In today’s increasingly complex and diverse business world, accounting professionals need a broad knowledge of accounting combined with technical and functional expertise.

Walden’s B.S. in Accounting program provides you with a strong foundation in accounting theory, principles, and practice as well as insight into accounting’s strategic role in broader business, organizational, and ethical issues. With the choice of two concentrations, this program offers you the flexibility to customize your studies to match your unique career goals or focus on the content critical to pursuing graduate studies or sitting for the certified public accountant (CPA) exam.*

Designed to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Walden’s B.S. in Accounting program will help you change your world by preparing you with the technical accounting skills required to enter the accounting profession along with the business, marketing, and communication skills needed to advance your career.

*Most states require individuals to complete 150 semester (225 quarter) hours in certain subject areas in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or obtain a CPA license. Walden’s accounting programs can help graduates progress toward meeting those requirements. The B.S. in Accounting offers 120 quarter (80 semester) credit hours that include upper-level courses in topics such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting. The M.S. in Accounting offers 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the M.B.A. specialization in Accounting offers nine semester (13.5 quarter) credit hours. These programs include graduate courses in topics such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, and legal and ethical accounting practices. This will require students to complete additional coursework to meet state requirements.

In each state, there are specific policies that must be followed when an individual is seeking to become a licensed accountant. Some states will not allow individuals who complete the Walden accounting programs to sit for the CPA licensing exams due to state-specific issues such as professional accreditation or face-to-face instruction. For information on the educational requirements for your state, refer to the state’s Board of Accountancy or related agency.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance about accountant licensure; however, it remains the responsibility of the individual enrolling in the program to read, understand, and comply with the licensure requirements in the state where he or she wishes to practice.

Walden University can make no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of a Walden program, or coursework for credit within a program, will make a graduate eligible to sit for a licensure exam or to obtain state licensure.

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Walden’s B.S. in Accounting program offers two concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals:

  • General Program 
  • Public Accountancy *Most states require individuals to complete 150 semester (225 quarter) hours in certain subject areas in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or obtain a CPA license. Walden’s accounting programs can help graduates progress toward meeting those requirements. The B.S. in Accounting offers 120 quarter (80 semester) credit hours that include upper-level courses in topics such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting. The M.S. in Accounting and the M.S. in Accounting and Management offer 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the M.B.A. Accounting for Managers specialization offers nine semester (13.5 quarter) credit hours. These programs include graduate courses in topics such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, and legal and ethical accounting practices. This will require students to complete additional coursework to meet state requirements.

In each state, there are specific policies that must be followed when an individual is seeking to become a licensed accountant. Some states will not allow individuals who complete the Walden accounting programs to sit for the CPA licensing exams due to state-specific issues such as professional accreditation or face-to-face instruction. For information on the educational requirements for your state, refer to the state’s Board of Accountancy or related agency.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance about accountant licensure; however, it remains the responsibility of the individual enrolling in the program to read, understand, and comply with the licensure requirements in the state where he or she wishes to practice.

Walden University can make no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of a Walden program, or coursework for credit within a program, will make a graduate eligible to sit for a licensure exam or to obtain state licensure.

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General Program

The General Program is designed to deepen your understanding of the accounting profession and its role in today’s business environment. With a broad range of electives to choose from, you can tailor your studies to your specific career goals and develop skills and knowledge you can use across business, government, nonprofit, or financial service settings.This program option may also prepare you for professional certification.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Accounting core courses (100 cr.)
    • Elective courses (30 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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First Term Course

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Choose six courses from general education, B.S. in Accounting, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 30 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone Course

Public Accountancy

With the Public Accountancy concentration, you can build a strong foundation in accounting theory, principles, and procedures and gain a broad base of business knowledge. Explore coursework in corporate taxation, advanced financial accounting, and business law while developing the problem-solving and communications skills needed to function effectively across an organization. This program can prepare you for graduate study or an accounting career in business, nonprofit, government, or financial services sectors.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Accounting core courses (100 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (20 cr.)
    • Elective courses (10 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose two courses from general education, B.S. in Accounting, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. You will need a total of 10 elective credits to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than six elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

Capstone Course

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter hour 

$56,110

Books and Materials Estimated costs  $6,292

$6,292

Technology Fee  Per quarter

$120

$1,920

   

Total

$64,322

   

Transfer up to 135 credits 

$48,319

   

Total with Transfer Credits

$16,003

* Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee and books and supplies as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Accelerate Your Degree Completion

Your bachelor’s degree can open the door to a lifetime of career and earnings growth. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities in accounting and related fields reached more than 1.2 million jobs in 2010.* The field is expected to grow as changes in financial laws and regulations, combined with increased scrutiny of company finances, will increase the demand for accountants and auditors.

