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Accounting  Bachelor of Science

The online BS in Accounting is a hands-on degree with three concentrations that helps you build a strong financial knowledge foundation.

Online
120 Credits
Starts July 1, 2024

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Bachelor of Science in Accounting Overview

Cambridge College's Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) is the right online accounting degree to help you advance in the field of business.

In this dynamic program, you'll engage in an in-depth, well-rounded exploration of the accounting profession. You will learn key theoretical constructs and apply those theories through hands-on practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting also offers a seamless transition from the Associate Degree in Accounting program, as all credits obtained in the associate program will transfer into the BS in Accounting.

Online Bachelor of Science in Accounting Program Highlights

The online Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree serves as a strong foundation for those interested in financial work, which is the underpinning of all organizations. With a focus on building the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful, this accounting degree offers:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Functional business acumen
  • Deep dive into a broad range of accounting topics including auditing, taxation, and financial analysis
  • Opportunity to deepen study/concentrate in either public or management accounting.

This 40-course program consists of nine foundational business courses, 10 accounting core courses, 9 business courses, 3 accounting concentration courses, and 17 general education courses.

Online Accounting Degree Tuition Information

Location
Cost Per Credit
Credits*
Total Program Tuition
Online
Cost Per Credit$502
Credits* 120 credits
Total Program Tuition $60,240

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Accounting Concentrations

Choose from three areas of concentration for an intensified focus on your area of interest.

  1. Choose your program of study. Browse our Program Finder to find your program.
  2. Complete and sign the online application.
  3. Pay the $50 application fee ($100 for international students) by the term start date.
  4. Send official transcripts directly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts
  5. Fulfill any additional program-specific admissions requirements.
  6. Ensure you have internet access, and a fully functional laptop or desktop computer that can play audio and video and access Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint).

Note: Your admission file must be complete and accepted before your financial aid may be awarded, before your transfer credit may be evaluated, and before you may register for classes.

Cambridge College undergraduate admission also requires at least one of the following:

  • Original high school transcript showing graduation or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) or HiSET certificate
  • Or an affidavit confirming high school program completion in a state-approved homeschool setting.
  • Or, if not required by state law, proof of high school education in a homeschool setting meeting state attendance exemptions
  • Or enrollment in an eligible career pathway program
  • Or proof of passing scores on an approved ability-to-benefit test (such as the Accuplacer Test administered by Cambridge College)
  • Or nine credit hours of Cambridge College course work, applicable toward an undergraduate degree or certificate, completed with grades of B or better. (Non-matriculated students may not receive aid while earning credits.)
  • Or 24 or more credits earned from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Note: Official college transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit. Courses not included in an earned associate degree must be earned at a grade of C or better to be eligible for transfer.

Careers in Accounting

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the yearly median salary for an accountant is $78,000.* To prepare for a career in the accounting field, you need a bachelor’s degree that is both hands-on and aligns with industry credentials, like the CPA® and CMA®. Cambridge College's online BSA is designed with a particular emphasis on acquiring highly targeted skills required by today’s accounting professionals.

For those who wish to pursue further education and credentials, such as the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) offered through the Institute of Management Accountants or the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) offered by the AICPA, the Bachelor of Science in Accounting covers core concepts found on both exams and offers specialized concentrations in both public accounting and management accounting. Please note that CPA requirements differ from state to state, and most states have a 150-credit requirement. You should seek guidance from your state's licensing agency if you're interested in this career path.

$78,000

Median annual salary for accountants*

126,500

Job openings projected per year over the next decade*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm (visited October 11, 2023).

Fast-Track to a Master’s Degree

Cambridge College encourages students to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees through the Fast-Track program. Undergraduate students may apply to the Fast-Track program if they have 90 credits and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Accepted students may apply up to 12 graduate credits earned in the Fast-Track program towards the requirement for both degrees. Please discuss your academic plans with your advisor early in your degree.
 

Accounting Jobs

Several occupations require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field. Careers for those who obtain a Bachelor of Science in Accounting include entry-level positions in nearly all industries. Common entry-level positions held by those with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting include:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Auditing clerk
  • Cost estimator
  • Budget analyst
  • Staff accountant

Faculty Spotlight

Matthew F. Fowler

Matthew F. Fowler

PhD, MAcc

Program Chair, MSA, BSA, ASA, MSHRM, MSF

Matthew is the Chief Financial Officer at RAA, Inc. in the vibrant city of New York. RAA, Inc. is the largest exhibition and museum designer globally, and he is proud to have played a pivotal role in leading the company and assembling a financial team that consistently adds substantial value to the bottom line. His professional journey has been diverse, encompassing roles as a Controller and CFO in fields such as professional services, logistics, architectural/engineering, SaaS, and design...

Douglas G. Kildsig

Douglas G. Kildsig

MSM, BSM

Adjunct Faculty

Douglas Kildsig is a seasoned management education specialist with a focus on online and distance learning management systems (LMS). His extensive experience encompasses various facets of management, including a distinguished education in management from Purdue University in W. Lafayette, IN (BS Management, MS Management). With a background spanning employment in large corporate settings, entrepreneurship, and small business startups, he brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his role.

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