Accounting (Bachelor of Science)

The Grantham Accounting program provides a broad exposure to theories, principles and practices for increasingly needed accounting professionals. The accounting curriculum offers a solid foundation in business, management, economics and organizational behavior. At the completion of the program, the student has an opportunity to effectively apply the skills learned in audit, tax, information systems and general financial areas to a final auditing project offered in the capstone course.

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 120 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 monthly, 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)

The Grantham Accounting program provides a broad exposure to theories, principles and practices for increasingly needed accounting professionals. The accounting curriculum offers a solid foundation in business, management, economics and organizational behavior. At the completion of the program, the student has an opportunity to effectively apply the skills learned in audit, tax, information systems and general financial areas to a final auditing project offered in the capstone course.

Accounting Degree Program Outcomes
  • Analyze accounting problems in the foundational areas of business
  • Apply accounting concepts, tools and strategies to solve problems in a global business settings
  • 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
  • Demonstrate communication skills
  • Describe decision making skills that are relevant professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  • Understand the importance of human and social diversity
Core Professional Competencies

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

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

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

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Accounting (Bachelor of Science)

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

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 45
General Education Core Credits: 42
Electives Credits: 33
Total Credit Hours: 120
Accreditation(s): DEAC, IACBE
Program Core: 45
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: ACC210 Title: Principles of Accounting I Credits: 3
  This course 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: ACC220 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: ACC226 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 decisionmaking. 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: ACC235 Title: Principles of Accounting II Credits: 3
  This course 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: ACC310 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: ACC330 Title: Cost Accounting Credits: 3
  This course explores the basic principles of cost accounting, the different types of costing and how 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: ACC335 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, sharebased 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: ACC340 Title: Accounting Information Systems 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: ACC430 Title: Taxation - Individual Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to basic concepts of individual income taxation. Students 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: ACC435 Title: Taxation - Corporate Credits: 3
  This course includes 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: ACC450 Title: Auditing and Assurance Credits: 3
  This course integrates 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: ACC499 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: LAW220 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: LAW265 Title: Business Law II Credits: 3
  This course provides students 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 three sources of law: statutes, regulations and case law.
Course: MGT150 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.
General Education: 42
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: Math Credits: 6
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing and exponential and logarithmic functions. A new textbook may be required in order to ensure needed electronic codes are valid.
Course: MA215 Title: Business Statistics Credits: 3
  This course applies descriptive and inferential statistics to solve business problems. Student perform statistical analysis of samples, compute the measures of location and dispersion, and perform linear and multiple regression and correlation analysis. Other topics include constructing a hypothesis, performing one-way and two-way analysis of variance, and making decisions under risk and uncertainty. NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both MA215 and MA230.
Course: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 3
Course: Computer Science Credits: 3
Course: CS155 Title: Computer Applications for Business Credits: 3
  This course explores applications within the Microsoft Office Suite with an emphasis on the tools needed in a business context. While covering Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, focus is placed on the use of Excel for analyzing and presenting data. Techniques for the creation of professional documents are addressed.
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 6
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 6
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course examines critical thinking and the analysis of arguments in terms of premises, reasons, and conclusions. Course topics include obstacles to critical thinking, diagramming arguments, belief and doubt, logical fallacies, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, inferences, and judging scientific theories.
Course: Social/Behavioral Science Credits: 9