Earn an Accounting Degree Online
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Every successful business relies on people who can successfully manage a budget, interpret balance sheets, and justify the difficult financial decisions. If you have an analytical mindset, a knack for organization, and love working with numbers; an online degree in accounting can serve as the first step toward a rewarding, sustainable career in your industry of choice.*
The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the Forbes School of Business and Technology® at the University of Arizona Global Campus will introduce you to the financial foundations upon which businesses are built. This International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) accredited program will teach you how to take an analytical approach to problem-solving and communicating the financial aspects of an organization; while helping you develop a fundamental understanding of accounting principles and the essential technology tools used by today’s professionals.
Once you have established a solid foundation of accounting knowledge, your IACBE accredited Master of Accountancy from the Forbes School of Business and Technology® will further develop your expertise when dealing with the complex accounting issues faced by global organizations. These graduate-level courses will prepare you for an accounting career in corporate, public, and nonprofit institutions; and you can focus your studies on the industries and practices of your choice, including risk management, quality assurance, auditing, and tax law.
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What Can You Do with a Degree in Accounting?
The business of bookkeeping remains a growth industry in the United States; however, a bachelor’s degree in accounting does not limit you to an accounting career. Your degree will help you develop coveted analytical, technical, ethical, and problem-solving skills that employers deem valuable, with courses in areas such as Business Law and Statistics. Upon graduation with an online bachelor’s degree in accounting, you will be prepared for a meaningful career in accounting or a related field, such as banking, profit, and nonprofit work. Your options include:
- Forensic Accountant*
- Tax Accountant*
- Tax Preparer
- Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
- Enrolled Agent
- Cost Estimator
With a Master of Accountancy degree, your courses will be more intensive and focused on applying the principles of accounting to solve complex problems in modern organizations. You will emerge with a broad skillset and extensive knowledge of accounting, business, economics, and mathematical principles, and your choice of specialization can define your career path. Master of Accountancy graduates emerge fully prepared to pursue roles in:
- Budget analysis
- Credit analysis
- Financial examinations
- Tax examinations and collections
- Financial management
Benefits of Earning an Online Accounting Degree
Accounting expertise and hands-on experience with financial tools will always be in demand, and your accounting degree will provide you with a versatile skillset that you can apply to a number of industries – for-profit, nonprofit, government, and others. With your online accounting degree, employers will see that you can do so much more than “crunch the numbers.”
Your education comes with the benefits of:
1. A Better Understanding of Finances
Accounting graduates can easily comprehend the complexities of financial reports and communicate those details in a way that colleagues and executives can understand. These communication skills are invaluable when trying to rationalize decisions involving your organization’s finances.
2. Room for Career Growth
With the base knowledge that you’ve accumulated in your degree program, you have options when it comes to your career. From banking to tax preparation, nonprofit work, and more, your degree will give you an advantage in a fast-growing field.
3. Better Understanding of Taxation and Tax Law
Even if you don’t pursue a career as an accountant, you will have a comprehensive understanding of taxation and tax law, which can benefit you both professionally and personally.
4. Stable Job Growth
With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a surge in hiring for business and financial occupations, your accounting education will position you for the essential jobs of tomorrow.
Additionally, the University of Arizona Global Campus Accounting students enjoy the benefits of a flexible, relevant education and a suite of online resources, including:
- 5- to 6-week courses and a flexible schedule that allows you to take one course at a time
- 24/7 student support from the UAGC Library, Writing Center, Career Services, and more
- UAGC’s SMART Track, a faster path to a master’s degree for those pursuing a bachelor’s degree at UAGC
- Dedicated student advisors to support you from enrollment to graduation
Should I Add an Emphasis to my Accounting Degree?
If you are pursuing your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, you can broaden your education with emphasis courses. An emphasis consists of three three-credit courses that will enrich your knowledge base and expand your career options upon graduation. You may choose from these five emphases:
- Cognitive Studies
- Environmental Management & Sustainability
- Public Administration
- Public Relations
- Web and Mobile App Technology
Career Outlook for Accounting Degrees
Your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting or Master of Accountancy will make you a more marketable prospect to employers and give you flexibility on your way to a rewarding career. Master’s degree students, in particular, have the advantage of aligning their career objectives with an accounting or audit specialization, which can enrich your prospects further.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates hiring for accountants and auditors will grow as fast as average through 2028, and some roles, such as cost estimators, will see even faster than average growth. Knowing that your education will be valued today and tomorrow will give you confidence and clarity when determining your future.
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* Successful completion of this program by itself does not qualify a student to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. All prospective students should contact individual state boards of accounting for additional information relating to licensure requirements (e.g., education and work experience and any potential restrictions, such as prior criminal convictions) prior to enrolling. A list of state accounting boards is available here: http://www.nasba.org/stateboards. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession should carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements vary by state. Prospective students also should regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change. The University of Arizona Global Campus does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification and graduates may have to complete additional coursework to be eligible to sit for certain professional certification exams.