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Secure Your Future as a Financial Leader in Accounting.

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Accountants are trusted, valued, and necessary in almost all businesses, organizations, and industries. As an accountant, you may be responsible for the following:

Prepare, analyze, and confirm accuracy of financial records.

Ensure taxes are paid properly and on time.

Organize and maintain financial records.

Identify ways to reduce costs while enhancing revenue and improving profits.

CSU-Global's online accounting bachelor degree is designed to take you beyond the day-to-day tasks of your position and help you think bigger. Expand your professional horizons by gaining professional knowledge in legal compliance, ethics, leadership, and more with the flexibility and convenience of an online degree.

Throughout your course of study you will improve your mastery of the fundamentals of accounting, as well as gain a comprehensive view of organizational management issues.

If you have a sharp mind for numbers and want to excel in the field of accounting, CSU-Global's accredited online accounting degree will help you reach your career goals.

Ensure Quality with a ACBSP Accredited Degree

CSU-Global's online bachelor's degree in accounting is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).

The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body which means your online degree will be recognized and respected by employers.

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Career Outlook

Discover What's Possible for Your Career with an Undergraduate Degree in Accounting

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for accountants and auditors is 9% to 13%, compared to the all-occupations average of 10%. With only slightly above average growth, there will be strong competition for the best jobs available.

Will you have the credentials you need to land the job you want?

Having a passion for accounting is great, but it may not be enough to get you the career you deserve. When you need to stand out in a competitive field like accounting, an online accounting degree can make all the difference.

Burning Glass Technologies, the world's largest and most sophisticated labor market database, reports that almost 87% of accounting employers are seeking applicants with a bachelor's degree.

The good news is that your investment in your education should not only pay off in the jobs you're qualified for, but also in the salary you could potentially earn.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for accountants and auditors is $67,190 annually or $32.30/hour.

Potential Job Titles in Accounting

Accounting is a vast and varied field, with 498,000 projected job openings from 2014-2024. With your online bachelor's degree in accounting, you could earn one of these job titles...

  • Accountant.
  • Senior tax associate.
  • Accounting manager.
  • Financial reporting accountant.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Top Industries Hiring Accountants

The financial skills of an accountant are necessary in almost all industries, but according to Burning Glass Technologies, these are the top industries hiring accountants:

  • 21% Professional, scientific, and technical services.
  • 19% Financial and insurance.
  • 17% Manufacturing.

Take the next step to earn the title and the salary you deserve in the field of accounting.


Program Description

B.S. in Accounting Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute successfully to an organization from an accounting perspective.

Learners gain knowledge of accounting fundamentals and a comprehensive view of organization management issues including:

  • Legal compliance and ethics.
  • Finance.
  • Marketing.
  • Leadership.
  • Economics.
  • Quantitative decision making.

The accounting major prepares students for careers in private, public, not-for-profit, and government organizations. The B.S. in Acccounting is additionally accredited by ACBSP.

Are you ready to gain these valuable skills in accounting? Do you want to excel in your field and make an impact in the organizations you work with?

If so, click the button below to learn more about what a CSU-Global 100% online bachelor's degree in accounting can do for your future.


Learning Outcomes

What You Can Expect from Your B.S. in Accounting

CSU-Global's career-relevant curriculum provides you the following learning outcomes to be applied to your current, or future, position in accounting.

  • Apply problem-solving skills to both domestic and international accounting in an array of diverse settings.
  • Assemble and analyze financial and business data to produce financial and business reports.
  • Evaluate and incorporate current analytical tools and technology in performing business functions and facilitating 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 with others in areas of financial and organizational management.

View our learning outcomes assessment data to see how CSU-Global is delivering on our promise to students.

Optimize Your Degree to Customize Your Resume

CSU-Global students can optimize their degree to demonstrate the professional skills acquired prior to degree or certificate completion.

Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements highlight the knowledge, workplace skills, and abilities specific to your industry or field of study. By completing a series of three to five courses, you can demonstrate to employers that you have a specific set of professional capabilities.

Gain the career-relevant skills you need to stand out in the competitive field of accounting.


Degree Courses

100% Online Courses: Anywhere, Anytime

CSU-Global's online accounting degree consists of 17 three-credit core courses as part of a full 120-credit bachelor's degree. Maximize your transfer credits and take advantage of our alternative credit options to finish faster and for less!

