Updated: June 5, 20171x1.trans

If you’re wondering whether a degree in accounting is a good idea – doubt not. Even if you aren’t sure yet what area of business you are interested in, a bachelor’s in accounting can open doors to a huge variety of career options which will be in demand no matter what the economy is doing.

The American Institute of CPAs, the profession’s official organization, has referred to a degree in accounting as “the one degree with 360 degrees of possibility.”1 This is because accounting is so basic to business. Whether you are interested in a career in an accounting firm, in government or entrepreneurship, or in finance or corporate management, accounting skills are paramount to good business and always in demand.

And the US Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms the need for trained accountants – with a projected job growth rate of 11% between 2014 and 2024 – that is faster than average growth for all occupations. The money isn’t bad either. According to the BLS, accountants have a median pay of  $67,190 per year. 2

If all this sounds good to you, then a bachelor’s degree in accounting is a great place to start your career. In fact, as a percentage of total hires, holders of bachelor’s degrees in accounting experienced increased hiring rates between 2012 and 2014.3 It’s no wonder so many schools are promoting their online accounting programs.

Completing a degree online is becoming increasingly common, and it isn’t difficult to find high-quality, accredited degree programs in accounting. But wading through program information can be mind-numbing and overwhelming. So we at College Choice have done the leg-work for you and come up with a list of the top 35 online Bachelor’s in Accounting programs.

We’ve crunched the data – weighing factors like reputation scores, program accreditation, tuition costs, and early career earnings of graduates – to come up with a composite score that reflects academic excellence and the all-important return on investment.

A few things to be aware of as you peruse the list:

  • The listed average tuition is based on the out-of-state, per-credit tuition taken from program websites – be sure to look into extra fees, which vary widely.
  • Accreditation is extremely important. All schools on our list are regionally accredited and most programs have additional accreditation from one of the three main business accrediting bodies: the AACSB, the ACBSP, or the IACBE.

Good luck in your search – we hope our list helps you find the best program for you!

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Pennsylvania State University World Campus

College Choice Score: 100.00

Average Tuition: $542.00

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The World Campus is part of the world-renowned Pennsylvania State University system, whose flagship campus is one of the top-ranked universities in the world. Penn State World Campus is a public, online university that offers degrees in a variety of fields.

The World Campus at Penn State offers an online, AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting which is both comprehensive and diverse. The intent of the program is to prepare students for either further graduate studies or an accounting career in a variety of sectors. The curriculum readies students to take a number of certifications:

  • Certified Chartered Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

The online accounting program at Penn State ensures that students acquire both the relevant work-related skills to become an accounting generalist (through courses on topics like finance, business strategy, business law, marketing, and supply chain management) while providing electives that support specific career goals.

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Colorado State University - Global Campus

College Choice Score: 91.58

Average Tuition: $350.00

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Situated along the Cache La Poudre River in Fort Collins, CO, Colorado State University is a public research university and the flagship institution of the Colorado State University system. Frequently earning a place among the top national universities, the school is home to an AACSB accredited College of Business and is a national leader in online education.

Colorado State’s Global Campus offers on online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares students for careers in private, public, not-for-profit, and government organizations. Students will gain mastery of the fundamentals of accounting, as well as a comprehensive view of organizational management issues. Students may tailor the program to their interests by adding a specialization. Some options include:

  • Criminal Forensics
  • Criminal Justice Management
  • Criminology
  • Data Management and Analysis
  • Emergency Management

Students enrolled in the Accounting major have the opportunity to acquire Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements which highlight for future employers the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students master in the program. This is a very affordable degree, and Colorado State Global Campus offers a guarantee that tuition will not increase during your time of enrollment.

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Florida Institute of Technology

College Choice Score: 91.28

Average Tuition: $510.00

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Founded in 1948, Florida Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Florida Tech) is a private institution located in Melbourne, Florida. As the name indicates, the school is primarily a Technological University but has received national recognition for their online business programs as well (US News and World Report).

The Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech Online offers an online, IACBE-accredited Bachelor of Arts in Accounting which provides a foundation for becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA). This is a broad-based liberal arts program which also covers topics necessary for a career in:

  • Financial, managerial and cost accounting
  • Tax planning, auditing, international accounting
  • Accounting for mergers and acquisitions

To ensure that online students at Florida Tech Online have good chances of success, all students begin the program with a one-credit course called “Mastering E-Learning.” The program is delivered in eight week sessions with six start dates throughout the year (two start dates in Spring, Summer, and Fall each). Course delivery is 100% online, and prepares students for a wide variety of careers in either the public or private sector.