With a bachelor’s degree from Walden, you can take the first step toward advancing your career and reaching your professional potential. Explore from a variety of potential career options, including:

  • Assurance specialist
  • Business or financial analyst
  • Cash manager
  • Controller
  • Pricing specialist
  • Public accountant or auditor
  • Risk manager
  • Tax specialist
  • Treasurer

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Increase Your Earnings Potential

With your bachelor’s degree in hand, you put yourself in a better position to raise your earnings potential over the course of your career. The earnings gap between those who have four-year college degrees and those who do not has widened throughout the last four decades.

  • The median annual wage of accountants and auditors was $61,690 in May 2010.*
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, based on median weekly earnings, individuals who have bachelor’s degrees earn 63% more than those with high school diplomas, 46% more than those with some college, and 35% more than those with associate degrees.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition, Accountants and Auditors,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm (visited April 11, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

† Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Education pays …,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm (viewed online April 11, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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Designed to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the B.S. in Accounting program gives you to the opportunity to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role of accounting in influencing financial strategy and the context behind the use of accounting tools such as financial statements.
  • Strengthen your decision-making and problem-solving skills as they relate to interpreting business and accounting information.
  • Become proficient in today’s most popular accounting software programs through hands-on case studies and team projects.
  • Build on previous business and accounting experience with best practices in accounting functions that are designed to reflect criteria published by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
  • Heighten your awareness of ethical standards in the accounting industry.

As a student in Walden’s B.S. in Accounting program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Accounting program:

Accreditation

Accreditation is an extremely important hallmark of an institution’s high academic standards.ACBSP Accredited in Accounting

Walden’s B.S. in Accounting is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education. Find out more about ACBSP accreditation and the Walden programs that have received this accreditation.

In addition to specialized program accreditations, Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association, one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Find out more about our institutional accreditation.

When you choose an accredited university, you can be assured that the institution and its programs, services, and faculty are of high quality and are continually being evaluated and improved.

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Core Faculty

Roberto Castaneda

Roberto Castaneda
D.B.A., Argosy University; M.B.A., Northwestern University; B.S., DePaul University (Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant)

Salvador Gonzalez
D.B.A., Argosy University; M.M., Northwestern University; B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology (Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor)


Roberto R. Castaneda, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.B.A., Northwestern University; B.S., DePaul University (Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant)

Salvador Gonzalez, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.S., Northwestern University; B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology (Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor)

Ana Machuca, Ph.D., Northcentral University; M.A.F.M., DeVry University; M.B.A., Webster University; B.S., Florida Southern College (Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Design Accountant)

Nicole A. Martinez-Martin, J.D., Harvard University; M.A., The University of Chicago; B.A., Princeton University

Marc McIntosh, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.B.A., Harvard University; B.S., DePaul University (Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant)

Malcolm McLelland, Ph.D., Michigan State University; B.S., Indiana University (Certified Public Accountant)

Harold Okere, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.B.A., B.S., University of Central Oklahoma (Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager)

Glenn Pate, M.B.A., B.S., University of Kentucky (Certified Public Accountant)

Julio Rodriguez, M.B.A., DePaul University; B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago (Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant)

Renee Williams, D.B.A., University of Sarasota; M.B.A., Atlanta University; B.S., Tennessee State University  (Certified Public Accountant)

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply problem-solving skills to multiple accounting situations, including those occurring in the international setting.
  2. Communicate effectively about accounting and business practices within the context of larger organizational frameworks.
  3. Access relevant accounting/financial guidance and apply it in their accounting practice.
  4. Demonstrate well-developed competency in their accounting techniques.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative skills across accounting and functional business areas.
  6. Analyze sources of organizational risk.
  7. Apply knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment in which the accounting profession operates.
  8. Apply ethical reasoning in their accounting practices.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.