Earn a Top-Ranking Bachelor's Degree in Accounting
- Fully revised in 2022
- $320/credit (120 total credits)
- Transfer up to 90 credits
- Programs accredited by ACBSP
- Earn certificates and credentials over the course of your program
- Aligns with 2024 CPA exam update (BS in Accounting only)
Online Accounting Degree Programs Overview
Whether you want to pursue a career in banking, economics or financial markets or have interests in an adjacent career path like financial accounting, tax accounting, management accounting or forensic accounting, a degree in accounting or accounting and finance may be right for you.
The online Bachelor of Science in Accounting is aligned to the 2024 CPA exam change, ensuring you build the skills you need to help prepare you to become a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to blend elements of accounting and finance, the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance may be right for you. This program offers you the coursework you need to qualify you for careers in accounting or finance professions.
Consider this program if you want to show flexibility to a potential employer, are unsure where you’d like to focus within the finance and accounting disciplines or could see yourself working in a small organization where employees must show strength in many areas of accounting.
Note: the BS in Accounting and Finance is not aligned with the 2024 CPA exam change at this time.
Throughout either 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.
Just getting started in your accounting career? If you're interested in a career in accounting, but want to earn a degree that requires a smaller commitment of time and money, consider these options:
- AS in Accounting. If you opt for part-time enrollment, you should be able to get your associate degree in about 2 years. Plus, if you choose to keep going, you can easily stack your credits into the BS in Accounting program.
- Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting. If you're looking for an even smaller burst of learning, or simply want to supplement your existing degree, a certificate program can help you build some fundamental accounting skills.
Please note that the BS-to-MS pathway option is only available for the BS in Accounting program (and not the BS in Accounting and Finance).
What You'll Learn
- Financial analysis
- General accounting principles
- Auditing and taxation
- Broader, business-specific skills
- How economics impacts profitability
How You'll Learn
At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.
Two Full Programs and a Concentration to Choose From
SNHU offers two accounting programs and a concentration option to meet your unique path and desired educational experience. Choose a program that aligns with your career goals.
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Aligned with the 2024 CPA exam changes, the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting general program features embedded certificates to help you gain skills and credentials that can set you apart in your field.
The revised CPA will require candidates to be skilled in accounting, auditing and tax principles. SNHU's undergraduate program will support 120 of the 150 credit hours most individuals need for exam eligibility in most states.
In the core program you’ll learn to:
- Analyze financial accounting regulations
- Apply industry relevant tools and technology
- Interpret quantitative and qualitative data
- Communicate accounting information to stakeholders
In addition to required embedded certifications throughout the program, you'll have the option to further supplement your knowledge. Additional credentials include:
- Wiley Excel for Accountants. Use Excel for mission-critical tasks such as calculating profits, losses and margins; doing what-if analysis; and analyzing large data sets.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) certifications. Manage software to enter returns, communicate with undeserved populations about tax compliance and serve the community while learning detailed tax requirements directly from the IRS.
- Certificates in key soft skill areas. Build professional skills including leadership, critical thinking, creative problem solving, digital readiness in the working world, negotiation and more.
As a student of the BS in Accounting program, you'll also have the opportunity to pursue an internship, or an experiential learning course. These options will help you meet programmatic and industry requirements, and gain hands-on experience employers value.
The Bachelor of Science in accounting includes an Accelerated BS-to-MS Pathway Option. If you’re planning a future beyond your bachelor's, an accelerated BS-to-MS pathway option for this degree program can help prepare you for your next step. This lets you:
- Save money: Take up to 4 graduate-level courses (12 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
Plus, the accelerated pathway can help you satisfy the 150 credits required to sit for the CPA exam in most states even faster, for less. This could mean your goal of becoming a U.S. Certified Public Accountant is even closer than you think.
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.
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Concentration
Explore the intersection of law and finance with a BS in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination.
