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Associate Degree in Accounting Online

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

Earn a Associate in Accounting Online

  • $320/credit (60 credits)
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • Transfer up to 45 credits toward your associate degree
  • Stacks seamlessly into BS in Accounting
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required
  • Increase your earning potential with an associate degree

Online Associate in Accounting Program Overview

Develop the accounting and business skills that employers desire with an online Associate of Science (AS) in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. The associate degree in accounting is perfect for professionals who want to enter an accounting-related field or lay the groundwork for continuing their education in accounting or business.

Once you earn your associate degree, you'll be prepared to jump into entry-level roles in your industry. You'll learn how to apply financial, managerial and cost accounting principles to your daily work and become an asset to any company.

You'll get practice with accounting tools including Microsoft Suite, Excel, PowerPoint and Word. You'll also have the opportunity to earn certifications in Wiley Excel for Accountants, and identify how Excel can be used for mission-critical tasks such as calculating profits, losses and margins; doing what-if analysis; and analyzing large data sets.

The credits you earn from your associate accounting degree at SNHU seamlessly stack into our online BS in Accounting. This means you can earn 2 degrees in the same time it takes to get just 1. Plus, if you'd like to become a certified public accountant (CPA), our bachelor's program aligns with the 2024 CPA exam update.

No matter where your education takes you, earning your associate degree could be a good investment. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median weekly earnings of those with associate degrees were $154 more than those whose education stopped after graduating high school.1

In the associate in accounting program, you'll learn how to:

  • Identify organizations that establish accounting standards regulations
  • Maintain financial records and statements
  • Analyze, interpret and present information to stakeholders
  • Identify the steps in the ethical decision-making process

If you're interested in higher-level education, check out our bachelor's in accounting degree online.

Career Outlook

The online associate degree in accounting provides a solid foundation in accounting principles and practices to prepare you for entry-level positions in nearly every industry. And when it comes to office and administrative support, earning your associate in accounting could position you well for many roles.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks made a median annual salary of $45,560 in 2021.1 Similarly, financial clerks were reported to make $44,760 in the same time period.1

With your associate degree in accounting, you'll be qualified for these roles and a number of entry-level jobs including:

  • Accounts receivable clerk
  • Accounting assistant
  • Billing clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll clerk

The technical skills you'll gain from your associate degree in accounting will be integral in these positions. But you might find that being a good candidate for a particular role requires other qualities – like being analytic, inquisitive and proactive.

Mona Stephens"Do research, ask questions, keep searching for the whys and what-ifs, and take advantage of opportunities to learn new technologies," said Mona Stephens, accounting lead faculty at SNHU. "Employees who can demonstrate these skills will stand out."

Earning an associate degree can also make a significant financial impact on your life. In 2020, associate degree holders' weekly earnings were almost 20% higher than those of workers who did not continue their education beyond high school, according to the BLS.1 People with associate degrees also experienced lower unemployment rates in 2020 than workers with a high school diploma.1

Dr. Mark Hobson“An AS degree is a great starting point for those who want to work in a specific field, gain some necessary experience, and continue their education to improve employment longevity,” said Dr. Mark Hobson, an associate dean of business.

If you want to move on to higher-paying roles in accounting, you'll want to continue your education after finishing your associate degree. Our bachelor's in accounting is an obvious next step, but we also provide a myriad of other business degrees – and beyond – that are worth exploring.

That's exactly what Makya Vandiver-Hawkins '21 decided to do after completing her associate degree program.

"I am continuing on to a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting because of all of the work that I have completed in obtaining my associate in accounting degree," said Vandiver-Hawkins.

And if the end goal is becoming a qualified accounting professional, a bachelor's degree in accounting can also provide some of the educational requirements necessary to pursue professional certifications such as certified management accountant (CMA) and certified public accountant (CPA). Requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state. Our licensure and certification disclosure page outlines SNHU's programs and fulfillment of CPA exam requirements by state.

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Courses & Curriculum

This 60-credit online accounting degree curriculum can give you a foundation in essential accounting principles and practices. You’ll understand how to handle a company’s finances, the basics of economics, statistics and how marketing plays a role in the world of accounting. Courses are taught by instructors with professional credentials and experience in accounting, taxation and fraud examination.

Interested in accounting, but afraid of taking math courses? Don't be. According to our instructors, communication skills are more important than being a math whiz when it comes to accounting.

"We have technology to do the math," said Mona Stephens, accounting lead faculty at SNHU. "Accounting is really all about problem-solving and storytelling."

Throughout your studies, you'll gain a foundational understanding of accounting. Some expected courses in your associate in accounting program include:

  • Financial Accounting. Study the steps of the accounting cycle and how to prepare financial statements. You'll develop skills in financial accounting information analysis, stakeholder communications and accounting procedures.
  • Managerial Accounting. Explore the financial impact of business decisions. Learn how to use accounting and productivity information to improve organizational performance. With new data-gathering skills, you'll be able to plan growth strategies and make informed decisions.
  • Intermediate Accounting I. Examine financial statement elements and the interplay of various financial transactions. You'll apply theoretical frameworks and research accounting principles and concepts for the proper preparation and interpretation of financial statements.
  • Federal Taxation I. Learn about current U.S. tax laws, the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and source documents relevant to federal tax returns for individuals. Using the applicable tax laws, you'll learn how to prepare federal tax returns for individuals. Evaluate current U.S. tax laws and the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), as well as the relevant source documents, associated with federal tax returns for individuals. You'll research and apply the appropriate tax laws in relation to the specific circumstances and tax liabilities.

Tabitha Paige Tillery with text Tabitha Paige TilleryThese courses are taught by instructors with years of experience in accounting and who are committed to helping you earn your degree.

"The instructors at SNHU are remarkable," said Tabitha Paige Tillery '20. "They made sure that you knew they were there for you. Didn't matter the hours I was doing my schoolwork, someone was always there to help."

Akeda Toby-Locke with text Akeda Toby-LockeAkeda Toby-Locke '19 agreed.

"My instructors were always one call or email away when I had concerns or questions about my courses," she said. "They guided me on completing my assignments to their expectations and the best of my ability, and shared helpful resources and information that provided additional knowledge and insights about the courses."

No matter the course, our instructors can help equip you with the relevant specialized accounting skills you need to start a career in accounting.

But according to our own faculty,  accountants need to be more than just technically proficient in accounting.

"The accountant of the future needs to be intellectually curious, always learning, able to figure out how to solve problems, analyze and visualize data, and effectively communicate with non-accountants," said Stephens. "A great way to start is to hone those intellectual curiosity and problem-solving skills."

That's why the associate accounting curriculum integrates other general education and business-related knowledge. Major courses include some less expected classes such as:

  • Business Law I. Examine the background and ethical aspects of the U.S. legal system as it applies to business organizations. Understand how contracts, criminal and cyber law, product liability and torts impact business.
  • Managing and Leading in Business. Explore leadership and management theories and how to incorporate them in your own personal style for effective contribution and collaboration in diverse team environments.
  • Global Dimensions in Business. Examine the differences between the domestic and international business environments and factors that contribute to market attractiveness and entry.
  • Applied Marketing Strategies. Analyze pricing, distribution, product development, and promotional strategies to reach a specific market audience. Discover how communications and distribution channels can lead to successful marketing.

When you graduate with your associate degree in accounting, you can count on having both widely applicable skills and highly specified accounting knowledge. This means you can go on to pursue entry-level jobs or more advanced degrees in any number of fields.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Save time and tuition: Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment with our Pathways to Math Success assessments.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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