Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance

  •   Bachelor Degree Program
  •   4 Years (8 Semesters)
  •   123 Credit Hourss
  •   Fall, Spring and Summer

Accounting and finance is a dynamic business sector that offers significant potential for professional growth. Financing forms the basis of any commercial venture and financial planning, monitoring and accounting is an essential business function in any organization. Developing an understanding of how financial institutions operate and the frameworks in which they work is an important platform for a career in the sector.

The BBA in Accounting and Finance program will equip you with the detailed knowledge and skills to take up professional roles in the fields of corporate finance and accounting. You will complete a challenging program of courses, which include banking, securities analysis, capital analysis, portfolio management, financial regulation, wealth management, international financial management, management accounting systems, and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).


At CUD, the BBA in Accounting and Finance program will help develop your skills in planning, critical analysis and financial evaluation, to prepare you for the dynamic and challenging world of corporate finance. The degree will also provide you with a platform to move forward in an accounting career, as graduates of this program are well-positioned to advance into professional designation training initiatives, including CMA, CFA, and CA.

CIMA Accreditation

The BBA in Accounting and Finance at CUD is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. This means that as a graduate of the program, you can obtain exemptions from eight of the exams that lead to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Furthermore, you can start your professional accreditation while still studying for your BBA through the special early entry opportunity, which will allow you to sit the Operational Case Study Exam at the end of your second year. As a CUD student, you can register with CIMA at any point during your studies and get access to a wide range of preparatory resources.

For further information, see the CUD exemptions information on the CIMA website.

Career opportunities

As a flourishing sector, particularly in this region, there are a wealth of career opportunities in the finance and accounting sector. Graduate of the program can pursue professional roles in global corporations, government and international agencies, international trade, and international public institutions. The BBA in Accounting and Finance major is designed to prepare students for careers in:

  • Banking
  • Investments
  • Wealth Management
  • Securities Trading & Analysis
  • Accounting
  • Audit
  • Financial Management
  • Credit Control

Program Structure

Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
Free Elective
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
University Requirement (UR) 18 12 - 30
School (Business Core) (CR) 51 - - 51
Department (Major) (MJ) 24 9 - 33
Free Elective (FE) - - 9 9
Total 93 30 123

University Requirements

University Requirements are 30 credits out of which 18 credits Compulsory Courses. Every student is required to take the mandatory Credit Hourss that cover Islamic culture, and English communication skills. These requirements are:

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
1) Languages, statistics and Islamic Culture
LNG 171 English I 3  
LNG 172 English II 3 LNG 171
LNG 173 Professional Communication Skills 3 LNG 172
MTH 196 Mathematics for Business 3  
GED 198E Islamic Culture 3  
GED 101E Applications of Computer Software 3  
2) Humanities: Students should select two courses from the following pool: (6 credits)
GED 110E Modern Art Appreciation 3  
GED 111 Music Appreciation and Communication 3  
GED 196E Communication Skills in Arabic 1 3  
GED 252E Critical Thinking 3 LNG 172
GED 205E Psychology in Every Day Life 3 LNG 172
GED 272E Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 LNG-172
GED 298E Special Topics in Western Culture 3 LNG-172, GED-198E
GED 324E Ethical Reasoning for Today's World 3 LNG 172
GED 140E Social Entrepreneurship 3  
3) Science & Technology Students should select one course from the following pool: (3 credits)
BIO 101 Human Biology 3  
SHS 103 Chemistry 3  
SWS 361 Introduction to GIS 3  
GED 125E Ecosystems and Human Health - I 3  
ENV 301 Introduction to Environmental Science 3  
GED 132E Science and Technology in Society 3  
GED 195E Descriptive Geometry 3  
4) Social & Cultural: Students should take one course (3 credits)
GED 199E UAE Society 3  

Business Core Requirements

All students in Bachelor of business administration programs must complete the following 51 credits (17 courses) of business core courses.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
ACT 112 Principles of Accounting I 3  
ACT 212 Principles of Accounting II 3 ACT 112
BUS 210 Business Reporting 3 LNG 172
BUS 231 Legal environment of Business 3  
ECO 222 Principles of Macroeconomics 3  
ECO 221 Principles of Microeconomics 3  
FIN 201 Managerial Finance 3 ACT-112
HRM 310 Human Resource Management 3 MGT 202
MGT 202 Principles of Management 3  
MGT 320 Organizational Behavior 3 HRM-310
MGT 361 Operations Management 3 QBA 341, MGT 202
MGT 405 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility 3 MGT-202
MGT 470 Strategic Management 3 MGT 320, ECO-222, ECO-221, FIN-201, MKT-201, MGT-361
MKT 201 Principles of Marketing 3 LNG 171
QBA 241 Quantitative Business Analysis 3 MTH-196
QBA 341 Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making 3 QBA 241
SWS 351 Management Information Systems 3 GED 101E

Accounting and Finance Major Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite*
FIN 310 Corporate Finance 3 FIN 201
ACT 310 Management Accounting 3 ACT 212
FIN 350 Portfolio Management 3 FIN 201
FIN 360 Investment Analysis 3 FIN 201
ACT 330 International Financial Reporting Standards 3 ACT 212
FIN 480 Financial Derivatives 3 FIN 310, 360
ACT 450 Auditing 3 ACT 310 & ACT 330
FIN 400 Accounting & Finance Internship 3 90 Credit Hourss+ min CGPA of 2.0
Major Electives: Select three courses
ACT 430 Accounting Information Systems 3 ACT 212
ACT 490 Special Topics in Accounting 3 ACT 212
FIN 490 Special Topics in Finance 3 FIN 320, FIN 360
FIN 335 Introduction to Islamic Financial Systems 3 ECO 222, ACT 212
FIN 470 Fixed Income Analysis 3 FIN 360
FIN 320 Financial Statement Analysis 3 FIN 201
FIN 325 Money and Banking 3 ECO 222
FIN 330 International Finance 3 FIN 201