Forensic accountants and fraud examiners can help tip the scales of justice in legal cases such as asset misappropriation, tax fraud and corporate corruption. They help provide accounting firms, law offices and government agencies the evidence they need to uncover, assess and prosecute theft in both criminal and civil offenses.
The concentration also contains content that is intended to support individuals interested in pursing the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification exam.
Learn more about the forensic accounting degree concentration.
Courses may include:
- Auditing and Forensic Accounting
- Detection/Prevention Fraudulent Financial Statements
- Interview Techniques/Legal Aspects Fraud
Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance
With a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting and Finance from Southern New Hampshire University, you can help drive the financial health and success of a business. You'll learn how to keep an organization's finances in order and think strategically about their financial futures.
Throughout the coursework, you'll gain critical training in Microsoft Excel for Accountants, as well as experience in Tableau and Power BI.
In the online accounting and finance program, you'll learn how to:
- Identify long-term corporate investment opportunities to increase shareholder value
- Apply theories of asset allocation, security analysis and portfolio diversification to efficiently manage an investment portfolio
- Utilize the rules and regulations for financial accounting and reporting in a global economy
- Generate financial records and financial statements for internal and external users in accordance with governing rules and regulations
- Analyze, interpret and communicate financial and accounting information to internal and external stakeholders
Choose the course of study that interests you, whether it’s focusing on optimizing an organization's financial assets or putting yourself on the path to taking the CPA exam.
SNHU's online accounting finance degree can prepare you to pursue a variety of finance and accounting-related careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in accounting and auditing is expected to grow 6% by 2031.1
A bachelor's in accounting finance will prepare you for careers in banking and corporate finance, the treasury or as a financial analyst. In addition to positions in public accounting and private industry, you can also pursue roles in government agencies, hospitals, social service agencies, education systems and in the international arena.
If you’re interested in this program, see the full curriculum or request info. SNHU also offers a full online finance degree program if finance is more of an interest than accounting.
How Do I Start a Career in Accounting?
Want to become an accountant, but not sure where to start? The online BS in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University is the perfect first step to licensure as a Certified Public Accountant, or CPA.
An Accounting Degree That Works with Your Schedule
At SNHU, we’re committed to helping you balance work, family and coursework. With no set class times, 24/7 online access and dedicated faculty supporting you every step of the way, an online accounting program is designed to give you the flexibility to earn your degree on your schedule.
An online accounting degree can prepare you to pursue a variety of accounting and accounting-related careers, including:
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.
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.
Establish risk management procedures or contribute to fraud investigations with a career in forensic accounting. This popular specialty area of accounting allows accountants to utilize their skills to assess financial crimes, audit personal or company records, and aid in criminal and civil investigations.
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.
A bachelor's in accounting will help prepare you for a number of career paths in environments including:
- Social-service agencies
- Private industry
- Education systems
- International industries
The online bachelor's in accounting degree, revised to meet the requirements of the updated 2024 CPA exam, can also help prepare you to become a Certified Public Accountant. 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.
Job Growth and Salary
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for accountants and auditors is expected to grow 6% through 2031.1
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current median annual salary for accountants and auditors is $77,250.1
Start Your Journey Toward an Online Accounting Degree
Why SNHU for Your Accounting Degree
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
As part of our mission to make higher education more accessible, we’re committed to keeping our tuition rates low. In fact, we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.
Prior coursework could also help you save time and money. SNHU’s transfer policy allows you to transfer up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree and 45 credits for an associate degree from your previous institutions—that means you could save up to 75% off the cost of tuition. You could also save time and money by getting college credit for previous work experience, or by taking advantage of military discounts and employer tuition assistance if available to you.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 160,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a regional accreditor, which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- U.S. News & World Report named SNHU the 2021 Most Innovative University in the North and one of the nation's "Best Regional Universities"
- Awarded the 21st Century Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Technology by The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 300,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
93.6% of online students would recommend SNHU (according to a 2022 survey with 17,000+ respondents). Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Expanding access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials:
- Completed free undergraduate application
- Prior transcripts, which we can retrieve at no cost to you
- Test scores are not required as part of your application
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
If you’re ready to apply, follow these simple steps to get the process going:
- Complete a free undergraduate application
- Submit any additional documents required
- Work with an admission counselor to explore financial options and walk through the application process
If you have questions or need help filling out your application, call 1.888.387.0861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
For full lists of courses in both the BS in Accounting and BS in Accounting Finance programs, follow the links in the Curriculum section on this page.
