dcsimg
 

Online Accounting Programs

Home > Business > Accounting

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), growth in the accounting and financial services sector is closely tied into the overall health of our economy. Fortunately, the future looks bright for most careers in this field. As the BLS notes, employment for careers in business and financial operations is expected to increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. That is slightly faster than the 11 percent growth predicted for all occupations combined, which bodes well for those who choose to enter an accounting profession.

Online accounting schools can prepare you for a number of careers in various fields inside and related to the accounting world. Not only will you participate in classroom instruction in these programs, but you can also learn a great deal firsthand as well. Continue reading to learn more about online accounting programs and what they offer.

Online Accounting Degrees Programs

Educational requirements vary widely depending on the accounting career you plan to pursue. For example, most accountants need to have a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field to get started, while workers in certain roles may also need a master's degree in either accounting or business administration. Meanwhile, there are other requirements for accountants who want to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In most cases, becoming a CPA involves passing a national exam and meeting various requirements that are determined by your state of residence.

Other professionals in accounting, such as bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, don't require as much training or education. According to the BLS, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks typically need a high school diploma and some work experience. However, a certificate or associate degree in accounting may lead to better job prospects.

When it comes to online accounting degrees, you have plenty of options to choose from. The following table includes the most common online accounting degrees available, as well as how long they take to complete. Also included in the table are some careers that the corresponding degree can help you qualify for:

Degree Timeline for Completion Applicable Careers
Certificate Six months to two years Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
Associate degree Typically two years of full-time study Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
Bachelor's degree Typically four years of full-time study. Accountants and auditors, budget analysts, financial analysts
Master's degree Typically two years of full-time study after earning a bachelor's degree. Accountants and auditors, budget analysts, financial analysts

Career Outlook for Accounting Graduates

Although career outcomes can vary widely due to education, geography, and the economy, most professionals in accounting experience a healthy wage and good job prospects. Despite any lulls in the economy predicted for the future, the BLS predicts steady growth for workers who have accounting experience and applicable degrees. The following table illustrates some of the most popular career options for those with on-campus and online accounting degrees along with the May 2014 median annual wage and job outlook for the decade of 2012-22 as per the BLS.

Career Median Wage Job Outlook
Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks $38,070 11%
Accountants and Auditors $73,670 13%
Bill and Account Collectors $35,540 15%
Financial Analysts $94,290 16%
Budget Analysts $73,940 6%

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Choosing the Right Accounting School

Once you decide that you want to pursue one of the many online accounting degrees available, it is essential that you research potential schools and compare them to one another. If you are interested in becoming a CPA, for example, you need to make sure that your school's program offers the right combination of coursework to help you meet the requirements and stay on track. Meanwhile, there are other questions you should ask yourself, including these:

  • Does my school's online platform allow me to interact with my instructors and peers?
  • Does it offer any resources for internships or job placement?
  • Will the online accounting programs I'm considering let me finish my coursework on my own time, or are classes on a set schedule?
  • Can I earn my degree part-time?
  • Are the online accounting schools I'm considering accredited?

These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself as you research online accounting schools and the programs they offer. Just remember to compare all of the options available, and not just in terms of the courses they offer, but in terms of pricing as well. On-campus and online accounting degrees are not all created equal; it's up to you to find a program that will ultimately lead to the best outcome possible.

Sources:

  • Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, April 1, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm
  • Accountants and Auditors, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-6
  • Budget Analysts, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/budget-analysts.htm#tab-1
  • Financial Analysts, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-1
  • May 2013 National Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm

Online Accounting Programs

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Prefer exploring options talking to our staff?
            Call toll free now: 1.855.330.6938
            Matching School Ads
            4 Program(s) Found
            • Online MBA program ranked 6th in the USA by CEO magazine.
            • In a university-sponsored survey, 4 out of 5 alumni reported being satisfied with their experience.
            • #1 Online School for military veterans according to Military Times.
            • 75,000+ graduates across all industries offer extensive networking opportunities.
            • My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.) lets students watch, view, read, or hear content.
            • Smartphone app available for on-the-go learning.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            4 Program(s) Found
            • Become an accountant, credit analyst, auditor, tax examiner, and more with an undergraduate degree in accounting.
            • Learn about accounting fundamentals, legal compliance and ethics, finance, marketing, leadership, economics, and quantitative decision making.
            • Work in the environment that suits you best. The B.S. in Accounting program prepares students for accounting careers in private, public, not-for-profit, and government organizations.
            • This program, along with other CSU-Global business degrees, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
            • Each of our courses is 100% online, with no fixed class times or locations. All you need is an internet connection. Wherever you are, you’re already on campus.
            • Our programs are built for working adults. You complete coursework on your schedule, in your own time. Complete assignments and projects when it’s most convenient for you.
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked one of the Best for Vets schools in Military Times Edge magazine’s 2013 “Best for Vets” edition.
            • Offers MUSE (My Unique Student Experience), a content delivery system that gives students the option to watch, view, read or listen to required course materials.
            • Allows students to complete courses at whatever pace they want.
            • Provides IntelliPath, a proprietary learning technology that lets students learn at their own pace.
            • A DANTES-affiliated university and member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            3 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
            • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
            • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found

            See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

            Whatever your motivation for considering an undergraduate or graduate degree, Florida Tech offers programs online that can meet your needs. Here are a few reasons Florida Tech may be the right choice for you.

            • Online Courses
            • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
            • Approved to accept international students who wish to study in the United States.
            • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Lab Technician, and Healthcare Administration.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
            • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            1 Program(s) Found
            • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
            • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
            • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
            • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Business Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked the #1 Public MBA program in the NYC region in 2014 by the U.S. News and World Report.
            • Educates about 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students per academic year at two campuses in New Jersey as well as five satellite locations in New Jersey and Singapore.
            • The only public university in New Jersey in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group comprising of North America’s 63 leading research universities.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            2 Program(s) Found

            Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs. You can choose one of five graduate degree programs from a selective institution ranked among the Top 10 Universities in the North and Top 20 Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

             

            The online, master’s degree curriculum is taught by highly credentialed faculty and reflects the same rigorous academic standards as the on-campus programs. Nearly all of The University of Scranton’s instructional faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their fields – so you can excel in yours.

            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits