Earn an Online Accounting Degree (Bachelor of Science)

Accounting (Bachelor of Science)

Prepare for a career in accounting, auditing or related financial field with an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Grantham University. This IACBE-accredited online Accounting degree program will give you the theories, principles, practices and skills you need to take your career to the next level.

What will I learn in this bachelor’s degree in Accounting online program?

You’ll learn how to set up and keep books, prepare taxes, analyze financial statements … and more. Plus, you’ll apply the skills you learned in audit, tax and general financial areas as you complete a final auditing project in your capstone course.

What careers can I pursue with an online Accounting degree?

This degree prepares you for a number of accounting-related career paths, including accountant, auditor, financial examiner or budget analyst1. Plus, the skills you’ll learn from earning your degree in accounting are universally important – in businesses, non-profits or even the government. You could work almost anywhere.

How long is this Accounting degree online program?

At 121 credit hours, this online accounting degree program is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will the online Accounting degree program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin weekly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

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Accounting (Bachelor of Science)

Accounting Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing Grantham University’s 100% online bachelor’s degree in accounting, you will be able to:

  • Analyze accounting problems in the foundational areas of business
  • Apply accounting concepts, tools and strategies to solve problems in a global setting
  • Create and analyze accounting data for business decision making
  • Explain ethical obligations for accounting and/or financial areas
  • Demonstrate critical thinking through applying decision-support tools
  • Describe decision making skills that are relevant to professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  • Demonstrate communication skills
  • Understand the importance of diversity
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Grantham University’s Online Accounting Degree Program is IACBE Accredited.

Accounting (Bachelor of Science)

A Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Grantham can help you pursue a career in accounting, auditing and other areas requiring a strong education and foundation in financial matters1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Tax Examiner, Collector or Revenue Agent

Employers can include:

  • Accounting firms
  • Tax preparation businesses
  • Bookkeeping companies
  • Payroll services
  • Small businesses
  • Manufacturers
  • Insurance agencies
  • Government – local, state and federal

Accounting (Bachelor of Science)

Grantham University’s 100% online business accounting degree coursework is designed to help you prepare for your next career.

Total Credit Hours: 79
Program Electives: 30
Open Electives: 12
Accreditation(s): DEAC, IACBE

