC 467 Internship

The purpose of internship is to provide non-working students with practical experience in an organizational setting where learning and doing are the chief objectives.  It is an essential part of the BBA degree program and it will help non-working students improve, evaluate and above all practice the skills and theories that they have been exposed during their studies, by working at a work-place for 2 months. Prerequisites: the completion of 90 CH

BACC 473 Industry Project:

The purpose of this course is to provide the working student an opportunity to develop competence in applying learned theories and gained skills to an actual business problem or issue. A student will undertake a supervised project to tackle an existing business problem or an available opportunity for improvement at his organization, explore possible causes of the problem, alternative solutions, and assess the effect(s) of each solution on the organization. Alternatively, a student may develop and document a business case dealing with an actual business problem that the organization managed to identify and solve it. Each student will present orally the result of his project in addition to a written report. Prerequisites: the completion of 90 CH.


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