Bachelor of Accounting

Online Accounting Degree

In addition to analyzing and preparing financial documentation, accountants serve as important advisors during times of organizational growth and change. Explore the fundamentals of accounting in our accredited online accounting degree program while also working to develop the leadership, communication and critical thinking skills to help you prepare for the accounting profession.

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January 16, 2019

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Online Accounting Degree Program Details

Online Accounting Degree Program Outline

Our Online Accounting Degree is a highly focused degree program designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to help students prepare for the accounting field. By studying fundamental and specialized topics in accounting, AIU provides you with an opportunity to focus your interests on the acquisition of industry-specific knowledge and skills that can be common to many of today's accounting professionals.

An Online accounting program can help you learn how to:

  • Prepare required financial statements according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Demonstrate the importance of the moral standards embodied in the Code of Ethics of the Accounting Profession, and recognize, understand and manage potential ethical and legal conflicts in accounting and business
  • Distinguish between financial, managerial, cost and tax accounting principles and practices and identify the appropriate information to be used in managerial decision making
  • Differentiate between the accounting principles used for federal income taxation of both individuals and business, and evaluate the impact of those differences on the financial statements and managerial decision-making
  • Formulate and communicate the relevant accounting issues in the Sarbanes-Oxley area and demonstrate ability to communicate effectively in business situations
  • Design and manage a complete set of accounts for a small to moderate-sized organization
  • Analyze the implications of technology and the Internet on today’s businesses

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Accounting Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ECON220 Microeconomics 4.5
ECON224 Macroeconomics 4.5
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Elective (1 Course) 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

ACCT205 Principles of Accounting I 4.5
ACCT310 Managerial Accounting 4.5
ACCT311 Principles of Financial Accounting 4.5
ACCT315 Intermediate Accounting I 4.5
ACCT320 Intermediate Accounting II 4.5
BUSN105 Introduction to Business 4.5
BUSN150 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4.5
BUSN311 Quantitative Methods and Analysis 4.5
FINA310 Financial Management 4.5
MKTG205 Principles of Marketing 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 45
General Electives
A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program
Total Credit Hours: 36

Specialization Options
ACCT420 Cost Accounting 4.5
ACCT430 Taxation 4.5
ACCT435 Auditing 4.5
ACCT440 Accounting Information Systems 4.5
ACCT445 Government/Institutional Accounting 4.5
ACCT450 Business and Professional Ethics for Accountants 4.5
ACCT460 Professional Accounting 4.5
ACCT499 Program Capstone 4.5
FINA412 Risk Management 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 40.5

Total Credit Hours : 180

AIU's Bachelor of Accounting (BACC), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Accounting Classes Overview

For an Online Accounting Degree, your classes may include:

Financial Management

This course examines the key components of financial decision making: valuation and risk management. Students will examine the implications of forecasting, capital budgeting, working capital management, and project risk management.

Quantitative Methods and Analysis

In this course, students will have the opportunity to study the fundamentals of probability, statistics, and their applications in business decision making.

Risk Management

The course deals with uncertainties of outcome resulting from the financial market and the strategies that enable an organization to manage the risk associated with it. Topics include identifying major financial risks such as interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk, credit, commodity, and operational risks, how they are measured and global initiatives in financial risk management.


This course is designed to provide the students with the fundamentals of individual income taxation. A background of accounting courses is not essential for this course. The course may be of special interest to non-accounting majors. Topics include exemptions, exclusions, and deductions available to the individual. These concepts are structured to aid the student in the preparation of an individual tax return.


This course presents concepts of auditing, outlining the standards and practices of today's auditors, and helping students prepare to perform the Integrated Audit with a necessary understanding of enterprise risk management and professional judgment as the future of the auditing profession.

Accounting Information Systems

This course focuses on the study of concepts and terminology of accounting information systems and their use in decision making in accounting and auditing. The course also covers Information Technology (IT) fundamentals, responsibilities and business implications.

Business and Professional Ethics for Accountants

This course is an examination of moral and ethical issues within the accounting professional. Topics include ethical behavior and decision-making in the context of professional codes of conduct.

