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Online Accounting Degree

Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

Most people think an “accountant” and a “CPA” are the same thing. Not in the business world!

Majoring in accounting without becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is like going to law school and skipping the bar exam. That’s why our online accounting degree program is designed to prepare you for the most important test you will ever take — the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination.

Becoming a CPA will open just about every door in the business world: the chance to work for accounting firms, the government, corporate management — or even the know-how to start your own company.


Explore our convenient and flexible online curriculum, at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home, and you'll experience compelling courses, innovative faculty and thought-provoking forums for discussion. Most importantly, you'll finish every session with practical, real-world knowledge that can be put into practice the very next day!


You may transfer up to 90 credit hours from other institutions to go toward the 124 credit hours needed for your online accounting degree. Contact an advisor for more information. 

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Fall Term:
Aug. 22, 2016


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Core Online Accounting Degree Courses


This Briar Cliff University course stresses the assessment of the students' knowledge of financial accounting and its application as it relates to the corporate accounting environment. Student will be able to recognize appropriate accounting principles and practices and develop and present external-use finanical information. Read more »

ACCT 203 - Principles of Accounting I

Briar Cliff University's introduction to the use of accounting in the decision-making process. Course competencies will be developed in the areas of identifying the role of accounting in society, basic accounting and business terminology, accounting standards and generally accepted accounting practices, and analysis, preparation and interpretation of financial statements of business entities. Read more »

ACCT 204 - Principles of Accounting II

This Briar Cliff University course is designed to continue financial statement analysis and introduce the basics of managerial accounting, including, but not limited to, the following: cost behavior, costing methods, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, planning and control and other introductory topics. Read more »

ACCT 316 - Federal Taxation I

Briar Cliff University's introduction to federal tax law as it applies to individuals. Topics covered include the basic tax model, basic tax research and planning, determination of gross income, exclusions, adjustments, deductions, losses, taxable income, depreciation, passive activity losses, alternative minimum tax, tax credits, payment procedures, capital gains and losses, property transaction, nontaxable exchanges, accounting bases, accounting periods and return preparation. Read more »

ACCT 323 - Intermediate Accounting I

This course is designed as an intensive study of accounting principles and current methodology; analysis of problems concerning the recording and reporting of accounts; and the accounting process and the interrelationship of balance sheet and income statement accounts. Read more »

ACCT 324 - Intermediate Accounting II

This course focuses on the analysis of problems concerning the recording and reporting of liabilities; the capital structure of corporations; the communication and reporting of financial information; the preparation and interpretation of financial statements; and the reporting of pensions for corporations. Read more »

ACCT 340 - Accounting Information Systems

Information, communication and networking techniques applied within the context of transaction cycles and the internal control structure. Read more »

ACCT 350 - Cost Accounting

An advanced study of cost/managerial accounting. This course will build on cost/managerial accounting in the functional areas of operations, control and decision making. Read more »

ACCT 403 - ASC Research

Students will apply accounting, management, finance and statistical theories to various accounting situations. They will also explore the process of the development of accounting standards, including accounting codification. Read more »

ACCT 465 - Auditing

A study of audit concepts and objectives, principles of internal control, audit reports, and procedures. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Accounting requires 124 credit hours, including support courses and general education requirements.

Those pursuing CPA certification should also take six credit hours drawn from the following support courses: