By the Numbers: Guide to Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Accounting

Accounting Bachelors Online

Image Source

Never has one profession flown under the radar, in terms of excitement or potential, as accountancy. Most individuals think of their accountants only at tax time, every April in the U.S. But in businesses both large and small, national and international, there is no more important job than the person(s) who keeps year-round track of the financial health of an organization. Think of how the audit remains central to traditional financial reporting.

All stakeholders—investors, boards, audit committees, regulators, academics, employees, customers and the public at large— need to look beyond the traditional numbers. They want to know about strategy, governance, risks, sustainability and markets. And that’s where accountants and auditors come in, their work crucial to providing accurate information.

So if this is a field you’re interested in, you’ve made a good, sensible choice. And one where jobs are plentiful.

Job Prospects: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 142,400 new accounting and auditing jobs will open up by 2024. This equates to an 11 percent job growth rate.

The median salary for accountants is $65,940; the unemployment rate, a low 3.2%.

U.S News and World report ranked accountancy jobs as: #3 in Best Business Jobs; #5 in Best STEM Jobs; and #24 in the 100 Best Jobs. They also rate accountant jobs as high in upper mobility and average in stress.

Here are just some of the jobs you, as an accountant, can transition into, once you earn your degree: analyst, bookkeeper, controller, auditor, budget analyst, financial analyst, cost estimator, asset manager, or junior-senior accounting associate.

What follows is a list of colleges that offer completely online programs in accountancy leading to a Bachelor degree. All are accredited. Scroll down and when you see something interesting, explore the program on the school’s website. Use this list as a starting point. You’ll see schools you might never have heard of, offering programs you like.

One note of caution. This website cannot vouch for the legitimacy of any accrediting agency. In doing the research that went behind this listing every effort was made to ensure that the school was accredited. Major universities would never risk their accreditation status by aligning with a shady agency. It is the smaller online-only schools (that you may never have heard of) that warrant further investigation. Where a school offered an online undergraduate accountants degree, but was not affiliated with an acknowledged accrediting agency, it did not make the list. That said, there is an excellent array of great schools offering legitimate undergraduate degrees in accounting. Enjoy your search. And good luck with your career.

 

Alabama State University

  • Tuition: $8,720 in state; $15,656, non-resident

Degrees offered: Business Administration, major in Accounting

ASU’s undergraduate online business administration programs offer selected specializations (such as accountancy) built on a foundation of general education and a broad business core with emphasis on entrepreneurship or international studies. The program also emphasizes the application of concepts and enhanced use of technology.

Some of the electives offered at ASU are: C.P.A. Review, Auditing, Internal Auditing, C.I.A. Review, Accounting Theory Seminar, Management Science, Management Information Systems, Fundamentals of Total Quality Management, and Business Law.

Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

 

Albertus Magnus College

  • Tuition: $30,036 a year

Online degrees offered: Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Major: Accountancy

The mission of the Department of Business Administration and Management is to build upon the liberal arts focus of the College and to provide the base of knowledge and experiences that will enable graduates to be business leaders, capable of making sound and ethical business decisions in a continuously changing environment. The Department major of accountancy is designed around a common core of courses along with the requirements for the concentration.

Some of the courses offered are Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; Statistics for Business and Economics; Principles of Microeconomics; and Corporate Financial Management

Accreditation: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

 

American Business and Technology University

  • Tuition: $14,940

Degrees offered: The Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management in the Global Economy with emphasis in Accounting

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will able to prepare and analyze financial information for public accounting firms, private sector businesses, governmental entities and/or not-for-profit entities. In addition to preparing graduates for the technical aspects of their field, the program also strongly emphasizes the business environment in which accounting decisions are made. Graduates will gain a wide spectrum of knowledge in key subject areas such as business management, economics, financial accounting, cost/managerial accounting, taxation, management information systems and auditing.

Required courses include: Business Statistics, Intermediate Accounting, Taxation, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

Accreditation: Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

 

American Public University System

  • Tuition: $270 a credit hour

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting offers students the necessary theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and research know-how to address complex accounting issues. From entry-level bookkeeping positions all the way to careers as chief financial officers for major corporations, accounting professionals are in demand. Successful completion of this online degree program helps to prepare students for a career as an accountant, auditor, examiner, and other related financial positions in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

The curriculum for this online bachelor’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); Economic cycles, indicators, and market forces; Accountants, duties, and U.S. and international business laws; Financial reports for executives, managers, and stakeholders; Ethical practices according to AICPA and IMA; Management theories, principles, and processes; Auditing rules, processes, legal liabilities, and responsibilities; and Marketing plans, principles, and customer behaviors.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

 

American InterContinental University

  • Tuition: $302 a credit hour

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in accounting

Some of the things students learn include an understanding of the relationship between macro and microeconomic concepts and their application in the management of domestic and global organizations. Also, utilizing accounting principles and concepts in solving real-world accounting related issues. And learning how to plan and control operations through budgets, responsibility centers and cost management.

