Is Accounting & Finance the Right Field for You?

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Behind every industry and every economy are the numbers that define them. Data drive the financial decisions that individuals and organizations make, so the reliability of the numbers and the people who interpret them are critical to business and personal success.

That's where skilled accounting and finance professionals come in. Armed with the ability to understand ledgers and financial statements, evaluate markets, and analyze financial opportunities, these skilled practitioners give businesses and households the guidance they need to make smart choices with their money.

Practical Knowledge

The online accounting and finance degree programs at Ashford University are designed to give students the practical knowledge they need to pursue their dreams and become an essential player in the world of business and the global economy that drives it. Blending foundational concepts with tactical skills, our degree programs are designed to prepare students to enter today's competitive job market with the qualifications they need to compete.

Students pursuing our Bachelor of Arts in Accounting learn the fundamentals of accounting best practices, while exploring the technological tools and techniques they'll use to stay ahead in this ever-developing field. Bachelor of Arts in Finance students get a similarly blended approach to learn the techniques and theories that help businesses with long-range financial planning and implementation.

While many of the skills acquired in our accounting or finance degree programs are required in corporate, community, and business environments, major financial decisions also take place at the family and individual level. To meet the demand for consumer financial services and the experts who provide them, Ashford created the Bachelor of Arts in Consumer and Family Financial Services program, which gives our finance and accounting students yet another pathway to learn essential skills that can lead to a fulfilling career.

Master Your Field

If you're ready to take your existing accounting career to the next level, the Master of Accountancy program at Ashford University is designed to increase your technical skills while enhancing the communication, analytical, and decision-making capabilities you'll need for roles with increased responsibility. This program offers several specializations so you can delve deeper into the concepts and techniques you love most and provide added value to organizations of all types.

If you're already a working professional, the idea of going back to school– even to improve your job prospects – can be intimidating. Most traditional college programs require that you take a full course load on their schedule, but an Ashford University online degree program is different. Designed with working adults in mind, our programs offer a convenient and flexible structure that's built to accommodate your needs. You'll focus on one course at a time so you can dive deeply into the material at an accelerated pace, while preserving time to balance the rest of your busy life.

More Opportunities for Work and Life

The number of accounting and finance careers is both vast and varied. Many graduates pursue traditional roles within banking, tax preparation, and other for-profit or non-profit environments. Other common options include careers in insurance, financial planning and analysis, and credit counseling. With so many people and organizations seeking sound guidance around the complexities of dollars and cents, a degree in accounting, finance, or financial services can position you for a long and rewarding career in a number of industries.

As the local and global markets and economies grow and overlap, the need for qualified finance professionals may also increase. An Ashford University degree in accounting or finance can give you the practical knowledge you need to pursue the job of your dreams. Whether you're just leaving high school or have been in the workforce for a while, there's never been a better time to sharpen your skills and secure your future.



Written by Ashford University staff

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