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Regis University

College Choice Score: 90.27

Average Tuition: $475.00

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Founded in 1877, Regis University is a private, Catholic university located in Denver, Colorado. Comprised of five colleges, they have been offering online degrees since 1997 and US News and World Report ranks them in the top 100 best online bachelor’s degree programs in the nation.

The College of Business and Economics at Regis University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares students for accounting careers in private business, government or nonprofit agencies and public accounting firms. This is an accelerated program with a strong foundation in ethical practices and an emphasis on current technology. Courses include:

  • Auditing Principles and Procedures
  • Business Finance
  • Ethical Decision Making in Business
  • Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

Delivery of courses is 100% online, in accelerated five or eight-week terms, with six start dates each year. And for undergraduate students who know that they want to complete a master’s degree as well, Regis offers the opportunity to work on a B.S. in Accounting degree in tandem with one of the College of Business and Economics graduate degree programs.

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California Baptist University

College Choice Score: 87.73

Average Tuition: $547.00

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You may not have heard of California Baptist University – a private, Christian, liberal arts university located in Riverside, California – but if you are thinking of pursuing an accredited, online Bachelor’s degree, their programs are worth looking at. The school has ranked highly in several categories and has one of the top 50 online Bachelor’s programs in the country (US News and World Report).

The Division of Online and Professional Studies at CBU offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares students for the CPA exam and the CMA exam – as well as the numerous career paths available in the accounting field. The curriculum employs an interdisciplinary approach and students will study a broad range of topics in addition to the accounting curriculum, including:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Business law
  • International business
  • Business analysis
  • Marketing

This accounting program encourages students to embrace personal, professional, and spiritual transformation so that they will be ready to address complex accounting issues in a dynamic business environment.  The average completion time for this degree program is 36 months and is completely online.

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Washington State University

College Choice Score: 87.18

Average Tuition: $570.00

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Washington State University

Located in the town of Pullman, in southeastern Washington State, Washington State University (known as “Wazzu”) is a public research university that ranks among the top National universities in the country. The school has a robust online program, known as their global campus, which has garnered national acclaim – and their online undergraduate program ranks in the top 20 nationally (US News and World Report).

The Carson College of Business at Washington State offers an online, AACSB-accredited which provides core courses in financial management, auditing, business strategy, and taxation. These core emphases are enhanced by a focus on technological and intellectual innovation in the accounting field. Required courses include:

  • Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting
  • Law and the Legal Environment
  • Accounting Systems and Auditing

Most Carson College of Business courses are seven weeks long, and other non-business courses are in the traditional 16-week format. A unique feature of the Carson College of Business degree program is the six-credit international experience requirement. This requirement,  which students can fulfill in a variety of ways (including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework), helps students develop the skills to succeed in the global marketplace.

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Old Dominion University

College Choice Score: 85.58

Average Tuition: $355.00

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Old Dominion University

Founded in 1930, Old Dominion University is a public research institution located in Norfolk, Virginia. The school has been a pioneer in technology-delivered distance learning since the mid-1980s and has been offering online bachelor’s degree programs since 2003, earning national acclaim for their high-quality programs.

The Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University offers an online, AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. This broad-based accounting degree promises to teach technical accounting knowledge, develop analytical abilities, and strengthen communication and computer skills. This is a completion degree program so students must have all lower-division requirements completed before admission. Required program courses include:

  • Principles of Finance
  • Legal Environments of Business
  • Principles of Information Technology
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Contemporary Organizations/Management

This bachelor’s program requires 120 credits total, 30 of which studnets must complete at Old Dominion University. All online courses at ODU follow the regular academic calendar, with a few offered in an accelerated format. Online courses are in both synchronous (occurring at a set time)  and asynchronous (pre-recorded) formats.

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Saint Leo University

College Choice Score: 85.45

Average Tuition: $470.00

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Located just north of Tampa in the small town of St. Leo, St. Leo University describes itself as a Catholic, liberal arts school serving learners of all faiths. The school is ranked among the best regional schools in the South and has one of the best online bachelor’s programs in the country (US News and World Report).