Please note that only the online BS in Accounting program is currently aligned to the 2024 CPA exam updates.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
Business programs require learners to complete the Business core program, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. This program focuses on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.
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.
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
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. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.
View Full Curriculum in the Catalog
|Courses May Include|
|BS in Accounting and BS in Accounting and Finance|
|ACC 201||Financial Accounting||Students will learn the steps of the accounting cycle and how to prepare financial statements in accordance with industry established rules and regulations. Students will develop skills needed to analyze financial accounting information, communicate this information to stakeholders, and understand the accounting procedures that produce this information.|
|ACC 202||Managerial Accounting||Students will explore the financial impact of short-term and long-term business decisions. By learning how accounting and other productivity information can be used to assess and improve performance of an organization, managers will be provided the essential information they need to execute growth strategies and select opportunities that create business value.|
|ACC 311||Cost Accounting||In this course, students will gather cost data and behavior trends to support the development of cost reports. Students will analyze the data and communicate findings to stakeholders to support their understanding of business costs and inform business operations and decisions.|
|ACC 317||Intermediate Accounting I||In this course, students will take an in-depth look at financial statement elements and the interplay of various financial transactions represented on a financial statement. Students will apply theoretical frameworks and research accounting principles and concepts for the proper preparation and interpretation of financial statements. Students will utilize authentic industry tools and technologies to prepare financial statements and connect concepts learned to the importance of financial information for its users.|
|ACC 318||Intermediate Accounting II||In this course, students will study the liabilities and equities side of the balance sheet and apply accounting concepts for the proper preparation of financial statements. Students will analyze the inflows and outflows of cash for an organization and prepare accurate cash flow statements using direct and indirect methods. Students will utilize authentic tools and technologies to apply accounting principles to a variety of financial reporting situations.|
|FIN 320||Principles of Finance||Students will examine the corporate finance discipline, including the financial management of organizations and the skills needed to make decisions about financing, investments, and dividends. Students will learn how the analysis of financing and investment options can inform decisions that add value to an organization and its investors.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Minimum Hardware Requirements
PC (Windows OS)
Apple (Mac OS)
Currently supported operating system from Microsoft.
Currently supported operating system from Apple.
8GB or higher
8GB or higher
100GB or higher
100GB or higher
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
SNHU Purchase Programs
5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency
5 Mbps Download, 1 Mbps Upload and less than 100 ms Latency
- Laptop or desktop? Whichever you choose depends on your personal preference and work style, though laptops tend to offer more flexibility.
- Note: Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and iPads (iOS) do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at SNHU. These offer limited functionality and do not work with some course technologies. They are not acceptable as the only device you use for coursework. While these devices are convenient and may be used for some course functions, they cannot be your primary device. SNHU does, however, have an affordable laptop option that it recommends: Dell Latitude 3301 with Windows 10.
- Office 365 Pro Plus is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are a student at SNHU. Upon graduation you may convert to a paid subscription if you wish. Terms subject to change at Microsoft's discretion. Review system requirements for Microsoft 365 plans for business, education and government.
- Antivirus software: Check with your ISP as they may offer antivirus software free of charge to subscribers.
Accounting Technical Requirements
Video Communication Platform:
- Mac or PC desktop or laptop (not a mobile device or tablet)
- Required: At least 1 Mbps upload/download speed
Internet Connectivity for Virtual Labs:
- Recommended: 5Mbps upload/download speed with less than 40ms latency
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.
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 (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
What can I do with a degree in accounting?
