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Manage finances with a Bachelor's degree in accounting

With the right Bachelor's degree in Accounting, you could help businesses manage their finances. As a key member of the accounting team, you could climb the corporate ladder or maybe even run your own business.

As part of your accounting program, you’ll learn about business and financial concepts and how they relate to professional accounting, including principles of federal taxation, auditing, and accounting for small businesses and corporations. You’ll prepare to seek jobs at public accounting firms or private, governmental, or nonprofit organizations.


With a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, you could seek employment in a wide range of occupations, such as:

  • Accounting technician
  • Auditing clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business manager
  • Financial clerk
  • Accounting specialist
  • Office manager


IU's accounting degree program teaches essential knowledge and skills needed by employers,1 such as:

  • Payroll accounting
  • Budgeting
  • Financial analysis
  • Business management
  • Tax accounting
  • Operations management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Auditing
  • Cost accounting


Learn to help businesses manage their finances with your Accounting degree. The skills learned in this degree program could lead to employment at a variety of firms and organizations.


Course Name Credits

ACC 401
Accounting for Business Combinations

Focuses on financial accounting and reporting for business combinations including accounting for the combination, preparation of financial statements before and after the transaction, and accounting for the consolidated entity. Includes discussion of various types of mergers and acquisitions as well as the approaches to the accounting processes.

Prerequisites: ACC 331 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 403
Accounting for Non-Profit & Government Organizations

This course presents the unique characteristics of governmental and not-for-profit organizations and provides the basic conceptual foundation for understanding accounting and financial reporting practices. Grants, governmental funds, business-type funds, and fiduciary funds are discussed. The course presents financial reporting by state and local governments, governmental financial performance analysis, auditing procedures, and budgets and performance measurements.

Prerequisites: ACC 331 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 402
Accounting for Partnerships

Discusses partnership accounting, including partnership formation, operations, and ownership changes. Covers tax implications and liabilities, including personal liability.

Prerequisites: ACC 331 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 355
Advanced Financial Statement Reporting & Analysis

Presents financial statement analysis, including comparative statements and ratio analysis. Covers the statement of cash flows. Examines financial reporting, including additional study of income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows, as well as notes and disclosures to the financial statements required under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Assesses a firm's financial strength through both ratio- and cash-flow data analysis.

Prerequisites: ACC 331 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 460
Auditing Planning and Procedures

Designed to acquaint the student with methods of verification, analysis, and interpretation of generally accepted auditing procedures and the mechanics of planning and implementing an audit and the preparation of audits. Provides the student information regarding the rapid and extensive changes confronting the accounting professional in the twenty-first century. Auditing theory and practice will be discussed with emphasis on professional and ethical responsibilities.

Prerequisites: ACC221 or with the consent of the Dean.

APP 110
Business Computer Fundamentals

This course explores the introductory use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. Students will learn computer skills, including document and spreadsheet creation and presentation techniques. Emphasis is on utilization of basic application skills to complete general business tasks.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 234
Business Law & Ethics

This course surveys the various legal issues that impact the business environment. The course will help students gain understanding into the American legal system. Students will be introduced to the concept of ethics in the workplace and social responsibility. The course will cover the impact of ethics in personal and professional situations along with ethical decision-making, workplace diversity, and politics.

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 222
Computerized Accounting Systems

Students are introduced to computer-based accounting software including cloud-based options. This course provides a hands-on approach to learning how automated accounting systems function. Students will learn how to operate a computerized general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll systems. Students will also learn how to create a company in QuickBooks Online, work with customers and vendors, and how to accurately compile banking records within the software.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 215
Entrepreneurship, Motivation, Leadership, and Teams

This course is an introduction to business start-ups and competitive advantage in the business market. The student will be able to identify and evaluate new business ideas, identify capital sources for new entrepreneurial ventures, and elements of a business plan. Students will learn about resources for business plan development. The student will be introduced to basic leadership styles and employee motivation.

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 452
Federal Income Tax for Organizations

This course studies Federal income tax law covering taxation of corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts, and includes an introduction to tax research and planning. Covers the importance of tax consequences that attach to common business transactions and how the tax law alters behavior of business entities.

Prerequisites: ACC 331 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 221
Fundamentals of Accounting

This course completes the accounting cycle to include preparation of a trial balance, and recording adjusting and closing entries. Students will explore accounts payable and accounts receivable topics and banking procedures. Students will explore financial statements and financial statement analysis.

