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Bachelor of Science in Accounting to Master of Science in Accounting

Earn a Bachelor’s & Master’s in One Online Accounting Degree Program

Build specialized skills and knowledge to become a trusted advisor and accounting professional. Our streamlined online program allows you to earn both a bachelor and master of science in accounting, with courses that range from accounting and finance to business risk and management. Get going today.

Program is offered at the following campuses. Select a campus to learn more.

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Prepare to Start Your Accounting Career

Our knowledgeable instructors* will serve as your mentors and teachers, as you have the opportunity to develop your analytical, business, and math skills for corporate accounting, public accounting, or other professional accounting careers. Inside the interactive online classroom, your instructors will provide personalized, one-on-one support and draw on their own past work experiences in the field to prepare you for diverse accounting scenarios, workplaces, and dilemmas.

With this dual online accounting degree program, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as your master’s in just over 4 years. (Combining two accounting programs into one, the BS to MS online accounting program is intended to be completed in as little as 50 total months.) Upon successfully completing the program, you’ll be ready to:

  • Apply accounting principles and practices to support and critically analyze the decisions faced by evolving business organizations.
  • Integrate accounting, economics, finance, law, risk, and management principles to develop innovative solutions to organizational challenges.
  • Integrate auditing processes, including the synthesis of information systems and communications, internal controls, and corporate governance.
  • Critique the concepts, principles, and methods of professional and academic accounting research and apply them to challenges in your profession.
  • Assess your ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities as an accountant.

Study Key Accounting and Business Principles

Our BS to MS in accounting courses are carefully selected and structured to prepare you for any of a diverse number of careers in accounting. Your general education courses will focus on fundamental areas in professional development, communications, math and statistics, natural sciences, arts and humanities, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Your online accounting courses will consist of undergraduate and graduate level coursework in the following areas:

  • Accounting information systems
  • Cost accounting
  • Federal taxation
  • Internal and external auditing and assurance
  • Governmental and not-for-profit accounting
  • Financial accounting
  • Accounting services consulting
  • Financial reporting
  • Corporate controllership
  • Intermediate cost management
  • Forensic and fraud auditing
  • Advanced taxation
  • Corporate finance
You’ll also cover business topics like:
  • Business law
  • Marketing
  • Managerial communications
  • Quantitative business analysis
  • Organizational behavior
  • Operations management
  • Leadership
  • Global business management
  • Strategic management
  • Application of management information systems
You’ll even take a course in which you act as a manager of a simulated firm and are responsible for developing and executing strategic plans, monitoring results, and modifying your plans to achieve success as you compete against your peers in this simulated industry.

Prepare to Become a Certified Public Accountant

Becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) can help accountants to enhance their career and gain additional clients. In fact, by law, CPAs are the only accountants who can file a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Earn a Bachelor’s & Master’s in One Online Accounting Degree Program.

Completing the accounting and business courses in this online accounting degree BS to MS program may allow you to qualify to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination. Before applying for the CPA exam, you should familiarize yourself with the candidacy requirements of the State Board of Accountancy in your state. In addition to passing the national exam, you may be required to meet other state requirements to become a CPA.

Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

BS to MS Accounting Degree Requirements for Admission

The BS to MS in Accounting degree requirements for admissions are straightforward. Applicants must complete the South University application for admission and meet the general admission requirements for the university. To support you in completing this online accounting program, financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. For questions regarding admissions or financial aid, please contact us at 1.800.688.0932.

Accounting Career Outlook

There are many places you can work and things you can do with a college accounting degree. Widely regarded as a disciplined and rigorous field of study, accounting offers ambitious students a unique advantage: accounting is needed in nearly all businesses and industries worldwide.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for accountants is increasing faster than average, with employment for this profession expected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for accountants is increasing faster than average, with employment for this profession expected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026. Some employers prefer hiring applicants with a master’s degree over those with only a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and becoming a Certified Public Accountant may further improve job prospects.

Salary for accounting professionals can vary by factors like experience level, employment type, certification, licensure, and geographic region.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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