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Heather Maier, who earned her online accounting degree from Southern New Hampshire University in 2023, with her daughter at commencement.

Online Accounting Degree BS in Accounting / BS in Accounting and Finance

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Register By: March 02 Classes Start: March 04

Earn a Top-Ranking Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

  • Fully revised in 2022
  • $330/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 (BS) 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 (BS) 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.

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What You'll Learn

  • Financial analysis
  • General accounting principles
  • Auditing and taxation
  • Broader, business-specific skills
  • How economics impacts profitability

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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.

Blake Venable

Blake Venable, 2022 graduate of SNHU's BS in Accounting program

Blake Venable '22 decided to pursue his bachelor’s in accounting as a step toward becoming a Certified Public Accountant. He said the courses have helped him run his three businesses.

“I know that what we’re doing and what we’re practicing and what we’re learning is obviously going to translate into the real world – because I’m already doing it,” he said.

Read Blake’s story.

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, including:

Public Accountant

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.

Management Accountant

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.

Forensic Accountant

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.

Internal/External Auditor

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

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.

For more information, visit our license and disclosures page.

Job Growth and Salary

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Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for accountants and auditors is projected to grow 4% through 2032.1

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Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2022 median annual salary for accountants and auditors was $78,000.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

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Dr. Kimberly Blanchette, executive director of online business programs

“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.”

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2023 online BS in Accounting graduate Heather Maier

Advice from an Accounting Graduate

Heather Maier '23

"No matter what is going on in your life, no matter how overwhelming it may be, just go for it. The only thing you regret is what you don’t try."

Courses & Curriculum

Courses are taught by instructors with professional credentials and experience in accounting, taxation and fraud examination.

120 Credits

8-Week Terms

100% Online

No Set Class Times

For full lists of courses in both the BS in Accounting and BS in Accounting and Finance programs, follow the links under View full Curriculum in the Catalog on this page.

Please note that only the online BS in Accounting program is currently aligned to the 2024 CPA exam updates.

Mona Stephens

Mona Stephens

“I really enjoyed working with students and sharing my passion for accounting with them, so I became an adjunct and have been teaching ever since.”

Read a Q&A with Mona.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

Business Core

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.

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

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

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

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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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 $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

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, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

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