Meet the Growing Demand for CPAs

Earn Your Public Accounting Bachelor's Degree

Our five-year Public Accounting Bachelor's degree is designed to meet the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure exam education requirements. Many students enroll in a Master's degree to meet their CPA licensure education requirements. Our degree, however, streamlines the process of qualifying for licensure as a CPA, so you can avoid that extra time in class—typically two years or more—and still meet the licensure exam requirements.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
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 career in public accounting across a wide range of businesses. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant skills employers seek, including:

  • Auditing and Accounting Research

    Understand the accounting process as well as the cycles of public and professional accounting firms, businesses and government agencies.

  • Advanced Accounting

    Perform advanced accounting tasks pertaining to taxes, auditing, fraud examination and international accounting.

  • Taxation and Risk Management

    Manage accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll, as well as prepare tax returns and analyze financial statements.

  • Industry Software Training

    Extensive training with software used in the industry such as QuickBooks® and Excel®.

Hands-On Experience to Prepare for Your Career

As a Public Accounting Bachelor's degree student, your CPA exam preparation course covers topics that provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for your CPA licensure.* Whether you want an accounting career in the public, private or government sector, our degree helps you develop the skills necessary to become a successful CPA.

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.

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Program Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Bachelor's program, students must hold a conferred Associate's degree from an accredited institution as recognized by the Department of Education, or students must have successfully completed 60 quarter or 40 semester credits with a grade of C or higher. Entrance requirements vary depending on the state; speak with a program manager to learn more about your state's requirements. Applicants need to pass the Rasmussen College entrance placement.

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How Much Could You Earn as a Public 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 by percentile and projected job growth for business professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
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 a public 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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