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. The 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.
The benefits to earning your online accounting degree at SNHU include:
Follow the general accounting track or choose a concentration in forensic accounting and fraud examination to further focus your bachelor's in accounting.
SNHU’s online accounting degree will provide you with in-depth accounting skills, plus the critical-thinking skills and essential business knowledge on which to build a successful career.
In the online bachelor's in accounting program, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online accounting degree at SNHU include:
SNHU's online accounting degree will prepare you to pursue a variety of accounting and accounting-related careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in accounting and auditing is expected to grow 10 percent by 2026.*
A bachelor's in accounting will prepare you for careers in a variety of industries and organizations including:
The online bachelor's in accounting degree, along with additional master's-level coursework, can help prepare you for professional certification exams, like the CPA. Students cannot earn CPA certification through SNHU, 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 of our programs 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.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at Accountants and Auditors (viewed online November 3, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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.
Accelerated BS-to-MS Pathway Option: Earn your MS in Accounting – faster. If you’re interested in earning both degrees, have a discussion with your academic advisor. You also must meet the following academic requirements:
This course examines the accounting concepts and practices used in the recording, classifying and reporting of cost data. An analysis is made of the behavior of costs and its use to management in the planning and control process. Budgeting, standard cost, job order and process are examined, along with special problems in cost accounting.
This is the first of three courses in intermediate accounting. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. The first course focuses on understanding the theoretical framework that provides the foundations for the development of various accounting standards, regulations and practices. This followed by a review of the accounting cycle, including adjusting, correcting, reversing, and closing entries. Students will learn how to prepare accurate and complex financial statements including required disclosures that must accompany an organization's income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows; and how time value of money impacts the recording of various transactions. The course concludes with a presentation of techniques to analyze income measurement and profitability analysis.
This is the last of two courses in intermediate accounting. Intermediate Accounting is at the core of professional accounting work as well as CPA Exam financial accounting and reporting skills tested. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. The second course increases a student's understanding of how to account for a company's plant and intangible assets, investments, long-term debt, income taxes, stockholders' equity and more complex cash flow statement transactions. Other financial reporting issues discussed include the evolving GAAP on leases, accounting for post-retirement benefits and pensions, SEC reporting, and using the FASB Codification database. Throughout the course, students will develop greater technical knowledge of accounting transactions and techniques, and will learn how to record complex financial transactions and prepare financial statements and disclosures.
This is the last of three courses in intermediate accounting. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. Students will study the reporting and disclosure requirements for more complex accounting topics that would include leases, accounting for income taxes and pensions, and shareholders' equity, including share-based compensation and various earnings per share (EPS) computations. Other financial reporting issues discussed include accounting changes and error corrections as well as the presentation of requirements for partnership accounting issues. Integrated within this course will be exposure to CPA simulation questions and the use of the FARS database for conducting accounting research.
A detailed presentation is made of the theory and practice applicable to the preparation of federal income tax returns for individuals.
Accountants and other business professionals are often called upon to evaluate the financial health and market value of their company and of other companies under consideration for acquisition. This course presents theory, tools and techniques that are later applied to the actual analysis of a publicly traded company, as well as an introduction to fundamental valuation techniques. It will extend prior analysis to include the computation of free cash flows, the interpretation of notes to financial statements and the integration of information provided in various SEC filings to evaluate a corporation's future prospects. This is a team intensive course.
Advanced Accounting includes a comprehensive examination and analysis of the accounting principles and procedures that are applicable to special areas of business. The topics covered are partnerships, consignments, installment sales, branches, business combinations, consolidations, bankruptcy, foreign exchange, and estates and trusts. Particular emphasis is placed on problem solving.
This course presents an in-depth examination of audit programs and procedures. It emphasizes the review of internal controls as required during an audit engagement, as well as the considerations pertaining to both clients and auditors.
The study begun in Business Law I continues as the topics of commercial paper, real and personal property, creditors' rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, estate planning and government regulation of business are explored.
Students select 6 (six) credit hours in ACC at the 300 to 400- level
Undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or greater who wish to take graduate classes as electives to complete their remaining undergraduate requirements may do so only if they have earned a minimum of 90 credits and completed all of their major requirements, including the capstone. Students must receive a B or better to receive credit in their graduate program. Students must apply through their academic advisor to enroll. The acceptable graduate classes are: ACC-645 Advanced Auditing and ACC-696 Situational Ethics in Accounting.
Free Elective Credits: 12
Total Credits: 120
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 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies. More...
This program is accredited by both NEASC and ACBSP.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, on the Internet (viewed online at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm on September 26, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.