AAS in Accounting

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Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Accounting is designed to introduce students to the accounting profession and provide skills to enter the field. Learn more about the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Accounting is an online program designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the field of accounting. The program covers fundamental accounting principles and gives students the opportunity to learn the basic skills to pursue an entry-level position in the field. Coursework includes communications, mathematics, and an introduction to accounting, along with business math, managerial accounting, macroeconomics, and federal taxes. Students can choose from a number of elective courses to focus on an area of interest.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, you should have an active interest in business and an aptitude for numbers. Work experience in bookkeeping is not necessary but can be helpful in understanding the subject matter. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Associate of Applied Science in Accounting consists of 90 credits. Credit requirements are divided between 15 core credits, 40 major credits, and 35 open elective credits. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Representative.

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Requirements

  • Accounting I
  • Accounting II
  • Microeconomics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Federal Tax
  • Business Math and Statistical Analysis
  • Associate's Capstone in Accounting
  • Academic Strategies for the Business Professional
  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, you could pursue entry-level employment opportunities with small businesses or corporate offices. If you have a particular area of interest in the field of accounting (such as forensic accounting, public accountancy, or government accounting), you may choose related courses when selecting electives. You could pursue these types of entry-level positions:

  • Auditing clerk
  • Loan clerk
  • Collections representative
  • Bookkeeper
  • Fraud detection associate
  • Operations clerk

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Accounting could help prepare you to pursue entry-level employment, or you may choose to further your education at the bachelor's degree level and sit for the CPA exam. Bachelor's programs include various areas of specialization in the field of accounting, such as tax accounting or government and nonprofit accounting. Here are several possibilities you might consider:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an emphasis in Public Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an emphasis in Tax Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an emphasis in Managerial Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an emphasis in Auditing/Forensic Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting with an emphasis in Governmental/Nonprofit Accountancy