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Online Accounting Degree Bachelor of Science

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Register By: May 01 Classes Start: May 03

Earn a Top-Ranking Degree in Accounting

  • $320/credit (120 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Accelerated BS-to-MS Pathway option
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • 24/7 online access to the classroom
  • Start your path towards a CPA, CMA and more

Online Accounting Degree Program Overview

Accounting is more than just numbers. It's solving business challenges by helping organizations manage their finances and cash flow. In the online Bachelor of Science in Accounting program, you'll gain a deep knowledge of accounting practices, supplemented by the broader, business-specific skills employers look for.

Our online accounting degree focuses on developing business and accounting expertise. You'll build a foundation in financial analysis, general accounting principles, auditing, taxation and more.

Throughout your program, you'll position yourself for success in the field of accounting. At SNHU, an online accounting degree is affordable, accredited and designed to take you where you want to go in your career – and in your life.

Learn how to:

  • Interpret accounting rules and regulations
  • Produce financial records and statements
  • Plan and prepare tax returns
  • Communicate information to stakeholders
  • Audit financial information
  • Make ethical financial decisions

Accelerated BS-to-MS Pathway Option: Planning a future beyond your bachelor's? An accelerated BS-to-MS pathway option for this online degree program is also available. This lets you:

  • Save money: Take up to 2 graduate-level courses (6 credits) during your bachelor's program at the online undergraduate tuition rate
  • Save time: Apply your graduate credits to your master's degree to complete your program in as fast as one year

If you're interested in pursuing the BS-to-MS pathway option, have a discussion with your academic advisor to ensure you meet all of the academic requirements.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

An online accounting degree can prepare you to pursue a variety of accounting and accounting-related careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current median annual salary for accountants and auditors is $71,550, and employment in those fields is expected to grow 6% through 2028.1

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists several job titles common among accountants, including:1

  • Public accountants: Many, but not all, people in the accounting field become Certified Public Accountants (CPA). Whether or not you earn the CPA designation, as a public accountant you can perform a wide range of tasks including auditing and tax preparation for companies, government entities or individuals. You can open your own agency or work for a large accounting firm. Some public accountants have specialties, such as forensic accounting.
  • Management accountants: These accountants analyze financial documents and other information for internal use by company management to drive business decisions. They help a company optimize its budgets and spending and can be involved in investment and spending decisions.
  • Government accountants: In this position, you'll maintain and prepare government records or those of private businesses who do business with a government entity.
  • Internal/external auditors: Auditors ensure an organization's resources are being used properly and find ways to reduce waste. An internal auditor is employed by the organization itself, while an external auditor works for an auditing firm hired by other companies.
  • Information technology auditors: These auditors examine a business or government entity's technology systems to ensure its financial resources are accurate.

More than half of all students in the online bachelor's in accounting degree program are women – often moms who had put their careers on hold to raise families and want to continue their education.

A bachelor's in accounting will help prepare you for a number of career paths in environments including:

  • Hospitals
  • Social-service agencies
  • Private industry
  • Education systems
  • International industries

BSinAccounting Kimberly Blanchette Testimonial"Today's business environment requires professionals to rapidly adapt to change, strategically assess resource constraints, and provide solutions to complex problems related to customers or clients, staff, structure, operations and shareholders," said Dr. Kimberly Blanchette, executive director of online business programs at Southern New Hampshire University.

The online bachelor's in accounting degree, along with additional master's-level coursework, can also help prepare you for professional certification exams, like the CPA. Students cannot earn CPA certification through the SNHU program itself, therefore if you wish to follow the traditional CPA track, you should verify that you'll meet the necessary requirements to sit for the exam.

The content in SNHU's BS in Accounting program aligns with the Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Learners who are interested in licensure may also pursue an MS in Accounting degree to help them meet educational requirements. Completion of the BS in Accounting degree alone does not adequately prepare learners to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam or to become licensed certified public accountants.

Licensing requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state. Students are encouraged to review their state specific requirements. State-by-state educational requirements can be found on the website of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), while state-by-state CPA licensing requirements can be found through the Accounting Licensing Library, powered by the NASBA.

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Courses & Curriculum

The online accounting curriculum will give you a solid foundation in essential accounting principles and practices. Courses are taught by instructors with professional credentials and experience in accounting, taxation and fraud examination.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • Business core: Revised for fall 2020, our undergraduate business programs contain 10 cutting-edge business courses. These core courses are designed to help prepare you for success wherever you go.
  • General education program: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • 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.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. 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.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We 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.

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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