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 251
Individual Income Tax

This course addresses the individual Federal income tax structure. The course emphasizes individual and case studies that will provide a thorough understanding of the taxation laws, including discussion of state income tax laws and variations. Students learn the preparation of tax returns, supplemental forms, and schedules.

Prerequisites: ACC221 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 325
Intermediate Accounting I - Revenue Recognition Principles

Examines earnings management techniques and the ethical issues within GAAP requirements. Discusses business operating cycle and the importance of cash control. Evaluates application of proper revenue recognition methods, including Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) approaches.

Prerequisites: ACC222 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 330
Intermediate Accounting II - Current & Fixed Asset Management

Introduces methods of valuation of inventory and the acquisition, depreciation, and disposal of long-term assets. Contrasts inventory valuation methods and their effect on financial statements. Examines valuation of noncurrent operating assets, off-balance sheet financing, and the use of equity and short- and long-term debt for financing. Discusses GAAP and IASB standards for asset impairment, fair valuation of assets.

Prerequisites: ACC222 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 331
Intermediate Accounting III - Debt and Equity Accounting

This course review corporate accounting topics include capital stock transactions, dividends, treasury stocks, and bonds. Students will discuss short-term and long-term debt including contingent liabilities. This course also covers the classification of capital or operating leases and procedures for lease accounting.

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 113
Introduction to Accounting & Workplace Relationships

This course will introduce the concepts of debit and credit and the principles of double-entry accounting. Students will analyze common business transactions, properly record them, and utilize this data to create basic financial statements. Students will explore the concepts of empowerment and accountability in the workplace and are introduced to various careers in the field.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 111
Introduction to Business & Job Search Skills

This course introduces students to essential areas and functions of business. Additional topics include networking and job search strategies.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 113
Management Principles & Professional Success

An introduction to the basic principles of management. Students are introduced to the importance of effective management within organizations. The course will cover professional success fundamentals.

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 230
Managerial Accounting & Introduction to Cost Accounting

Covers the use of accounting data internally within a firm by managers in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing businesses. Teaches students to use accounting data for planning, controlling, and making decisions concerning the optimum allocation of the firm's financial resources. Students are introduced to process costing and job costing. Topics are discussed in the context of management decision-making tools.

Prerequisites: ACC 221 or with the consent of the Dean.

ACC 114
Payroll Accounting & Human Resources and Policies

This course presents practical applications of payroll procedures and human resource policies. Topics include the methods of computing wages and salaries, computing withholdings, keeping records, and the preparation of various federal and state government reports. Students are introduced to the basic functions of the human resource department.

Prerequisites: None.

APP 111
Practical Business Spreadsheets

This course introduces students to the use of Excel as a business tool. The course will cover the use of Excel to sort and analyze basic research data. Students will be able to develop tables, graphs and charts, complete data analysis, and understand the importance and use of Excel in their career. Emphasis is on use of Excel to meet general business needs.

Prerequisites: None.

FIN 235
Principles of Business and Personal Finance

This course introduces students to the concepts of personal financial management. This course will cover personal financial management, money management, debt and income, use of credit, credit reporting, saving and investing, and basic identity theft prevention.

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 300
Principles of Financial Accounting in Computerized Systems

This course explores advanced computerized accounting skills using the computer-based accounting software systems. Students will apply prior computerized accounting skills to more advanced transactions of inventory, payroll, time tracking, reporting, and exporting data.

Prerequisites: ACC222 or with the consent of the Dean.

CSS 295
Professional Development

In this course, students apply the techniques and strategies learned within the Psychology of Motivation for more in-depth exploration of relevant employment resources, for the development of documents to submit in job application processes, including resumes, cover letters, reference letters, follow up correspondence, and other written communications. Through the course, students will enhance individual verbal communication and interview skills. Students will also learn how to prioritize job search activities, and to appropriately manage and organize relevant documents and records. Upon completion of this course, students will have completed a portfolio of resources and documents to support their current and future job searches and be more informed about the strategies and processes that can more effectively support such efforts.

Prerequisites: None.

MAN 225
Project Management

In this course, students examine the aspects of project management. Emphasis will be placed on project management topics such as project management practices, planning, internal and external communication, monitoring, budgeting, scheduling, completion, and project management information systems.

Prerequisites: None.

