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Streamline Your Path to a CPA With Walden’s BS in Accounting Program

You have big dreams for your future. Walden can help you get where you want to go with our online BS in Accounting program. This ACBSP-accredited program is designed to help you build the useful, relevant, and contemporary accounting knowledge you need to take the next step in your career.

Our bachelor’s in accounting curriculum includes a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam preparatory course as the capstone to help you prepare to sit for the CPA exam. By starting exam prep early for your CPA and other industry certifications, you can save time and money otherwise spent on outside classes.

An online bachelor’s in accounting program allows students to gain foundational skills in business, management, and accounting to improve their financial proficiency. It’s suitable for aspiring financial analysts, accountants and auditors, and tax accountants.

A BS in Accounting Program That’s a Step Above

Choose a program recognized for its excellence in preparing students for the rigors of today’s accounting field. Walden’s BS in Accounting program is one of the few programs of its kind that has earned the separate accounting accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). In addition, it’s part of our School of Management, which earned a Silver Achievement Award from ACBSP.

ACBSP Accounting Accredited

Feel confident in a program recognized for meeting standards of academic quality endorsed across industry organizations.

Save Time on CPA Preparation

Do everything you need to prepare yourself for the CPA exam, without spending more time and money on additional courses.

Tailored for Adult Learners

Our online, interactive platform is designed to help you learn math concepts and other skills required for accounting.

Prepare for Other Certifications

Coursework in this program readies you to pursue other professional certifications, including the CFE, CMA, CIA, and Series Exam.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,800 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Concentrations

General Program

If you’re currently in an accounting or management role, this program can help you build on your work experience and expand your industry skills and knowledge.

Public Accountancy

This concentration is ideal if you're an accounting or management professional looking to build a stronger accounting foundation.

Admission Requirements

Admission is considered for adult students who hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 21 years of age or older.
  • You are less than 21 years of age with at least 12 quarter credits.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

More information for international applicants.

Build a Strong Accounting Foundation

Ready to enhance your credentials and move up in your career? Walden’s online bachelor’s in accounting can help you propel your career forward. Build a strong foundation in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, and taxes. Get a head start on sought-after credentials that will help position you as an expert in one of the world’s oldest and most well-respected professions.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Bob Castaneda

    Bob Castaneda

    Program Director

    Dr. Castaneda has worked in a number of countries in senior finance positions. He is currently a board member and treasurer for the Illinois Literacy Foundation and is also a member of Financial Executives International, AICPA, and the Illinois CPA Society.

  • Raouf Moussa

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Moussa received his postgraduate certificate in accounting in May 2016 and his doctoral degree in business/accounting in June 2003 from Argosy University/Orange. He is a certified public accountant (Maryland), certified internal auditor, and certified fraud examiner. He has more than 26 years of experience in accounting and finance. He worked as a senior auditor for the City of Redondo Beach, California, for 19 years and has taught courses in accounting and finance at several universities.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the BS in Accounting program, you'll be prepared to:

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

Career Outlook

A BS in Accounting is a versatile credential that can open doors in a variety of occupations and industries. According to Robert Half, employers across industries are in search of qualified accounting and finance professionals—especially CPAs.1

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $71,550 in May 2019.2 However, the salary range typically falls between $44,480 and $124,450. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

With an online bachelor’s in accounting degree program, you can gain the skills and certification preparation you need to launch or advance your career in a stable, in-demand field.

The median annual wage for accountants and auditors was


in May 2019.2

A BS in Accounting degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as:3

  • Bookkeeper/accounting clerk
  • Accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager

A BS in Accounting degree can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Public/internal auditor
  • Tax services/consultant
  • Accounting center manager
  • Operations accountant

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

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