Some introductory courses you will be required to take are: Principles of Financial Accounting; Intermediate Accounting I and II.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission and ACBSP

 

Athens State University

  • Tuition: $8,220 per semester

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

Athens State’s major in accounting prepares students for a wide variety of careers in professional accounting, including public accounting, industrial accounting, internal auditing, and government service and to provide an academic framework for future graduate study.

Several specialized areas of study are available as minors in the Accounting, Management and Management of Technology majors. In cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business participates in interdisciplinary programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in CIS and Health Science.

If you plan to sit for the CPA Exam in Alabama, the state’s CPA board says you must complete a total of at least 150 semester hours. This may be accomplished by completing additional courses or earning a master’s degree that provides the coursework required by the Alabama CPA Board.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Auburn University

  • Tuition: $775 a credit

Degrees offered: B.S. in Accounting

Auburn’s online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting program is for second degree seeking candidates who decide after working a number of years to change career paths into accounting or would like to complete the educational requirements for the CPA Exam.

In 30 semester hours (or five semesters) students who already have an AACSB accredited business degree can complete the online BS in Accounting at Auburn University while working full-time.

Accreditation: AASCB

 

Bellevue University

  • Tuition: $395 a credit

Degree offered: Bachelor Degree in Accountancy

Bellevue University offers an Accounting degree online and in-class, and will apply your aptitudes and develop them into skills for financial accounting, cost accounting, auditing, tax accounting, and analysis.

Upon graduation, students will have been taught to: apply accounting concepts and procedures for strategic and operational problem solving and decision-making; analyze financial information using industry specific technology; communicate in a variety of professional and media contexts including report analysis; apply ethical principles and critical thinking skills to accounting and evaluation of organizational decisions; and evaluate the impact of international business issues on accounting information

Accreditation: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and Higher Learning Commission

 

Bemidji State University

  • Tuition: $7,360 full time tuition

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Note to prospective students: If you already have an A.A. you may be able to complete the Accounting B.S. in as few as 2 years. You also have the option to focus on advanced accounting courses in the online program to prepare for the Certified Public Accounting Exam.

Here are some of the required courses: Principles of Accounting; Accounting Systems; Government Accounting; Cost Accounting; Income Taxes; Advanced Accounting; and Auditing.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Berkeley College

  • Tuition: $787 a credit for part-time tuition, 1-11 hours

Degree offered: B.B.A. in Accounting

The Accounting program at Berkeley College is designed to prepare students for a range of career opportunities with accounting firms, with public and private companies, and with numerous other types of organizations. Participation in student chapters of professional associations, student clubs, and alumni interaction can help students make important industry connections.

Major core courses include: Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation, Auditing, Business Law, and International Economics.

Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

 

Brandman University

  • Tuition: $500 a credit hour

Degree offered: B.B.A. Accounting

The Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting integrates the latest academic research on current issues in business while focusing on accounting principles, practices, and techniques. Students will explore business management, communication, and marketing strategies as part of their core curriculum. The accounting degree focuses on cost analysis and budgeting, accounting information systems, income taxation, and financial reporting and analysis.

Among the “lower” and “upper” division required core courses are: Principles of Accounting, Introduction to Computers and Data Processing, Macroeconomics, Financial Statement Analysis, and Business Finance.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

 

Brescia University

  • Tuition: $405 a credit

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting

This online school based in Kentucky is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by all accountants. For instance, in one of the introductory courses, students are taught the accounting principles and procedures used to record and report economic events of a business entity. Financial accounting focuses on the preparation of accounting information for users outside the business entity.

Here are just a few of the courses offered by the program: Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Managerial Accounting, Government and Non-Profit Accounting, and Auditing.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

 

Bryant and Stratton College

  • Tuition: $402 per credit

Degree offered: B.B.A. in Accounting

Graduates from this program will be prepared to begin a variety of accounting and financial related careers in business, industry, government and nonprofit organizations. Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree could pursue employment as a financial accountant, holding positions such as staff accountant, internal auditor; tax accountant, management accountant, financial analyst, financial manager, revenue analyst, budget analyst or business manager.

Skills students learn in the program include: Recording and reporting financial information using generally accepted accounting principles; and recognizing the commonalities between financial theory and tax law and the economic and social policy issues of taxation.

