Online Bachelor’s in Accounting Program Guide

Modern accounting processes and strategies grow in complexity and efficiency each year. With more cross-functionality between accounting services and finance, marketing, and sales, modern accountants must be prepared to develop a multifaceted skill set to navigate the demands of the field.

Maryville University recognizes the need for flexible accounting programs informed by modern accounting processes. That’s why our 100% online bachelor’s in accounting features an updated curriculum informed by professional leaders to help you develop the practical, business-centric financial skillset you need to stay ahead of the curve.

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At a glance

Study 100% online with no campus residency requirements

Graduate in as few as 2.5 years

No ACT/SAT required

Pursue a pathway to professional accounting through a blend of business and accounting coursework

Benefit from three early access courses, available to qualifying students and applicable toward an MS in Accounting


When you earn your online bachelor’s in accounting from Maryville, you can learn the skills to prepare for your CPA exam and begin your accounting career — or get a head start on your graduate studies with three early-access courses that count toward your master’s degree.

Not only that, but you can also specialize your bachelor’s by choosing electives that align with your professional goals. Select courses in high-demand topics like strategic accounting, data analytics, or financial reporting, and build an undergraduate degree that supports your ambition.

Business Core

  • ISYS 100 Digital Foundations
  • BUS 150 Business Communications
  • ACCT 210 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 211 Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 203 Principles of Economics
  • BUS 241 Business Statistics
  • BUS 280 Business Law
  • MGMT 321 Principles of Management
  • MKT 360 Principles of Marketing
  • FIN 312 Principles of Finance
  • BUS 314 Operations Management
  • BUS 491 Business Policies (Capstone)


  • ACCT 309 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 310 Forensic Accounting and Ethics I
  • ACCT 313 Individual Income Tax
  • ACCT 318 Financial Reporting I
  • ACCT 319 Financial Reporting II
  • ACCT 423 Auditing
  • ACCT 491 Accounting Theory

Professional Accounting (CPA, Early Access)

Choose 4 graduate level early access accounting courses. Current options include: ACCT 614, ACCT 615, ACCT 616, ACCT 618, ACCT 620, ACCT 660

  • ACCT 614 Tax Planning and Decision Making
  • ACCT 615 Accounting for Governmental and Non-Profit Entities
  • ACCT 616 Financial Reporting III
  • ACCT 618 Strategic Accounting Issues
  • ACCT 620 Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 660 Data Analytics

Professional Accounting (Non-CPA, Non Early Access)

  • ACCT 315 Financial Data Analytics
  • ACCT 415 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 425 IT Audit
  • ACCT 435 Quickbooks for Accounting Professionals


*Includes 12 credit hours of advisor-approved electives. Qualifying students may apply nine credit hours of this requirement toward a graduate degree through our Early Access program. Conditions apply

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

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Admission Requirements

  • First-time freshman applicants
    • High school diploma or equivalency
    • Minimum GPA for freshmen applicants: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale*
    • Official high school transcript
  • No standardized tests required
  • Click to view our transfer credit policy
    • The acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of Maryville University
  • Transfer applicants
    • Minimum GPA for college or university transfer applicants: 2.0 on a 4.0 scale*
    • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended**
  • International applicants (if applicable): Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL with a score of 563, speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20, reading and listening scores of 21, and a combined score of 85 or higher)

*Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission.

**In lieu of submitting a transcript to fulfill this requirement, an applicant can attest to their completion. Maryville University reserves the right to request official proof at any time.

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Why Maryville Online?

We’ve been progressively challenging the norms of higher education for nearly 150 years. We started as one of the first universities to educate women. Today, we continue to push the boundaries and prepare students like you for a digital world. At Maryville, we understand what it takes to step beyond your comfort zone.

Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success — both online and on campus. We’re located just 22 miles from downtown St. Louis.

Enhance your skills. Broaden your career.

Top 5 skills/concepts you can develop:

  • Computer applications
  • Principals of finance
  • Business policies
  • Macroeconomics/Microeconomics
  • Auditing

Top 5 careers you can pursue:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Cost Accountant

Early Access Program

Did you know that Maryville undergraduates can qualify for graduate level credits? Once you are accepted — and as long as you have not yet completed your elective requirements — we invite you to explore Early Access as an option. Through Early Access, you can get a head start on earning a graduate degree by taking master’s-level courses that count toward your undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate-level Early Access courses are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate — so you can save time and money.

You can learn more at our Early Access page.

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