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The accounting field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is projected to add more than 90,000 new positions from 2018-2028. Individuals with a bachelor's degree in accounting benefit from this trend, taking on roles as accountants, tax preparers, and bookkeepers in the private and public sectors.

Bachelor's degrees in accounting prepare students to become certified public accountants (CPA). Earning CPA credentials demonstrates expertise in accounting fundamentals as defined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to employers and clients.

This ranking can help students identify the accounting bachelor's degree that will best meet their personal and professional goals. As accounting practices and regulations continue to evolve, the evaluations below provide insight into which programs will offer the ideal resources and curricula for your needs.

Top 10 Bachelor's in Accounting

  1. Brigham Young University - Provo, UT
  2. University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  3. Univeristy of Florida - Gainesville, FL
  4. University of Georgia - Athens, GA
  5. University of Wisconsin - Madison - Madison, WI
  6. North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
  7. University of Maryland - College Park - College Park, MD
  8. University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX
  9. Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN
  10. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL
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The Best Bachelor's in Accounting Programs

Rank Logo School Name Type Accreditation Description Quick Facts

Brigham Young University

Private (Non Profit) NCCU
Main Campus
Provo, UT
(801) 422-4636

Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, provides one of the best accounting degree options with hands-on learning opportunities and a curriculum incorporating accounting expertise, teamwork, and ethical decision-making. Affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all students must agree to uphold the school's honor code based on tenants of the denomination. Members of the church qualify for reduced tuition.

Students can complete the undergraduate degree in four years with an understanding of accounting information systems, financial accounting, managerial accounting, and taxation. The school limits admission to 265 students organized into five sections. Students can further their education through involvement in extracurricular clubs and professional and honor societies.

BYU boasts an enrollment of more than 30,000 undergraduate students in 179 majors. First-year students benefit from an organized mentoring program that pairs them with upperclassmen who provide guidance and answer questions throughout the year. The school holds regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


University of Washington

Public NCCU
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA
(206) 543-2100

Students seeking an accounting degree from the University of Washington in Seattle benefit from cooperative educational programs with top companies headquartered in the city, including Amazon, Boeing, and Starbucks. Many upper-division classes within the business school allow students to take on consulting roles with business leaders, developing solutions to real-world problems.

First-year students may apply for direct admission to the business school and compete for need-based and merit-based awards. Business Community student housing provides opportunities to develop lasting relationships with fellow students and engage in academic and recreational activities.

UW offers 28 business clubs and organizations, providing students with multiple opportunities to network and develop leadership skills. The Business Undergraduates in Leadership Development program features a series of workshops and events focused on professionalism, skill development, and community and culture. The school also connects students with alumni mentors who can provide career guidance. UW maintains regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and the business school holds specialized accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


University of Florida

Public SACS/CC

Gainesville, FL
(352) 392-3261

The University of Florida offers students the chance to earn an undergraduate accounting degree and accelerate their progress toward a master's degree. The accelerated program also meets educational requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant Exam. The curriculum includes a foundation in general business management with intense study of accounting principles, business ethics, and standard accounting software. The school hosts a professional speakers series each fall and spring semester, offering career advice and networking opportunities. UF also boasts faculty who are experts in the field and on the forefront of academic research in accounting.

Located in Gainesville, Florida, UF serves more than 50,000 students across its 16 schools and colleges. The campus hosts numerous music and arts performances, with almost 1,000 student organizations. The school competes in Division 1 athletics and offers more than 60 intramural and recreational sports. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the school is part of the University of Florida system.


University of Georgia

Public SACS/CC
Administration Building
Athens, GA
(706) 542-3000

Graduates from the accounting degree program at the University of Georgia will find school alumni in top regional, state, and international firms. Ninety-five percent of students find full-time employment within three months of graduation. The four-year undergraduate degree prepares students to become tax consultants, auditors, staff accountants and more while a five-year program includes a master's degree in accounting.

The faculty consists of educators active in academic writing and research. Students may participate in internships and/or independent research projects. Many students take part in study abroad or student exchange programs and can co-major in international business. The business college offers almost 30 student clubs and organizations related to business and professional development. UGA also provides an online platform that allows students to network with alumni.

Located in Athens, UGA serves more than 37,000 students with undergraduate degrees in over 140 fields. The public university was chartered in 1785, making it the birthplace of public higher education in the U.S.