The School of Business at Saint Leo University offers an online, IACBE-accredited Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree which will prepare students for entry-level accounting positions in for-profit, not-for-profit, or governmental organizations. This foundational accounting degree paves the way for students who wish to become CPAs or CMAs.

  • Accounting fundamentals and concepts
  • Cost accounting
  • Auditing
  • Individual federal income taxes
  • Business law

For those who prefer a more general business education, Saint Leo also offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree with an accounting specialization. The B.A. in Accounting requires advanced accounting and advanced auditing courses – resulting in a deeper understanding of accounting practices. Active duty military personnel should note that their tuition costs are reduced to $250 / credit.

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Liberty University

College Choice Score: 85.44

Average Tuition: $390.00

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Established in 1971, Liberty University is a private, evangelical Christian university located in Lynchburg, VA. The University has an extensive online program (100,000 students were enrolled in 2016) which has garnered national acclaim – US News and World Report ranks their online Bachelor’s program in the top 100 nationally.

Liberty University offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares students to be ethical leaders in the world of business. The program focuses on practical problem-solving and critical thinking and develops proficiency with business communication and computer applications. Courses include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Ethics

This 120-credit program is entirely online and Liberty’s generous transfer policy allows students to bring all but 30 hours into the program. Students must complete fifty percent of the major (28 credits) at Liberty.

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University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

College Choice Score: 85.35

Average Tuition: $361.00

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Established in 1895, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth is a nationally ranked, public university which became part of the University of Massachusetts system in 1991.  The school boasts a highly regarded business program and their robust online undergraduate programs also rank among the best in the country (US News and World Report).

The Charlton School of Business at UMass Dartmouth offers on online, AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares students for careers in public accounting, management accounting, government, and auditing. This is a degree completion program so students must have earned a minimum of 24 credits to be accepted to the program –  but students may transfer up to 75 credits of the total 120 credit degree total. Required courses include:

  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Management

This hybrid program blends online courses with face-to-face classes and includes hands-on work experience through internship programs. This is a very affordable degree program, but please note that UMass Dartmouth does not consider applications for online programs from applicants whose permanent residence is in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Maryland or Minnesota (due to state regulations).

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Misericordia University

College Choice Score: 85.26

Average Tuition: $395.00

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Misericordia University

Situated in Dallas, PA, Misericordia University is a private, Catholic, four-year liberal arts university that was founded in 1924. The school ranks among the best regional universities in the North, as well as maintaining a reputation for being a Best Value in education (US News and World Report). The university has a robust online presence designed specifically to meet the needs of busy adults.  

The Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University offers an online, IACBE-accredited Bachelor of Science degree. This accelerated program promises to provide students with communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as the technical proficiency to become professional accountants. The accounting curriculum is based on a liberal arts core with business courses designed to provide the necessary skills for entry-level accounting jobs. Required courses include:

  • Management of Human Capital
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Finance

To ensure that students are job-ready on graduation, standard business software is integrated into instruction and student assignments. Misericordia’s online programs and course offerings are designed for highly motivated, self-directed adults who have prior college credits or an associate’s degree.

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Upper Iowa University

College Choice Score: 83.59

Average Tuition: $325.00

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Upper Iowa University has maintained a presence in the small town of Fayette, Iowa since its founding in 1857. A private, not-for-profit university, Upper Iowa University has been a pioneer in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. The school has a nationally ranked online Bachelor’s program which offers students the flexibility to study anywhere, anytime.

The Business College at Upper Iowa University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting for those desiring careers in public or private settings. Students in the online program will be prepared for the CPA exam – and will be trained in the preparation and analysis of financial statements and taxation requirements. Courses cover a number of integrated topics, including:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Federal Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Managerial Cost Accounting

Online courses are delivered in six (eight week) terms per year, giving added flexibility to nontraditional students. Additionally, Upper Iowa University allows students to transfer up to 90 semester credits (maximum of 78 lower division) towards a Bachelor’s degree. And the school has a variety of agreements with corporations that offer their employees tuition discounts when taking UIU courses online.

