Bachelor - Accounting

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Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Accounting program is designed to provide you with skills in financial management and fiscal analysis. Get more information about this accounting major here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

If you enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Accounting program from Ashford University's Forbes School of Business and Technology®, you'll have the opportunity to learn how accounting practices impact the overall effectiveness of an organization. Courses are designed to cover global investment and banking practices. What's more, you'll have the ability to explore a variety of international economic topics, including factors that can affect interest percentages, wages, and monetary exchange rates. Other topics intended to be examined include professional ethics, risk evaluation, capital return assessment, budgeting, and costing methods. In addition to learning about accounting theories, you'll have the opportunity to gain a strong liberal arts foundation, which is designed to develop your research, writing, and critical-thinking skills. This program is available in a flexible Web-based format. Online Forbes School of Business and Technology® students also have access to invitation-only speaker series and webinars featuring Forbes business experts.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you're good at making calculations and enjoy analyzing numerical data, then this program could be for you. You should be able to work well independently but also as a member of a team. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

This Ashford University program requires the completion of 120 credit hours. The credits are divided as follows: 52 in general education, 42 in major, and 29 in elective courses.

Accounting Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202Adult Development and Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
CGD 218 Visual Literacy in Business
ACC 205 Principles of Accounting I
ACC 206 Principles of Accounting II
ACC 305 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 306 Intermediate Accounting II
BUS 308 Statistics for Managers
ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics
BUS 401 Principles of Finance
ACC 310 Cost Accounting I
ACC 380 Accounting for Not-For-Profit Organizations
BUS 311 Business Law I
ACC 401 Federal Income Taxes I
ACC 407 Advanced Accounting
ACC 410 Auditing

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this Bachelor of Arts in Accounting program, you could seek a career with virtually any organization's accounting department. You could find work with accounting firms, investment consulting agencies, banks, businesses, or government departments. With an accounting degree, some of the responsibilities that you could be capable of undertaking might include coordination of accounts payable and accounts receivable, analysis of organizational finances, and preparation of fiscal reports.

A major in accounting could allow you to pursue employment as a(n):

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Financial advisor

Advanced Degrees

Upon completion of this Ashford University program, you could consider completing the additional education required to be able to sit for notable industry exams, such as the Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant. If you're interested in investment and financial advising, you may choose to work toward earning industry licenses, such as Series 6, 7, 62, or 66. Still another option could be to enroll in a related master's degree program, which could provide you with an opportunity to learn more about financial controlling principles and practices. Such a program could also allow you to strengthen your skills in management and business strategizing.

Master's degree options include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Applied Economics
  • Master of Business Administration

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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