Learn to lead an organization from a financial perspective, and become a more valuable member of your workplace.
What does it mean to be an accountant? It means you are a valuable asset to your company. It means you are the one people turn to with their questions. It means you are the one they trust to balance their books, to save them money, and to keep them in financial compliance.
The role of a skilled and trusted accountant is an important one in any organization, and our online degree program can help you reach your potential.
If you're looking to increase your skills as an accountant and become an invaluable resource in your company (or your next company), fill out the contact form on the right, and we'll reach out to you about what a bachelor's degree in accounting can do for you.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for accountants and auditors is 13%, compared to the all-occupations average of 10%. This puts it at only slightly above average growth, and that means that there will be strong competition for the best jobs.
Having a passion for accounting is great, but it may not be enough to get you where you need to go. When you are looking to stand out in a competitive field, academic qualifications will be a big help.
You may be a great accountant if you like...
- Interpreting complex data.
- Making organization-wide decisions based on your own knowledge and experience.
- Freedom in terms of how to budget your time.
- Being available for regular telephone and email communication.
- Working indoors.
Successful accountants are active listeners with strong mathematics, writing, and reading comprehension skills, all of which you will develop as part of our online degree program. Critical thinking is also a must, as are deductive reasoning and time management.
Accounting is a vast field, and there is always room for growth. There is no limit to the amount of trust and value that an employer may place in you, so if your goal is not just to become an accountant but to become a great one, fill out the form on the right-hand side of this page for more information. We'll be in touch to answer your questions about our accounting bachelor's degree program.
We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. 21st Century Accounting and Financial Analysis, Reporting, and Auditing are two of the awards you can receive as part of our accounting program.
Earn Your Bachelor's Degree In Accounting
If you are looking to grow in the field of accounting, this online degree program is for you. Throughout your course of study you will improve your mastery of the fundamentals of accounting, as well as gain a comprehensive view of organizational management issues.
The B.S. in Accounting program is designed to take you beyond the day-to-day tasks of your position and help you to think bigger, expanding your professional horizons by teaching you about legal compliance, ethics, leadership, and more.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute successfully to an organization from an accounting perspective. Learners gain knowledge of 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.
- 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.
- Apply accounting and leadership skills to effectively work and communicate with others in areas of financial and organizational management.
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CSU-Global's accredited online bachelor's degree in accounting is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the accounting field. The program consists of 17 three-credit core courses as part of a full 120-credit bachelor's degree. Maximize your transfer credits and take advantage of our alternative credit options to finish faster and for less!
- ORG300: Applying Leadership PrinciplesThis required first course for all majors provides an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are important to all fields of study because regardless of the role a person assumes in an organization he or she will need to influence others in order to accomplish the goals and tasks of their work. The course engages students in discussion, exploration and application of leadership skills, principles and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections among leaders, individuals and organizations. Topics include communication, motivation, problem solving, organizational change, and workplace conflict.
- ACT300: Principles of Accounting IThis course provides students with an introduction to financial accounting for the profit-oriented organization. The course provides a solid presentation of the central accounting terms and concepts, including a discussion of the basic accounting procedures, and the four types of financial statements. The accounting cycle, the double entry system, accrual based accounting, and the introductory use of the QuickBooks accounting software is included. The course concludes with a detailed discussion of the elements that comprise the balance sheet.
This course is considered a prerequisite and may be waived through transfer of equivalent lower division coursework or demonstrated workplace knowledge.
- MKG310: Introduction to MarketingThis course provides a general introduction to marketing principles and policies. Topics such as marketing functions, price policies and controls, distribution channels, merchandising, and market research as well as competitive practices and government regulations, product development, and integration of marketing with technology are presented. Students also gain a basic understanding of the 4Ps (product, place, price, promotion).
- MGT320: The Legal and Ethical Environment of BusinessAn introduction to the legal influences upon and within businesses, including statutory, executive, administrative, and case law. Included are the roles and influences of contracts and regulations upon business operations as well as the ethical issues encountered within the business environment and the associated legal implications.
- ACT325: Principles of Accounting IIThe first set of topics in this course expands upon the financial accounting topics of transactions involving partnerships and corporations, as presented in ACT300. Other subjects presented in the first part of the course include classification issues of short-term debt, various bonds, other long-term liabilities, and preparation of cash flow statements. The second part of the course covers the managerial accounting concepts of job order and process costing, CVP analysis, and culminates in a thorough discussion of flexible budgeting and capital budgeting.
