Online Accounting Degree
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Accounting often means more than just taxes in the business world. It can involve managing process auditing and overall financial health. The Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from CTU can help you prepare to enter this field, by exposing you to the theories and practical applications of accounting in areas including corporate accounting, taxation, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, and auditing.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting:
- Has CTU Fast Track™ exams available -a series of mini modules designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives, offering the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know
- Is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Is ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the ninth consecutive year*
At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedules are designed to help you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.
* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Online Programs.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- January 02, 2024
- February 06, 2024
- March 19, 2024
- Colorado Springs
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Effective February 2023, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Aurora Campus.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a 183-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado campuses. It consists of 66 general education credit hours and 117 credit hours in the accounting core.
This degree program is designed to provide a variety of skills including corporate accounting, taxation, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, and auditing with a narrow focus on the practice of accounting in connection to the organization. The program aims to give students opportunities in the theory and application of accounting practices.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional, market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.
Courses: General EducationCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours COMS105This course explores the importance of effective interpersonal communication. This course covers: how interpersonal communication impacts an individual, how to recognize the different methods of communication and establishing and maintaining personal and professional relationships through effective communication. Interpersonal Communications 4.5 ECON210This course addresses the dynamics of how our economy works (or does not work). The course explores the basic institutions, terminology, and theory of the main economic activities of production, distribution, and consumption, especially as they apply to the operation of our national economy. Topics include savings and investment, national output, expenditure and income, real versus potential GDP, aggregate demand and supply, and fiscal and monetary policy. Students explore the impact of the economy on different economic sectors that affect different career paths. Principles of Macroeconomics 4.5 ECON212This course examines the tools of economics as they apply to the operation of a market economy. It covers supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, and the economic nature of production—including costs and profits. The behavior of firms in competitive and monopolistic environments is studied, as well as income distribution and the effects of government intervention on the free market system. Students have the opportunity to develop a new perspective and deeper understanding of the impact of current events on everyday problems and situations. Principles of Microeconomics 4.5 ENGL104ENGL104 is the first course in a sequence of two composition classes designed to empower students to develop their voice, build confidence in writing, and develop both their writing and critical thinking skills. Students will have the opportunity to practice adapting their writing for different audiences, purposes, and platforms, and will be able to explore how the choices they make influence the meaning and success of their written communications. This course explores the use of the writing process to compose clear, organized writings that are appropriate for various audiences and purposes. This course introduces the importance of clear and persuasive writing in personal, professional, and academic contexts. Introductory Written Communication 4.5 ENGL105ENGL105 is the final course in the composition sequence and builds on the writing skills developed in ENGL104. In this course, students continue to practice writing for a variety of contexts, purposes, and audiences. Throughout the course, students incorporate research into their writing by using digital tools and resources to identify and cite credible sources following CTU APA guidelines. Professional Written Communications 4.5 HIST101This course focuses on the key people, social experiments, and technologies that continue to impact our lives. Particular attention is paid to the latter half of the 20th Century and the dawn of a new millennium in America – a time that, through the lens of history, both gives us pause and inspires hope for the future. Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5 or GOVT201The decisions made by the government impact our lives every day. Learning about government empowers students to be active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. This course provides the student with an overview of the framework and basic functions of the three branches of government, the role of political participation in American democracy, and the relationship between government and the rights of citizenship. Students will also explore the similarities and differences between national, state, and local governments. American Government and Public Affairs 4.5 MATH102Introduction to College Math familiarizes students with mathematical thinking and explores how a knowledge of mathematics can benefit them personally and professionally. The course is designed to give students the tools for making logical decisions and developing connections between mathematics and their fields of study and daily activities. Specifically, this course focuses on arithmetic operations, linear equations, and the use of