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Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program
4 Years (8 Semesters)
123 Credit Hours
Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

Program overview

Do you want to play a critical role in the corporate world? The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance program will equip you with the detailed knowledge and skills you need before taking up professional roles in this crucial business discipline. Accounting and finance is a dynamic field of study that offers opportunities for professional growth in a wide range of sectors. Finance forms the basis of any commercial venture and financial planning, while accounting remains as an essential business function in any organization.

During the program you will complete a series of challenging courses, which include banking, securities analysis, capital analysis, portfolio management, corporate finance, wealth management, international financial management, management accounting, management/accounting, accounting systems, and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

What CUD has to offer you

As a graduate of this program your skills will be in high demand worldwide. Accounting and finance continuously take the center stage of any business operations in today’s challenging commercial environment, and the need to understand and master these disciplines has been increasing globally. Our program will help develop your competencies in planning, critical analysis, and financial evaluation, all of which will prepare you for the dynamic and challenging corporate world. 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.

Our BBA in Accounting and Finance program is recognized both nationally and internationally with accreditations from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Moreover, CUD is one of the eight affiliated universities in the United Arab Emirates for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program.

ACCA accreditation

ACCA is a global body for professional accountants with 219,000 members and 517,000 students in 179 countries, providing one of the most professional, global accounting qualifications in the world. Students who are going to graduate from CUD with a BBA in Accounting and Finance on or after January 1, 2021 and up to December 31, 2025 will receive a total of seven exemptions in the professional ACCA examination papers, particularly those related to applied knowledge and applied skills. Please review this page and/or the ACCA exemptions calculator for the exempted ACCA examination papers.

CIMA accreditation

The BBA in Accounting and Finance at CUD is accredited by 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.

CFA Affiliate Program

CUD is also an affiliated university for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. This affiliation indicates that the curriculum of our BBA in Accounting and Finance program is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA® Program exams. For more information, visit

CFA Student Scholarships available

Graduate careers

As a flourishing sector, particularly in the Arab region, there are a wealth of career opportunities in the finance and accounting sector. Graduates of the program can pursue professional roles in global corporations, government and international agencies, international trade, and international public institutions. The CUD BBA in Accounting and Finance program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of professions in sectors such as:

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

Affiliation and Accreditation

  • ACCA
  • CFA Affiliation
  • CIMA

Program Structure

Program Requirements

Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
University Requirement (UR) 21 6 27
Faculty Requirements (Core) (CR.H) 60 6 66
Concentration (Major) (MJ) 24 6 30
Total 105 18 123

Concentration Requirements [30 Credits]

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite Credit Hours

Compulsory Courses (24 Credits)

ACT 310 Management Accounting ACT 212 3
ACT 330 International Financial Reporting Standards ACT 212 3
FIN 310 Corporate Finance FIN 201 3
FIN 350 Portfolio Management FIN 201 3
FIN 360 Investment Analysis FIN 201 3
BUS 400 Internship 90 Credit Hours & CGPA ≥ 2.0 3
ACT 430 Accounting Information Systems ACT 212 3
ACT 450 Auditing ACT 310, ACT 330 3

Elective Courses (06 Credits): Students are required to Select Two Courses from the following courses

ACT 335 Advanced Financial Accounting ACT 212 3
FIN 320 Financial Statement Analysis FIN 201 3
FIN 330 International Finance FIN 201 3
FIN 444 Investment Fund ECO 222, FIN 310, FIN 350, FIN 360 3
FIN 480 Financial Derivatives FIN 310, FIN 360 3