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

 

Buena Vista University

  • Tuition: $402 per credit

Degree offered: Accounting

Completion of BVU’s accounting major provides the background knowledge needed to tackle the Certified Public Accounting Examination. Employment opportunities will then include public accountant, management accountant, government accountant, and internal auditor.

Accounting major courses will include: Intermediate Accounting I, II, and III, Cost Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Auditing, and Individual Federal Income Tax.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

California Baptist University

  • Tuition: $547 per unit

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Accounting at CBU, the university website says, “is to prepare students for careers in the accounting profession including public accounting, corporate accounting, managerial accounting, and government and not-for-profit accounting.”

Skills taught at CBU will prepare students to effectively present information orally and in writing and demonstrate proficiency in the use of information technology; exercise the use of business concepts related to micro and macroeconomics; apply business concepts related to accounting; apply business concepts related to business finance; integrate business concepts related to international business; and integrate business concepts related to law.

Accreditation: ACBSP

 

California Southern University

  • Tuition: $350 per unit

Degree offered: B.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting

With a concentration in accounting, students will develop a broad expertise in organizational management and administration.

Some of the courses offered at CSU’s online accounting program include: Principles of Accounting, Auditing, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation and Managerial Accounting.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

 

Capella University

  • Tuition: $330-$382 a credit

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

This is one of the best known 100 percent online universities. Prospective students should understand that Capella University’s online accounting degree builds an ability to leverage functional, financial technology for businesses and organizations, so that graduating students are well versed in the cutting-edge financial skills, and business knowledge necessary to succeed in the field.

Competency-based education is in Capella’s DNA. For the past 10 years, the school has wholly-integrated and continually invested in a competency-based learning approach throughout the university. As a result, they are able to map academic and professional standards to all of the degree programs and more fully support students as they progress through their program.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Central Methodist University

  • Tuition: $250 a credit

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

An integrated approach to accounting is used at CMU to emphasize the way businesses operate.
Majors in accounting will learn to understand key business and accounting terms, facts, and processes and will understand preparation and the use of financial information; analyze, interpret, and communicate business and accounting information and will render judgment based on such information; research relevant financial accounting, tax, and auditing literature; understand relevant legal issues, marketing perspectives, and management processes; commit to the values that serve the profession and the community; and work individually, as leaders, and as team members and will be sensitive to the diversity of people.

Accreditation: NCACSTHLC (North Central Association of College and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission)

 

Chadron State College

  • Tuition: $5,630

Degree offered: B.A, with a concentration in Accounting

The fundamental purpose of the Department is to enhance the student’s capacity for learning by combining excellence in teaching with appropriate coursework, online and classroom environments that emphasize critical thinking, human relation/communication skills, theoretical, technical and professional skills, and a lifelong learning environment designed for creative problem solving/decision making.

Some courses that will be required are: Accounting Principles; Business and Economic Statistics; Business Law; Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics.

Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

 

Champlain College

  • Tuition: $641 for a credit

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

The Champlain accounting degree graduates are prepared for careers as certified financial planners (CFPs), managerial accountants, auditors, forensic accountants and more, and can work in a variety of industries including accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services; government, finance and insurance, management companies/enterprises and manufacturing, among others.

Here are just some of the courses students at Champlain will be required to take: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Federal Taxes, Auditing, and Business Law.

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges

 

Charter College

  • Tuition: $6,624 for in-state students; 8,712 out of state

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

This online program is designed for accounting professionals with an associate degree or substantial coursework in accounting. The program provides students with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for accounting positions in the public, private, or non-profit sector. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates could enhance existing accounting career or obtain entry level employment in an accounting related field.

Here are some courses offered online: classes in: Auditing; Government and Non-Profit Accounting; Finance; Corporate Tax Accounting; Income Tax Preparation; Project Management; Conflict Management, and Data Driven Decision Making.

We would be remiss if we did not mention several postings that had questions about this online U. based in Alaska. It is accredited, which is why it made this list.

Accreditation: ACICS

 

City University of Seattle

  • Tuition: about $347 a credit

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at City University of Seattle provides a firm foundation in global business, research, critical thinking, communication and technology.

The undergraduate “core” includes Critical Thinking and Statistics. The business core includes Financing Organization, Operations Management, and Business Economics.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

 

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

  • Tuition: $3,530 for Pa. residents; for non-residents, $5,295

Degree offered: B.S.B.A. in Accounting

Clarion University’s accounting program (which they list as a part-time online program) will prepare students to employ technology to support data analysis and business decisions.

Business core courses are Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Economics and Business Statistics I and II, and Legal Environment of Business.