rates, ratios, proportions, and percentages to describe relationships between given quantities. Introduction to College Math 4.5 MATH106Business algebra is designed to provide students with a critical set of tools to help them develop solutions to problems in a business environment. This course introduces students to quantitative techniques necessary to better understand the mathematical principles important to success in the professional world. Specifically, this course focuses on applied mathematical methods with a broad emphasis on business applications. Algebra for Business 4.5 MATH301This course includes an elementary coverage of statistical techniques augmented at each step with the aid of technology for data processing and analysis in making inferences. Students study graphical presentation and statistical measures, followed by basic probability concepts leading to binomial and normal distributions. Hypothesis testing is applied to drawing inferences for one and two population parameters. A graphing calculator or equivalent technology is required. Data Driven Statistics 4.5 PHIL101This course is designed to provide students a basic understanding of moral and ethical theories and concepts. The activities and discussions encourage students to explore and solve ethical dilemmas by identifying and applying moral and ethical theories. Students will also be encouraged to explain their reasoning from cultural, professional, and personal standpoints. A variety of ethical issues and methodologies will be explored, as students evaluate moral dilemmas in an assortment of work and life scenarios. Introduction to Ethics 4.5 SCI101This course introduces students to the physical, life, and Earth sciences. Students have the opportunity to explore the principles of scientific critical thinking. Utilizing the Scientific Method, as well as other quantitative and qualitative approaches, students can draw meaningful conclusions about the real world. Introduction to the Sciences 4.5 SCI201This course analyzes the interrelationships between the natural environment and human activities. In this course, students are taught about the preservation and conservation of natural resources and the resilience of the natural environment with respect to the carrying capacity of the earth. Furthermore, students will explore topics related to environmental ethics and apply principles of sustainability to issues impacting natural resources and biodiversity. Finally, this course will teach a holistic approach in learning about environmental problems and rehabilitation through individual and group behavioral changes and environmental regulations. Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5 SCI203This course is designed to be a hands-on learning experience that complements the Environmental Science and Sustainability Course. Labs include both problem-based activities and critical-thinking projects and are designed to help students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the complex issues that comprise the field of Environmental Science and Sustainability. Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course 1.5 SCI103
This is a learning experience that complements the Introduction to the Sciences course. Since the course addresses how scientific thinking and the resultant technology has changed modern life, this lab will provide students with experiences in the scientific approaches of different sciences covered, such as: biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. This lab will be constructed specifically to extend the learning from each unit of the Introduction to the Sciences course, designed to provide experiences which deepen students’ familiarity with the scientific method and way of asking questions and solving problems.
Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5 SOCL102This course introduces students to the study of sociology and how it applies to careers, community, and family. Sociology examines the nature of society including the theories and principles of multi-cultural and social interactions. This course addresses how the concepts of social organization, social institutions, and social changes influence everyday life. Introductory Sociology 4.5 UNIV104UNIV104 is designed to provide students with a foundation for success in CTU’s undergraduate academic environment. This course introduces effective academic strategies and resources integrating them with career planning methods that can be leveraged to pursue future academic and professional goals. Academic and Career Success 4.5 or HUMNELE Humanities Elective 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 66
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours ACCT201This course introduces accounting concepts. Emphasis is on understanding, summarizing, , and interpreting financial information. Upon successful completion, students should be able to recognize and use financial statements, understand the role of financial information in decision‐making, and discuss ethical considerations specific to accounting. Accounting I 4 ACCT202This course covers accounting for balance sheet items for partnerships and corporate entities. In addition, students are exposed to accounting for the capital structure, inventory, long-term liabilities, payroll, investments and international operations of a firm. Accounting II 4 ACCT203This course is designed to provide practical application of technical skills aligned to the concepts from introductory accounting courses. The technical skills reviewed in this course include debits and credits, T account analysis, and financial statement development and analysis along with logic and critical thinking skills. Accounting III 4 ACCT210
The course provides an introduction to utilizing the computer in maintaining accounting records, making management decisions, and processing common business applications with primary emphasis on a general ledger package. Students will utilize an integrated general ledger software package, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventories, and payroll systems.
Computerized Accounting 4 ACCT220
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of managerial and cost accounting concepts. It discusses the determination and the study of financial data required by management for budgeting, reporting, and analyzing performance.
