Accounting

Associate's Degree

Next program start date

May 12, 2021

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Flex Choice®

Learn career-focused accounting skills in as few as 18 months.1 Rasmussen University has been a pioneer in business and accounting education for more than 100 years and employs Accounting faculty with years of experience at cutting-edge companies. Through our flexible and competitively priced online Accounting degree programs, you’ll learn more than technical business skills: gain experience with computer applications like QuickBooks®and Excel®, learn to manage accounts receivable and accounts payable, and prepare tax returns and financial statements.3,4

This online Associate’s degree in Accounting is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework with self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know. You’ll also be supported by our dedicated teams of career services, library resources, experienced tutors, 24/7 tech support and personal student advisors. Our laddering approach to education allows you to help bolster your resume by earning your Accounting Certificate online in the process of earning your Accounting Associate’s degree online. Then, once you’re ready, you can smoothly transfer your credits to help you complete your online Accounting Bachelor’s degree.

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After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Advance Your Education

Whether this is the first step on your path to an accounting career or you’re currently working and ready to advance your credentials, we’ve made it easy. Our online Accounting degree is designed so credits simply ladder-up, one to the next, Associate’s to Bachelor’s.

Help Move Your Career Forward

Graduates of our online Accounting degree feel confident advancing their careers in this competitive industry and working in a team environment. You will assemble a complete job-seeking portfolio with demonstrations of accounting training and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the yearly projected job growth potential between 2018 and 2028 for billing and posting clerks is 10%.2 An Associate's degree in Accounting from Rasmussen University can help set you up for success in this growing field.5

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

Accounting Foundations

Manage accounts receivable and accounts payable, general ledger, payroll, budgeting and forecasting. Understand financial and managerial accounting concepts as related to the business environment.

Proficient Computer Applications

Prepare tax returns, financial statements and other accounting functions through the use of a computer, including maintaining account records, input and process information and produce standard accounting reports.

Advanced Microsoft Excel® Skills

Utilize electronic spreadsheet features available in Excel, ranging from data input and manipulation to charting and pivot tables.

Problem Solving and Communication

Value written and interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, information and financial literacy.

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Careful review of financial information is critical to every business, and an Accounting Associate’s degree can help you prepare for this crucial field.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Financial Accounting I

    • ACG 1022
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Learn the fundamental principles of bookkeeping and accounting objectives. Introduces trial balance, working papers, financial statements and completing an accounting cycle. Emphasizes valuing assets, including property, plant and equipment, inventory, and accounts receivable.

    Payroll Accounting

    • APA 1500
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Focuses on computing and paying of wages and salaries, social security taxes and benefits, federal and state employment insurance and taxes, and payroll accounting systems and records.

    Financial Investigation

    • ACG 2680
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    An introduction to the field of fraud examination, including how fraud occurs and is detected within financial statements. Includes revenue, inventory, liabilities, assets and inadequate disclosures related to financial statement investigations and fraud.

26 Courses to Complete

90 Credit Hours

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Enrollment

What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

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

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Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.

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"The Rasmussen [University] Accounting Associate's degree program exposes students to a wide variety of accounting concepts. This allows our students to work in their career field and gain experience while continuing with their upper division courses."

Margaret
Accounting Instructor

Class Locations

Where Can I Find an Online Accounting Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen University, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find an online Accounting program near you.

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Illinois*
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  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 Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 1, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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. This Accounting program does not meet all educational prerequisites for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in any state. For further information on professional licensing requirements, please contact the appropriate board or agency in your state of residence.
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