Government/Institutional Accounting

This course exposes students to governmental and not-for-profit accounting practices, in the areas of financial analysis and planning, accounting for general capital assets and capital projects, and long term financing and routine governmental bookkeeping.

Professional Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting profession including the institutional, legal and regulatory framework of accounting, the role of accounting associations and institutes, traditions, and the availability of diverse career options.

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

View our tuition and fees page to see our online, on-campus and military tuition, books & fees schedules.

Ways to Save on Your Online Accounting Degree

From grants, to military service, to transfer credits, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your Online Accounting Degree at AIU:

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience


This business program is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


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Accounting Degrees Online

A degree may open the door to a variety of opportunities and diverse career paths. The degree programs offered at AIU will not necessarily lead to the featured careers. This collection of articles is intended to help inform and guide you through the process of determining which level of degree and types of certifications align with your desired career path.

You've decided you want to pursue a bachelor of accounting degree but are currently working full time. How do you find the time to go back to school without giving up your current salary and benefits? Pursuing an accounting degree online can be a practicable way to move toward your professional goals while also balancing a full-time job and family responsibilities.

While online degrees can provide an extra level of flexibility and convenience, you may not be as familiar with what to expect and what you should look for when choosing an online program.

What to Look for in Online Accounting Degree Programs

If you're pursuing an online bachelor's degree in accounting while you're working full time, it's especially important that the time you devote to coursework also has the potential to move you forward in your career.

Would I benefit from an accelerated accounting degree online?

If you're interested in completing your accounting degree online in less time, you may benefit from looking into accelerated degree programs. Online degree programs may use adaptive learning platforms that are designed to cater course materials and lesson plans to each student's specific needs and knowledge level. Coupled with the opportunity to receive credit for qualifying work experience, adaptive learning technology may help you fulfill your degree requirements a bit faster, so you're not spending valuable time on skills and material you already know.

For those who already have a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field, a one-year or accelerated MBA in accounting program may be suitable if you are looking to pursue an advanced degree in a short period of time.

Is this an accredited degree program?

Once you've decided to go back to school, it is important to make sure you're looking into accredited online accounting degree programs. Accreditation indicates that an independent accrediting agency has determined that a program's instruction or curriculum meets academic quality standards required by the field. For example, the business programs at AIU are Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredited. Some employers and professional organizations require that job candidates earn their degree from an accredited degree program. This may be especially important for accountants who plan to take the CPA exam eventually.

Does the program offer a career-focused curriculum?

While a degree program's accreditation may help you make a decision on which school to attend, it's also important to take some time to make sure the courses and curriculum offered translate to real-world skills and experience. Consider whether the program's faculty are industry professionals and if their course offerings reflect the most recent and up-to-date industry developments.

Online Accounting Courses

The courses in online accounting programs are typically divided into general education credits as well as upper and lower-level core classes. General education classes should include non-accounting subjects designed to help develop soft skills like communication and critical thinking and are designed to provide a more well-rounded education. However, they might also include relevant classes like microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as courses covering some fundamental math skills that core classes will build on later.

Core Accounting Classes

While general education credits may help develop some basic workplace skills, core online accounting classes should be designed to help you prepare for the professional demands and requirements of the field. Depending on the level of a course and where it lies in the degree sequence, a class may introduce and expand your knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), or it may focus on practices specific to one type or area of accounting (like auditing or tax accounting). Early core classes will also likely focus on relevant areas of business law and ethics, and those going into a field like actuarial accounting may need to take one or more statistics-related courses.

The core courses encountered later in the program sequence are designed to introduce more specific types of accounting practices, such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, or cost accounting. Core courses may vary depending on the specialization or area of focus. For example, a course on accounting information systems may cover the different types of commonly used software different industries use to organize and access financial data. Many upper-level core classes may also help you prepare for the CPA exam should you decide to go into certified public accounting.

How Much Does an Online Accounting Degree Cost?

