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Online Accounting Degree BS in Accounting / BS in Accounting Finance

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

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. You'll build a foundation in financial analysis, general accounting principles, auditing, taxation and more.

In the online BS in Accounting program, you'll gain a deep knowledge of accounting practices, supplemented by the broader, business-specific skills employers look for.

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. In this program you'll study the complexities of economic activity and the demands that all firms face to get to a profitable bottom line.

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.

Please note that 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).

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

Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance

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 $77,250, and employment in those fields is expected to grow 7% through 2030.1

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.

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, 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.

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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 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.

View Full Curriculum in the Catalog

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.

These programs and their 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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