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Linfield College

College Choice Score: 82.83

Average Tuition: $480.00

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Linfield College

Founded in McMinnville, Oregon in 1858, Linfield College is a private, not-for-profit, liberal arts college that ranks among top national liberal arts colleges. The school is dedicated exclusively to undergraduate students and prides itself on small class sizes and experiential education. Linfield also has a nationally ranked online program that extends the reach of their high-quality programs to nontraditional students.

The Department of Online and Continuing Education at Linfield offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting for those looking to practice in the fields of public, private, and government accounting. Intended for those who are planning to pursue a career as a certified public accountant or just want to work in the financial industry, course requirements include:

  • Principles of Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior and Management

The online degree program at Linfield is intended to be flexible enough for busy adults – 100% online courses provide students with the ability to take classes according to their own schedules and with the ability to access coursework at any time and from any location.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

College Choice Score: 82.81

Average Tuition: $424.00

Program Website

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Founded in 1920, Indiana Wesleyan University is a regionally accredited, evangelical Christian university of the Wesleyan Church. The school, which has a traditional campus in Marion, IN, has been pioneering adult education since 1985. Currently, over 10,000 students are enrolled in their acclaimed online courses and education centers.

The Devoe School of Business at IWU offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This program, which is designed for working professionals, emphasizes accounting theory, taxation, and auditing. And the broad-based curriculum provides the skills and knowledge necessary for a career within the general field of accounting. Required courses include:

  • Business Taxation
  • Personal Accounting
  • Payroll Accounting and Taxation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Accounting Ethics

It is possible for students to complete this degree program in approximately 18-20 months. The program is a good foundation for those wanting to pursue CPA taxation, though would-be applicants should check with their state licensing board of accountancy for the specific requirements needed to make an application to take the CPA examination.

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Southern New Hampshire University

College Choice Score: 82.66

Average Tuition: $320.00

Program Website

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Southern New Hampshire University is a private, non-profit university which has been a leader in adult education nationally. The school, which was founded in 1932, provides students with different ways to access their programs, including their accredited online programs. Academic programs at SNHU are created with the real world in mind, so students are prepared to launch successful careers when they graduate.

Southern New Hampshire University offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelors of Science in Accounting which focuses on developing business and accounting expertise.  Students in the program gain both in-depth knowledge of accounting practices as well as business-specific skills. The curriculum provides a foundation in:

  • Financial analysis
  • General accounting skills
  • Auditing
  • Taxation

SNHU offers several options for online accounting students. The accelerated degree program, created for focused students who want to earn both their BS and MS, offers a quicker way to earn qualifications. Alternatively, SNHU offers an online B.S. in Accounting with a specialization in Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination. This program stresses the development of analytical skills that are directly applicable to the workplace. SNHU also offers a B.S. in Business Studies in Accounting, and a B.S. in Accounting Finance.

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St Mary-of-the-Woods College

College Choice Score: 81.80

Average Tuition: $496.00

Program Website

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Founded in 1840 in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN,  Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college which consistently ranks among the best regional colleges in the Midwest (US News and World Report). The school has also invested heavily in their online content, and their online Bachelor’s programs have garnered particular national acclaim.

Woods Online offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree that promises to develop your ability to develop creative solutions to complex business problems. The program covers essential accounting concepts, from tax laws to financial analysis and includes integrative technology. This 125 credit degree program includes 51 credits of accounting and related coursework, including:

  • Financial Reporting, Reporting, and Research
  • Tax and Tax Laws
  • Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
  • International Accounting

Professors at SMWC offer online academic support and career services specifically tailored to individual student goals.Online students have the opportunity to join student business organizations like the Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of CPAs. Additionally, the career development center at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College offers many internship opportunities for online accounting students.

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Western Governors University

College Choice Score: 81.48

Average Tuition: $240.83

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Western Governors University

Western Governors University is a private, non-profit, online university located in Salt Lake City, UT. Originally founded by the governors of 19 U.S. states, the school aims to make education as accessible as possible for nontraditional students. Unlike many higher learning institutions, WGU employs a competency-based learning model that ensures that students are prepared with concrete skills that can be used in the job market when they graduate.

