Accounting

Online Bachelor's Degree, Online Associate's Degree, Online Certificate

Founded in 1900, Rasmussen University started out exclusively as a business school—that means we’ve been a pioneer in accounting education for more than 100 years. With an online Accounting degree, you will gain the accounting skills employers value most, from managerial accounting and financial reporting to account reconciliation, payroll and bookkeeping. You can earn your online Accounting Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s degree or Certificate at Rasmussen University in as few as 18 months.1 You’ll acquire accounting training and experience with industry software, such as QuickBooks® and Excel®, to help you better manage finances and prepare for work in private, public and nonprofit accounting.3,4

Bolster your resume with our credential laddering—this way, you earn your Accounting Certificate in the process of earning your Accounting Associate’s degree. Then those credits transfer into your online Accounting Bachelor’s degree.

Plus, with our accelerated Master’s pathway you can take one MBA course as part of your Bachelor’s program—at Bachelor’s tuition rates. That saves up to $825 when you enroll and complete your MBA.5

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  • Self-Directed Assessments & Empowered Learning™

    The Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees are available with $149 self-directed assessments, which allow you to show that you already have the skills in a particular course and don’t need to take it. Save time and money with self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit options.

    The Bachelor’s degree is also available with Empowered Learning, which means you can:

    • Access courses anytime, from almost anywhere
    • Go faster when you can, and slower when you need to
    • Create real-world projects that prove your new knowledge
    • Stay connected with faculty and peers in live sessions

    For additional information, visit our Empowered Learning page.

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Exam

    With core Accounting and Business courses in our online Accounting Bachelor’s degree program, you’ll feel confident and ready to prepare to take the CMA exam, which is valued by employers and gives you additional leverage in the job market. If you decide to start with us in the online Associate’s degree in Accounting, you can easily ladder your credits into the online Accounting Bachelor’s degree, study for the exam and help expand your career opportunities.

  • Online Courses Go Where You Go

    We applaud your dedication to grow despite your busy lifestyle. Our online learning options are designed to give you more control and balance over your schedule. At the same time, you’ll receive hands-on support at every stage.

  • Institutional Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Accounting Credentials Offered

Accounting

Bachelor's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience
  • Empowered Learning™

Intended for

Students with previous college credits looking to pursue successful accounting careers across a wide range of businesses with well-rounded knowledge about the field.

Prepares you for

Accountant, auditor, cost accountant, financial analyst, managerial accountant, accounts payable, accounts receivable

Accounting

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students looking to take core Accounting and Business courses using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and pursue a successful career in accounting. Students interested in a program designed to easily ladder up their credits toward a Bachelor’s degree.

Prepares you for

Accounting clerk, auditing clerk, bookkeeper, bank teller, account manager trainee

Accounting

Certificate

Finish in as few as

9 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students looking to acquire new or additional technical accounting skills, bolster their skill set and create value across their organization without a major time commitment.

Prepares you for

Accounting clerk, bookkeeper

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School of Business Blog

Is an Accounting Degree Worth It?

Becoming an accountant takes dedication and hard work. We combined real-time job analysis data, government information and first-hand knowledge from seasoned accountants to give you a better idea of whether or not enrolling in an online Accounting degree or Certificate program makes sense for you.

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Turn Your Online Accounting Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your business career easier by offering online Accounting courses that fit into a busy working schedule. As an online Accounting Bachelor's degree student, you can participate in an optional internship (in select states) or a Capstone course, and start preparing for in-demand accounting certifications, like the CMA exam, which is valued by employers. Our online Accounting degree programs are career-focused and emphasize practical skills and real-world opportunities.

Our laddering approach to education allows you to help bolster your resume by earning your online Accounting Certificate in the process of earning your online Accounting Associate’s degree. Then, once you’re ready, you can smoothly transfer your credits to help you complete your Accounting Bachelor’s degree online.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential. Here are just a few examples of where an online Accounting degree can take you.

Accountants and Auditors

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $45,220 10th Percentile
    • $57,110 25th Percentile
    • $73,560 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:2

    7%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Billing and Posting Clerks

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $28,300 10th Percentile
    • $33,650 25th Percentile
    • $39,590 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030:2

    3%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • High School Diploma or Equivalent

"What makes our curriculum stand out is the attention paid to what the industry is looking for right now. Our Advisory Boards are excellent in helping bridge the gap between education and industry."

Roxanne
Assistant Professor at Rasmussen University

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed October 6, 2021] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 2021] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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.
  3. QuickBooks is a trademark and service mark of Intuit Inc., registered in the United States and other countries.
  4. Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Inc.
  5. Time and cost savings depend on the eligible student enrolling and completing both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Rasmussen University through the accelerated Master’s pathway program. Program availability varies by campus and state, please see the Rasmussen University catalog for details.
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 2021] www.bls.gov/ooh/. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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