“Accounting is a great major because there are so many options," said Mona Stephens, accounting faculty lead at Southern New Hampshire University. "Everyone’s career path is a bit different. Do you want to go into public accounting, work within an organization as a management accountant, do taxes, work in government or a nonprofit, be an auditor?"
Like many professions, accounting has evolved with growing advances in technology. But at its core, Stephens said, it's always been about "telling the financial stories of a person or organization to allow for informed decision making."
Accountants may pursue a number of different job titles, including:
- Auditors. Review an organization’s financial records. Subcategories may include information technology auditors, who are tasked to evaluate financial data in technology systems, as well as internal/external auditors, who analyze financial resources and come up with solutions to reduce waste.
- Financial accountants. Handle financial reporting and prepare statements for shareholders, creditors, potential investors and the general public. Financial accounting plays a major role influencing a company's cost and budget, and therefore improving their overall financial standing.
- Government accountants. Work at the federal, state or local level to audit and prepare government records. You may also work with private businesses that interface with government entities.
- Public accountants. Prepare and audit tax returns for companies, government entities or individuals. You may work for a large accounting firm, or even work your way up to opening your own agency. Some public accountants have specialties including in fields such as criminal justice (read about how to become a forensic accountant). A certified public accountant (CPA) distinction is required.
- Management accountants. Help company management with budgets, cost analysis and strategic planning. Management accounting often involves making recommendations to streamline operations and drive business decisions.
- Tax accountants. Use specialized knowledge of government rules and regulations to prepare taxes and do income taxation planning for individuals, corporations and partnerships.
While the above roles represent the many different facets of accounting, these aren't the only options. An accounting degree can also prepare you for a number of other jobs in finance, such as:
- Financial examiner. With expert knowledge of financial law and lending practices, the financial examiner is responsible for keeping institutions compliant. You'll analyze and evaluate the health of financial institutions and protect consumers from risky loans. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, financial examiners earned $81,410 in 2021. In addition, the BLS predicted that job prospects would grow 21% through 2031, much faster than the national average.1 This is largely due to the fact that employers are continuing to seek expert help with federal regulatory compliance.
- Financial analyst. As a financial analyst, you'll work with organizations and individuals to evaluate investment opportunities such as stocks and bonds. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong job growth for financial analysts in the coming years – 9% through 2031 or about 32,000 new jobs each year.1 Median annual salary for these jobs was reportedly $95,570 in 2021.1
- Financial manager. If your goal is to ultimately take a management-level role, this could be the right path for you. As a financial manager, you'll not only take on critical responsibilities such as directing investment activities and developing long-term financial strategies, you'll supervise a team responsible for budgeting and reporting. The BLS reported that financial managers earned a median annual wage of $131,710 in 2021.1 Job prospects also appear very promising in the coming years, as their skills are expected to be in high demand for employers across many industries. In fact, jobs are expected to grow 17% – much faster than the national average – through 2031.1
- Budget analyst. By focusing on budget analysis, spending and funding, budget analysts take the reins in supporting public and private institutions organize their finances. Median annual wage for budget analysts was $79,940 in 2021.1
Read more about what you can do with an accounting degree besides accounting.
How do I start a career in accounting?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical entry-level education in accounting is a bachelor's degree.
If you'd like to test the waters, we also offer an online associate in accounting and undergraduate certificate in accounting online. These options can give you the opportunity to explore the field before committing to a 4-year program. The best part is, if you decide to continue on, you can easily transfer your credits to a bachelor's program – saving you time and tuition.
If you're committed to a career in accounting, and have done your research, you may have heard of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA). While not required, these highly-regarded certifications may help you stand out to employers.
Melanie Karbowski '14 had enjoyed a brief career as a revenue assurance analyst at a startup. But after her children were born, she left the workplace to be a full-time mom at home. When her youngest started kindergarten, Karbowski, then 35, was a freshman in college, excited to prepare for a career in forensic accounting.
But she never dreamed that she would go so far or experience so much success. Today, she couldn't be happier with where she is or where is going.
"For a girl who barely made it out of high school, I am now ready to graduate with a 3.9 GPA," she said just before graduating.