Western Governors University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to start, or continue, a career in accounting. This flexible program is designed for individuals who need accountancy training and credentials to advance their careers. This 121 credit degree program covers topics such as:

  • Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • Management
  • Business Management
  • Finance
  • Business Law and Ethics

This bachelor’s degree is designed to flow seamlessly into the Master of Accounting program at WGU. Completing both degree programs allows qualified students to meet the 150 semester hours required to sit for the CPA exam in most states. A note about tuition: WGU charges tuition at a flat rate regardless of the number of competency units (credits) attempted or completed by the student in a six-month term. The above -listed per-credit tuition is based on 12 competency units per term.

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DeSales University

College Choice Score: 81.46

Average Tuition: $474.00

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Established in 1964, DeSales University is a small, private, Catholic liberal arts university that ranks among the top regional universities in the North. DeSales, which prides itself on a supportive environment for academic and spiritual growth, offers programs from the bachelor’s level through doctorate degrees. The school ranks as a Best Value School nationally and has a business program that has garnered national attention (US News and World Report).

The Division of Business at DeSales University offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting that allows students to pursue careers in corporate management, finance, government, or as entrepreneurs. This flexible, 120-credit degree program covers a broad range of business and accounting topics, including:

  • Principles of Management
  • Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

DeSales University allows students to transfer up to 75 credits (or 25 courses) into the program, and students are also able to earn credit for previous learning experiences. Delivery of online courses is through both synchronous and asynchronous courses – and there are eleven start dates throughout the year, making this a flexible program for nontraditional students.

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Bemidji State University

College Choice Score: 81.02

Average Tuition: $287.35

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Bemidji State University

Founded in 1919 in northern Minnesota’s lake district, Bemidji State University is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Bemidji State has ranked as one of the top universities in the Midwest, with their online bachelor’s program also ranked as one of the best in the nation (US News and World Report). The school focuses on environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.

The College of Business at Bemidji State offers an online, IACBE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting that provides the educational background to excel in any business position.  This online program begins with a core set of Business, Economics and Accounting courses which provide an understanding of all aspects of a business or organization. Students then move on to an in-depth study of accountancy, including courses in:

  • Governmental Accounting
  • Legal Environment
  • Accounting Systems
  • Auditing

Students who already have an AA, BS, or BA, may be able to complete the program in as little as two years. Students may also focus on advanced accounting courses in the online program to prepare for the Certified Public Accounting Exam. This is a completion degree so you must have already completed 24 semester credits for admission to the program.

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Regent University

College Choice Score: 80.40

Average Tuition: $395.00

Program Website

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Regent University is a private, Christian research university located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The school, which has a mission to develop Christian leaders, is one of an elite group to receive an “A” rating for its undergraduate liberal arts curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Regent University has been offering online degrees since 2003 and prides itself on its rigorous, flexible, and affordable online programs.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Regent University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting that will teach the skills necessary to pursue a career in the public, private or nonprofit business sectors. For those wanting to attain their CPA credential, this program provides an excellent foundational education. Required courses include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Accounting Info Systems
  • Auditing
  • Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting

Students in this 120 credit program will become proficient in international business, strategic management, law and ethics, operations and financial management. Online courses at Regent University are offered in an accelerated eight-week format and professors at Regent teach courses from a Christian perspective.

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American Public University

College Choice Score: 79.84

Average Tuition: $270.00

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American Public University

The American Public University System, comprised of American Public University and American Military University is a regionally accredited, for-profit system catering particularly to (but not affiliated with ) the American Military. Headquartered in Charles Town, WV, the university has an online Bachelor’s program that has ranked in the top 100 in the nation (US News and World Report).

American Public University offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This broad-based degree program prepares students for a career as an accountant, auditor, examiner, and other related financial positions in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. 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

This is a 121 credit program, and students may transfer up to 91 credits into the program. The entire degree takes four years full-time to complete. Depending on a student’s state of residency, coursework for this degree program may or may not satisfy the educational requirements for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Refer to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website to check state requirements.

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University of Alabama

College Choice Score: 79.47

Average Tuition: $667.00

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One of three institutions in the University of Alabama System, the University of Alabama in Birmingham serves a diverse student body through a variety of traditional and nontraditional learning formats. A nationally ranked university, UA Birmingham is  known for their interdisciplinary research programs – as well as a number of highly regarded online programs.

