Online schooling programs are becoming more and more accessible, providing students great flexibility in earning a degree. The ability to access schoolwork and classes online whenever schedules permit, allows students to earn an income or to juggle a family while still going to school.
Although online bachelor programs demand great self-discipline, they can also provide a very rewarding experience. Many top programs certified by highly esteemed accreditations offer associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees which will prepare students to succeed in a career as an accountant, auditor, budget analyst, CFO, and more. The following is a brief overview of our top fifteen ranked online accounting degree programs listed in no particular order. Without further ado…
Here are the Best Online Accounting Degree Programs in 2018
1. Penn State World Campus
Penn State World Campus is the official online program offered in connection with the University of Penn State. The University offers a Bachelor in Science Business Administration with an 18 credit emphasis in Accounting for a deeper understanding of financial accounting and managerial accounting, taxation, auditing, and systems and controls. Penn State’s same renowned professors who teach on-campus classes will teach the courses offered online. Students are required to earn 120 credits to graduate. Penn State offers extensive financial aid options. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business recognizes this as a top accounting program.
- Tuition: $580/credit
2. The University of Memphis
The University of Memphis’ Fogelman College of Business and Economics offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. Students can complete this degree entirely online, or through a combination of taking online and on-campus classes. The school will also accept a limited number of transfer credits from other universities, online orientation/training classes, and other resources are offered online to prepare students. The University of Memphis is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
- Tuition: $6,000 for about 15 credits per semester or $400/credit hour
3. Auburn University
At Auburn University students can earn their Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) and have the option of taking classes either online or on-campus. The online B.S. in Accounting degree is specifically designed for working professionals who want to prepare for the CPA exam or are looking to change career paths and already have an AACSB accredited business degree. In only 30 semester hours (or five semesters) these students can complete the online BS in Accounting at Auburn University while working full-time.
- Tuition: $775 (undergraduate) or $875 (graduate) per credit hour
4. American InterContinental University-Online
American InterContinental offers both a bachelor’s and master’s of accounting program and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Upon graduation, 98% of students are considered prepared for a career by AIU’s employers. AIU campus is located in Illinois, but all programs are offered via distance education. This is a 4-year private for-profit institution with a teacher to student ration of 41:1. Distance education opportunities are offered for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Academic and career counseling is offered for all students and career placement services are available to students who graduate.
- Tuition: $302/credit hour
5. The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama offers a bachelor’s degree in accounting. The university accepts up to 90 transfer credits. Students can complete their accounting degree in as few as 73 credit hours. The accounting diploma does not differentiate online students from on-campus students and students are invited to attend graduation on-campus. After completion students should be prepared to take the CPA, CISA, CIA, CFE, and CMA exams. The university also offers a master’s program for those who want to further their education.
- Tuition: $340-$360/credit hour (depending on undergraduate or graduate status)
6. Northeastern University
Northeastern University, located in Boston Massachusetts, offers a Bachelor in Finance and Accounting Management. The university requires 163 quarter hours for graduation and anticipates that full-time students will complete the degree in four years. Tuition averages about $378 per credit hour. This unique program allows accouting major students to customize their education according to preference by taking elective courses in taxation, finance strategy, international finance, and accounting information systems. Northeastern is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
7. Regis University
Regis University offers a unique program to students who want to accelerate their education. Students can complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees together at an accelerated and more affordable rate. Undergraduate students require 128 credits to graduate, while students who choose to combine their undergraduate and master’s degree require 152 credits to earn both degrees. Tuition for each credit hour is $469. The Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association both accredit Regis University.
8. Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus offers a bachelor’s degree in accounting after completing 120 credits and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Colorado’s program is unique because students can focus their education by taking five upper-division courses under 1 of 15 specializations such as computer programming, criminal forensics, and emergency management. Tuition for each credit hour is $350. CSU offers accelerated 8-week courses and monthly term starts in order to accommodate the student schedules.
9. Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University offers a 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy but is most recognized for its 30-credit Master of Accounting Science (Leadership) program. This program works to combine professional accounting knowledge with the leadership and professional skills needed to be successful in a variety of career paths. More than one-third of enrolled students receive graduate assistantships where they work with Accounting faculty doing research or teaching classes. These students receive a monthly stipend and carry a partial tuition waiver.
- Tuition: $24,573 yearly
10. Silver Lake College
Silver Lake College offers students a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting that requires a total of 63 credits on top of general education credits required by the school. Several required classes include Managerial Accounting, Federal Taxation, Auditing, Digital Applications, and Microeconomics. Some required courses for this program are offered in traditional day and/or accelerated evening and weekend formats. These courses have specific entrance requirements and require foundation coursework. Silver Lake College has an excellent student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1.
- Tuition: $13,400 per semester for fall and spring classes
11. University of North Carolina at Pembroke
The Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recognizes the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as one of the top programs. Students are required to take 24 credit hours of accounting specific classes. The program is designed to prepare students to take the CPA exam in North Carolina upon graduation. Students will also be prepared to start at an entry level in public, private, or governmental accounting or to further their education in a graduate program.
12. Loyola Marymount University
Students at Loyola Marymount University can receive their Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and can even go on to get their Master’s of Science in Accounting if they so choose. The bachelor’s program requires students to complete a minimum of 126-130 credits and has an 80 percent success rate in helping graduates start their graduate studies or careers in accounting at entry-level professional positions. A unique characteristic of LMU’s Department of Accounting is the Paul A. Grosch Lecture Series that they organize, which brings prominent executives and local business leaders to campus to recount their experiences and share their knowledge on some of the biggest issues in accounting, ethics and global business today.
