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Online Accounting Degrees

Opportunities for accountants range from international trade to financial crime fighting, but most jobs relate to accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll. This profession involves recording, summarizing, reporting and analyzing financial transactions for business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and government entities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists four major fields that employ accountants and auditors:

  1. Public accounting, in accounting firms or self-employed businesses
  2. Management accounting, in companies, generally on executive management teams
  3. Government accounting, in federal, state or local governments, auditing government agencies and businesses subject to government oversight
  4. Internal auditing, in organizations needing audits of accounting and other areas such as compliance, operations and IT

The American Institute of CPAs, AICPA, has a tool on its ThisWayToCPA website to determine your best employment fit, including type and size of accounting firm, industry, practice area and specialization.

Accounting: training and education

The BLS notes that associate degree holders may be able to obtain entry level, clerical positions in accounting or auditing, but most jobs require at least a bachelor's degree and many employers are looking for a master's degree. Whether you're looking at online accounting degree programs or a program on campus, AICPA reports that the top two master's degrees for accountants and auditors are the Master of Accountancy and the MBA with an accounting concentration.

If you're interested in postsecondary academia, you need a Ph.D. One accounting Ph.D. path leads to teaching, while the other leads to research. The focus could be on either archival research -- research for articles on economics and finance with a strong emphasis on mathematics -- or behavioral research, which explores how and why people make decisions.

You can also pursue accounting certificates, which serve purposes such as these:

  1. Add to existing knowledge in specialized areas such as forensic accounting, intellectual property law or governmental reporting
  2. Provide non-accountants with an understanding of accounting principles
  3. Update skills for accounting professionals

Online accounting degrees offer the opportunity for flexible scheduling, for professionals who need to juggle work and studies.

Accounting: career salary and outlook

One trend in accounting is the ongoing globalization of business, which requires professionals to understand international trade and accounting rules. Online accounting degree programs could offer one way to prepare for an increasingly computerized economy where remote teams collaborate electronically across the globe. The BLS mentions demand for specialized knowledge such as familiarity with international financial reporting standards or proficiency with accounting and auditing computer software and information systems.

For accountants and auditors, the 2010 median income was $61,690, according to BLS data, and projected employment growth between 2008 and 2018 is 22 percent. The AICPA 2011 Trends Report notes that overall hiring has increased, but hiring for M.A. graduates rose by 11 percent, while hiring for BA graduates decreased by 13 percent. Campus or online accounting degrees, particularly master's degrees, are fast becoming the standard for top accounting jobs.

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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
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  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
  • Online courses make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months and a master’s degree in 14-24 months.
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An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. Right now, more than 36,000 students are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs.

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  • Students are issued a new laptop at the beginning of their programs.
  • All online services and study materials are available 24/7, with faculty available five days a week.
  • All programs available online, with the MBA program offered on campus in Salt Lake City.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), with programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2010.

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Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs. You can choose one of five graduate degree programs from a selective institution ranked among the Top 10 Universities in the North and Top 20 Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

 

The online, master’s degree curriculum is taught by highly credentialed faculty and reflects the same rigorous academic standards as the on-campus programs. Nearly all of The University of Scranton’s instructional faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their fields – so you can excel in yours.

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  • Founded in 1951 by World War II veteran Donald Grantham to provide affordable, higher education for service members and their families.
  • Approved by all branches of the United States Armed Forces for Tuition Assistance (TA), and for benefits payments by the Department of Veteran Affairs benefits (VA).
  • Reviews applicants’ military and professional training for possible transfer credits, and honors credit earned through successful completion of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses.
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Founded in 1946 and located in the heart of central New York, Utica College is a regionally accredited, independent, private institution that features many of the advantages of a large university — such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academics, and outstanding faculty — with the intimacy and high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private institutions.


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