Accreditation: Middle States Commission

 

Colorado State University

  • Tuition: $350 a credit hour

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

CSU’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting provides students with accounting fundamentals and a comprehensive view of organization management issues, including legal compliance and ethics, finance, marketing, leadership, economics, and quantitative decision making. The accounting major prepares students for careers in private, public, not-for-profit, and government organizations.

The university lists these “learning outcomes”: students will be taught to apply problem-solving skills to both domestic and international accounting in an array of diverse settings; assemble and analyze financial and business data to produce financial and business reports; evaluate and incorporate current analytical tools and technology in performing business functions and facilitating decision making; identify, test, and validate processes, systems, and financial data; analyze current and emerging ethical and regulatory issues and trends; and apply accounting and leadership skills to effectively work and communicate with others in areas of financial and organizational management.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Colorado Technical University

  • Tuition: $325 per credit hour

Degree offered: a B.S. in Accounting
The core courses for the Bachelor of Science in accounting degree are focused on providing a holistic overview of industry-relevant skills to those who aspire to work in accounting.

There are quite a number of course options (some are required) at the University. They include: Accounting I and II; Computerized Accounting; Global Managerial Economics; Financial Statement Analysis; Financial Management; Management of Human Resources; Spreadsheet Applications; Management Fundamentals; International Business Communications; and Organizational Behavior Principles

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Dakota State University

  • Tuition: $325.25 a credit

Degrees offered: Bachelor Degrees in Accounting [BBA]

The online accounting program at DSU gives students a solid background in the technical systems underlying modern accounting—allowing you to understand, manage, and lead accounting teams. Students can even couple the accounting major with other tech-focused programs to give a unique edge in the job market.

DSU’s plan of studies has some pretty interesting options for students: Survey of Business, Written Communications, Principles of Accounting, Income Tax Accounting, and Business Statistics.

Accreditation: The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

 

Davenport University

  • Tuition: $643 a credit hour

Degree offered: BBA in Accounting

The Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting degree from Davenport combines the development of expertise and technical skills with the communications, teamwork, and leadership skills expected of today’s accounting business management professional. Students will learn to develop and maintain accounting records, prepare financial statements, and begin to use accounting information as a decision-making tool.

The foundation of the accounting program includes courses such as: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Professional Ethics, Corporate Finance, Business Law, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation, Payroll and State Tax, and Auditing and Assurance Services.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

DeVry University

  • Tuition: $609 per credit hour

Degrees offered: B.S. in Management, Accounting specialization

At DeVry, through an experiential learning approach, students are prepared for careers as a public, corporate, or government accountant in a position such as financial analyst, forensic accountant, information technology specialist, international accountant, or tax consultant.

Some major classwork would concentrate on Auditing, Federal Income Taxation, Accounting Information Systems, and a Senior Project.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

DeSales University

  • Tuition: $459 a credit hour

Degrees offered: B.S. in Accounting

At DeSales, some of the courses accounting major students take are: Introduction to Business, Principles of Management, Quantitative Business Analysis, Principles of Marketing, and Principles of Macroeconomics.
Accounting majors have 16 required courses. Some of those are: Introduction to Business; Principles of Management; Quantitative Business Analysis; Principles of Marketing; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; The Legal Environment of Business; Financial Management.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission and ACBSP

 

Eastern New Mexico University

  • Tuition: $216 a credit hour for N. Mexico student residents; $456 for non-residents

Degree offered: Bachelor of Administration in Accounting

On their website, ENMU cites these professional certification and career paths, including: public accounting – certified public accountant (CPA), management accounting – certified management accountant (CMA), internal auditing – certified internal auditor (CIA), and certified government financial manager (CGFM).

Major core courses will include Intermediate Accounting, Intermediate Accounting II, Cost Accounting, Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting, Income Tax Accounting: Individual, Accounting Information Systems Theory, and Auditing.

Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

 

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

  • Tuition and fees: $3530 a semester, based on 12-18 credits, in state resident; $5295 for non-residents as of 2014.

Degrees offered: Business Administration, Accounting

The Accounting Concentration prepares students to work in public accounting, managerial accounting (private business) and institutional accounting (government and not-for-profit). The school also offers special program options for those wishing to pursue certification as a CPA.

Required courses for accounting majors include: Managerial Accounting, Federal Individual Income Tax, Auditing, Advanced Accounting, and Business Law.

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

 

Everest University

  • Tuition and fees: $14,436 – $15,156

Degrees offered: Business Administration, Accounting

Students in the program learn the theory and practice of modern accounting, acquiring valuable skills that can make you an asset to a wide range of employers. Everest’s programs includes hands-on training and opportunities to practice accounting skills. Students will learn how to use common accounting software and generate a variety of projections and reports with a dedicated team on your side.

