dcsimg
Find Accounting Programs

General Accounting

Accounting Degree Programs

General accounting degrees teach students how to address a breadth of accounting-related issues from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. Programs are available at nearly every academic level, from non-degree certificates to research-driven Ph.D. accounting degrees. Many accounting schools also offer online accounting degrees online or blended programs, and some may feature programs with flexible start dates, part-time scheduling or self-paced coursework.

Whether earning accounting degrees online or on-campus, undergrads are introduced to basic principles of the field, including financial accounting, which centers on preparing and analyzing financial statements for investors and other external groups. Undergrads also gain experience with accounting information systems and industry-standard computer applications. Other common topics include business law, accounting ethics, federal corporate taxation, cost accounting, and auditing. Students pursuing associate or bachelor's degrees complement their accounting studies with general education coursework. This typically includes courses in social science, English composition, communication, math and other core subjects.

Master's and doctoral accounting degrees expand upon the lessons learned in undergraduate programs. Graduate programs often emphasize managerial decision-making or advanced research. These programs also typically offer more flexibility when it comes to course selection, letting students focus their education in specialty areas such as public accounting, government accounting, taxation, forensic accounting or auditing.

Admissions requirements vary from program to program. For example, some master's and doctoral programs may require students to have a bachelor's in accounting or a related subject while others may not. To learn more about individual accounting degrees and programs, refer to our list of accounting schools at the end of the page.

Accounting Careers

Accounting professionals who have mastered the key concepts of tracking, analyzing and recording monetary transactions are valuable assets to organizations and individuals looking to get a handle on their finances. Those with accounting degrees can look to take on the challenges of modern accounting in a number of different career avenues, from tax preparation to internal auditing to public accounting.

Those with accounting degrees may find work in a variety of settings, including government agencies, billing departments, international accounting firms and non-profits. Some may even start their own business. Career opportunities for graduates of traditional and online accounting schools largely depend on the type of accounting degree earned and previous experience. Refer to the following table for a few examples of accounting careers, along with their general job duties and training requirements.

Occupation

Common Duties

Typical Education Requirements

Certification Options

State Licensure Required?

Accounting Clerks

  • Work in specialized areas such as accounts payable or payroll.
  • Post transaction data into accounting software.
  • Balance billing vouchers.
  • Calculate interest owed on accounts.

High school diploma, but employers may prefer those with a college degree.

  • The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers offers the Certified Bookkeeper designation.
  • The National Bookkeepers Association offers certifications in bookkeeping, payroll, Excel, QuickBooks and taxes.

No

Management Accountants

  • Record and review an organization's private financial information.
  • Determine cost-effectiveness of company operations.
  • Help upper-management make financial decisions.

Bachelor's Degree

  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from The Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Only if becoming a Certified Public Accountant

CPA licensure required if filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission

Tax Examiners, Tax Collectors, and Revenue Agents

  • Make sure government bodies receive proper tax payments from constituents.
  • Ensure claimed credits and deductions are legal.
  • Contact taxpayers who have over- or underpaid.

Bachelor's Degree

N/A

No

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012

Job Outlook and Salary in Accounting

Because accounting degrees can potentially lead to so many different career paths, job outlook and salary figures for accounting graduates are difficult to pinpoint. As a starting point, please refer to the following table, which provides job outlook and salary information for the careers mentioned in the previous section.

Occupation

Mean Annual Wage

United States

(May 2012)

Projected # of New Jobs

United States

(2010-2020)

Projected Job Growth Rate

United States

(2010-2020)

Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks

$36,640

259,000

14% (Equal to national average)

Accountants and Auditors

$71,040

190,700

16% (Above national average)

Tax Examiners, Tax Collectors and Revenue Agents

$56,050

5,500

7% (Below national average)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013

*Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.

Sources:

  • Accountants and Auditors, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013
    http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132011.htm
  • Accountants and Auditors, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
    http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013
    http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes433031.htm
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
    http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/bookkeeping-accounting-and-auditing-clerks.htm
  • Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013
    http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132081.htm
  • Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition) Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
    http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/tax-examiners-and-collectors-and-revenue-agents.htm
 

Browse Accounting General Schools

 
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            B.S. in Accounting
            • Ready to earn your business degree? If you identify with at least one of the statements below, GCU could be a good fit for you!
            • I have worked in the business field for a number of years and want to further my education in order to qualify for promotions, leadership positions, and salary increases.
            • I am graduating from high school and am interested in pursuing a career in a business field, but I first need the skills experience.
            • I am interested in a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree in my specialized business area of focus.
            • I want flexible course offerings, such as the option of 100% online, evening or campus classes.
            • I need a university that provides quality educational offerings through academic excellence and real-world relevance. Does this sound like you? Apply today!
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            MA Accountancy - Audit
            • Earn your degree online from Ashford University!
            • Choose from Undergraduate and Graduate classes
            • Business, Health Care, Psychology and Liberal Arts programs to choose from
            • Apply Now! Classes begin every Tuesday!
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Accounting (BS to MS)
            • Earn your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) 100% online
            • Learn business and leadership skills through case studies and intensive projects, culminating in a capstone course
            • Program designed to teach students key concepts in accounting, financial services, and marketing
            • South University brings over 115 years of achievement and tradition to a supportive, online classroom
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Computerized Accounting - Certificate

            Trade schools in Los Angeles are built on a solid foundation of academic experience, especially Advanced College in South Gate. The founders of Advanced College have 40 years of experience when they opened their own institute of higher learning in 1999, which means Advanced College was student-oriented from day one. Our reputation as a leading vocational nursing & Allied Health school in Los Angeles is well-established, but that is just the beginning. Our expansive South Gate Campus has grown in our time as a school in order to make room for our daily operations. However, our expansion goes beyond the boundaries of our walls.

            MS in Accounting
            • Liberty University's online programs ranked in the top 5 of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility*
            • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level**
            • No standardized testing if you meet admission requirements
            • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program
            • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Business Management & Accounting (AAS)

            The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

             

            Congratulations! Your interest in California College San Diego is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

            Business Management and Accounting
            • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
            • Our short-term allied health programs will give you the skills and knowledge to become a part of the exciting health care field.
            • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant and Healthcare Administration.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
            • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            B.S. in Accounting
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Accounting
            Good for Working Adults
            • Offers career programs in accounting, cosmetology, massage therapy, physical fitness training, and more.
            • Provides hands-on training led by instructors who have relevant, on-the-job experience.
            • Each campus features a public salon and spa for student practice.
            • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 11 campuses across California, Texas, Nevada and Idaho, as well as 8 additional Milan Institute of Cosmetology campuses.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            Accountancy with a concentration in General Accounting
            • Allows students to transfer credits from non-U.S. colleges and universities after evaluation.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
            • Its main campus is located in Fort Lauderdale, with campuses located throughout the State of Florida and internationally. 
            • Provides a Department of Student Services and Resources that assists students with résumé preparation, interviewing skills coaching, mock interviewing, professional development workshops, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses