Online Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

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Secure Your Future as a Financial Leader in Accounting

Accountants are trusted, valued, and crucial to almost all businesses, organizations, and industries. Regardless of where you find your role, an accounting professional may be responsible for the following:

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Preparing, analyzing, and confirming accuracy of financial records.

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Ensuring taxes are paid properly and on time.

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Organizing and maintaining financial records.

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Enhancing revenue and profits while identifying ways to reduce costs.

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What will I learn in this degree?

As a B.S. in Accounting online student, you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully to an organization from an accounting perspective. Develop an understanding of accounting fundamentals when you earn a CSU Global accounting degree and a comprehensive view of organizational management issues, including:

  • Legal Compliance and Ethics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Leadership
  • Economics
  • Qualitative Decision Making
  • Business Intelligence

Use your CSU Global accounting degree to get your dream job in the private, public, not-for-profit, or government sectors. With an ACBSP accredited degree in accounting, you’ll be in high demand.

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Courses in this Degree

The online bachelor's degree in accounting program contains a total of 120 credits broken down into the following categories:

General Education Courses (31 Credits)

CSU Global’s General Education Courses are more than a bachelor’s degree requirement. They are designed to help you develop and strengthen valuable skills demanded in the workplace.

Already taken some courses? Up to 90 total credits (and 64 from community colleges) can be transferred into a bachelor’s degree at CSU Global. Request a Transcript Evaluation Summary to see how close you already are to graduation!

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Core Degree Courses (51 Credits)

