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Online Bachelor's Degree: Accounting

Bachelor of Science
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $324 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Aim to develop the skills you need to enhance your analytical abilities and boost your organization’s financial health with an online bachelor's degree in accounting from University of Maryland Global Campus. Engage with a diverse network of peers and learn from highly respected faculty members as you prepare to advance in nearly any industry or workplace. With convenient online courses, multiple start dates, access to lifetime career services, and a generous transfer credit policy, UMGC provides the flexibility and support you need. Begin your accounting degree journey today.

Develop Expertise in Tax Law, Auditing, Budgets, & More

This career-focused 120-credit online accounting degree features topics ranging from the core principles of accounting to an introduction to microeconomics. In completing coursework, you will learn about financial statements, cost analysis, managerial accounting, financial accounting, and federal tax laws. You will also delve into emerging topics such as data analytics, technology applications, forensic accounting, and ethical communication. Ultimately, this undergraduate degree is designed for individuals looking to make a positive impact in a high-demand field.

Here are a few benefits of this accounting program: 

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2023–2024 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Develop Vital Skills in Accounting 

In today's rapidly evolving and complex financial landscape, proficiency in accounting has become crucial for achieving success in the business world. This online accounting degree program is specifically designed to equip students with the skills required to thrive in this dynamic environment. The program seeks to help you develop critical competencies in areas such as financial reporting, cost accounting, taxation, auditing, budget planning, financial analysis, risk assessment, and more. Program directors regularly revisit and revise the curriculum with an emphasis on helping students achieve the following:

Unlock Your Career Potential

UMGC courses are taught by experienced faculty members and offer skills and proficiencies in high demand by today’s employers. This undergraduate accounting program is specifically designed to enable you to succeed in a wide range of professional environments within both the public and private sectors, including corporate accounting departments, auditing firms, taxation agencies, financial consultancies, and more. Graduates may pursue careers as entry-level accountants, financial analysts, auditors, forensic accountants, tax consultants, management accountants, or budget analysts. 

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Job Openings
About 126,500 openings for accountants and auditors are projected each year, on average, over the next decade.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | 2024
Job Growth
Employment of financial analysts is projected to grow 8 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the national average.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | 2024
Financial Losses
Certified Fraud Examiners estimated that organizations lost more than $3.6 billion due to fraud from January 2020–September 2021.
Source: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners | “Occupational Fraud 2022: A Report to the Nations” | 2022
Financial Losses
More than 50 percent of organizations say they experienced fraud in the past two years, according to a survey of almost 1,300 executives across 50 countries.
Source: PwC | “PwC’s Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2022” | 2022

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Courses 

Throughout this undergraduate curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that will help you prioritize real-world skills and hands-on experiences within hypothetical business environments. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following projects: 

  • Design a corporate governance plan to facilitate sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) frameworks.  
  • Evaluate accounting information systems (AIS) to determine if appropriate internal controls and security measures are in place to protect an organization from fraud, waste, and abuse.  
  • Calculate dissolution or reorganization under U.S. bankruptcy laws.  
  • Explain consolidated financial statements, integrating international or multinational operations such as currency transactions in compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  
  • Research ethical standards and regulations to determine if a case violates or fails to comply with codes of professional conduct or other rules.  

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