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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  • Flex Choice®: Get Credit for What You Know

    The Associate’s degree in Accounting is available with Flex Choice self-directed assessment offerings, which allow you to blend traditional online courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. The Bachelor’s degree-completion program is also available with Flex Choice and allows you to combine traditional online coursework, self-directed assessments and competency-based education (CBE)—the best of all worlds, so you can receive credit for what you already know and can do. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice 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.

  • Regional Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional 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
  • Flex Choice®

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
  • Flex Choice®

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
  • Flex Choice®

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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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

    • $44,480 10th Percentile
    • $55,900 25th Percentile
    • $71,550 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:2

    6%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Billing and Posting Clerks

  • BLS Earnings Data:2

    • $27,650 10th Percentile
    • $32,940 25th Percentile
    • $38,740 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:2

    10%

  • 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 May 21, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 21, 2020] 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 May 1, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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