Introduction to Managerial & Cost Accounting 4 ACCT225This course introduces students to basic tax concepts such as: tax rate structure, losses, tax credits, withholding, and computation of the personal and corporate income tax. Introduction to Tax 4 ACCT300This course covers basic financial statements with emphasis on accounting principles and procedures relating to current and long-term assets. Intermediate Accounting I 4 ACCT305This course focuses on the financing and investing activities of business enterprises, as well as special accounting topics, e.g., earnings per share, pensions, employee compensation, error corrections, and income taxes. Intermediate Accounting II 4 ACCT325
This course is an introduction to the primary work of the certified public accountant. It covers examination of financial statements for the purpose of rendering an opinion on the fairness with which they present an entity’s financial position and the results of its operations.
Auditing 4 ACCT330
This lab represents a simulation of audit planning and implementation. Students will plan for and then audit various balance sheet and income statement accounts. The lab will conclude with the preparation of audited financial statements including audit opinion and appropriate footnotes.
Auditing Lab 1 ACCT340This course covers special accounting problems related to the preparation of combined and consolidated financial statements for accounting entities with branch offices and subsidiaries, both domestic and foreign. This course also covers accounting for partnerships. Advanced Accounting 4 ACCT351This course focuses on accounting for costs in a manufacturing environment. The course covers various techniques for estimating and accounting for costs. Students will be involved in the budgeting and cost allocation processes. Cost Accounting 4 ACCT410
This course provides an overview of the principles of taxation for various business entities based on the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and supporting authority. Students are taught a theoretical as well as practical understanding of the tax law as applied to U.S. business entities.
Advanced Tax 4 ACCT420This course provides an overview of accounting for government and not-for-profit entities. It discusses accounting principles and practices used in not-for-profit organizations. Topics include accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, and auditing required of both government and not-for-profit organizations. Government & Not for Profit Accounting 4 ACCT430This course introduces students to the history of international accounting standards and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the structure and standard setting process of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the differences between financial statements prepared on the basis of United States generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), requirements of IFRS 1 First-time adoption of IFRS, how to evaluate financial statements prepared under IFRS, and potential issues facing US companies adopting IFRS. Introduction to International Financial Reporting Standards 4 ACCT460
This is an integrative capstone course designed for students to use the functional skills acquired from previous courses to formulate decisions within a business entity and analyze the accounting implications of those decisions. Individual and team participation are imperative for this course.
Accounting Capstone 4 ECON310
In this course students will apply the theory and tools of micro and macroeconomics and research to the formation of business decisions in the global environment.
Global Managerial Economics 4 FINC225This course is a basic introduction to the concepts of finance. It presents an overview of financial statements and financial statement analysis Specific topics include ratio analysis, trend analysis, ethics, and financial proformas. Financial Statement Analysis 4 FINC400
This course examines the process of budgeting. Students will examine the components of and develop budgets. Students will also utilize capital budgeting tools to evaluate investment opportunities.
Financial Management 4 HRMT215This course examines the role and function of the Human Resource Department in the organization and provides an overview of human resource management activities covering the essential employment and managerial tasks required. Topics include, but are not limited to job analysis, performance management, staffing, career development, and diversity and labor relations. Management of Human Resources 4 IT254This course introduces students to spreadsheet applications. There is an emphasis on the design, format, functions, and formulas of spreadsheet operations in solving real-world problems. Special attention is paid to data literacy skills, including using spreadsheets to read, interpret, organize, and present data. Spreadsheet Applications 4 MGM255This course introduces the student to business management structures. It covers how the structures can act as a competitive advantage. Emphasis is on how the organization's management structure and leadership styles can impact businesses and how an organization must adapt or respond to the changes. Management Fundamentals 4 MGM316
This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of cultures, traditions, and value systems as they apply in international, multinational, and global business settings. Students explore topics such as language and other forms of communication, traditions, values, norms, cultural diversity, cultural influences on communication and the negotiation process, and ways to improve communications with people whose first language is something other than English.