The Collat School of Business at UA Birmingham offers an online, AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This 100% online accounting degree will provide a solid foundation in conceptual accounting and business knowledge from a business school that is focused on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship.  This program prepares students for certification exams, including:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

UA Birmingham promises an innovative curriculum, technology-driven instructional methods, and encouraging learning environment. Students in the online program learn from the same industry-expert faculty as campus-based students do. Completion of the entire accounting degree program takes about four years, depending on how many credits you have already completed – UA Birmingham does allow students to transfer credits into the program.

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Indiana State University

College Choice Score: 78.94

Average Tuition: $391.00

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Situated in Terre Haute, IN, Indiana State University is a public research institution with a commitment to making higher education accessible to all learners. The school has consistently been named among the top universities in the Midwest (Princeton Review), and boasts some of the best online programs in the country (US News and World Report).

The Scott College of Business at Indiana State offers an online, AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting. The program provides an excellent foundation for those with ambitions to become a certified public accountant or a gateway to graduate study in Business. Coursework consists of Indiana State’s Foundational Studies Program, a core of business courses, plus required accounting courses. Electives are also offered, including:

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Nonprofit Accounting
  • Taxation

Indiana State also offers optional minors online in areas such as forensic accounting, finance, and insurance and risk management.  Coursework in the forensic accounting minor, finance minor, and insurance and risk management minor partially satisfies the CPA requirement of 150 credits.

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Clarion University of Pennsylvania

College Choice Score: 78.59

Average Tuition: $326.00

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Clarion University

Situated in Clarion, PA, Clarion University is one of thirteen schools in the University of Pennsylvania system. The school is set in a rural area, but has greatly extended the reach of their high-quality academic programs by investing in their online programs. Several of these programs, including their undergraduate and business programs, have been ranked among the best of their kind nationally (US News and World Report).

The College of Business Administration and Information Sciences at Clarion University offers an online AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting degree. This program provides interdisciplinary competence across accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing, preparing students for graduate education in accounting, business and law. The curriculum integrates technology to support data analysis and business decision making – required courses include:

  • Management Theory and Practice
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Economics and Business Statistics

Clarion University also has a very successful internship program, providing opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience prior to graduation. And for those wishing to sit for the CPA exam, Clarion offers an additional online CPA Eligibility Certificate program, which ensures students have the necessary credits.

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Bellevue University

College Choice Score: 78.46

Average Tuition: $410.00

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Bellevue University

Bellevue University is a private, non-profit university located in Bellevue, Nebraska which has focused on providing quality, affordable education for working adults since its opening in 1966. The university has over 10,000 students enrolled in their undergraduate and graduate programs and is home to a highly ranked online bachelor’s program.

Bellevue University offers an online, IACBE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares students to become an accountant in a variety of organizations in the accounting field. This hands-on degree program provides an excellent foundation in financial accounting, cost accounting, auditing, tax accounting, and analysis. Students in the online accounting program also have the option of adding a minor in Taxation.  Required core courses in this 127-credit program include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Ethics
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Financial Auditing

In addition to their academic coursework, Bellevue also provides internship opportunities for students who wish to develop their practical accounting skills further and bolster their CV. Bellevue University offers all of the courses necessary to fulfill the requirements of the CPA exam (though students will have to take extra credits – at the undergraduate or graduate level – to earn the necessary 150 credits to sit the exam).

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Colorado Technical University

College Choice Score: 78.01

Average Tuition: $325.00

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Colorado-Technical University

Founded in 1965 in Colorado Springs, CO, Colorado Technical University is one of a few regionally accredited, for-profit universities whose high-quality programs have been garnering recognition in the educational world.  With an initial focus on training former military personnel, Colorado Technical University has recently earned particular acclaim for their Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News and World Report).

Colorado Technical University offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor Science in Accounting which provides a foundation for becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA). This affordable degree program focuses on developing skills including corporate accounting, taxation, governmental and not-for-profit accounting and auditing. Required courses include:

  • Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Global Managerial Economics
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Auditing Lab

In addition to specific accounting competencies, this program develops intellectual, interpersonal and communication skills that are necessary for success in the business world. And for those interested in sitting for either the CPA or CMA exam, accounting courses at CTU align with the educational standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and integrates the body of knowledge necessary for the Certified Managerial Accounting (CMA) exam.

