Prepare For The CMA and CPA While Earning Your Degree

Accounting Bachelor's or Associate's Degree

Our Accounting Bachelor's degree is designed to prepare you to work in this growing industry through learning skills most in-demand by employers—including managerial accounting, financial reporting, account reconciliation and bookkeeping.

With small class sizes that provide personalized attention and hands-on learning, we prepare you for industry certification exams including CMA (Certified Management Accounting) and CPA (Certified Public Accountant).

If you are seeking Certified Public Accounting (CPA) licensure, consider our Public Accounting Bachelor’s degree.

Help Start or Advance Your Accounting Career

The curriculum in our Accounting Bachelor's degree helps you develop real-world skills so you can find the position you want, through:

  • CPA exam skill development throughout courses
  • Study of accounting research methods
  • Strong emphasis in auditing and fraud investigation
  • Extensive training with software used in the industry such as QuickBooks and Excel

Learn more about our Accounting Bachelor's degree by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Program Highlights
  • Small online and on campus class sizes with personalized attention
  • Career services advisors help you find the job you want
  • Join the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for a reduced membership fee and network with industry professionals

Accounting Degree Courses

You will gain valuable insights on managing the finances of small businesses, corporate offices, and financial institutions with an Accounting Bachelor's degree from Rasmussen College's School of Business – establishing yourself as a leader in the accounting industry.

  • Hands on experience using industry software
  • Focus on analytical thinking
  • Fundamental principles of bookkeeping

Sample Course List

Financial Accounting I
This course defines accounting objectives and their relation to business. The student will be taught the fundamental principles of bookkeeping. The trial balance, working papers, financial statements, and completing an accounting cycle are introduced. The course will emphasize valuing assets, including property, plant and equipment, inventory, and accounts receivable, and will address the classification of accounts, notes, payroll liabilities, and monthly adjustments.
Managerial Accounting Theory and Practice
This course provides a survey of the theory and application of managerial accounting principles. Topics include cost behaviors, production costing methods, data processing, economic analysis, budgeting, and management and financial control.
Advanced Auditing Concepts and Standards
This course includes a study of auditing standards and procedures and an integration of professional ethics within the accounting discipline. Emphasis is placed on analytical thinking, evaluation of business risks, and internal control practices and a thorough study of Sarbanes Oxley and other relevant laws and regulations as they relate to publicly traded companies.
Advanced Financial Accounting
This course focuses on the importance of the operational functions in organizations today to include business combinations and the related financial accounting transactions necessary, segment reporting, output planning, international transaction accounting, foreign currency transactions, inventory control, scheduling, and quality control. An interweaving emphasis will be placed on quality and its impact in securing a strategic advantage for manufacturing and service entities.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Billing and Posting Clerks$23,750$27,890$33,820
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$22,020$28,270$35,730
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks$25,370$31,610$38,670
Accountants and Auditors$40,370$50,340$65,080

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

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,

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Accounting graduates:


Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study