Bachelors in Accounting
To start a career as an actual certified public accountant (CPA), the minimum standard today is a bachelor’s degree in accounting. A full 4-year bachelor program generally takes at least 120 credit hours, though if you already earned an associate’s degree, you’ve got the first 60 covered. Once the general education courses are out of the way (the first 2 years worth), your classes will focus on accounting, business, finance, math, and statistics. Online accounting bachelor’s degrees and degree completion programs have become extremely common.
In addition to qualifying for a CPA license, many bachelor’s programs today offer specializations in extremely in-demand fields, such as forensic accounting, accounting information systems, and actuarial science. Because there is so much need today for trained, qualified accountants, colleges and universities are offering extremely affordable online accounting bachelor’s degrees, just to meet the job market demand from students and employers.
Note: If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another field, but want to start a new career as an accountant, there are many online undergraduate certificate programs in accounting that can get you up to speed without a whole new degree.