Understand the numbers
that drive the business.
In business, success is measured in numbers — revenue, expenses, profit, and loss. That’s why accounting professionals who master this discipline are in high demand.
Now, start your accounting career off strong with an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Maryville University. With a comprehensive curriculum and convenient online format, this popular business degree program provides the skills, experience, and expertise you need to foster financial success in any industry.Get Curriculum Details
What can you do with an online accounting degree?
Maryville’s online bachelor’s degree in accounting can be the credential you need to launch your career in the exciting world of business and finance. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects about 7% growth within the accounting and auditing industry from 2020 through 2030, with growth driven by globalization, a burgeoning economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment.
Should you wish to take your education further and pursue a graduate degree, our online bachelor’s in accounting paves the way for you to enroll in a variety of Maryville master’s programs, including our Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, and Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership.
When you earn your online BS in Accounting at Maryville University, the possibilities are practically endless.
Accounting career opportunities
Business is always changing, but one constant is the need for expert accounting professionals. Completing your online bachelor’s in accounting at Maryville can qualify you for roles such as:
- Anti-money-laundering specialist
- Budget analyst
- Corporate controller
- Cost accountant
- Credit analysis manager
- Financial advisor
- Financial analyst
- Financial manager
In settings such as:
- Business analysis
- Publicly traded companies
- Tax law
- Tax preparation
What is the typical online accounting degree salary?
With your online bachelor’s in accounting, you can build a foundation to pursue careers with median salaries such as:
ACCOUNTANT AND AUDITOR
- Median Salary: $73,560*
- Number of Jobs: 1,392,200*
- Ranking: #13 in Best Business Jobs**
- Median Salary: $78,970*
- Number of Jobs: 52,500*
- Projected Growth: 5% from 2020 to 2030*
- Median Salary: $89,330*
- Number of Jobs: 275,200*
- Ranking: #4 in Best Business Jobs**
- Median Salary: $83,660*
- Number of Jobs: 492,100*
- Ranking: #18 in Best Business Jobs**
- Median Salary: $134,180*
- Number of Jobs: 681,700*
- Ranking: #3 in Best Business Jobs**
*Salary, growth, and job numbers info based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Rankings from U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Business Jobs,” updated for 2021
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Benefits of choosing a bachelor’s degree in accounting
An online bachelor’s degree in accounting is a great way to start your career in accounting, and it can be a valuable stepping stone for students who want to go far. If you’re interested in becoming an expert in the accounting field, pursuing an advanced degree beyond the bachelor’s level can grow your knowledge and increase your career potential significantly.
Accounting professionals who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own private firms; or advance to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.
According to PayScale.com, the median salary for bachelor’s in accounting degree holders as of September 2021 was $65,000.
Accounting master’s degrees help working professionals prepare for additional accounting certifications, such as certified public bookkeeper, certified management accountant (CMA), and certified internal auditor.
According to PayScale.com, the median salary for master’s in accounting degree holders as of September 2021 was $71,000.
What does that mean for you?
Earning your master’s in accounting can help you grow your earning potential.
Accounting graduate degree holders have less competition and an advantage in the job market.
Continuing on to a master’s in accounting can open up even more professional pathways.
Why choose Maryville for your online bachelor’s degree in accounting?
Maryville University’s longstanding tradition of academic excellence is woven into every aspect of the school, including our online programs. Our online bachelor’s degree in accounting helps 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 regardless of prior experience. Whether you’re ready to launch a career in accounting or advance your skills to the next level, we’re ready for you.
Insights from our faculty
We asked Brett Rousseau, assistant professor of accounting, for his thoughts on the bachelor’s in accounting program. Here are his responses:
The CPA profession is changing for the evolving business environment, and our Bachelor of Science in Accounting program is adapting with it. Data analytics is a growing area of concentration, in addition to wealth management. Accountants are not just focused on tax returns and audits anymore. They have expanded into consulting and finance, and our curriculum has followed suit.
An accounting degree is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning. Maryville’s focus on active learning helps students develop a craving for additional knowledge, which includes keeping up to date on current trends in the profession.
Students need to develop critical-thinking capabilities, strong computer and analytical skills, and the ability to translate accounting into everyday language that clients can use to understand the “why” behind accounting requirements.
Built to develop technologically savvy accountants, our curriculum has generated a CPA pass rate above the national average. Maryville’s strategic goal of providing an active learning environment allows our traditional and online students to learn by doing. Our faculty members maintain strong relationships with industry professionals and are able to assist students in finding internships and careers that suit their strengths.
Maryville doesn’t just teach the mechanics of accounting; we dive deep into ethical situations and the need for ethical and diverse leadership in this profession of assurance. The new technological component of the CPA exam is exciting and allows us to build the cutting-edge analytical skills that our students can use to make an immediate impact in their full-time positions.
Maryville’s active learning ecosystem allows us to use real-world scenarios and data to teach our students relevant and timely accounting practices. For example, many Maryville accounting professors serve on boards of directors for nonprofits in the St. Louis region, which allows us to bring in real data and perform real accounting and financial management activities for real companies.
Like many professions, accounting has moved more online, leading to an increased reliance on big data and analytics to support assurance conclusions. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned many accountants into remote workers, and we have made room in our curriculum to teach the knowledge and skills necessary for our students to thrive in that, or any, business environment.
Online bachelor’s degree in accounting curriculum
The online Bachelor of Science in Accounting equips you for success in this ever-changing profession. The flexible and industry-relevant coursework in our bachelor’s in accounting online program can help you sharpen your business knowledge while honing your accounting and financial skills.
Choose to specialize.
Once you’ve completed your core business courses, it’s time to move into the professional accounting phase of the online Bachelor of Science in Accounting curriculum. You’ll study financial reporting, forensic accounting, ethics, auditing, income taxes, accounting information systems, and advanced managerial accounting. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your coursework with 12 credits of elective courses and Early Access courses to get you started toward a graduate degree.
Build a strong core of business skills.
The core business courses in our online Bachelor of Science in Accounting program cover a full gamut of business capabilities. You’ll study financial and managerial accounting, micro- and macroeconomics, business statistics, operations management, marketing, business communication, law, and more.
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Frequently asked questions
Maryville bachelor’s in accounting graduates may pursue a wide variety of roles, ranging from budget analyst and corporate controller to financial analyst and financial advisor.
Find out more about career opportunities for online accounting degree graduates.
The median annual salary for professionals holding a bachelor’s in accounting degree from a U.S. higher education institution was about $65,000 as of September 2021, according to PayScale.com.
Yes. Our online bachelor’s in business administration program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
In addition, Maryville University proudly holds regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Maryville has maintained accreditation from the HLC since 1941.
Most students complete the online bachelor’s in accounting degree in four years or less. Full-time students with eligible transfer credits may be able to complete the program sooner.
With Early Access, students in our online BS in Accounting program can get a head start on earning a graduate degree by taking graduate-level courses that count toward their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Furthermore, graduate-level Early Access courses are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate — so students save time and money.
Our Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, and Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership are among the many Maryville graduate degrees that offer Early Access options for students enrolled in our online bachelor’s in accounting degree program.
If you’re interested in participating in Early Access, you should apply one semester before you plan to start taking Early Access courses. To apply, you must have completed at least 75 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Through the program, you can earn up to 12 credit hours toward your master’s degree. Our advisors can help you select your Early Access courses, which must be taken one at a time.
Learn more about the Early Access program.