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St Joseph's College

College Choice Score: 77.84

Average Tuition: $331.00

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St Joseph College Maine

Located on the shores of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine, St Joseph’s College is a private, Catholic, nationally ranking liberal arts college. The only Catholic college in Maine, St Joseph’s has been delivering distance education courses since the 1970s. The school emphasizes personalized, career focused education both on-campus and online.

St Joseph’s College offers an online, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting specialization. The intent of the program is to teach the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective manager in either public or private institutions, and the program includes all prerequisites for admission to the Master of Accountancy program at St Joseph’s. Features of this 125 credit program include:

  • Students may transfer up to 25% of credits into program
  • Flexible online format with no on-campus residency required.
  • Possible specializations include Accounting and Accounting Information Systems

The online accounting major prepares business students to pursue professional certifications and consists of sufficient accounting coursework to begin a career in the field of accounting. The Accounting Information Systems major was designed with the AICPA’s Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) in mind, and prepares business students to pursue two professional certifications at one time.

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University of Memphis

College Choice Score: 77.82

Average Tuition: $468.00

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University of Memphis

Situated in Memphis, Tennessee, the University of Memphis is one of only two doctoral high or very high research public universities in the state. Founded in 1912, the school has been recognized for its educational quality and its accessibility for students. The University of Memphis has also earned recognition for its excellent internship program, and several highly regarded online programs.

The School of Accountancy at the Fogelman College of Business offers an online, AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. The degree program focuses on accounting within organizations, technological competency, critical thinking, effective communication ethics, and decision making. Required courses include:

  • Cost accounting
  • Audit and Assurance Services
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Governmental, Health Care/Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Accounting Systems

This 120-credit program is available completely online by combining the upper division University of Memphis online courses with transferred credits from other accredited institutions.  The University of Memphis also has a Prior Learning Assessment which allows students to earn credit Experiential Learning Credit for college-level knowledge that they have gained outside the classroom.

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Hiram College

College Choice Score: 77.44

Average Tuition: $470.00

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Hiram College

Located in the small town of Hiram, OH, Hiram College is a private, non-profit, nationally ranking liberal arts college which has been reaching out to nontraditional students since the 1970s through weekend classes and, more recently, through two fully online Business programs. The school places an emphasis on small class sizes and study abroad experiences for their students.

Hiram College offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Financial Management which will prepare students for entry-level accounting and finance careers. Specifically, students will learn to evaluate business strategies and transactions based on key aspects of accounting, auditing, taxation and cost management. Required courses include:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Federal Taxation Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Professional Responsibilities

Hiram College offers six different start times throughout the year: two in the fall, two in spring and two in summer. Students may also transfer a maximum of 75 eligible hours of credit from accredited institutions. And with the Hiram College Tuition Guarantee, incoming freshmen are assured that the cost they pay for tuition in their first year will remain the same for the duration of their degree program at Hiram.

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University of Minnesota at Crookston

College Choice Score: 75.99

Average Tuition: $436.54

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Located in the town of Crookston in Northern Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Crookston is one of five campuses in the University of Minnesota System. The school is a career-oriented, applied-learning, technology-driven university and is the the leader within the U of M system in delivering fully accredited undergraduate degrees online.

The Business Department at UM-Crookston offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Accounting which will prepare students for a career in accounting in a variety of organizational situations. This flexible program teaches students the fundamental and advanced techniques needed to assist future clients and firms with financial reports. Students from this program have started careers in Financial Analysis, Public Accounting, Management Accounting, Banking, Taxation, or Finance. Coursework includes:

  • Accounting Systems
  • Auditing I
  • Income Tax I
  • Managerial Finance
  • Business Ethics

The program has two start dates per year and applications are due August 12 for fall, December 23 for spring. Students also have the option to take certification examinations through the UM Crookston campus to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

 

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Champlain College

College Choice Score: 75.30

Average Tuition: $641.00

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Champlain College

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, undergraduate college located near Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. A nationally ranked regional university, the school has attracted career-minded students since its inception. The school has greatly extended the reach of its programs through online programs – with its online bachelor’s program earning national recognition (US News and World Report).