University of Wisconsin - Madison

500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI
(608) 262-1234

Students who graduated from Madison's bachelor's in accounting program in 2016 took a range of jobs as staff accountants, tax associates, financial analysts, and mortgage bankers, negotiating an average starting salary of more than $57,000. Employers of these recent grads ran the gamut from local accounting firms to international groups like Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Once accepted to the bachelor of business administration in accounting program, learners are immersed in classes like financial reporting and accounting systems to build foundational knowledge before moving into advanced studies in areas of financial statement analysis or audit and assurance services. Students in the Accounting Honors Society are also welcome to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to help low-income community members complete their tax returns.


North Carolina State University

Public SACS/CC
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC
(919) 515-2011

Rounding out the 2017 ranking of the best accounting degrees is the Raleigh campus of North Carolina State University. Housed within the Poole College of Business, this revered bachelor's degree in accounting offers concentrations in financial analysis, information systems, managerial accounting, and internal audit.

Preparing students for master of accounting programs, learners focus on building cornerstone skills and knowledge before moving into more nuanced studies at the graduate level. Students with aspirations to work in accounting data analytics can apply to the business analytics honors program to receive additional individualized instruction. Independent study opportunities are also available for learners with niche interests in the field. When they aren't in the classroom, students can take advantage of interest groups focused on accounting topics or participate in local community work.


University of Maryland - College Park

Public MSCHE

College Park, MD
(301) 405-1000

Students seeking an accounting degree from the University of Maryland, College Park will not only learn the basics of accounting but glean the latest information in specialized research. The school is home to the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime, allowing researchers to study links between business and criminology while the Cybersecurity Economics Education and Research Group help evaluate the business impact of cybersecurity and risk management.

The school offers both a four-year bachelor's degree and a five-year combined bachelor's and master's degree. The certified public accountant (CPA) track includes 120 credits, which may not fully satisfy CPA licensing conditions. However, many states may allow students to take the exam after meeting specific educational requirements. The school offers minors in general business, business analytics, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Located just outside Washington, D.C., UMD serves nearly 40,000 students. The school offers 92 undergraduate, 107 master's, and 83 doctoral programs and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


The University of Texas at Austin

Public SACS/CC
110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX
(512) 471-3434

The accounting degree offered by the University of Texas at Austin ranks at the top of U.S. News & World Report's undergraduate programs. The school ensures its curriculum prepares graduates for the workforce or graduate school by consulting with business executives, incorporating cutting-edge industry advancements into the curriculum. Students also learn from professionals in the field with a for-credit lecture course that explores accounting careers.

A contemporary topics course offers an in-depth study of issues such as petroleum accounting, real estate taxation, and financial planning for wealth management, while an accounting practicum puts students to work in public and private enterprises in the Austin area. The school offers a four-year undergraduate degree or a fast-track combined undergraduate and master's degree.

UT Austin also hosts an annual research conference, allowing faculty and students to share their original research in accounting. The EY Accounting Ambassadors program pairs first-year students with graduate student mentors and hosts various workshops and speakers related to professional development. The university is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools while the business school maintains Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation.


Purdue University

Hovde Hall of Administration
West Lafayette, IN
(765) 494-4600

The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in Indiana offers a baccalaureate accounting degree covering foundational knowledge students will need upon graduation. Offered as a 120-credit program, this degree is ideal for students who either want to move straight into a job or meet all the requirements for a master of accountancy program.

The department is home to a number of notable faculty, including Beth Brooke-Marciniak, who regularly is listed among Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women. Alumni jobs currently range from PricewaterhouseCoopers to the FBI, with classes designed to cover all the topics they'll use regularly in the professional world. Extracurricular options include both Beta Alpha Psi and the Purdue Accounting Association, while students are also regularly placed in internships ranging from Big 4 firms to local or regional accountancy organizations.


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

601 E John Street
Champaign, IL
(217) 333-1000

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's accounting degree prepares students for careers in corporate or government accounting, graduate school, or law school. Its curriculum includes a practical problems course that helps students prepare for the Certified Public Accountant exam, internship opportunities, or independent research. Many faculty members and students take on research opportunities through the VK Zimmerman Center for accounting research and education, and the school partners with several international universities on research projects. UIUC also publishes the International Journal of Accounting, which explores the impact of global accounting standards on regulation and business.

