Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

The IACBE accredited accounting program at Ashford University develops necessary analytical, conceptual, and technical knowledge and proficiency in accounting. Collateral courses complement the accounting curriculum and enable students to better understand the internal and external business environment through study in business administration, economics, and quantitative methods. Accounting majors may also pursue an optional concentration in environmental studies. The Professional Accounting Program meets the needs of students planning to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Accounting program will be able to:

  • Collaborate to achieve organizational goals;
  • Use technology tools related to the area of accounting;
  • Analyze alternatives to complex accounting problems;
  • Apply and integrate accounting information into business decision making;
  • Apply ethical standards to accounting; and
  • Apply knowledge and skills to obtain Certified Management Accountant professional designation.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Major Requirements: 42 credits
  • Electives: 29 credits

Major Course Requirements (42 credits):
ACC 205 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
ACC 206 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
ACC 305 Intermediate Accounting I (3 credits)
ACC 306 Intermediate Accounting II (3 credits)
ACC 310 Cost Accounting I (3 credits)
ACC 380 Accounting for Not-For-Profit Organizations (3 credits)
ACC 401 Federal Income Taxes I (3 credits)
ACC 410 Auditing (3 credits)

Choose one course from the following:
ACC 311 Cost Accounting II (3 credits)
ACC 402 Federal Income Taxes II (3 credits)
ACC 407 Advanced Accounting (3 credits)

Business Core Requirements (12 credits from the following):

BUS 307 Operations Management & Quantitative Techniques (3 credits)
BUS 311 Business Law I (3 credits)
BUS 401 Principles of Finance (3 credits)
ECO 204 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
MAT 332 Applied Statistics (3 credits)
PHI 402 Business Ethics (3 credits)

One course in Information Systems (3 credits):
INF 220 IS Principles (3 credits)
INF 240 Visual & Verbal Presentations (3 credits)
INF 242 Spreadsheet & Database Analysis (3 credits)
CGD 218 Visual Literacy in Business (3 credits)

You also have the opportunity to complete a specialization, which will enhance your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree. The following specializations are available for this major:

  • Business Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Management

View a detailed list of specialization requirements.

Special Terms and Conditions
Successful completion of this program by itself does not qualify a student to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. All prospective students are advised to contact individual state boards of accounting for additional information relating to licensure requirements (e.g., education and work experience and any potential restrictions, such as prior criminal convictions) prior to enrolling. A list of state accounting boards is available here: Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.

Additionally, students may wish to seek a Certified Management Accountant designation. Information on the CMA exam can be found at their website ( Students are advised that a degree program is different from an exam preparation course and they may need more education in addition to work experience in order to successfully pass the examination.

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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Information regarding cohort retention, persistence, and graduation data for campus Bachelor’s degree-level students can be found at the following link: Campus Bachelor's Data. Additional disaggregated views of cohort retention, persistence, and graduation for students in all degree levels and modalities are also available.