Accounting classes students will likely take include the following: Principles of Accounting; Introductory Cost/Managerial Accounting; Corporate Accounting; Payroll Accounting; Non-Profit Accounting; Tax Accounting; Business Enterprise[ Business Law.

Accreditation: ACICS

 

Excelsior University

  • Tuition and fees: $17,000. It must be pointed out, however, that figuring out tuition cost is not easy. The website is not transparent in this regard, and it will take some digging and diligence to get a handle on tuition.

Degrees offered: Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting major

Some of the coursework in this program includes Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, and Accounting Theory.

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

 

Fisher College

  • Tuition and fees $27,575

Degrees offered: B.S. in Management, Accounting concentration

At Fisher College, the B.S. in Management degree, with a concentration in Accounting, is intended to focus on accounting theory and practice. Throughout the program, students will gain the necessary skills to identify, measure, communicate, and interpret economic information.

Here are some of options you’ll have for courses: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Computer Based Accounting, Income Taxes, and Auditing.

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

 

Florida Tech Online

  • Tuition: $510 a credit

Degree offered: Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accounting

Florida Tech’s Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree prepares students for a career in financial, managerial and cost accounting, tax planning, auditing, international accounting, and accounting for mergers and acquisitions.
Students will be taught how to: Establish an accounting information system; practice the fundamentals of cost accounting; maintain current accounting standards of financial accounting; and incorporate principles and procedures of internal and public auditing

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

 

Franklin University

  • Tuition: $484 a credit

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

Franklin University’s Accounting Degree Program provides the full range of skills employers require in such areas as financial reporting and analysis, managerial accounting and cost management, tax accounting, auditing and accounting ethics, and financial management.

Curriculum courses cover: Financial Reporting and Analysis; Managerial Accounting and Cost Management; Tax Accounting; Auditing and Tax Ethics; and Financial Management.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

 

Gardner-Webb University

  • Tuition: $403 a credit

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

Now here is something you need to know: Besides the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy includes 36 credit hours in Broyhill Undergraduate School of Management core business courses, as well as 21 hours of accounting coursework.

As an Accounting major, students take on a number of topics, including cost accounting, accounting information systems, auditing, and taxes, with instruction from business professors with professional experience in an array of industries. The business school equips students with a broad range of general business knowledge in functional areas such as marketing, finance and management.

Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

 

Golden Gate University

  • Tuition: $1,830 for a three unit course

Degree offered: B.S. in Business, with an Accounting concentration

A concentration in accounting prepares GGU students for a career in financial and managerial accounting, internal and external auditing, consulting, and taxation. Beyond technical accounting skills, students will graduate with a sound foundation in economics, law, finance, management, information systems, quantitative methods, and communications.

Required courses include Intermediate Accounting, Cost Management, Federal Income Tax and Auditing.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

 

Granite State College

  • Tuition: $300 a credit for in-state students; $325 for non-residents

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting and Finance

This university (a part of the New Hampshire university system) offers accounting students a foundation for those whose future goals may include earning the credential of Certified Public Accountant.

Specific careers the school targets include: Accountant, Auditor, CPA, Financial Analyst, Financial Planner, and Loan Underwriter.

Accreditation: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of New England Association of Schools and Colleges

 

Indiana State University

  • Tuition: $304 per credit (in-state); $656 per credit (out-of-state)

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

Indiana State coursework includes a core of business courses required of all business students—and the University’s Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.

Required core courses include Financial Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, Accounting Systems, and Introduction to Federal Income Taxation. Elective courses such as Fraud Examination and Not-for-Profit Accounting are available.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

John Brown University

  • Tuition: $420 a credit for major courses; $250 for some elective courses

Degree offered: B.S. in Management Accounting

JBU’s academic program in Management Accounting helps prepare students for a variety of management and accounting positions. Example of coursework: Students are prepared to use resources available to online and hybrid learners and introduces the Christian worldview unique to JBU. The distinctive characteristics of adult learners are explored and students identify their individual strengths through the Strengths Quest Assessment instrument. By the way, this course, completely online, is also offered in a hybrid format, if you want to attend some in-class courses.

Here are just some Management Accounting courses available: Business Communications, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Business Law and Ethics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principle of Microeconomics, and Spreadsheet Analytics.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Kaplan University

  • Tuition: $371 for a credit. NOTE: these are the latest posted tuition prices, but they are not the most current.

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

In Kaplan’s Accounting program students work with faculty members who are experienced in the accounting field and provide a solid background in economics, finance, management, law, information systems, quantitative methods, and taxation.