The public university occupies a 4,552-acre campus in east-central Illinois. Enrollment tops 47,000 students each year across 15 colleges and schools. On-campus recreation includes 470,000 square feet of fitness and wellness centers with a climbing wall, indoor tracks, pools, and basketball courts. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, UIUC also holds institutional accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and boasts a 96% career placement rate for business school graduates.


University of Pittsburgh

Public MSCHE
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 624-4141

Students seeking an accounting degree from the University of Pittsburgh may choose an undergraduate degree, a double degree, or a combined undergraduate and master's degree track. The 120-credit undergraduate degree provides a solid foundation in accounting and business principles, with elective course offerings in business law and financial statement analysis. Individuals wishing to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, however, should consider the 150-credit double degree or four-year combined bachelor's and master's program. Both meet CPA licensing requirements.

Students who've taken college courses in high school may qualify for the accelerated master's program and advanced standing. Pitt grants incoming students the option of advanced standing provided they have 15 college credits. The school also encourages transfer students, with articulation agreements in place with multiple community colleges in the Pittsburgh region.

Founded in 1787, the public university serves more than 33,000 students annually. The 132-acre campus features a 42-story Gothic Revival skyscraper, the Cathedral of learning, with classrooms, libraries, computer labs, and more.


CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Public MSCHE
One Bernard Baruch Way (55 Lexington Ave at 24th St)
New York, NY
(646) 312-1000

Located in Manhattan's Park Avenue area steps away from Wall Street, Bernard M. Baruch College in the City University of New York system offers a bachelor's degree in accounting with an elective emphasis in business law, investment analysis, securities law and business crime, and more. The degree provides a liberal arts curriculum and general business foundation that prepares graduates to work in accounting positions with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or private industries. The school also offers an accelerated path to a master's of accountancy.

Baruch serves more than 18,000 students each year. Founded as the Free Academy in 1847, the school continues its legacy of high-quality, affordable, and accessible education. Students can also participate in student organizations, clubs, and service learning opportunities. The T.E.A.M. Baruch program offers leadership development and the opportunity to apply for paid peer mentorship positions. Baruch business programs maintain Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation.


Appalachian State University

Public SACS/CC
Dougherty Administration Building
Boone, NC
(828) 262-2000

Appalachian State University, in the mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, offers students in its accounting degree programs personalized attention from faculty members with expertise in the field. The department serves nearly 400 students each year with courses in cost accounting, information systems, tax return preparation, and more. All students complete an international requirement, with opportunities available for study abroad.

Juniors may attend seminars on career opportunities and professional development before the annual "Meet the Firms" recruiting event each year. Many students complete internships for academic credit and pay, with most placements leading to full-time employment after graduation. The school also offers a one-year master's in accounting, which helps prepare them for the Certified Public Accountant Exam.

Founded in 1899, the public university serves approximately 19,000 students each year and is part of the University of North Carolina system. Students enjoy music and art programs, NCAA Division I athletics, and outdoor recreation. The school also offers multiple residential learning communities, including a business exploration community and several special-interest communities.


University of Notre Dame

Private (Non Profit) NCACS/THLC
400 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN
(574) 631-5000

The University of Notre Dame offers students a bachelor of business administration (BBA) with a focus in accounting. Notre Dame's undergraduate accounting degree helps students move towards CPA licensure with thoughtful and cutting-edge courses in topics relevant to the current world of accounting. Featured courses include decision processes in accounting and TAP, the tax assistance program.

When they aren't in class, learners can take part in local chapters of well known accounting organizations, including the Association of Latin Professionals in Finance and Accounting, the National Association of Black Accountants, and Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society. According to the latest statistics available, graduates of the program achieved a 98% job placement rate within one year, with 75% joining one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Others move into careers at other accounting firms or jobs in corporate financing, consulting, or financial services.


Texas A&M University

Public SACS/CC
805 Rudder Tower
College Station, TX
(979) 845-3211

Technical expertise, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making are at the heart of the Texas A&M accounting degree program. In addition to a bachelor's in accounting, the school also offers specializations in energy accounting, internal auditing, and CPA exam preparation. Students take core business classes and advanced accounting courses, as well as a professional development course during their junior year. They can also earn credit for internships. Texas A&M offers six-week mini-mesters during the spring semester, allowing students to take additional classes, such as accounting ethics and international accounting.

