Associate’s in Accounting
The next step up, beyond a certificate or diploma, is an associate’s degree in accounting. A full, 2-year associate’s degree (usually 60 credit hours) will not only give students the basics of accounting, but also the general education requirements necessary to transfer to a 4-year college. Most local community colleges and technical schools will offer an associate’s degree in accounting, and many institutions are now offering fully online accounting associate’s degrees. Some of these accounting associate’s can be quite affordable.
With an associate’s degree, graduates will still be able to get jobs at the entry level, such as bookkeeper and accounting clerk. While it’s limited in terms of opportunities, the real benefit of an associate’s degree over a faster and cheaper diploma or certificate is the ability to transfer credits to a 4-year program. Most public community colleges will have articulation agreements with the colleges and universities in the area to make transferring to a bachelor’s program easier.