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Bachelor of Science Business Administration

Online Accounting Degree

OVERVIEW

An Online Accounting Degree That Sets You Apart


 

Every business relies on accountants to help them meet regulations, achieve financial security, and make money. This accounting degree ensures you will stand out from the competition with your knowledge of GAAP, ledgers, journal entries, and more. A knack for numbers and a passion for financial performance can help you get into a career where you're sure to thrive and make a difference. This online accounting degree empowers you to help organizations meet standards and obey laws, benefiting individuals, companies, and entire communities.

WGU’s Bachelor of Science Business Administration – Accounting is also the first step toward your CPA certification. Continuing on to earn your Master of Accounting (also known as Master of Accountancy) from an online college for accounting will help you meet the 150 semester hours required to sit for the CPA exam in most states. The CPA license gives you additional experience and credentials, boosting your résumé and qualifying you for elite positions in finance and business. View requirements for CPA licensure by state.

70% of students finish within 

42 Months

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

Tuition per six-month term is

$3,575

Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps students control the ultimate cost of their accounting degree. Finish faster, pay less!

Average salary increase

$15,053

B.S. Accounting graduates report an average salary increase of $15,053 after completing their WGU degree.

 

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COURSES & COMPETENCIES

Accounting Courses

The WGU B.S. Accounting degree program is an affordable, online way to prepare for a rewarding career in accounting, auditing, or bookkeeping, or as a CPA. Learn to evaluate and manage business performance and develop the financial skills needed to keep companies running smoothly. You will learn auditing, financial recording, taxes, payroll, financial planning, and other essential accounting principles while preparing for the CPA or other licensing exams.

To ensure WGU graduates acquire the knowledge and skills sought by today’s employers, our online bachelor of science in accounting degree was developed with significant input from experts and business leaders who serve on the Western Governors University Business Program Council.

Accounting
Business Core
Business Management
General Education
Human Resources
IT Fundamentals

41 Courses

Program consists of 41 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your degree is proof you really know your stuff.

Capstone Project

Special requirements for this program

At the end of your program, you will complete a capstone project that represents the culmination of all your hard work—a project that allows you to take what you’ve learned and apply it to a real-world situation, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business. 

 

“I got this job because I was a graduate with my bachelor's in accounting from WGU. My new degree got me my new job.”

—Raymond Baker
B.S. Accounting

Why WGU?

Earning Potential

A degree can dramatically impact your earning potential. After graduation WGU accounting students report earning $15,053 more per year.

Entirely Online

Competency-based education means you can move as quickly through your degree as you can master the material. You don't have to log in to classes at a certain time—you are truly in the driver's seat of your education.
 

Ready For Your Next Step

Graduates of this program are ready to progress toward a MAcc program, CPA examination, or a specific job. WGU's accounting bachelor's program is a crucial step in eligibility to sit for the CPA exam, and prepares you for success in the field.

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.

COST & TIME

How Much Does it Cost to Get an Accounting Degree Online?

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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An Accounting Degree Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2019 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

 

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for. You can also learn more about the CMA scholarship nomination process here.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Flexible and Competency-Based, So You Control Where, When, and How Fast You Earn Your Online Accounting Degree

Every course in our programs focuses on a set of clearly defined competencies that you must prove you’ve learned—through tests, papers, projects, or other assessments. Demonstrating mastery is how you pass a course, so learning what it takes to be outstanding in your career is at the heart of WGU’s Bachelor of Science Business Administration – Accounting curriculum.

“Now that I'm doing full-cycle accounting, I understand the scope. I understand where you start and where you're supposed to wind up. It just makes a lot more sense. Earning my degree has really helped me fill in the blanks and take my job satisfaction to a higher level because I actually understand why I'm doing what I'm doing now.”

—Kate Leger
B.S. Accounting

CAREER OUTLOOK

Your Accounting Degree Can Be One of Your Greatest Assets

Taxes. Audits. Payroll. Financial planning. Businesses need professionals who can help manage their finances and help everything run smoothly with budgets and taxes. This online degree from WGU prepares you for a lucrative and successful career as an accountant in whatever field or specialty you're passionate about. You can also be prepared to sit for the CPA and become a certified public accountant. 

As long as there is money, there will be a need for qualified accountants. When you have completed your B.S. Accounting degree, your skills will be in high demand because every business, no matter the size or industry, has to balance its books and comply with government regulations.