- Tuition: $46,136/year
13. Florida Tech Online
Florida Tech offers a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Students can specialize their education in various concentrations including cost accounting, auditing, compensation and benefits and more. The program also helps students tailor their education according to their interest by allowing students to choose 15 credit hours from various elective courses. The institution is recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
14. California Baptist University
Students at California Baptist University are required to take 63 units at $530 per unit in order to graduate. CBU’s bachelor program prepares students to go on to take the CPA and CMA and to start entry level work in public, private, governmental, managerial, and non-profit accounting. The university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
15. Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Northwestern offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting or Business Administration. The university offers an online orientation preparation class to all online students introducing them to the basics of being an online student. The online classes are designed to allow students flexibility in pacing their own assignments and learning. Some classes are offered during a 16-week course, while others are offered on an accelerated 8-week program. The university requires students to take some exams on the NOSU campus in a proctored environment. Most general education classes are not offered online, so NOSU online is designed best for students who want to finish an accounting degree. The university does not cap the number of transfer credits it accepts from other accredited secondary schools. Online tuition for in-state undergraduate students is about $250 per credit hour and $288 per credit hour for in-state graduate students
16. William & Mary College
The College of William & Mary offers a 120-credit Bachelor of Business Administration with a degree in Accounting. Students can choose from nine concentrations including a Business Analytics, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Innovation & Design, Management and Organizational Leadership, Marketing, Supply Chain Analytics, and Sustainability concentration. A two-semester Master of Accounting (MAcc) is also available with several concentrations including Academic, Audit & Assurance, Experiential, Taxation, or Valuation & Advisory Services.
- Tuition: $11,022/semester for full-time undergraduates
17. Middle Tennessee State University
At Middle Tennessee State University students have access to both a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a Master of Accounting degree. The bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 credits and is meant to help students who desire to pursue the following professional certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Auditor. The Master of Accounting degree requires a total of 30 credit hours. Students may elect to complete a tax specialization by taking twelve credit hours of tax coursework as part of their 30 credit hour program.
- Tuition: $9,000 (undergraduate), $6,520 (graduate) per year
18. Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University offers two tracks in their accounting program including public accounting (36 credit hours) and management accounting (24 credit hours). The public accounting track is best for students who would like to be a private, public, or governmental CPA. Students are given the flexibility of completing their program only online, or through a combination of online and on-campus classes. South Oregon offers elective courses in corporate law, nonprofit accounting and financial management, and taxation of corporations. Students are required to earn 225 credits to receive their CPA license. The university also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting program for students with a bachelor’s degree but does not require students to have completed their graduate studies prior to starting the program. Online tuition for undergraduate students is $212 per credit and $462 per credit for graduate students.
19. University of Texas – Arlington
University of Texas – Arlington offers a 122-credit Bachelor of Science (or Bachelor of Business Administration) degree in Accounting that prepares students for accounting careers in industry or government and allows students to choose from three elective business tracks including Finance Industry, Information Systems, and Sales and Marketing. Graduate programs are also available for students to complete. For students who choose to receive both an undergraduate and graduate degree in accounting, a fast track and a professional track are available so students can complete less coursework to complete both degrees.
- Tuition: $824/credit
20. Walden University
Walden’s online accounting program offers two concentrations so students can specialize their studies according to their professional interests. The program is designed for students to finish in four years. Tuition is $325 per credit hour and a total of 181 credit hours are required for graduation. Walden accommodates financial aid through grants, scholarships, and loans. The MS in accounting offers 30 credits hours and the MBA specialization in accounting offers 9 credit hours. These graduate programs offer classes in financial and managerial accounting and legal and ethical practices. Walden’s program is designed to be consistent with the guidelines of the American Institute of CPAs.
- Online bachelor degree program in accounting
21. Colorado Christian University
CCU offers a Bachelor degree program in Accounting and MBA in Advanced Accounting. Students can complete their undergraduate degree in 120 credit hours. The University allows students to transfer 31 previously earned credit hours from a prior secondary school. The Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association recognize Colorado Christian University. Students who choose to complete both a BS in accounting and an MBA with a specialization in Advanced Accounting will complete 150 credit hours and will be prepared for Colorado CPA licensing. Tuition for each general education and major specific credit hour is $523.
22. Culver-Stockton College
Culver-Stockton offers a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in Accounting. Classes at Culver-Stockton are offered on an accelerated 8-week program. Most students at Culver-Stockton complete 150 credit hours so they are prepared to receive their CPA license. All Culver students also complete an internship that the on-campus Career Service Center helps to arrange. Online tuition for the undergraduate program is $395 per credit hour, while the graduate program is $500 per credit hour. Culver is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).
23. Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Ph.D. in Accounting available for students. The B.S. in Accounting requires a total of 120 credits for graduation, which falls short of Oklahoma’s required 150 hours of education to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam. Students desiring to become CPAs should take additional coursework or enter the MS program to meet the requirements to sit for the CPA.
- Tuition: $199 (undergraduate) or $224 (graduate) per credit hour
24. Indiana University Northwest
The B.S. in Business degree at Indiana University Northwest has a concentration in Accounting/Financial Information Systems for students interested in pursuing the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation and for students who are interested in the Certified Financial Management (CFM) or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Students who wish to pursue the CPA in Indiana need more than a bachelor’s degree and are encouraged to continue with the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting (PBCA) programs in order to fulfill these requirements. A total of 120 credits are required in this program which is accredited by the AACSB.
- Tuition: $220/credit
Here’s our guide for an online masters degree in accounting.
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- Associate degree in accounting guide
- We’ll provide additional guides for future accountants on how to prepare for the CPA exam.
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