This course is considered a prerequisite and may be waived through transfer of equivalent lower division coursework or demonstrated workplace knowledge.
- ACT350: Intermediate Accounting IThis course provides a thorough understanding of advanced accounting topics. Topics covered include the accounting cycle, financial statements, time value of money, revenue recognition and accounting for cash, receivables, inventory and long-term assets.
- ACT360: Intermediate Accounting II This course provides a thorough understanding of Intermediate accounting topics. Topics covered include long-term liabilities; stockholder’s equity; dilutive securities and earnings per share; investments; accounting for income taxes, pensions, and leases; statements of cash flows; accounting change and error analysis; and full disclosure in financial reporting.
- FIN300: Principles of Finance for the Private SectorA study of the financial aspects of businesses, including the costs of capital, fund acquisition sources, time value of money, efficient management of assets, and investment decisions. Particular emphasis is on determining the optimal capital structure between utilization of debt and equity financing.
- MTH410: Quantitative Business AnalysisThis course provides students with skills to analyze data and apply concepts of statistical analysis and research in a business context. Students formulate conclusions from data using descriptive and inferential statistical methods and expand on knowledge of the underlying theory behind types of data, data sources, data organization, measures of central tendency and variation, probability, and probability distributions.
- ACT405: Federal Individual TaxationThis course covers the federal income tax laws, regulations and tax policy for individual taxpayers. Primary emphasis is on the individual components of personal and business income and the allowable deductions. The taxation of gains and losses on property and capital-asset transactions will be presented. Student will be introduced to the common body of tax laws (CBOTL) and will learn the significance of the CBOTL in tax practice today.
- ACT410: Government and Nonprofit AccountingThis course provides a thorough understanding of governmental accounting topics. Topics covered include the financial reporting of state and local governments, learning about the governmental operating statement accounts and budgetary accounting, accounting for general capital assets and capital projects.
- ACT415: Business TaxationThis course examines the tax issues involved with corporate, flow-through and exempt business entities. Issues related to the development of tax returns for each business entity type are emphasized. The course also covers tax issues related to the gift, estate, and trust wealth transfer vehicles.
- ACT425: Information Systems for AccountingThis course covers the use of information systems in the accounting function with a focus on computer systems and internal controls. This course provides students with knowledge to evaluate users' accounting information needs, and the ability to design, implement, and maintain an accounting information system to meet the requirements of the businesses’ processes and cycles.
- ACT450: AuditingThis course offers a study of the systematic process by which external financial statements and management assertions are verified and reported, including auditing procedures, standards and programs, the examination of financial statements, and the preparation of audit working papers.
- ACT460: Cost AccountingThis course incorporates and applies theoretical concepts introduced in Managerial Accounting to financial decisionmaking. Internal planning (budgeting) and control (evaluation) cycles, managerial monitoring and feedback mechanisms, as well as behavioral performance issues in industrial and service firms, are all emphasized. Students will gain proficiency in practical accounting, procedural applications, and reporting. Topics include job costing, profit analysis, budgeting and forecasting, activity based costing, and variance analysis.
- ACT470: Advanced AccountingThis course explores the accounting theory, practice and procedures involved with multi-corporate business combinations (mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations), partnership formation, partnership operation and partnership liquidation.
- ACT480: Capstone – Accounting Research and AnalysisIn this capstone course, students will complete Capstone Assignments addressing the program outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Students will demonstrate learning accumulated throughout the Accounting program by applying leadership, critical thinking, problemsolving skills, and creativity to real-world situations.
- ACT495: Accounting PracticumThis is an optional course and activity for students in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program. The course focuses on providing students with practical experience in an accounting setting and provides an opportunity to apply their understanding of accounting principles and practices. For the practicum, students work directly with an organization that provides accounting/auditing/financial services and allows students to work directly with accounting professionals and with some clients in a supervised environment. At the same time, they complete ACT495 as an online course, reviewing module content and assigned readings, participating in discussion forums, and completing a Portfolio Project, which is a reflection on the practicum experience. *ACT495 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in organizations specific to accounting. See the academic catalog for course restrictions.