Located in College Station, Texas A&M serves almost 70,000 students at its 5,200-acre campus. Founded in 1876 as a military academy, the school continues to offer the Corps of Cadets and commissions more officers than any other institution outside military service academies. Texas A&M also leads the state in six-year graduation rates. The school offers more than 1,000 student organizations, with professional clubs, recreational sports leagues, special interest clubs, and student service and leadership. The school maintains institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and business school accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Public MSCHE
83 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ
(732) 932-1766

The accounting degree offered at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, offers specializations in multiple forms of accounting, allowing graduates to seek careers as tax accountants, auditors, or forensic accountants. Many graduates of the school have gone on to work with the "Big Four" accounting agencies — Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The faculty includes recognized experts in accounting and finance research. All students take core business courses to understand business functions and principles before declaring their major and taking advanced accounting classes. Graduates may choose to continue their education with one of five master's accounting programs offered.

Rutgers maintains strong relationships with business leaders around the world. The school partners with companies to place student interns, recruit new employees, or find prospective managers. Alumni offer current students the benefit of their experience through a mentorship pool, as well.

Rutgers is the eighth oldest university in the country, founded in 1766. It welcomed its largest first-year class ever in 2018, with more than 7,000 new students.


Clemson University

Public SACS/CC
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC
(864) 656-4636

Students seeking an accounting degree at Clemson University gain the analytical ability necessary to solve accounting problems. The undergraduate curriculum includes general business courses and a liberal arts education to develop presentation and communication skills. The intensive accounting courses include accounting methodology, finance management theory, taxation, and auditing. The school also encourages students to participate in an internship before graduation. Their summer global engagement program offers international learning experiences. Professional organizations provide additional out-of-class learning and leadership opportunities.

Located in Clemson, South Carolina, the university sits on a 1,400-acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, close to multiple outdoor recreational opportunities. The 22,000 students choose from over 80 undergraduate degrees and 110 graduate degrees. The school boasts a 19 to 1 student-faculty rate. Clemson offers more than 450 student clubs and 17 intramural sports leagues. Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the School of Accountancy maintains programmatic accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 625-5000

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the flagship campus of the UM system, offers an interdisciplinary approach to its bachelor's degree in accounting, drawing on sociology and psychology as well as finance and economics. The four-year degree prepares graduates for entry-level careers in auditing or tax planning. The accredited degree plan also prepares students for graduate-level study in accounting, finance, or law. Students may minor in a related business area such as business law or public and nonprofit management.

The school values experiential learning, with four enterprise programs studying real-world business challenges, internships, co-op programs, and international study experiences. The business school also offers multiple student-led organizations, including the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program that helps low-income individuals complete their federal tax returns.

The university boasts a four-year graduation rate of 65.2% and a first-year retention rate of 93.2%. It offers students the option of Living Learning Communities through university housing, with academic communities or special-interest communities available. The business school has maintained Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation since 1920.


Virginia Tech University

Public SACS/CC
210 Burruss Hall, 800 Drillfield Dr.
Blacksburg, VA
(540) 231-6000

Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, offers numerous professional certifications to complement an accounting degree, helping graduates gain essential industry credentials. The school offers certifications in management accounting, information systems auditing, information technology, and personal finance. The undergraduate curriculum includes core business knowledge and advanced coursework in accounting practices. Classes also contain information teamwork and leadership components. The undergraduate degree requires 120 credits, but the special 152-hour program allows students to earn a master's degree and complete educational requirements for the certified public accountant license.

The school maintains strong relationships with the Virginia Society of CPAs, hosting the annual Accounting and Auditing Conference. These industry connections also help identify internship and cooperative learning opportunities for students. The school hosted its first accounting research conference in 2018.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, founded in 1872, offers more than 280 undergraduate and graduate programs. The school serves more than 34,000 students from its 2,600-acre campus. Students may choose from hundreds of student clubs and organizations and take part in civic engagement and service learning through the VT Engage program.


Michigan State University


East Lansing, MI
(517) 355-1855

Michigan State University, in Lansing, Michigan, pairs more than 200 accounting degree students with internship opportunities each year. The accounting department works closely with industry professionals and top certified public accountant firms to ensure the accounting curriculum prepares graduates to enter the workforce. Students in the 120-credit undergraduate program study business basics and advanced principles and concepts in accounting. They also choose from electives in commercial transactions, government accounting, and nonprofit accounting. Students may also select a five-year combined bachelor's and master's track.