Students must also complete a capstone project in accounting to demonstrate your ability to apply theories and concepts learned to real-world accounting practices

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Lee University

  • Tuition: $384 a credit

Degrees offered: 52 major degree programs, more than 120 individual programs

Alongside traditional on-campus programs, Lee University’s Division of Adult Learning offers fully-online and hybrid programs (at both the Cleveland campus and the Charlotte Center). For purposes of this list, we are primarily interested in the fact that they are available online.

Under Business Administration, the Accounting program prepares students for careers in accounting and for graduate or professional school. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills for the various fields of financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, both private and public accounting, and taxation. In addition, many students may be prepared and eligible to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam prior to graduation. Students should confirm requirements for specific state licensure.

Some specialty courses (a certain number are required) are: Principles of Accounting I and II, Management Science, International Business, Business Ethics, and Strategic Management.

Accreditation: ACBSP

 

Linfield College

  • Tuition: $465 a credit

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

Linfield offers an accounting degree that provides preparation for those looking to practice in the fields of public, private, and government accounting. With courses focused on accounting theory, cost measurement, financial reporting, budgetary control, taxes, and auditing.

Requirements for the Accounting major include Principles of Economics; Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; Organizational Behavior and Management; Marketing; Business Law I; Financial Management; and Strategic Management.

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

 

Malone University

  • Tuition: $5,940 for a trimester

Degree offered: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

Malone offers students two options…a completely online option (why the programs are on this list) or the chance to be in class once a week. After completing your Accounting degree, you’ll be able to candidate for the CMA and CFM certifications – as well as earn the chance to pursue CPA certification. By the way, an Accounting minor also is available.

Some of the required courses include: Principles of Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, Management of Information Systems, Advanced Accounting I and II, Tax Accounting I and II.
Accreditation: ACBSP

 

Monroe College

  • Tuition: $552 a credit

Degree offered: BBA in General Accounting

The Bachelor’s degree program in General Accounting provides students with the knowledge and skills in preparation for a career in corporate accounting and/or the foundation for an MBA degree. Students are required to take courses in mathematics and business as well as comprehensive liberal arts courses for perspectives on the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences.

Some of the core coursework students are required to take are Principles of Accounting (first semester), Federal Income Tax and Practice, Macroeconomics, Cost Accounting, and Advanced Accounting (by the second year).

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

 

National University

  • Tuition: $406, cost per quarter unit

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

The major in Accountancy academically prepares students for a wide range of accounting-related careers, including public accounting, corporate accounting, internal audit, accounting in not-for-profit organizations, and job opportunities with state, local, and federal government agencies. The curriculum aligns with content specifications for various professional exams including CPA, CMA, and CIA.

Core business course requirements include: Legal Aspects of Business, Info Management in Organizations, Business Finance, Survey of Global Business, Marketing Fundamentals, Management Science. All leading to Managerial Accounting I and II, and Intermediate Accounting.

Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

 

New England College of Business and Finance

  • Tuition: $10,400 for an academic year

Degrees offered: 7 Business-related degrees, one is a BSBA, with concentration in Accounting
New England College of Business’s BSBA in Accounting program is designed to help students with the identification, measurement and reporting of economic events on an individual or entity.

The goal of the coursework is to make students proficient in Principles of Accounting, Money and Accounting, Corporate Finance, Cost Accounting, and Money Management.

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

 

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

  • Tuition: $172 per credit (in-state); $387 per credit (out-of-state)

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Science, major in Accounting

Students who have completed their general education requirements prior to entering the online major program should be able to finish the requirements of the online major in five to six full-time semesters.  A course rotation has been developed to assure that the necessary classes are offered in an online format at least once an academic year.

Here is something you should be aware of: In each online class, university policy requires at least one major test be taken in a university approved environment.  Many professors require that all tests be taken in that environment.  The university has approved locations on each campus, Ponca City University Center, a commercial testing center, any accredited community college or university testing center, and for military personnel – military educational center or superior officer.  Students also may use Remote Proctor Now.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Northwood University

  • Tuition: $425 a credit

Degree offered: BBA, concentration in Accounting

A major advantage of Northwood’s Accounting program (so they claim) is the integration of management courses in the overall accountancy curriculum. The combination of the Accounting and Management curriculums are so closely integrated that the course of study culminates in a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
The first year coursework of your accounting program will require taking courses such as Fundamentals of Financial Accounting, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Fundamentals of Management Accounting.

Accreditation: Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

 

Nova Southeastern University

  • Tuition: $897 a credit in 2016. Check for 2016-2017 tuition

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Core coursework provides the essentials for a solid understanding of the business world. Then courses for the accounting major lead to an advanced understanding of the field. Faculty members teach individual and corporate taxation, business law, and essentials of auditing.