CSS 105
Psychology of Motivation

This course introduces students to the skills, characteristics, and habits that will help them be successful in a college environment and future careers. Such a desire for goal-oriented behavior is commonly referred to as motivation, and such motivation can propel students toward accomplishing their academic and vocational goals. Couse topics include time management, problem solving, goal setting, career planning and preparation, and a range of additional student success strategies. Upon course completion, students will be more informed and better prepared to progress in their programs and in their efforts to advance their desired career goals (i.e., students will be more academically prepared in knowledge and practical training within an occupational area and also enhance their abilities to support their job searches and submitting application documents such as documents created using standard writing guideline formats).

Prerequisites: None.

ACC 480
Research Capstone: IFRS & GAAP

This course provides a capstone experience by challenging students to identify accounting issues, locate and research appropriate accounting concepts, standards, statements, pronouncements, or tax authorities, and then provide a thorough analysis in determination of an appropriate conclusion for the decision making process. Communication of research and analysis will require students to prepare organized and structured written papers utilizing appropriate APA format and then to present findings and conclusions to various audiences.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all general Education and core courses or with the consent of the Dean.

Total Credits

general education

Course Name Credits

CMN 315
Advanced Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.

Prerequisites: None.

HIS 225
American History

This course covers American history from colonization to the present. Emphasis is on the relevance of cultural, economic, political, and social developments in the United States.

Prerequisites: None.

MAT 225
College Algebra

This course covers introductory algebraic expressions, formulas, and solving equations. Students learn graphing, numerical sets, exponents, radicals, and inequalities.

Prerequisites: None.

CMN 205
Communication and Public Speaking

This course focuses on the principles of effective public speaking and presentation. Focus is on the preparation, presentation, and critique of various forms of oral communication. Emphasis is placed on development, delivery, presentation aids, and persuasive speaking.

Prerequisites: None.

PHI 315
Critical Thinking

This course is designed as an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking in a modern world. This course will challenge students to learn how to reflect, identify previous assumptions, and be able to analyze and apply common problem-solving techniques associated with the task of thinking critically and challenging the everyday norms.

Prerequisites: None.

ENG 105
English Writing Fundamentals

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Prerequisites: None.

ECN 225

This course covers basic microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, the functions of markets in capitalism, and government interference in free markets. Emphasis is placed on students acquiring the critical thinking skills of economics.

Prerequisites: None.

RAM 110
Research Application Methods

This course explores real world applications in statistics. Topics covered will be analyzing and creating graphs, survey techniques, preparing surveys and analysis of data. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the use of graphs, surveys and the importance of statistical analysis in a business setting.

Prerequisites: None.

STA 325

This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistics analysis. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice.

Prerequisites: MAT 225 or with the consent of the Dean.

Total Credits
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Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.


We get it. Taking courses online might make you nervous. You spent years learning by sitting in a classroom. How could earning a degree online work?

Luckily, earning an Accounting degree online offers you more flexibility for your busy life. You’ll learn about auditing, accounting for small businesses and corporations, and much more, all without having to put your life on hold. Independence University provides you the perfect mix of personal support and checkpoints to keep you on task as you work toward your Accounting degree.

Your Tools for Success

As a new accounting student, you’ll receive a laptop to use in school and keep once you graduate.

How Your Courses Are Structured

Your courses are set up in four-week modules, which allows you more flexibility in your learning. Each course has assignments, assessments, and discussions that you’ll do every week. You’ll also have simple, daily checkpoints to help keep you on track. You may read a business article and answer a question based on it, for example.

As you go through your courses, you’ll get training in accounting skills such as:

  • Payroll accounting
  • Budgeting
  • Financial analysis
  • Business management
  • Tax accounting
  • Operations management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Auditing
  • Cost accounting

Some of the courses you’ll complete include: Introduction to Accounting & Workplace Relationships, Accounting for Partnerships, Fundamentals of Accounting, Management Principles & Professional Success, and many other courses. During your studies, you will have access to tutoring at no cost as well as personal time with instructors whenever you need it.

On to Your Accounting Career: What You Can Expect

Our Career Services can help2 you with finding a job. From interviewing tips, to resume building, to networking, you’ll have the support you need.

Once you have completed your program, you’ll be ready to move into a rewarding accounting career. Your average day could include some or all of the duties below:

  • Preparing documents for auditing
  • Managing finances
  • Coordinating with various teams
  • Keeping records of a company’s expenses
  • Telephone and communications

Your success matters to us, so we’ve designed our curriculum, courses, and format to encourage that success. We want to make earning your accounting degree a positive experience that shapes your future.