Accounting students at MSU enjoy extracurricular and service learning opportunities through the Accounting Student Association and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, with more than 800 special-interest clubs and organizations available campus-wide. Students may choose to live in the Residential Business Community in the River Trail Neighborhood campus housing complex, just a short walk from the business college complex.

MSU serves more than 50,000 students each year from its 5,200-acre campus. Students enjoy access to art museums, a planetarium, and horticulture gardens as well as numerous sporting events and activities in the Lansing area.


Truman State University

100 E Normal
Kirksville, MO
(660) 785-4000

Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, offers students in its accredited accounting program the option of combining accounting study with finance, business administration, international business, and marketing. The curriculum prepares graduates for the workforce with an advanced knowledge of accounting and business systems as well as sought-after communication and leadership abilities. Many students continue their education with a master's in accounting.

The department offers numerous resources to help students succeed, including an academic peer mentor program which pairs first- and second-year students with upperclassmen who provide insight and advice on opportunities available within the department. The school sponsors several internship programs, including the Missouri Government Internship, and partners with top accounting firms in the region. Students can also take on independent research projects, sharing them at the annual Student Research Conference.

Truman maintains a 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students can become active in more than 240 clubs and organizations on campus and participate in intramural sports. The university also hosts numerous plays, concerts, and sporting events.


University of South Florida

Public SACS/CC
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 974-2011

Students seeking an accounting degree from the University of South Florida complement their classwork with real-world work experience through internship programs. The school estimates 93% of business students complete an internship or work part-time or full-time in their field while in school, and 97% of students who complete internships receive an offer of full-time employment upon graduation. USF, located in Tampa, works with large accounting firms in the city as well as hundreds of corporate partners to offer internships and recruiting options.

The curriculum develops critical thinking abilities to complement the 24 credits of advanced accounting coursework. Students also enjoy discounts on professional accounting certifications, such as the Certified Management Accountant designation. Graduates may choose to take a fifth year and complete a master's degree and academic requirements for CPA certification.

USF serves nearly 50,000 students. The university offers many on-campus housing options and more than 600 student clubs and organizations.


Florida State University

Public SACS/CC
222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, FL
(850) 644-2525

Florida State University in Tallahassee incorporates networking and professional development into its accounting degree curriculum. Students benefit from structured job shadowing programs, professional mentoring, and an internship program that satisfies the school's Scholarship in Practice requirements. The school also hosts a lecture series presented by industry leaders. The Wall Street Prep course provides enrichment learning in areas of investment banking, portfolio management, and corporate finance.

The four-year program begins with introductory courses in business and accounting. This is a limited access program, with students competing for placement in upper-division classes. To qualify, students must have completed prerequisites with satisfactory grades and passed the FSU Accounting Competency Exam. Some students may elect a streamlined, combined bachelor's and master's program.

FSU offers more than 750 extracurricular opportunities, from professional clubs to campus organizations providing friendships, civic engagement, and leadership development. FSU does allow incoming students to defer their enrollment for one academic year, allowing them time to take part in volunteer programs or other activities that complement their education.


Binghamton University - SUNY

Public MSCHE
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY
(607) 777-2000

The State University of New York at Binghamton believes experiential learning is imperative for student development. The accounting degree program allows students to complete internships, take part in case study competitions, study abroad, community engagement, and a real-time trading room. The EY Trajectory Program pairs students with professional mentors while summer and winter internships offer paid and unpaid opportunities with accounting firms in the area.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholars program provides first-year students with enhanced academic opportunities, networking opportunities, and community service programs. The four-year degree prepares graduates to take accounting and auditing positions in corporate offices or government agencies while a five-year combined bachelor's and master's program also meets CPA requirements.

SUNY at Binghamton serves 17,000 students. Its residential learning communities allow students to take part in organized activities related to a special interest or academic area. The campus offers more than 160 student clubs, multiple intramural sports teams, organized outdoor adventures, and free entertainment opportunities.


The University of Texas at Dallas

Public SACS/CC
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX
(972) 883-2111

Students seeking an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Dallas may focus on career areas of accounting information systems, auditing, corporate accounting, internal auditing, taxation, or governmental and nonprofit accounting. The Professional Program in Accounting leads to a bachelor's and master's in accounting and enables students to take special classes and internships needed to become a certified public accountant.