The business core, required 39 credits, includes such courses as Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Corporation Finance, International Business, Business Law and Business Ethics.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

 

Penn State World Campus

  • Tuition: $535 a credit unit

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

PSU’s comprehensive curriculum is designed to help students prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or to pursue another certification.

Upon graduation, students will: Demonstrate competence across a variety of accounting disciplines, including the preparation of financial accounting information, cost accounting, tax accounting, and auditing; be able to effectively evaluate the impact and implications of relevant business functions and develop an integrative, interdisciplinary appreciation of business situations, problems, and solutions; think critically, communicate effectively, and conduct business in an ethically and socially responsible manner.

Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

 

Peirce College

  • Tuition: $566 a credit unit

Degree offered: Bachelor’s in Accounting

Peirce Accounting graduates are prepared to work in corporate accounting departments or at accounting firms and many go on to pursue popular industry certifications. We’ll teach you what you need to know to become a business analyst, credit analyst, financial examiner or personal financial analyst.

Program requirements include these classes: Introduction to Business, Accounting Principles, Business Law, Introduction to Marketing, Statistics, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting.

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, ACBSP

 

Regent University

  • Tuition: $16,700, average tuition and fees

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The B.S. in Accounting is an online or on-campus degree that equips students with the skills necessary for career opportunities in public, private, and non-profit sectors, including manufacturing, service, government, banking and tax reporting preparation, as well as makes the graduate eligible to become a certified public accountant (CPA). This program in accounting will expose you to international business, strategic management, law and ethics, operations and financial management.

Among the course requirements are Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Accounting Info Systems, Managerial Accounting, Auditing, and Federal Tax I and II.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

 

Regis University

  • Tuition: $16,500 a semester

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

Offered both online and on-campus, the accelerated non-traditional B.S. in Accounting degree equips students with analytical and quantitative skills that can be directly applied within the private and public sector, whether a goal is to be a sole practitioner, serve a small practice or lead within a multinational firm.

Here are some of the required courses offered at Regis: Principles of Accounting I and II, Intermediate Accounting I, II, and III, Cost Accounting, Principles of Microeconomics, and Principles of Macroeconomics.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Saint Leo University

  • Tuition: $470 a credit

Degree offered: B.A. in Accounting

The online School of Business’ accounting degree establishes a foundation for students who wish to continue their education to become a certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA).
The curriculum explores Accounting fundamentals and concepts’ Cost accounting; Auditing, Individual federal income taxes; and Business law.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

 

Southwestern College

  • Tuition: $446 a credit

Degrees offered: 6 Bachelor degree fields of study

Accounting graduates gain fundamental knowledge and skills in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, income taxation, forensic accounting and accounting systems. In addition, the program provides a thorough understanding of ethical reasoning and its application to the field of accounting. Accounting graduates also gain the solid theoretical foundation necessary to prepare for the CPA exam or for future graduate coursework.
Core major requirements include: Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, Ethics for Accounting Professionals, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I and II, and Federal Income Taxation, Personal, Federal Income Taxation, Corporate.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Temple University

  • Tuition: $752 a credit

Degree offered: Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting major

Fox School of Business is internationally known. The accounting curriculum acquaints the student with the conceptual framework and theory of accounting, transactional analysis, asset management, liabilities, owners’ equity, and financial reporting. Cost analysis and control, accounting information systems, taxation, consolidated financial statements, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and foreign operations, auditing theory and techniques and an understanding of the ethical and performance standards of the profession are also covered.

Coursework is also required outside of the major in topics of legal and social environment of business, written and oral communication, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Accreditation: AACSB International

 

Trine University

  • Tuition: $480 a credit hour

Degrees offered: 13 online Bachelor degree programs

The online programs is intense and focused on getting students the best education in modern accounting methods and practices with the goal of sitting for the CMA or CPA exam. Students will get to work with real companies, large, small, and startups to help them manage their businesses’ accounting.

A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting major requires 120 credit hours. They are comprised of General Education Requirements (42 credit hours); Business Core (30 credit hours); Major in Accounting (33 credit hours); and Additional Program Requirements (15 credit hours).

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, ACBSP

 

University of Alabama Birmingham

  • Tuition: Prices vary. Residents pay $328 a credit. Non-residents, $940

Degrees offered: Bachelor’s degrees in accountancy examine the fundamental accounting standards and principles that can give students the foundation to launch a career in accounting. Whether you are interested in financial accounting, auditing, forensic accounting, or any of the other diverse areas of the industry, the online bachelor’s in accounting program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business can help you understand the components and processes of each one.