  • ORG300 Applying Leadership Principles
    The opportunities for students, in this first course, for all majors are to learn personal and professional leadership styles and drivers by providing an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are utilized across fields of study. Regardless of the roles individuals assume in an organization, they will need to communicate effectively, influence others, and understand the way they respond to others and why. The course engages students in discussion, exploration, and application of leadership skills, principles, and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections leaders have with individuals and organizations. Topics include leadership communication, motivation, style, and characteristics. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.
  • ACT300 Principles of Accounting I
    Students will demonstrate understanding of accounting standards and practices in preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial transactions relevant to businesses in today’s world of automation, business intelligence, and data analytics. Primary emphasis is on the financial accounting system for corporations and the procedures for recording, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting results of business activities. This course will cover the development of basic financial accounting statements, ethical considerations, and the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This course is considered prerequisite and may be waived through transfer of equivalent lower division coursework or demonstrated workplace knowledge. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • MKG310* Introduction to Marketing
    This course provides a general introduction to marketing principles and policies. Topics such as marketing functions, price policies and controls, distribution channels, merchandising, and market research as well as competitive practices and government regulations, product development, and integration of marketing using digital technology are presented. Students also gain a basic understanding of the 4Ps (product, place, price, promotion). Students who completed MKG300 cannot earn credit for MKG310. In this course, the student will obtain a general introduction to marketing principles and policies. Course units include marketing functions; price policies and controls; distribution channels, merchandising, and market research; competitive practices and government regulations; product development; and integration of marketing with technology, a basic understanding of the 4Ps (product, place, price, promotion), and current issues.(This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)
  • MGT315 Business Law
    This course focuses on the tools for understanding the principles underlying the legal environment of business. The course identifies the current legal rules and regulations affecting businesses and students become familiar with the new developments and trends that will greatly affect future transactions. This course introduces the U.S. legal system, coverage of the major components of contract law, employment law, accounting law, and an examination of business liability issues under tort law. In addition, the intellectual property issues of trade secrets, trademarks, patents, and copyrights will be covered. The impact of digital technology and business globalization will be integrated into each topic discussed.This course is a replacement course for MGT320 as of the 2016-2017 Spring A term. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Management program cannot receive credit for both these courses.
  • ACT325 Principles of Accounting II
    This course expands on financial accounting concepts presented in ACT300 Principles of Accounting I. Using automation, students will take a systematic approach in analyzing financial and nonfinancial data to assist managers and other users of accounting information in the decision-making process of an organization. Concepts presented include managerial accounting concepts of cost flows through a business, cost accounting systems, cost-volume-profit analysis (CVP), product costing, capital budgeting, operational budgets, variance analysis, performance measurement, balanced scorecard, content and preparation of the statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.) Prerequisite: ACT300
  • ACT350 Intermediate Accounting I
    This course provides a comprehensive study of accounting principles and financial statements using automation, business intelligence, data analytics, and other digital technologies in performing measurement and valuation related to the assets and current liabilities on the balance sheet. Students will develop an understanding of the intersection of artificial business intelligence with financial reporting and the codification of accounting standards. Students will use automation in financial statement analysis through the interpretation of data and financial statement disclosures. Students will analyze real-world situations through case studies, research accounting and automation concepts, and apply IFRS standards to GAAP standards. Students will present an assessment of the effect each standard may have on a situation, communicate findings, and facilitate workplace solutions in a team-based environment. Recommended Prior Course: ACT325 (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • ACT360 Intermediate Accounting II
    This course extends knowledge gained in ACT350 involving measurement and valuation related to the assets and current liabilities on the balance sheet and provides a comprehensive study of accounting principles and financial statements using automation, business intelligence (BI), data analytics, and other digital technologies in performing measurement and valuation related to liabilities and stockholders’ equity section of the balance sheet. Students will develop an understanding of the conceptual framework of financial reporting, the codification of accounting standards, financial statement analysis including the interpretation of data and financial statement disclosures. Students will analyze real-world cases, research accounting concepts, apply IFRS standards to GAAP standards and present an assessment of the effect that each standard may have on a situation, communicate findings, and facilitate workplace solutions in a team-based environment. Recommended Prior Course: ACT350 (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • COM420 Strategic Communication of Data Analytics
    This course teaches the important skills of distinguishing types of data and communicating scientific and mathematical information in presentations by visualizing data. Students will learn ways to systematically collect, analyze, and interpret data, then translate technical, data-driven information to a lay audience. Students will examine how data analytics contributes to the formulation of policy decisions and the subsequent communication to stakeholders. Students will recognize how analytics applies to return on investment (ROI) within any career or field. Students prepare presentations using narrative strategies to create compelling, interesting talks based on data.
  • FIN300 Principles of Finance for the Private Sector
    A study of the financial aspects of businesses, including the costs of capital, fund acquisition sources, time value of money, efficient management of assets, and investment decisions. Particular emphasis is on determining the optimal capital structure between utilization of debt and equity financing.
  • ACT406 Business Intelligence in Taxation
    This course covers the federal income tax laws, regulations, and tax policy for individuals, partnerships, corporations, non-profits, estates, and trusts as it relates to accounting and artificial intelligence (AI). Students will demonstrate mastery by preparing tax returns using the most recent tax preparation software and conduct research covering tax issues such as tax planning, tax reform, and ethical considerations. Recommended Prior Course: ACT350. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • ACT410 Government and Nonprofit Accounting
    This course introduces specialized accounting standards for governmental and not-for-profit entities using artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Students will record transactions using the latest trends in accounting software programs designed for government and nonprofit accounting. Students will develop an understanding of the financial reporting and analysis of state and local governments, governmental operating statement accounts and budgetary accounting, accounting for general capital assets and capital projects. Additional concepts include specialized accounting practices for various types of non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • ACT425 Information Systems for Accounting
    This course provides a hands-on approach using information systems in accounting. Students will apply automation using artificial intelligence (AI), predictive analytics, and other digital technologies in performing business functions, communicate findings, and facilitate workplace solutions in an accounting information system. Recommended Prior Course: ACT350. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.) Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.
  • ACT450 Auditing
    This course offers a study of systematic process of external financial statements and management assertion verification and reporting. Students will examine internal and external auditing processes through the application of artificial intelligence (AI). Students will develop an understanding of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), IFRS implications, internal controls, risk assessments, and professional ethics and legal liability. Based on current trends in the auditing profession, students will use software programs used extensively in the auditing profession to analyze data. Students will complete a simulation involving an independent audit of a company to include statistical sampling involving current AI technology. Recommended Prior Course: ACT350 (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • ACT460 Cost Accounting
    This course incorporates advanced concepts in managerial accounting using automation and business intelligence (BI). Students will develop an understanding of decision-making, budgeting, performance evaluation, costing methods, activity-based costing (ABC), profit analysis, forecasting, and variance analysis. Students will use case analysis and simulations of real-world situations involving current business intelligence (BI) technology to identify solutions for managerial decision-making. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.) Prerequisite: ACT360.
  • ACT465 Business Valuation and Forensics with Artificial Intelligence
    This course introduces the fundamentals of forensic accounting and business valuation in the world of artificial intelligence. Students will develop an understanding of fraud examination, fraud investigation, litigation support services, and business valuation approaches and methods. Students will examine the role of artificial intelligence in fraud detection, business valuation, and learn how to apply techniques used to collect and analyze data and communicate findings through business valuation reporting. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.) Prerequisite: ACT460.
  • ACT470 Advanced Accounting
    This course focuses on the use of business intelligence (BI) in accounting practices and procedures involved with special accounting and reporting situations for corporations and partnerships. Students will develop skills in analyzing business combinations, financial statements consolidations, accounting and analysis of international transactions, measurement and translation of financial statements of foreign subsidiaries, foreign currency accounting, and hedging; accounting for partnerships; and corporations in financial difficulties. Recommended Prior Course: ACT360 (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • ACT480 Capstone – Accounting Research and Analysis
    This course is designed for students to participate on the staff of an accounting firm or in the accounting function of a business or non-business organization as an opportunity to demonstrate application of skills learned in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program under the supervision of both faculty and accounting personnel. Assignments are designed to combine theory and professional practice and include weekly journals; a mid-term conference with the instructor, faculty internship coordinator, and on-site supervisor; and a final report. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses.
  • ACT495* Accounting Practicum
    This course is designed for students to participate on the staff of an accounting firm or in the accounting function of a business or non-business organization as an opportunity to demonstrate application of skills learned in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program under the supervision of both faculty and accounting personnel. Assignments are designed to combine theory and professional practice and include weekly journals; a mid-term conference with the instructor, faculty internship coordinator, and on-site supervisor; and a final report. Prerequisite 3 Core Courses. Course not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit.