  • 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

    This course provides students with an introduction to financial accounting for the profit-oriented organization. The course provides a solid presentation of the central accounting terms and concepts, including a discussion of the basic accounting procedures, and the four types of financial statements. The accounting cycle, the double entry system, accrual based accounting, and the introductory use of the QuickBooksTM accounting software is included. The course concludes with a detailed discussion of the elements that comprise the balance sheet. 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 CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” 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 upon the financial accounting topics presented in ACT300 Principles of Accounting I. Other concepts presented include content and preparation of cash flow statements and financial analysis of a company based on relationships within the financial statements. In addition, the course covers the managerial accounting concepts of cost flows through a business, cost estimation, cost-volume-profit analysis, product costing, capital budgeting, operational budgets, variance analysis, performance measurement, and responsibility accounting. Prerequisite: ACT300.

  • ACT350: Intermediate Accounting I

    This course provides a deeper understanding of accounting topics introduced in previous accounting courses. Topics covered include the conceptual framework of financial reporting, codification of accounting standards, the accounting cycle, format and presentation of the financial statements, time value of money, revenue recognition, and accounting for cash, receivables, inventory, long-term assets, and current liabilities. Recommended Prior Course: ACT325 (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)

  • ACT360: Intermediate Accounting II

    This course provides a deeper understanding of accounting topics introduced in previous accounting courses and introduces more advanced topics. Topics covered include longterm liabilities; stockholders' equity; dilutive securities and earnings per share; investments; accounting for income taxes, pensions, and leases; statement of cash flows; accounting change and error analysis; and full disclosure in financial reporting. Recommended Prior Course: ACT350 (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)

  • 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.

  • MTH410: Quantitative Business Analysis

    This course provides students with skills to analyze data and apply concepts of statistical analysis and research in a business context. Students formulate conclusions from data using descriptive and inferential statistical methods and expand on knowledge of the underlying theory behind types of data, data sources, data organization, measures of central tendency and variation, probability, and probability distributions.

  • ACT405: Federal Individual Taxation

    This course covers the federal income tax laws, regulations and tax policy for individual taxpayers. Primary emphasis is on the individual components of personal and business income and the allowable deductions. The taxation of gains and losses on property and capital-asset transactions will be presented. Student will be introduced to the common body of tax laws (CBOTL) and will learn the significance of the CBOTL in tax practice today.

  • ACT410: Government and Nonprofit Accounting

    This course introduces specialized accounting standards for governmental and not-for-profit entities. Topics covered include the financial reporting of state and local governments, governmental operating statement accounts and budgetary accounting, and accounting for general capital assets and capital projects. Additional topics include specialized accounting practices for various types of non-governmental not-for-profit organizations. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)

  • ACT415: Business Taxation

    This course examines the tax issues involved with corporate, flow-through and exempt business entities. Issues related to the development of tax returns for each business entity type are emphasized. The course also covers tax issues related to the gift, estate, and trust wealth transfer vehicles.

  • ACT425: Information Systems for Accounting

    This course covers the use of information systems in the accounting function with a focus on computer systems and internal controls. This course provides students with knowledge to evaluate users' accounting information needs, and the ability to design, implement, and maintain an accounting information system to meet the requirements of the businesses’ processes and cycles.

  • ACT450: Auditing

    This course offers a study of the systematic process by which external financial statements and management assertions are verified and reported, including auditing procedures, standards and programs, the examination of financial statements, and the preparation of audit working papers. In addition, this course includes a consideration of the organization of the accounting profession, the new influences of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and the professional ethics and legal liability of auditors. Recommended Prior Course: ACT350 (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)

  • ACT460: Cost Accounting

    This course incorporates and applies theoretical concepts introduced in Managerial Accounting to financial decisionmaking. Internal planning (budgeting) and control (evaluation) cycles, managerial monitoring and feedback mechanisms, as well as behavioral performance issues in industrial and service firms, are all emphasized. Students will gain proficiency in practical accounting, procedural applications, and reporting. Topics include job costing, profit analysis, budgeting and forecasting, activity based costing, and variance analysis.

  • ACT470: Advanced Accounting

    This course explores the accounting theory, practice, and procedures involved with multi-corporate business combinations (mergers, acquisitions, and consolidations), partnership formation, partnership accounting, and accounting for foreign currency transactions and translating financial statements of foreign subsidiaries for consolidation. Recommended Prior Course: ACT360 (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “EX” suffix.)

  • ACT480: Capstone – Accounting Research and Analysis

    In this capstone course, students will complete Capstone Assignments addressing the program outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Students will demonstrate learning accumulated throughout the Accounting program by applying leadership, critical thinking, problemsolving skills, and creativity to real-world situations.

  • ACT495: Accounting Practicum

    This course is designed for students who participate on the staff of an accounting firm or in the accounting function of a business or nonbusiness organization as an opportunity to demonstrate program outcomes learned in the B.S. in Accounting 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 practicum 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.

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Personalize Your Degree with a Professional Specialization

When you earn your online bachelor's degree in accounting at CSU-Global, you have the chance to customize it with an undergraduate specialization that matches your professional goals and personal interests.

Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of five upper-division courses (15 credit hours) in a more specific area of interest.

While a specialization is not required for completion of your degree, it is an ideal way to tailor your educational experience to the specific career path you're seeking.

Explore Your Specialization Options for Your B.S. in Accounting:

  • Computer Programming

    Computer Programming specialization is aimed at non-computer science majors who would like to broaden their programming capabilities. Courses cover an entire spectrum of basic programming and software development techniques for analysis, design, and implementation of software applications across various operating systems and platforms.

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  • Criminal Forensics

    The Criminal Forensics program is ideal for students interested in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue or advance a career as a medical examiner, crime analyst, criminal investigator, or similar position in this exciting field.

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  • Criminal Justice Management

    The criminal justice field includes careers in security, the court system, corrections, forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Justice Management program provides advanced leadership skills to further one’s professional development in these areas.

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  • Criminology

    The Criminology program focuses on the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the legal system. Students pursuing a career in law enforcement, social work, forensics, welfare, pathology, probation, or other public safety positions will gain a competitive advantage through the Criminology program.

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  • Data Management and Analysis

    The Data Management and Analysis program is designed for students interested in careers related to information systems and networking. Professionals interested in the information technology field who desire in-depth knowledge of how to manage enterprise data should consider this program.

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  • Digital Marketing

    Earn an undergraduate specialization in digital marketing with CSU-Global. Learn valuable skills to expand your career in SEO, SEM, Social Media Marketing and Content.

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  • Emergency Management

    While emergency situations cannot always be avoided, proper critical response and preparation can drastically improve public safety. The Emergency Management program provides professionals, including safety directors, emergency specialists, consultants, analysts, and direct responders, with the skills necessary in a wide array of emergencies.

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  • Fundraising

    If you are looking to enter a career in fundraising CSU-Global offers specialization programs, learn more about your education opportunities today.

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  • Healthcare Management

    The Healthcare Management program provides professionals in clinics, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, research facilities, and more with the focused training required to handle the unique management challenges of the healthcare industry. This program gives students a competitive edge in an ever-changing field.

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  • Human Resources and Organizational Development

    Students interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources should consider adding this specialization to their bachelor’s degree coursework. It provides a background in personnel management, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. When completed as part of the B.S. in Business Management degree, this specialization aligns with educational standards from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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  • Information Technology Management

    As technology continues to advance, the need for qualified IT managers grows as well. Through the Information Technology Management Specialization, students gain the administrative knowledge needed to meet the demands of corporate technology systems including problem solving, resource allocation, networking, security, and more.

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  • Information Technology Operations

    This program provides a basic understanding of technology operations, networking, problem-solving, development, and more. Professionals interested in careers that require knowledge of information technology, including administrators, department managers, system analysts, and more, will benefit from this program.

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  • International Business

    The undergraduate specialization in International Business prepares students for international management career opportunities within multinational industries and organizations. Learners will gain an understanding of economic, legal, governmental, financial, and cultural issues related to international business.

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  • Marketing

    Students interested in the global field of marketing will benefit from this specialization, which includes promotion, creative services, public relations, research, consulting, communications, advertisement, strategy, branding, and much more. The Marketing program provides the tools necessary to be successfully employed in many areas within this field.

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  • Operations Management and Supervision

    The Operations Management and Supervision program is ideal for students who pursue careers in logistics or manufacturing and production. These courses provide knowledge and skills to improve efficiency, efficacy, and performance in organizational operations.

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  • Organizational Leadership

    If you wish to advance into a management role in your organization or further your management skills as they apply to staff, effective decision making, strategic communication, and more you should consider the Organizational Leadership program in addition to your your bachelor’s degree major or as a certificate of completion.

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  • Project Management

    Students interested in project management should consider this program to gain comprehensive theories and concepts on how to improve organizational efficiency and performance on a per project basis. Ideal for both Project Management Professionals (PMP) and those interested in entering this growing field.

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  • Public and Non-Profit Management

    Students interested in careers within the public and non-profit sectors should consider pursuing a specialization or certificate of completion in Public and Non-Profit Management. This program provides students with management and decision-making abilities necessary within these organizations.

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  • Public Relations

    Public relations specialists aim to generate a positive image for their clients by maintaining relationships with media professionals, developing campaigns, creating print and web-based materials, writing speeches, and managing digital media.

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  • Strategic Communications

    Effective communication can increase efficiency and results in a wide array of professional positions. The Strategic Communication program improves both internal and external messaging, delivery, and comprehension for managers, consultants, marketing and public relations specialists, human resources, and more.

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Take advantage of this unique opportunity to customize your degree to the specific job you want in accounting.


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