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Accounting

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting offers you the necessary theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and research know-how to address complex accounting issues. From entry-level bookkeeping positions all the way to careers as chief financial officers for major corporations, accounting professionals are in demand. Successful completion of this online degree program helps to prepare you for a career as an accountant, auditor, examiner, and other related financial positions in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and has earned additional ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all Courses

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Explain the roles accountants perform in society.
  • Discuss Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and their controlling authorities and relate these concepts with appropriate accounting practices.
  • Analyze and prepare financial information for management and stakeholders utilizing appropriate accounting analyses and reports.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the ethical framework for accountants adopted by professional accounting organizations, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
  • Articulate a basic knowledge of legal and business terms and concepts relating to the practice of accounting.
ACBSP Accredited & ACBSP Accredited in Accounting

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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General

Focuses on the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and research skills needed to address and resolve complex accounting issues in different business environments. Explores accounting information systems, business and contract law, and payroll basics.

Sample Courses

  • ACCT202 - Introduction to Payroll
  • ACCT300 - Financial Accounting
  • ACCT305 - Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT410 - Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • ACCT415 - Law for Accountants
  • ACCT406 - Managerial/Cost Accounting

Admission Requirements

  • All AMU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.

State Regulations

Coursework for this degree program may or may not satisfy the educational requirements for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in your state, depending upon your state of residency. For more information, see the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website.

Florida: Based upon conversations with the Florida Division of Certified Public Accounting, this accounting program and coursework may not meet the education requirements to obtain a CPA license in Florida. Individuals wishing to obtain a CPA license in Florida should check with the Florida Division of Certified Public Accounting to determine eligibility.

Texas: Under the rules of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, at least 15 hours of upper-level accounting course work must result from physical attendance at classes meeting regularly on the campus of the transcript-issuing institution. Completion of this accounting program and coursework may not meet the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam or obtain a CPA license in Texas. Individuals wishing to sit for the CPA exam or obtain a CPA license in Texas should check with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to determine eligibility.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.