Textbook Information

Program Core: 55
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU100 Title: Student Success Credits: 1
  This required one-credit hour course introduces Grantham students to various strategies for learning and helps develop skills essential for succeeding in an online education program. Students complete selfassessments to become familiar with their learning styles and how to use their learning styles in online studies. Students successfully completing this course are more proficient in time management, reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students learn how to navigate within Grantham University's online course learning environment, submit assignments, and where to go for academic assistance. GU100 is normally taken with level 100 or 200 courses that offer the most common challenges in working in an online learning environment. Students complete assignments in both courses simultaneously as a learning strategy for general education and entry-level knowledge acquisition while developing successful online study skills. Successful completion of G
Course: AC210 Title: Principles of Accounting I Credits: 3
  AC210 focuses on ways in which accounting principles are used in business operations. Students learn to identify and use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), ledgers and journals, and steps of the accounting cycle. This course introduces bank reconciliation methods, balance sheets, assets, and liabilities. Students also learn about financial statements, including assets, liabilities, and equity. Business ethics are also discussed.
Course: AC215 Title: Principles of Accounting II Credits: 3
  Accounting II expands on what the student learns in Accounting I. It is focused on corporate accounting. This course discusses how corporations are structured and formed, with an emphasis on corporate characteristics. Stocks, bonds, notes, purchase investments and analysis of financial statements are included, as well as an in-depth look at managerial accounting. Statements of cash flow, budgets, and budget management are also examined.
Course: AC310 Title: Intermediate Accounting I Credits: 3
  This course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals and objectives of financial and accounting practices. The basic aspects of the financial statement are analyzed, as is the relationship between the number of receipts and the time value of money. Students examine the elements of the income statement, the statement of cash flows, and the methods of adjusting inventory measurements. Other topics include balance sheets, inventory measurements, accounting issues with operational costs, and the role played by investments in the accounting process.
Course: AC315 Title: Intermediate Accounting II Credits: 3
  This course builds on the concepts students learned in Intermediate Accounting I. Students examine short-term liabilities, long-term liabilities, stockholders' equity, share-based compensation, pensions and postretirement benefits, the statement of cash flows, and accounting changes and error correction. Other topics include accounting for leases, accounting for tax on income, accounting for derivatives, and full disclosure.
Course: AC330 Title: Cost Accounting Credits: 3
  In this course, students explore the basic principles of cost accounting, the different types of costing, and the ways in which organizations use cost information to make decisions. Other topics covered include customer profitability analysis, service costs, budgeting and financial planning, transfer pricing, responsibility accounting, performance measurement, and the importance of nonfinancial indicators.
Course: AC340 Title: Accounting Information Systems I Credits: 3
  This course provides an introduction to accounting information systems. Throughout this course, students are provided with accounting information system concepts to give them an understanding of how to analyze and modify systems controls to address threats and risks. The focus of this course is to gain knowledge of accounting information systems in order to perform the accounting function in contemporary business organizations.
Course: AC430 Title: Taxation- Individual Credits: 3
  In this course, students are introduced to basic concepts of individual income taxation. They examine the basic forms, allowable deductions and adjustments to income, and tax credits. Other topics covered include self-employment income and expenses; capital gains; income from rental properties, royalties, flow through entities, and special property transactions; payroll taxes and retirement plans; at-risk rules and passive activity loss rules; and alternative minimum tax.
Course: AC435 Title: Taxation- Corporate Credits: 3
  In this course, students receive an overview of how corporations and other business entities are taxed, with the focus primarily on federal income tax. Topics covered include tax policy issues, tax planning, tax research, property acquisitions and dispositions, nontaxable exchanges, sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations, tax compliance, and jurisdictional issues.
Course: AC440 Title: Forensic Accounting Credits: 3
  In this course, students are introduced to forensic accounting and the business and legal environments in which the forensic accountant operates. Students examine in detail financial statement fraud, employee and vendor fraud, tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, divorce fraud, and money laundering. In addition, students explore the concepts of business valuation, commercial and economic damages, and expert testimony.
Course: AC450 Title: Audting and Assurance Credits: 3
  This course is designed to integrate previously learned accounting practice with auditing standards and procedures. Course content includes a detailed study of the auditing and assurance environment, concepts, tools and reports. Specific topics include professional standards, audit reports, professional ethics, legal liability of auditors, audit evidence, audit planning and design, internal control, audit sampling, testing cycle controls and performing substantive tests, and completing the audit.
Course: AC460 Title: Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting Credits: 3
  A study of the specialized accounting principles applicable to state and local governments and other non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on fund accounting principles used in the recording of assets, liabilities, equity, revenues and expenditures. Also covers the analysis and interpretation of financial statements of such governmental and non-profit entities.
Course: AC499 Title: Capstone Credits: 3
  This capstone course is required for all accounting majors. Topics include managerial use of financial data, analysis of financial statements, and ethics. The student selects a current issue in any area of accounting with a full time accounting faculty member as the research advisor. The student submits a written paper.
Course: BA101 Title: Introduction to Business Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts of business. Concepts, principles, and operations of the private enterprise system are identified in this course. Students compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, and they learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. This course also discusses the functions of modern business management, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. Human resource management is described as well as how employers can motivate their employees. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements are also examined.
Course: BA150 Title: Principles of Business Management Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts and techniques they will need as managers in today's new organizations. The sequence of topics follows the familiar pattern of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Throughout the course, the manager's role in leading and accommodating change is emphasized. The course also introduces the student to the issues of managing global businesses, especially the ways in which managers need to develop a global perspective in order to be successful. Issues in strategy, diversity, and entrepreneurship are covered extensively.
Course: BA220 Title: Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  This introductory financial accounting course introduces the student to the important role of financial accounting in modern business. The key role of financial accounting is to provide useful information to external users in order that a wide variety of economic decisions can be made. The course covers the theory and practice of accounting applicable to the recording, summarizing, and reporting of business transactions. Topics include the different types of financial statements and accounts, asset valuation, revenue and expense recognition, and appropriate accounting for asset, liability, and capital accounts.
Course: BA225 Title: Managerial Accounting Credits: 3
  This course is a continuation of Financial Accounting, shifting the focus from external reporting to internal needs of managers. Managerial accounting information helps managers accomplish three essential functions: planning, controlling, and decision-making. The course provides students with an understanding of managerial accounting information to enable them to evaluate the usefulness of managerial accounting techniques in the real world. Topics include managerial accounting terminology, budgeting, costing, breakeven analysis, and cost-volume-profitability analysis. The methods of identifying and extracting relevant information from managerial accounting systems as an input to decision making and performance evaluation are stressed throughout the course.
Course: BA260 Title: Business Law I Credits: 3
  This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the law that affects business operations including the topics of torts, contracts, commercial paper, and sales. New developments that affect the legal environment of business are presented from all three sources of law: statutes, regulations, and case law. The student will gain a thorough understanding of law that governs business and will gain an understanding of how new developments in technology affect business law.
Course: BA265 Title: Business Law II Credits: 3
  This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the law affecting business operations, including the topics of debtor-creditor relationships, business organizations, government regulation, property and its protection, and the international legal environment. New developments on those topics are presented from all three sources of law: statutes, regulations, and case law. This course differs from Business Law I. This course includes more of the specific law that is written for specific business situations. The student will gain an advanced understanding of law governing business: debtor-creditor relationships, business organizations, government regulation, property and its protection, the international legal environment, and other topics. The student's knowledge of business law will increase in areas related to new developments in technology, especially computers and the Internet. In addition, the student will examine important cases, statutes, and regulation
General Education: 24
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the basic principles of effective verbal communication and the related functions in contemporary public settings. Emphasis is placed on speech to inform and to persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, and listening. Students will learn to prepare a speech without the need to memorize the presentation. This course is designed to help students understand the difference between ideas and memorizing words. The progression of learning should help students learn to understand, value, and practice the human communication process.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
Course: GP210 Title: American Government I Credits: 3
  This undergraduate course provides an introduction to American government and politics. Topics include the concept of a constitutional democracy, federalism, first amendment rights, equal rights under the law, political culture, political ideology, interest groups, lobbying, and political campaigns and elections.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. By highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially-aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.
Course: GS102 Title: Introduction to Life Science Credits: 3
  This course gives the student a broad overview of the following biological processes and topics: the anatomy of the cell, cell division, species diversity, and species classification. This course attempts to relate the subject matter to everyday occurrences.
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth - and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  An introductory level course on the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing, and exponential and logarithmic functions.