Return on Your Investment

4%

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. The national average salary for an accountant and auditor as of 2019 is $71,550.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

WGU Accounting Grads Are Thriving in Rewarding Careers

Our 2,600-plus B.S. Business Administration Accounting alumni have great jobs and satisfying careers:

Job Titles

  • Accounting manager
  • Financial director
  • Vice president of finance and operations
  • Controller
  • Chief financial officer
  • Forensic accountant

Diverse Industries

  • Business and corporations
  • Tax preparation
  • U.S. military
  • Government
  • Colleges and universities

Major Employers

  • State of Nevada
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Jackson Hewitt Tax Services
  • Wyndham
  • Northrop Grumman

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Requirements - Accounting

For undergraduate business programs, there are currently no additional admission requirements beyond the general admission requirements.

NOTE: Students will not have the option or ability to waive or remove transfer credit in order to earn a certificate. Their coursework is counted towards their degree, but they will not earn the certificate if they have brought in more than 50% of the transfer credit for that intended certificate.

NOTE: You do not need to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.

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MORE DETAILS

WGU Certificates in Accounting


 

Each of WGU’s Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree programs begin with the same 4 terms of core classes, covering business basics and including valuable certificates. For the accounting degree, you'll earn the accounting, strategic thinking and innovation, and leadership certificates. After finishing these core courses, you move forward to courses in your chosen major of Accounting, Business Management, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, or IT Management.

FAQs about Accounting Programs

A degree in accounting qualifies you to work in a number of positions related to accounting and finance. The positions you qualify for depend on your level of education. With a bachelor’s degree, you may be most qualified for entry-level positions as a bookkeeper, accounts payable specialist, or assistant payroll administrator. With a master’s degree in accounting and as a certified public accountant, you may find you’re more qualified for leadership positions and senior-level roles. These include accounting manager, auditor, investment banker, and chief financial officer.

In general, it takes about four years or 120 credits to complete an online accounting degree. However, with a competency-based education model, like what is offered at WGU, students can graduate more quickly by passing assessments using their existing skills and knowledge.

 

Yes! There are many online programs that offer accredited bachelor's degree programs for students to pursue. These online bachelor's degree programs can be a great option for students who are working full-time so they can continue to pursue their online education while still earning money.

With a bachelor’s degree in accounting, you may be able to secure a job in a number of different accounting-related areas. While Certified Public Accountants often work more in management and senior-level positions, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting you may be qualified for some of the following entry-level positions:

  • Payroll specialist
  • Tax accountant
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial analyst

The cost of your online accounting degree will vary based on the school you choose—different schools will have different tuition and fee amounts. WGU is one of the most affordable options for an online accounting degree, with tuition costing just $3,575 per six-month term. Tuition is charged per term, not per credit, so you can take as many courses as you're able during your six-month term. That means graduating faster will cost less! 

Yes! There are many online degree programs that offer accounting degrees online. Do your research to learn which kind of online university is the best fit for you. For example, WGU offers entirely online degrees and no set class times—you do your coursework on your schedule. This helps you take control of your education and earn an online accounting degree on your timeline. 

There are many online colleges that offer accounting degree programs, so it's important to do your research to find the best fit for you. Look at tuition costs, accreditation, educational models, and coursework to figure out which program is best. WGU is highly reputable, accredited, and affordable. Our online accounting degree program has helped thousands of students pursue an accounting career and find success.

An online accounting degree is extremely valuable if you want to become an accountant. For most accounting positions you will need at least a bachelor's degree. This will help you learn about fundamental accounting principles, rules, regulations, financial statements, and more. And if you want to become a CPA you'll absolutely need at least a bachelor's degree, if not a master's degree.

In order to sit for the CPA exam you'll need to have an accredited bachelor's degree, and in many states also a master's degree in accounting. An online bachelor's degree program will be a crucial first step in preparing for CPA certification. When researching an online accounting degree, you'll need to ensure that your online degree is from an accredited institution. 

An online accounting degree can be a fantastic choice if you are currently working full-time and want to maintain your job while furthering your education. An online accounting degree also allows you to get valuable credentials that boost your résumé, preparing you to move forward in your career. An online accounting degree can be a great option for many working professionals and students who are looking for an accessible degree option. 

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