Help Start or Advance Your Accounting Career

Earn Your Accounting Degree, Diploma or Certificate

As a student in our accounting program, you gain the skills employers value most—including managerial accounting, financial reporting, account reconciliation, payroll and bookkeeping—on your path to earning an Accounting Associate's or Bachelor's degree, Diploma or Certificate.

Our Accounting Associate's degree is available in our Flex Choice option, which allows you to combine faculty-led and self-paced courses to save time and money while pursuing a degree on a schedule that fits your lifestyle.

Our Public Accounting Bachelor's degree is also available to help you land a specialized career working with public and professional accounting firms and prepares you for your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate 9 Months
Diploma 12 Months
Associate's Degree 18 Months
Accounting or Public Accounting Bachelor’s Degree 36-45 Months

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Gain In-Field Accounting Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful accounting career across a wide range of business sectors. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Standard & Advanced Accounting Task Mgmt

    Establish yourself as a leader in the accounting industry with valuable insight on managing the finances of small businesses, corporate offices and financial institutions.

  • Auditing and Fraud Investigation

    Develop real-world skills relevant in the workforce with a strong emphasis in learning how to help organizations audit and investigate fraud.

  • Industry Software Training

    Through small class sizes with personalized attention, you gain hands-on learning experience and extensive training with industry software, including QuickBooks and Excel.

  • Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

    Develop vital critical-thinking abilities to help you better manage finances and the communication skills you need to become a dynamic asset to any accounting team.

Industry Partnerships and Certification Exams

As a Rasmussen College accounting student, you prepare for industry certification exams, including the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) and CPA.* Our five-year Public Accounting Bachelor's degree is also designed to meet the CPA licensure exam education requirements.

Our partnership with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) allows you to join for a reduced membership fee and network with industry professionals.

*Eligibility to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam is based upon educational and other requirements specific to the state or jurisdiction in which licensure is sought. This program may not qualify graduates to sit for the CPA Exam in all states.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Business programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • 3M
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Best Buy
  • Boston Scientific
  • Coca-Cola
  • Ecolab
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • General Mills
  • Medtronic
  • Target Corporation
  • UPS
  • Wells Fargo

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

Average Starting Salary

for our Accounting Graduates:

  • Associate's Degree $30,742
  • Bachelor's Degree $39,152

Program Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Business vary depending on the program. We do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores; however, every applicant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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How Much Could You Earn as an Accounting Professional?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary and projected job growth for accounting professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Billing and Posting Clerks$23,750$27,890$33,82012%
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks$25,370$31,610$38,67012%
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$22,020$28,270$35,73011%
Accountants and Auditors$40,370$50,340$65,08013%

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm, census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/

Earning an accounting degree can be a valuable investment in your future. See how:

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.*

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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