Champlain College Online offers an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares students for accounting and auditing positions, as well as advanced certification, such as the CPA exam. The program curriculum is designed around the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Core Competency Framework which encompasses topics such as:

  • Accounting skills
  • Legal skills & business/tax law,
  • Financial intelligence
  • Problem-solving/decision-making
  • Risk analysis
  • Information technology

This flexible degree program is intended for busy, working adults and most courses are taught in seven week terms. An added benefit of the Champlain College accounting program is the ability to earn certifications as you learn. Three certificates are awarded throughout the program: the Accounting Certificate, Advanced Accounting Certificate, and Cost Accounting Certificate. And Champlain College also allows students to transfer up to 90 credits into the program from accredited institutions.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

College Choice Score: 73.80

Average Tuition: $425.00

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Founded in 1869 in Carbondale, IL, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a public research university and the flagship institution of the Southern Illinois University System. The school ranks as one of the top public schools nationally, and its online Business and Engineering programs have earned particular acclaim.

The College of Business at SIU Carbondale offers an online, AACSB-accredited  Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares students for employment along four basic career paths: public, management, government accounting and internal auditing. This completion degree is the only AACSB-accredited online Accounting degree in Illinois. Required courses include:

  • Accounting: Financial
  • Accounting: Managerial
  • Cost Accounting
  • Introduction to Taxation

This flexible program is designed to fit into the lifestyle of busy adults. Incorporating approximately 60 hours of coursework, the program is divided into 10 course pairings, with each including two 3-credit-hour courses. Each course runs eight weeks so students focus on two classes at a time while still completing four courses each semester. The program typically takes about 24 months (six semesters) to complete – but it is possible to finish in a minimum of 18 months.

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Missouri Southern State University

College Choice Score: 72.47

Average Tuition: $357.22

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Missouri Southern State University

Situated in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the town of Joplin, Missouri, Missouri Southern State University is a public, state university which was founded in 1937. The school offers over 200 academic programs and a robust online program.  The Plaster School of Business is accredited by the ACBSP and offers a wide range of majors and minors for students seeking undergraduate business education.

The Plaster School of Business at Missouri Southern offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. The program teaches the knowledge and skills necessary for a career as a professional accountant – focusing on financial accounting principles, analyzing accounting financial statements and evaluating accounting activities. Courses include:

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Cost Accounting
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting

The online program also covers ethics and international issues, along with core classes in technology and communication. And students will be given the skills to complete the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or other professional certification examinations. MSSU has also recently expanded its boundaries for in-state tuition to include all of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and many counties in Illinois.

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Northwestern State University of Louisiana

College Choice Score: 71.70

Average Tuition: $375.00

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Northwestern State University

Situated in the historic town of  Natchitoches, LA, Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a four-year public university. Through both traditional campus-based programs and a robust online presence, the school continues to have a strong emphasis on teaching, research, and service. And recently, Northwestern’s Business Program has earned particular acclaim (US News and World Report).

The School of Business at NSU Louisiana offers an AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting which prepares the student for entry into many different careers in the field of accounting. This broad-based program gives foundational knowledge in financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, tax, audit, accounting information systems and governmental accounting. Courses include:

  • Income Taxes
  • Cost Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Money and Banking
  • Business Finance

Students at Northwestern State have the opportunity to earn credit for college-level learning they have gained outside of the college through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)  – an intensive portfolio writing course (IDS 3000) which covers life, work, or volunteer experience. All program coursework is available online. However, some classes do require students to come to campus for midterm & final exams – though most will allow students to have it proctored at a local University or testing center.

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University

College Choice Score: 71.00

Average Tuition: $509.25

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Situated in the town of Alva, OK, Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a public university and one of six regional universities governed by the Regional University System of Oklahoma. The school offers several accredited programs at the undergraduate and graduate level – including an ACBSP-accredited Division of Business.

The Division of Business at Northwestern Oklahoma State offers an online, ACBSP-accredited Bachelor of Science in Accounting which provides students with the skills to be competitive for entry-level accounting positions and the background needed for growth into upper-level accounting positions. Features of the online degree program:

  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University does not limit the number of transferable hours from accredited post-secondary institutions.
  • Most of the classes are in an online asynchronous format to allow students to work on the courses on their schedule.

The school has a mission to provide a student-oriented learning environment to prepare students to be ethical, fiscally responsible business professionals and leaders. All students in the online major program must take UNIV 1010 Online Program Orientation, a brief, non-credit orientation for students, their first semester as an online program major.  

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