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 BS 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 BS 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Finance and Accountancy Resource Center

The Walden Finance and Accountancy Resource Center is a central hub for research, news, and career and education opportunities in finance and accounting. Access the latest information regarding the fields of finance, accounting, auditing, taxes, and more.

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Walden’s BS in Accounting and MS in Accounting programs are accredited by ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

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*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 BS 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 MS in Accounting offers 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the MBA 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.

Highlights

Beyond The Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete graduate courses as part of your bachelor’s program that you can then apply toward the completion of your master’s program.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.

Testimonials

Lisa Minnihan

Lisa Minnihan

BSBA Graduate / MBA Graduate
Studying at Walden allowed me to collaborate with students around the world. This let me see what life is like in other countries, and see issues in accounting through their cultural perspectives.
Walden provides a strong foundation that ensures you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
With an MBA, I now have the knowledge and skills to manage an entire organization, including finance management, acquisition, human capital, technology management, and marketing.
Peter Inserra MS in Accounting Graduate
Peter Inserra
Sandra Walker MS in Leadership Graduate / BSBA Graduate
Sandra Walker
Celeste Steele MBA Graduate
Celeste Steele
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