Online Bachelor's in Accounting

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Online Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Understand the numbers
that drive the business.

In business, success is measured in numbers — revenue growth, stock price, and expenses. That’s why accounting professionals who are able to evaluate and understand these numbers form the foundation of business.

With Maryville University, you can learn to be that foundation. Our online Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a business degree program that can help you develop the skills, gain the experience, and build the expertise you need to analyze and ensure financial stability in any industry.

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No SAT or ACT required

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Curriculum informed by industry leaders

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3 early-access courses can be applied toward the master’s in accounting

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Prepare for your certified public accountant exam

Why Choose Maryville for Your Online Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting?

Maryville University has a longstanding tradition of academic excellence that is woven into every aspect of the school, including our online programs. Our online bachelor’s degree in accounting is designed to help you develop a strategic blend of business and accounting skills to prepare for the field’s present and future. Maryville’s online BS in Accounting is ideal for ethical, analytical, and ambitious students intrigued by accounting, regardless of prior experience. If you’re ready to make your debut in accounting or advance your skills beyond your current level, we’re ready for you.

Accounting Career Opportunities

Business is always changing, but one constant is the need for expert accounting professionals. Due to the continuous demand, 142,400 new auditing and accounting jobs are expected to open between 2014 and 2024, an above-average growth rate of 11% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). That translates to 142,400 opportunities. Our online accounting degree can open pathways to a wide variety of accounting jobs*, including:


Accountant and Auditor


  • Median Salary: $67,190
  • Number of Jobs: 1,332,700
  • Ranking: #3 in Best Business Jobs*

Budget Analyst


  • Median Salary: $71,590
  • Number of Jobs: 60,800
  • Ranking: #5 in Highest Paying, Fastest Growing Jobs by Forbes

Financial Advisor


  • Median Salary: $89,160
  • Number of Jobs: 249,400
  • Ranking: #4 in Best Business Jobs*

Financial Analyst


  • Median Salary: $80,310
  • Number of Jobs: 277,600
  • Ranking: #13 in Best Business Jobs*

Financial Manager


  • Median Salary: $117,990
  • Number of Jobs: 555,900
  • Ranking: #10 in Best Business Jobs*

* U.S. News & World Report

By 2018, this industry is expected to generate

See Your Accounting Degree and Skills Pay Off.

In 2013, the U.S. accounting, tax preparation, and payroll services industry produced approximately $137 billion in revenue. By 2018, this industry is expected to generate $160 billion (U.S. Census Bureau). With our online Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree, you can take part in this multibillion-dollar industry and reap the benefits of your expertise. The demand for well-versed accountants means that those possessing the right skills and mindset are compensated appropriately. While financial jobs in general earn more than many other career paths, certain accounting roles have even higher ROI. Financial managers are ranked No. 24 among the highest-paying jobs by Business Insider. Even with competitive salaries dominating the accounting field, starting salaries were projected to increase by 4.7% in 2016 (Robert Half, 2016 Salary Guide).

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Forbes America's Top Colleges 2019 Badge
Kiplinger Best College Values 2019 Badge
ACBSP - Global Business Accreditation

Direct Pathway to Expertise

An online bachelor’s degree in accounting is a great way to start your career in accounting, but there are more options for students interested in adding additional skills to their toolbox. If you’re interested in becoming a real master of the accounting field, a professional degree could be your next step. Pursuing an advanced degree beyond the bachelor’s level demonstrates expertise and commitment to the accounting discipline and can increase your salary significantly.

Accounting professionals holding a master’s degree earn 37% more than bachelor’s degree holders*

Only 24% of accounting professionals with a bachelor’s degree pursued a graduate degree*

Median salary for master’s degree holders: $86,310*

Median salary for bachelor’s degree holders: $52,900**

*Georgetown University Salary Survey **NACE Salary Survey

What does that mean for you?

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Earning your master’s in accounting can help you grow your earning potential.

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Accounting graduate degree holders have less competition and an advantage in the job market.

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Continuing on to a master’s in accounting can lead to a salary bump of more than $30,000.

Online Bachelor’s Degree
in Accounting Curriculum

The online Bachelor of Science in Accounting is designed to prepare you for the ongoing changes and demands in the industry. The flexible and industry-relevant coursework in our Bachelor of Accounting online program can help you build your business acumen while honing strategic accounting and financial skills.

Get down to business.

The core business courses in our online Bachelor of Accounting program cover a full gamut of business capabilities. You’ll focus on computer hardware and software concepts, communication skills, business law, micro- and macroeconomics, principles of marketing, management and finance, and accounting.

Choose to specialize.

Once you’ve completed your core business courses, it’s time to move into the professional accounting part of the online Bachelor of Accounting curriculum. There, you’ll study financial reporting, forensic accounting, ethics, auditing, income taxes, accounting information systems, and advanced managerial accounting. You’ll also have capstone courses that include accounting theory and early access courses to get you started toward a graduate-level degree.

You can learn more at our curriculum page.