The areas of accounting that students can explore at UAB are forensic accounting, financial accounting, cost/managerial accounting, tax accounting, governmental accounting, and auditing.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

 

University of Charleston

  • Tuition: $380 a credit hour

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Prospective students acquire knowledge and critical thinking skills by focusing on practical application of accounting theory to problems and cases. The curriculum helps prepare students for positions with public accounting firms or with private businesses, government, or not-for-profit organizations.

Accounting courses (mostly begin in the second semester, first year), include Intermediate Accounting I and II (introduction would be in first semester), Cost Accounting, and Advanced Accounting. Also: Federal Taxes and Auditing.

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

 

University of Memphis

  • Tuition: $305 per credit (in-state); $793 per credit (out-of-state)

Degree offered: BBA in Accountancy

UM’s School of Accountancy offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a major in Accounting. Graduates will be knowledgeable in accounting and its functional support of organizations, and
technologically competent.

Here are just some of the required courses: Intermediate Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, Federal Income Tax I, Accounting Systems, and Audit and Assurance Services.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

 

University of Minnesota, Crookston

  • Tuition: $11,645 tuition and fees

Degree offered: B.S. in Accounting

UMC’s Crookston’s Accounting B.S. degree program teaches students the fundamental and advanced techniques needed to assist future clients and firms with financial reports. Presenting numbers in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles through problem solving for profit, public and non-profit organizations, accountants apply themselves through problem solving and methodical strategies.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

University of Phoenix

  • Tuition: Tuition costs are not transparent on the website. As a potential student, you’ll have to literally outline your program before getting to the crux of the matter: costs and tuition. According to U.S. News and World Report, a credit costs $496.

Degree offered: B.S. in Business with Accounting fundamentals

In this program, early courses focus on accounting fundamentals, including how accounting applies to business strategy, management and ethics. When the required classes are completed, students earn an associate degree and seamlessly transition to coursework that will lead you to a bachelor’s degree. This allows you to leverage your Associate of Arts in Accounting Fundamentals to pursue positions in your chosen field as you work toward your bachelor’s degree.

Here are some core and then required courses: Introduction to Computer Applications and Systems, Organizational Behavior for Managers, Statistics for Decision Making, Principles of Accounting I and II, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Finance for Business, and Marketing.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

University of Toledo

  • Tuition: $335.49 a credit, plus a $25 distance learning fee per course

Degree offered: BBA in Accounting

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) undergraduate curriculum includes a broad liberal arts background, core business courses, and a specific area of specialization. During freshman and sophomore years, students take general education classes and in their sophomore year, apply to the upper division of the program. Juniors begin their business core and major courses and select an area of specialization.

A student’s first semester coursework will be basic and foundational. After that, courses will include Financial Accounting Info, Data Analysis for Business, Introduction to Microeconomics, and Accounting for Decision Making.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

University of West Alabama

  • Tuition: $325 per credit

Degree offered: BBA in Accounting

At West Alabama, the Business Professional Component requires 40 hours and must be completed by all accounting, business administration, finance, management, marketing, and computer information systems. Students majoring in technology programs are not required to complete the Business Professional Component.
Students begin by taking a variety of basic business courses, as well as introductory accounting courses. Here is a taste of the required coursework: Accounting I and II, Business Law and Legal Environment, Advanced Business Statistics, Finance, Management, and Marketing.

Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

 

University of West Georgia

  • Tuition: $174.20 per credit

Degree offered: BBA in Accounting

The B.B.A. program in accounting provides students with a liberal arts based educational foundation which will enable employment in a variety of fields including financial or management accounting in industry, government accounting, and/or public accounting positions in local, regional, or national organizations. A foundation is also provided which will enable students to continue studies at the master’s level.

The accounting courses provide a general foundation in financial accounting, management accounting, personal income taxation, accounting information systems, and auditing.  The required courses may be supplemented with electives in areas such as advanced accounting (consolidated statements and not-for-profit accounting), corporate taxation, financial statement analysis, and fraud examination.

Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

 

Upper Iowa University

  • Tuition: $1,269 for 3 credits for most courses

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The UIU program provides an integrated curriculum in accounting including: Financial Accounting, Federal Taxation, Auditing, and Managerial Cost Accounting.

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

 

Washington State University

  • Tuition: $10,916 a semester for residents; and $24,500 for non-residents

Degree offered: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy

WSU’s online accounting major provides core courses in financial management, auditing, business strategy, and taxation. But the major also emphasizes innovation, both technological and intellectual, so students will be able to keep pace as the profession changes.

Accounting course requirements are: Intermediate Accounting I and II, Introduction to Taxation, Cost Accounting, Accounting Systems and Auditing, and Auditing. Electives include: Accounting and Culture, and Business Ethics.

Accreditation: AACSB