All students must complete an internship during their time at UT Dallas. Students also take part in case competitions and can look to peer mentors for advice and help to navigate the campus. The Meet the Firms career fair brings more than 30 firms seeking accounting graduates.

UT Dallas offers Living and Learning Communities for first-year students, offering organized activities throughout the year. The school has student clubs related to accounting and other interests. The campus not only hosts professional and student concerts and plays, but students also can access entertainment and recreation venues in the Dallas region.

Should I Get a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting?

Bachelor of science degrees in accounting emphasize accounting fundamentals while a bachelor of arts in the discipline may allow for more flexibility in elective coursework. Bachelor of business administration in accounting programs blend business coursework with foundational accounting classes.

Accounting bachelor's degrees include core coursework in financial, managerial, and business accounting. Students gain quantitative skills through classes in business statistics, auditing, and applied mathematics. Degree-seekers develop abilities to prepare and interpret financial documents, apply accounting controls and regulations, and use accounting software.

Bachelor's programs in accounting also foster soft skills among future accounting professionals. Students develop strong written and verbal communication capabilities alongside time management, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

Individuals with an associate degree expand employment opportunities and earning potential by completing a bachelor's in accounting. A bachelor's degree in accounting prepares learners to earn CPA credentials, which are essential to success in the field. Students gain the knowledge and skills to meet state-specific education and experience requirements as well.

With a bachelor's in accounting, individuals can work as standard credential auditors, bookkeepers, and accounting professionals. Additional employment options include budget analysts, tax examiners and preparers, and revenue agents.

What Can You Do with a Bachelor's in Accounting?

The knowledge and skills gained in an accounting bachelor's degree apply across industries. With a bachelor's degree, students can take the CPA exam and work as financial, managerial, or forensic accountants. Accountants work in private and public settings, providing essential financial services in companies, organizations, and educational institutions.

With a bachelor's degree in accounting, individuals working as entry-level bookkeepers, accounting assistants, and payroll clerks gain knowledge and skills to advance to managerial positions in the field. Individuals with a bachelor's in accounting can pursue graduate degrees in the discipline, further expanding occupational prospects.

Accountant or Auditor

Accountants and auditors prepare, examine, and maintain financial records. They ensure financial activities meet applicable laws and regulations, assess financial operations, and suggest changes to improve accounting efficiency and efficacy. Accountants may specialize in managerial, government, or forensic accountancy while auditors can work as internal, external, or information technology professionals.

Median Annual Salary: $70,500

Projected Growth Rate: 6%

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents assess how much individuals and businesses owe and pay in taxes. They work on behalf of state, local, and federal governments, reviewing tax returns and carrying out audits. They also notify taxpayers of over- or underpayment, collecting and refunding funds.

Median Annual Salary: $54,440

Projected Growth Rate: -2%


Cost estimators determine the resources required for a project, good, or service. They collect and analyze data to allocate money, time, materials, and labor. Cost estimators make suggestions to reduce costs, collaborate with clients and colleagues to prepare budgets, and maintain records of estimated and actual costs.

Median Annual Salary: $64,040

Projected Growth Rate: 9%

What to Look for in an Accounting Program

Bachelor's programs in accounting prepare students for careers in financial services, accountancy, and revenue-related professions. Most accounting programs include core classes in financial accounting, managerial accounting, economics, and business statistics. Additional classes in auditing, accounting software, and management accompany accounting and business electives.

Traditional bachelor's degrees in accounting include roughly 120 credit hours, which students typically earn in four years. Online programs mirror their on-campus counterparts in credit hour and degree requirements. Accounting bachelor's degrees may require students to complete a comprehensive project, internship, or thesis as part of the curriculum.

The flexibility and convenience of an online bachelor's degree in accounting may benefit some learners. Students can complete coursework from home without having to pay room and board or commuting costs. Many online programs may offer flat-rate tuition, adding to the overall affordability of the program.

When considering a bachelor's in accounting, learners should check accreditation status. Colleges and universities hold regional or national accreditation but many accounting programs are accredited by a field-specific organization.

Accrediting bodies for accounting programs include the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Accreditation indicates the accounting program meets the standards established by the AACSB, a global business education association.