B.S. Accounting

Degree Overview

Our online accounting degree will put you in high demand. The B.S. in Accounting will enable you to solidify your knowledge and skills in financial and cost accounting, tax accounting, auditing, and other accounting areas. You will become a competent accountant with the knowledge and skills to gain a high-demand position such as a staff accountant, tax accountant, or auditor.

Who the program is for:

  • Established accountants or bookkeepers who need a degree to advance their careers in accounting.
  • Individuals who wish to launch a career as an accountant in a corporate setting and need the training and credentials to open doors.
  • Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.

Your Program of Study:

In this online accounting degree program, you’ll learn all the essential skills and knowledge needed. This program includes the following areas of study and completion of a capstone project.

  • Leadership and Management
  • General Education
  • Business Research and Writing
  • Accounting
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Information Systems Management
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • Project Management
  • Finance
  • Financial and Tax Accounting
  • Cost and Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Statement, Budgeting and Auditing

Total Program: 121 Competency Units (credit equivalents)
Less: any competency units waived through transfer of prior college credits.

Note: Your prior college experience may waive some degree requirements.

More details about your challenging course of study

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What You’ll Earn – Industry Certification:

This program incorporates a recognized industry certification as part of your degree program. You will study for and complete the CompTIA Project+ certification exam (included in the cost of tuition).

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Questions & Answers

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Is WGU respected among businesses?

Yes, WGU is highly respected. WGU developed its programs with significant input from experts and business leaders who serve on our Business Program Council. Our National Advisory Board consists of major corporations and foundations that provide ongoing support and advice to the university, including Google, Microsoft, and Oracle, among others. Our emphasis on developing highly competent graduates is one of the key reasons for our business support.

Can I accelerate my progress?

As a WGU student you progress through your program by passing assessments. In consultation with your mentor, you set the pace at which you prepare for and take the assessments. Consequently, some WGU students with strong academic or career experience in the field are able to go faster than the standard rate of progress. However, doing so isn’t easy. Many of the assessments are quite challenging, and students sometimes overestimate the knowledge they possess when they enter a program. On the other hand, a highly-motivated, self-disciplined individual is precisely the kind of student who does well at WGU. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to discuss whether you’re the kind of student who might go faster.

How will I complete my degree?

As a WGU student, you take and complete assessments. You’ll prepare for your assessments by engaging various learning resources including textbooks, web tutorials, and courses. You will determine what learning resources are best for you in consultation with your mentor using your personalized Degree Plan. You can learn more by exploring the WGU Experience. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain this program in more depth.