The cost of an accounting degree online will vary based on the institution as well as any grants, scholarships, or transfer credits for which you qualify. At AIU, our financial aid advisors are available to help answer questions you may have while you fill out your FAFSA and can help explain any funding opportunities you may qualify for well as what to anticipate when planning for tuition. You can also use our tuition and graduation date calculator to get an estimate of how much your total tuition may cost and how long you may need to take classes.

In addition to a number of available grants and scholarships, AIU also offers to evaluate previous college work and allows students to transfer-in up to 75% of qualifying credits toward completion of their degree requirements. Also, if you're returning to school after working in the financial or accounting fields, you may be able to receive prior learning credit for qualifying work experience. These options may help reduce the number of total credits needed in order to complete your degree, which can save you money on tuition in the long run.

How Long Does a Bachelor of Accounting Take?

The total number of credit hours you'll need to complete to earn your bachelor's of accounting degree online will depend on whether you are eligible for transfer credits, or can receive credit for qualifying military or prior work experience. At AIU, our bachelor of accounting degree requires completing 180 total credits. (If you're looking for ways to earn your accounting degree online in less time, make sure to speak with one of our advisors about maximizing your total number of qualifying transfer or prior learning credits.)

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into our bachelor of accounting program online, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Meet our requirements for military transfer students
  • Show evidence of previous enrollment in a college or university with which we have an articulation agreement

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities you qualify for with AIU, apply now or request additional information from one of our advisors.

Potential Accounting Jobs and Careers

There are many different, possible jobs and career paths for those with an accounting degree. Below are some possible positions:


In general, auditors are responsible for inspecting financial records to guard against fraud, mismanagement, or accounting errors. They must have a keen eye for detail and be able to piece together complicated series of financial transactions from various sets of records. While there are many varying types of auditing positions, there are several broad types of auditors:1, 2

  • Internal Auditor – Internal auditors are employed by a company to monitor financial records. In addition to identifying potential instances of fraud and ensuring that all legally required financial documents are filed and maintained accurately, internal auditors may also be responsible for designing new processes to reduce fraud and eliminate financial waste.
  • External Auditor – External auditors typically work for an outside agency and are brought in to audit a company's financial records. They perform many of the same duties and responsibilities as internal auditors, but often present their findings to investors, upper management, and legal or regulatory agencies.
  • Information Technology Auditor – IT auditors have a narrower, technical scope and focus on the finance applications and data platforms a company uses to record and manage financial transactions.

The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation is available from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Those going into IT auditing can become a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) through the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).2 Pursuing a career in accounting may be beneficial as the projected growth in employment of accountants and auditors in the U.S. is 10% from 2016 through 2026.3

Budget Analyst

Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances. They prepare budget reports and monitor institutional spending.4 Some of the duties a budget analyst may typically do are:4

  • Work with program and project managers to develop the organization’s budget
  • Review managers’ budget proposals for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with laws and other regulations
  • Combine all the program and department budgets together into a consolidated organizational budget and review all funding requests for merit
  • Explain their recommendations for funding requests to others in the organization, to legislators, and to the public
  • Help the chief operations officer, agency head, or other top managers analyze proposed plans and find alternatives if the projected results are unsatisfactory
  • Monitor organizational spending to ensure that it is within budget
  • Inform program managers of the status and availability of funds
  • Estimate future financial needs

Taking the First Steps Toward an Online Accounting Degree

While it may feel like a substantial undertaking, remember that you don't have to pursue your accounting degree alone. At AIU we offer:

  • Career Services and Support – In addition to a dedicated, passionate staff of advisors and professional instructors, our students also have access to a career support center that can help you find internship opportunities and prepare a resume and job application materials.
  • Alumni Association – Graduates can also take advantage of our alumni association, including a vast professional network of AIU contacts and alumni. So even after you graduate, you'll still have a supportive community of colleagues you can rely on.
  • Mobile Learning App – One of the advantages of pursuing your degree remotely is the extra convenience and flexibility online classes have to offer. Our AIU Mobile app allows you to access course content, lesson plans, discussion boards, and contact your instructors on your own schedule, 24 hours a day.

An accounting degree may be within your reach. Request information about AIU’s accounting programs today.

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