Best Online Bachelor’s in Accounting

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in accounting degree programs that will prepare students to join high-paying fields as accountants, auditors, financial analysts, insurance underwriters, and more.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Accounting
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Bachelor’s in Accounting Degree Frequently Asked Questions

When earning your bachelor’s degree in accounting, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. You may have the option to take classes in person or online. And if you’ve already eared your associate degree in accounting, you may be able to take an accelerated degree completion program.

How long does it take to get a bachelor’s in accounting?

Typically, at full-time status this four-year degree typically requires the completion of 120 credits.

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What courses will I take?

You will likely take introductory courses on topics like tax law, payroll accounting, and personal finance as well as concentration courses that discuss topics like auditing and forensic accounting.

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What can I do with a bachelor’s in accounting?

With a bachelor’s in accounting, students will be ready to enter this high-paying field as accountants, auditors, financial analysts, insurance underwriters, and more. This degree also fulfills 120 credits of the 150 credits needed to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, a four-part test that leads to CPA licensure. With a bachelor’s degree, you would qualify to sit for the licensure exam in some states. However, in most states, in order to become a licensed CPA, you must go on to earn your master’s degree in accounting.

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Best Online Bachelor's in Accounting Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online accounting bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

25 Best Online Bachelor’s in Accounting Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of Arkansas

    #317 institution's historical influence
    #1356 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    Fayetteville, AR

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Alabama

    #180 institution's historical influence
    #94 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/27

    Tuscaloosa, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Commerce and Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • General Business
    • Management
    • Accounting
    • Marketing
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of South Carolina

    #281 institution's historical influence
    #1388 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/28

    Columbia, SC

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Louisville

    #312 institution's historical influence
    #1277 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/25

    Louisville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accountancy
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    University of Memphis

    #558 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Business Information and Technology
    • Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Portland State University

    #577 institution's historical influence
    #448 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/21

    Portland, OR

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BA in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Golden Gate University

    #1171 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Student body

    1K

    San Francisco, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 123
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    University of Baltimore

    #1108 institution's historical influence
    #1281 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1052/20

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • General Business
    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Old Dominion University

    #959 institution's historical influence
    #709 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting Finance
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Human Resources Management
    • International Business
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Nonprofit Management
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Public Administration
    • Sports Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Accounting

    Concentrations

    • Forensic Accounting And Fraud Examination
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    Mercer University

    #698 institution's historical influence
    #1052 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Macon, GA

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    Online Degrees

    BBA in Business

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 48 months
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Florida Atlantic University

    #682 institution's historical influence
    #1363 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/24

    Boca Raton, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BBA in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    California State University, East Bay

    #1418 institution's historical influence
    #748 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    14K

    Hayward, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 75
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    #450 institution's historical influence
    #1232 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1227/25

    Birmingham, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting

    Concentrations

    • Financial Management Concentration
    • Investments and Institutions Concentration
    • Real Estate Concentration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Catawba College

    #2279 institution's historical influence
    #893 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    52%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/20

    Salisbury, NC

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    Online Degrees

    BBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Business Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Professional Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    Western Illinois University

    #1498 institution's historical influence
    #642 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Macomb, IL

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    Online Degrees

    BB in Accountancy
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 Years
    • Format: Online
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  18. #18

    University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    #1233 institution's historical influence
    #248 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/21

    North Dartmouth, MA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  19. #19

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    #878 institution's historical influence
    #235 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/21

    Fairbanks, AK

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    Online Degrees

    BBA in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    BS in Information Systems

    Concentrations

    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    National University

    #1863 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accountancy
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: 4.5-5.5 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Thomas Jefferson University

    #428 institution's historical influence
    #568 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Acquisition and Contract Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Health Services Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management
    • Joe Gibbs Performance Management
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Retail Management
    • Social Media Marketing
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Northwood University

    #3269 institution's historical influence
    #917 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    Midland, MI

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Automotive Marketing and Management
    • Cybersecurity
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Franchising Management
    • Healthcare Management
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Marketing Communications
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Sport Management
    • Required Credits: 123
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Upper Iowa University

    #1869 institution's historical influence
    #319 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Fayette, IA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Business Management

    Concentrations

    • Financial Management
    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    New England College

    #2185 institution's historical influence
    #1273 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    4K

    Henniker, NH

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Hybrid

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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