To ensure that you are learning the accounting practices relevant today, all courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.
You can customize your online degree in accounting by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of five upper-division courses (15 credit hours) in a more specific area of interest. A specialization is not required to complete a bachelor's degree, but it is an ideal way to tailor your educational experience to your professional goals and personal interests.
Explore Your Specialization Options for Your B.S. in Accounting:
- Business AdministrationThe Business Administration program is ideally suited for students interested in pursuing a career in business operations and management. Professionals in this field include department managers, accountants, consultants, executives, directors, and more.
- Computer ProgrammingComputer Programming specialization is aimed at non-computer science majors who would like to broaden their programming capabilities. Courses cover an entire spectrum of basic programming and software development techniques for analysis, design, and implementation of software applications across various operating systems and platforms.
- Criminal ForensicsThe Criminal Forensics program is ideal for students interested in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue or advance a career as a medical examiner, crime analyst, criminal investigator, or similar position in this exciting field.
- Criminal Justice ManagementThe criminal justice field includes careers in security, the court system, corrections, forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Justice Management program provides advanced leadership skills to further one’s professional development in these areas.
- CriminologyThe Criminology program focuses on the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the legal system. Students pursuing a career in law enforcement, social work, forensics, welfare, pathology, probation, or other public safety positions will gain a competitive advantage through the Criminology program.
- Data Management and AnalysisThe Data Management and Analysis program is designed for students interested in careers related to information systems and networking. Professionals interested in the information technology field who desire in-depth knowledge of how to manage enterprise data should consider this program.
- Emergency ManagementWhile emergency situations cannot always be avoided, proper critical response and preparation can drastically improve public safety. The Emergency Management program provides professionals, including safety directors, emergency specialists, consultants, analysts, and direct responders, with the skills necessary in a wide array of emergencies.
- Healthcare ManagementThe Healthcare Management program provides professionals in clinics, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, research facilities, and more with the focused training required to handle the unique management challenges of the healthcare industry. This program gives students a competitive edge in an ever-changing field.
- Human Resources and Organizational DevelopmentStudents interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources should consider adding this specialization to their bachelor’s degree coursework. It provides a background in personnel management, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. When completed as part of the B.S. in Business Management degree, this specialization aligns with educational standards from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
- Information Technology ManagementAs technology continues to advance, the need for qualified IT managers grows as well. Through the Information Technology Management Specialization, students gain the administrative knowledge needed to meet the demands of corporate technology systems including problem solving, resource allocation, networking, security, and more.
- Information Technology OperationsThis program provides a basic understanding of technology operations, networking, problem-solving, development, and more. Professionals interested in careers that require knowledge of information technology, including administrators, department managers, system analysts, and more, will benefit from this program.
- Marketing Students interested in the global field of marketing will benefit from this specialization, which includes promotion, creative services, public relations, research, consulting, communications, advertisement, strategy, branding, and much more. The Marketing program provides the tools necessary to be successfully employed in many areas within this field.
- Operations Management and SupervisionThe Operations Management and Supervision program is ideal for students who pursue careers in logistics or manufacturing and production. These courses provide knowledge and skills to improve efficiency, efficacy, and performance in organizational operations.
- Organizational LeadershipIf you wish to advance into a management role in your organization or further your management skills as they apply to staff, effective decision making, strategic communication, and more you should consider the Organizational Leadership program in addition to your your bachelor’s degree major or as a certificate of completion.
- Project ManagementStudents interested in project management should consider this program to gain comprehensive theories and concepts on how to improve organizational efficiency and performance on a per project basis. Ideal for both Project Management Professionals (PMP) and those interested in entering this growing field.
- Public and Non-Profit ManagementStudents interested in careers within the public and non-profit sectors should consider pursuing a specialization or certificate of completion in Public and Non-Profit Management. This program provides students with management and decision-making abilities necessary within these organizations.
- Small Business and EntrepreneurshipStudents who have a desire to work with a start up business or manage their own entrepreneurial enterprises will gain the variety of skills necessary to be successful through this specialization.
- Strategic CommunicationsEffective communication can increase efficiency and results in a wide array of professional positions. The Strategic Communication program improves both internal and external messaging, delivery, and comprehension for managers, consultants, marketing and public relations specialists, human resources, and more.
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