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Online Accounting Degree

career centerThis is a great time to earn an online accounting degree. With so many opportunities in accounting now more than ever demand is extremely high for Accounting Professionals. Accounting is a an exciting and diverse profession.

An accounting degree will provide you with many opportunities in corporations of all sizes from public accounting firms, to corporate or private industry accounting, management accounting, government accounting and internal auditing (Sarbanes-Oxley).The opportunity to do do freelance or temporary accounting work is also in high demand.

If you are a great with numbers, consider going to an online accounting school to earn your accounting degree. With an accounting degree, you are guaranteed an exciting and lucrative career. Accountants are in high demand today.

Types of Accounting Degrees and Credentials:

  • Associate Degree – This degree can serve as a starting point for some entry-level accounting positions and/or as a basis for earning a bachelor’s degree later on.
  • Bachelors Degree – The most common accounting degree, a bachelor’s degree is required for most accounting positions.
  • Masters Degree – This can be an MBA with a concentration in Accounting or a Master of Science in Accounting. This degree is appropriate for those who want to move into a managerial accounting role or serve as a consultant.
  • Certified Public Accountant – Those who choose to work as a Public Accountant may also become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) after passing the Uniform CPA Exam and gaining a defined amount of work experience that varies by state. Many states now also require additional coursework be completed.

Accounting Courses:

Courses required for an Accounting degree include general business courses as well as the following types of accounting-specific courses:

  • General Accounting – This introductory course may cover a broad array of topics including operating, financing and investing events, financial reporting and external reporting.
  • Cost Accounting – This course covers cost accounting concepts and procedures including topics such as cost behavior and control, job and process costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, activity-based accounting and other topics.
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting - This course (or courses) cover the recording and reporting of events in the revenue and expenditure cycles including special issues and full disclosure topics.
  • Taxation - Examines a wide range of tax topics applicable to corporations, partnerships and individuals. Included are discussions of tax research, tax planning and legal and ethical considerations.
  • Auditing - Various auditing roles are examined including those of public accountants, internal auditors, fraud auditors and compliance auditors.
  • Accounting Information Systems - This course explores the control aspects of accounting systems including the setting of standards, security, cost-effectiveness, operational controls and administrative controls. Various software packages are introduced.
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