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Enter the accounting field and advance your career.

The online bachelor’s degree in accounting program is ideal for working professionals who want to enhance their credentials and propel their careers forward.

Walden University’s BS in Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and has earned the organization’s separate accounting accreditation. Key benefits of ACBSP accreditation are:

  • Validation that your program meets nationally recognized standards of quality endorsed by businesses, government, and other organizations.
  • Assurance that your program can provide you with the skills you need to compete in today’s global marketplace.
  • Recognition by employers, graduate schools, and regulatory organizations.
Experienced Faculty

Learn from faculty with 30+ years of experience in the field. All are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and/or have other accounting certifications.

Certification Preparation

Prepare for sought-after professional certifications, including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and Certified Management Accounting exam.

A Wealth of Resources

Get access to the Walden Finance and Accountancy Resource Center as well as a capstone course that offers a simulated CPA exam and other resources for exam preparation.

Faculty Mentor

Receive one-on-one guidance from faculty.

Accelerate Your Journey

Save time and money by transferring or earning credits from other previous accredited coursework from StraighterLine or other institutions, or relevant experience or credentials, if applicable.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $2,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on March 1, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Concentrations

General Program

The General Program is suited for professionals currently in an accounting or management role who aspire to expand their industry skills and knowledge.

Public Accountancy

This concentration is ideal for accounting or management professionals looking to build a stronger foundation in accounting as well as vital business skills.

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 60 quarter credit hours.
  • You are an active member of the military or a veteran with documentation of service.

You are concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this online BS in Accounting program will 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 Impact

Your bachelor’s degree can open the door to a lifetime of career and earnings growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities in accounting are projected to increase by 4% from 2019 to 2029.1  Employment in the field is expected to be tied to the overall health of economy—as the economy grows, the demand for accountants and auditors will increase.

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 past four decades.

  • The median annual wage of accountants and auditors was $71,550 in 2019.1
  • The BLS reports that in 2019, based on median weekly earnings, individuals with bachelor’s degrees earned almost 40% more than those with high school diplomas, 33% more than those with some college education, and 28.7% more than those with associate degrees.2

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