International Business Communications 4 MGM335In this course students examine individual and group behavior within the context of organizational design and culture. This course teaches theoretical and practical knowledge for understanding topics such as motivation, leadership, managerial decision-making, group processes, and conflict resolution. Organizational Behavior Principles 4 MGM365
This course examines the nature of the legal system in which society functions, including business agreements, business entities, and government regulations. Using frameworks for ethical decision-making, students will explore the ethical issues that confront business organizations and individuals.
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4 MGMT235This course focuses on tools for understanding the principles underlying the legal environment of business. The course identifies the current legal rules and regulations affecting businesses and students will study new developments and trends that may greatly affect future transactions. This course also includes a component dealing with the legal aspects of intellectual property, especially as it relates to e‐business. Business Law I 4 MGMT345This course examines the principles and techniques of managing operations processes in manufacturing and service industries. Students will explore the interrelationships between operations concepts, such as forecasting, planning products, technologies, facilities, demand, inventory, productivity, quality, and reliability. Operations Management 4 MGMT455This course focuses on identifying external opportunities and determining the value-creating potential of a firm’s resources, capabilities, and core competencies to achieve a strategic competitive advantage. Business Policies and Strategies 4 MKTG225This course examines the basic concepts of marketing. Students explore various aspects of the analysis of the marketing process. This includes learning about creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers. Students examine the fundamentals of marketing, then progress to the application of those fundamentals within an organization and the contemporary market environment. Introduction to Marketing 4 UNIV201
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and application of effective career management strategies for career development and transition; through student self-assessment and research into potential career fields. Students pursue the knowledge and skills to identify and communicate themselves as a brand.
Career Planning and Management 4 Total Credit Hours: 117
Total Credit Hours: 183
Accreditations and AlignmentsAccounting courses at CTU align with the educational standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). This program is not designed to prepare students for the CPA or CMA examination or any other certification exam but covers the knowledge areas of the uniform CPA and CMA certification. The student who meets the unique content and hours requirements of the State Board of Accountancy in their state’s Application for CPA licensure is qualified to sit for the CPA exam.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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BSACC Program Learning Outcomes
- Perform accounting processes, principles, and techniques to achieve added value and improved efficiencies in the workplace
- Employ appropriate concepts and principles of finance, economics, accounting, and statistics to support effective decision planning and decision-making activities
- Identify how decision makers adapt to, and manage continuous change
- Evaluate organizational performance from a global managerial perspective
- Research accounting issues in an ethical manner
- Produce financial statements according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
- Interpret financial statement results and apply accounting tools to draw conclusions from financial data
- Employ the technical processes and principles for producing accurate financial results
Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status
- Number of CTU Fast Track™ courses successfully passed
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on time and money towards the full cost of a degree program with CTU Fast Track™. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*
Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.
*The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition towards the full cost of a degree program depends on the number of CTU Fast Track™ exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are non-transferable. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible are subject to change. Students should not rely on potential Fast Track savings or eligibility when making an enrollment decision.
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CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. This accounting degree program emphasizes corporate accounting, taxation, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, and auditing.
As you work to complete your Bachelor of Science in Accounting, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: interpreting financial information; using technology to maintain accounting records; and personal and corporate income tax.
Courses for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting start online and at our Colorado Springs and Denver South campuses approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program consists of 183 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. CTU Fast Track™ exams also offer the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know, allowing you to complete your degree up to 30% faster.1
1 The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition towards the full cost of a degree program depends on the number of CTU Fast TrackTM exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are non-transferable. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible are subject to change. Students should not rely on potential Fast Track savings or eligibility when making an enrollment decision.
As you study topics in accounting that are always being evaluated and updated to reflect industry-relevant trends, you can experience a curriculum through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the competitive global business environment.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Accounting courses at CTU align with the educational standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Students who meet the content and hours requirements of the State Board of Accounting in their state’s Application for CPA Licensure can qualify to sit for the CPA exam. This program is not designed to prepare students for the CPA or CMA examination or any other certification exam, but covers the knowledge areas of the uniform CPA and CMA certification.