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Accounting

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Accounting teaches the basics of accounting fundamentals including the tools needed for building financial statements. You’ll study basic business strategies and economic concepts in this accounting degree program as you prepare for entry-level positions as a bookkeeper, accountant, or auditor. This online associate program is also ideal for students who want to enter the business world as an entrepreneur or manager of a small business.

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

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:

  • Describe the general role of accounting in business in relation to its use by managers, investors, businesses, and regulatory agencies.
  • List Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and recall how GAAP is established.
  • Utilize the steps in the accounting cycle to prepare financial statements from raw financial data.
  • Complete accounting analyses and explain how this information is used to assist in making managerial decisions and controlling the financial aspects of business operations.
  • Recognize 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).
  • Discuss basic business and economic terms and concepts.
  • Employ office productivity applications to create business and accounting related reports and presentations.

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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

Covers fundamental concepts including business strategy, financial statements, and cost information. Examines economics, management, and the ethical issues that impact business decisions.

ACCT302

Intermediate Accounting II

ACCT303

Intermediate Accounting III

ACCT305

Accounting Information Systems

ACCT401

Cost Accounting

ACCT300

Financial Accounting

ACCT400

Auditing

ACCT406

Managerial/Cost Accounting

ACCT410

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

ACCT415

Law for Accountants

ACCT420

Individual Federal Taxes

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 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.

State Regulations

The State Board of Accountancy requires fully online programs to use test proctoring. Students in all upper-level accounting courses (i.e., 300-level and above) are required to use test proctoring in several assessments. Any challenge that may impede the student from using test proctoring (e.g., military deployments, overseas travel, connectivity issues, etc.) need to be taken into consideration by the student before enrollment since exceptions to the use of test proctoring are not permitted.

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

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 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.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.