No matter where you are in your career – or how many times you've started college and never finished – an online accounting degree at SNHU can help you balance school, work and your personal life in pursuit of your goals.
Can you earn an accounting degree online?
If you're looking to earn your accounting degree online – you've come to the right place. SNHU is a leading provider of online education. And since we started as a business and accounting school back when we first opened our doors in 1932, we feel confident in our ability to train accountants for real-world success.
Learning online has become much more common for working adults in recent years. Not only do online courses give you more flexibility – they're more affordable, too. Southern New Hampshire University specifically has some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.
It's important to note that our online accounting programs also align with the Content and Skill Specification Outlines set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), meaning the coursework contains content relevant to the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. It is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This means you'll have a credible, respected degree that can help position you for success in the field of accounting.
For Fernando Franco '15, earning a bachelor's degree in accounting has been a gateway to a better life.
"I was fed up with working at meager jobs where I was not going to go anywhere in life," said Franco, who worked as a package handler, putting in 12-hour days, a back-breaking job with low pay and little job security. "My father did his homework and found out that SNHU was the best university for me."
Which designation is better: CFA, CPA or CMA?
While earning a bachelor's is an important step to enter the field of accounting, you may want to take your career even further. If that's the case, you may want to consider one of these three major certifications. Please note that each designation will require a bachelor's degree along with additional requirements, depending on location.
Certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA) and chartered financial analyst (CFA) certifications are all valuable distinctions in the fields of finance and accounting. The one you choose depends on which path you'd like to take. Let's take a look:
Certified public accountant (CPA). If your goal is to work closely with clients to advise on financial matters, the CPA can help you get there. SNHU's program aligns with AICPA, making it an ideal start to the pathway toward CPA licensure. While requirements to sit for the exam vary by state, all states require a minimum of a bachelor's degree or 120 college credit hours to be eligible.
Certified management accountant (CMA). Many struggle to decide whether a CPA or CMA is right for them. Here are a few key differences: For one, the CPA is a state license, while the CMA is a globally recognized credential. The CPA helps prepare you for customer-facing areas of accounting, while the CMA is built for corporate finance. To become a CMA, you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree, complete 2 continuous years of management accounting or financial management experience and pass a 2-part exam.
Chartered financial analyst (CFA). If you're interested in becoming an investment management professional, the CFA is recognized as the industry gold standard. This designation is offered by the CFA Institute and requires many years of work and effort to achieve. Chartered financial analysts must pass a series of CFA exams, hold a bachelor's and complete four years of qualified professional experience.
How long does it take to complete an online accounting degree?
This answer depends on the kind of accounting degree you're looking for. If you're looking to earn a degree faster, an Associate of Science (AS) in Accounting generally takes about 2 years to complete, and an undergraduate certificate can take less than a year. A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting, by comparison, takes about 4 years.
At SNHU, these shorter programs have the added benefit of easily "stacking" into a bachelor's. This means the courses you take for one program will seamlessly transfer to the next. So for an associate degree, for example, that means you could have 2 degree programs under your belt in the exact same amount of time it takes to earn your bachelor's.
While a bachelor's usually takes about 4 years to complete in many cases, there are certain factors that can help you finish even faster. Namely:
- The number of classes you take per term
- The number of credits you transfer into the program
This is all to say that you might be more ahead than you think. If you’ve earned general education credits or have previously taken classes in accounting, business or finance, you could have a considerable amount of your program already completed.
SNHU accepts up to 90 transfer credits for our undergraduate programs and also offers a free credit evaluation. This gives you the opportunity to look at all your previously earned credits and determine what is transferable to a bachelor's-level program. Once you have this information, you'll be able to determine the classes you'll need to take moving forward, as well as the amount of time it will take to graduate.
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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm (viewed Oct. 21, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-examiners.htm (viewed Oct. 21, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm (viewed Oct. 21, 2022)
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- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/budget-analysts.htm (viewed Oct. 21, 2022)
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.