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Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting

Crunch the Numbers on a Career in Accounting.

While money may make the business world go round, the people who keep it from spinning out of control are the accounting professionals with the knowledge and skills to keep everything in balance. National University’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree is designed to prepare you for a broad range of accounting-related careers.

All online accounting degrees are not created equal, and if you’re considering a career in the field, it matters what you learn and who you learn it from. That’s why it’s important to know that NU’s curriculum is taught by full-time faculty members who work directly in the accounting and finance industries. They’ll work with you to understand your career goals and share their firsthand, industry-current experience to help ensure you’re prepared with the skills sought by today’s employers.

All coursework in this program can be take online and is aligned with industry-standard exams, including CPA, CMA, and CFE to set you up for success when you graduate.

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A Bachelor’s in Accounting degree will prepare you to seek careers in fields such as public and corporate accounting, internal auditing, and more. Apply online.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s bachelor’s degree in accounting, you’ll have earned the career-focused knowledge and skills to:

  • Utilize current technologies for presenting and analyzing accounting information
  • Demonstrate mastery of a common body of accounting knowledge
  • Develop ethical sensitivity to accounting scenarios
  • Employ effective communication of accounting information
  • Demonstrate awareness of International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Research issues to support critical assessment of accounting information

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NU’s online accounting degree will prepare you to seek a wide range of careers in fields such as public and corporate accounting, internal auditing, and accounting in not-for-profit organizations. Accountants are also needed at state and local government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, Defense Contract Audit Agency, FBI, and others.According to Emsi Labor Analyst data*, job postings for positions in accounting exhibit a higher-than-average posting intensity. This indicates a strong market for:

  • Accountants
  • Financial Analysts
  • Staff Accountants
  • Controllers
  • Accounting Managers

Regarding potential employers, you can expect an ongoing need for accountants at banks, tax preparation firms, and retailers, with significant demand at business consulting firms, finance organizations, insurance companies, and manufacturers, all of whom need accounting professionals with skills in:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Strategic Planning
  • Excel spreadsheets

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*SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: April 6, 2022. DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $73,560 in May 2020. Salaries can vary by industry as follows:

Finance and insurance: $78,600
Management of companies and enterprises: $76,230
Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping,
and payroll services:
Government: $72,260

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 69 units of the University General Education requirements.

In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Refer to the section of undergraduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and evaluation. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.

Students who have completed the California Community College Associate in Science in Business for Transfer (AS-T) degree by completing the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) for business, will have completed the lower division requirements of the University General Education requirements and the Preparation for the Major.”

Preparation for the Major (6 courses; 27 quarter units)

Course Description Quarter Units
Intro to Quantitative Methods*

College Algebra & Trigonometry*
Prerequisite: MTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement evaluation



ECO 203 Principles of Microeconomics* 4.50
ECO 204 Principles of Macroeconomics* 4.50
LAW 204 Legal Aspects of Business I 4.50
ACC 201 Financial Accounting Funds 4.50
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting Funds
Prerequisite: ACC 201

*May be used to meet General Education requirements ^ Eligible for Credit-by-exam waiver: Contact Academic Program Director

Prerequisite for all Accounting Courses

Students must have completed ACC 201 or its equivalent with a minimum grade of “C” within two years of taking any of the following accounting courses, unless a grade of 75 or better is received on an appropriate challenge exam.

Requirements for the Major (17 courses; 76.5 quarter units)

Business Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)

Course Description Quarter Units
BIM 400 Info Management in Organizations 4.50
MGT309 Principles of Management & Organizations 4.50
FIN 310 Business Finance
Prerequisite: ACC 201
IBU 430
Marketing Fundamentals
Survey of Global Business
Prerequisite: ECO 203 and ECO 204
MNS407 Management Science**
Prerequisite: MNS 205 and MTH 210

** Recommended for students considering the CPA or CMA designation.

Accounting Requirements (13 courses; 58.5 quarter units)

Course Description Quarter Units
ACC410A Intermediate Accounting I
Prerequisite: ACC 201
ACC410B Intermediate Accounting II
Prerequisite: ACC 410A
ACC410C Intermediate Accounting III
Prerequisite: ACC 410B
ACC 431 Advanced Accounting
Prerequisite: ACC 410C
ACC432A Taxation-Individual
Prerequisite: ACC 431
ACC432B Taxation-Business
Prerequisite: ACC 432A
ACC 433 Managerial Accounting
Prerequisite: ACC 202
ACC 434 Government and Nonprofit Accounting
Prerequisite: ACC 201
ACC 436 Applied Tech for Accountants
Prerequisite: ACC 201
ACC 515 Accounting Ethics 4.50
ACC 555 Data Analytics 4.50
ACC435A Auditing I
Prerequisite: ACC 431
ACC435B Auditing II
Prerequisite: ACC 435A

For details and course listings for these concentrations, please visit our catalog.

While job seekers can enter the accounting profession with only a small number of accounting courses, accounting careers with higher levels of responsibility and pay tend to go to professionals with certain specializations. Each accounting specialization serves different purposes and has its own certification exams and licensing requirements. Three common accounting specializations are CPA, CMA, and CIA. NU’s online Bachelor of Science in Accounting is structured to prepare you to sit for the CPA exam.A certified public accountant (CPA) provides assurances to external parties about a company’s financial information and health. Often employed by a public accounting firm, a CPA examines a company’s financial statements and attests to their integrity. CPAs also prepare and file taxes for companies and individuals. Many CPAs hold high-level positions within corporations and government organizations.

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Many NU students pursuing their bachelor’s in accounting degree choose to continue their studies and enhance their credentials by earning an MBA. A master’s degree can open up more senior-level career opportunities and, as a result, higher salary expectations. National University offers you a faster path to earning this credential.Students who are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program, have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and are within six courses of graduation may register for the BSACC/MBA transition program, allowing them to take up to three MBA classes as electives during the BSACC. Students can select any three graduate-level accounting courses for which required course prerequisites (if any) have been met, or may select from the following MBA core courses: ECO 607, IBU 606, and MGT 605.

Students must complete graduate-level coursework taken as part of the BSACC degree with a grade of B or better. This coursework, which counts as electives in the BSACC, will not transfer as graduate-level credit to National University or any other institution as it is part of an undergraduate degree program. Grades earned in graduate-level courses will be calculated as part of the student’s undergraduate grade point average.

Students must apply for and begin the MBA program within six months after completing their final BSACC course. The number of courses required to earn an MBA degree for transition program students is reduced from 14 to as few as 11 courses, depending on classes selected and grades earned. Students must complete their MBA program within four years, with no break exceeding 12 months.

All coursework in National University’s BS in Accounting can be taken online. Most online courses offer one or two live voice/visual evening sessions per week, in which instructors orally explain important concepts, visually illustrate problem-solving techniques, and respond to student questions. These sessions are recorded so that students who are unable to attend at the scheduled time can play back the video recording at a convenient time.

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Program Disclosures

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements in a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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