Online Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting
Dr. Greg Goussak is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting program at Ashford University's College of Business and Professional Studies. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Read his full bio.
Earn a degree that adds up to success. With your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree from Ashford University, you will develop necessary analytical, conceptual, and technical proficiency in accounting. You will better understand the business environment through study of ledgers, accruals, financial statements, budgets, and reporting.
Your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree from Ashford University demonstrates your proficiency with fundamental accounting principles and procedures, employing technology in accounting, analyzing solutions to complex accounting problems, and utilizing accounting information in making business decisions. Upon graduation, you will possess a practical understanding of these ideas and other important accounting concepts and skills.
When you complete your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree, you will be prepared for a career in which a broad background and general knowledge in the field of accounting are requirements. You may choose to pursue a new job search in accounting, to start your own business, or to seek a career with local, state, or federal government. You might also consider an accounting career in any of the following areas:
- For-profit Businesses
- Tax Preparation
- Non-profit Organizations
Special Terms and Conditions
Successful completion of any accounting degree program by itself does not qualify a student to sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination. This designation requires that you pass a licensing exam in your state and have experience in the field. Requirements vary by state, so students are encouraged to research the requirements for the state in which they plan to become licensed. Information on how to research each state’s board’s requirements can be found at http://www.aicpa.org
Students in the accounting degree program may also wish to seek a Certified Management Accountant designation. Information on the CMA exam can be found at their website (www.imanet.org). Students should understand 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.
You may also choose to delve into other areas of accounting when you add a specialization to your accounting degree program. A specialization consists of four (4) courses, each worth three (3) credits. These courses are taught online as part of your degree program. For more detailed information, see the Courses tab. Choose from the following specializations:
- Business Economics
The Business Economics specialization prepares you to exercise leadership in business planning and policy. You will build both technical and business skills with this specialization added to your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree.
Prepare to launch and manage entrepreneurial enterprises. You will increase your business and your technical skills when you add the Entrepreneurship specialization to your degree.
Add to your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a specialization in Finance. You will bridge the fields of finance and business to gain an understanding of the theoretical and practical approaches of financial management.
- Information Systems
Take advantage of a wide range of opportunities in one of the fastest growing areas in business organizations. You will increase both business and technical skills with an Information Systems specialization added to your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree.
- International Management
Broaden your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a specialization in International Management. You will prepare to exercise leadership in a diverse array of international and multicultural scenarios
- Operations Management
Discover how to apply both organizational and technical skills when you add the Operations Management specialization to your degree program. The Operations Management specialization prepares you to succeed in a broad range of manufacturing and service business settings where quantitative skills are essential.
- Project Management
Build on your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a specialization in Project Management. You will be well-equipped to seize new opportunities in this fast-growing field.
- Public Administration
Promote civil society and social justice by adding a specialization in Public Administration to your Bachelor's degree. You will enhance the management skills you need to perform effectively within public, government, or not-for-profit organizations.
Your courses in this program are taught by graduate-degreed faculty with real world experience in the fields they teach. In addition, you can transfer up to 90 approved credits toward your Bachelor's degree and accelerate your degree completion.
If an accounting degree fits your personal goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.