* ACT495 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in organizations specific to accounting. This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.

Degree Specialization (Optional) (15 Credits)

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU Global, you can choose to customize it with an undergraduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests. 

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Elective Courses (Remaining credits to reach 120 total credits)

The remainder of your online accounting degree is comprised of courses of your choice that support your educational goals and needs. Including a specialization reduces the number of elective credits you'll need to complete your bachelor's degree.

ACBSP ACCREDITED

Your Bachelor’s in Accounting from CSU Global is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)

REGIONALLY ACCREDITED

Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.

RANKED #2 BEST ONLINE BACHELORS IN ACCOUNTING DEGREE

Great Business Schools ranked CSU Global’s B.S. in Accounting degree #2 in their determination of The 20 Best Online Bachelors in Accounting Degrees.

RANKED #2 BEST ONLINE ACCOUNTING DEGREES

CSU Global earned a #2 ranking on the College Choice Best Online Accounting Degrees list.

RANKED #10 BEST ONLINE BACHELOR’S IN ACCOUNTING DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Best Schools ranked CSU Global’s online Bachelor’s in Accounting program #10 out of 30.

RANKED #13 MOST AFFORDABLE ONLINE BACHELOR’S IN ACCOUNTING DEGREES

CSU Global earned a #13 ranking from the Accounting Degree Review in their list of the Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Accounting Degrees.

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Learn Valuable Skills

As a student in the online B.S. in Accounting program, you will develop the problem-solving skills to address accounting, data analysis, and business intelligence issues and strategies. Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Assemble and analyze financial and business data to produce appropriate reports.
  • Evaluate and incorporate current analytical tools and technology to perform business functions and facilitate decision making.
  • Identify, test, and validate processes, systems, and financial data.
  • Analyze current and emerging ethical and regulatory issues and trends.
  • Apply accounting and leadership skills to effectively work and communicate in other areas of financial and organizational management.

Career Outlook

HIGHER THAN AVERAGE JOB GROWTH

Accounting positions are projected to grow 10% through 2026. The average growth rate for all occupations is 7%.

90% of Alumni Working in Their Field

Bachelor’s of Accounting alumni from CSU Global report extremely high rates of working in the field of accounting after completing the program.

$67,310 Estimated Starting Salary

Bachelor’s of Accounting alumni from CSU Global report an estimated annual starting salary above $65k.

Accountant, Bookkeeper, Staff Accountant

Top three job titles held by CSU Global Bachelor’s of Accounting alumni.

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Credit by Exam

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Self-Study Assessments (SSA)

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