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Where to Earn an Accounting Online Degree

written by: Nicki H•edited by: Jacqueline Chinappi•updated: 12/5/2011

Interested in pursuing an accounting degree, but don't have the time to enroll in a traditional classroom program? You may want to check out these online universities. Since instruction is delivered in a virtual environment, it’s easier to work while attending college.

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    Benefits of an Accounting Degree

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for accountants is expected to grow – adding 226,000 jobs by 2016. But to become an accountant, you’ll need to earn a bachelor’s degree. There are many universities that offer an online undergraduate degree in accounting, allowing students to study on their own schedules, often while holding a job. Following is a list of online schools where you can earn an accounting degree online. Learn more at Bright Hub about the type of career you can have with an accounting degree.

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    University of Phoenix

    University of Phoenix offers an online business degree with a concentration in accounting. Specializing in accounting requires completing an additional 18 credit hours in your major including: Accounting Transaction Analysis, Cost Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting 1, Intermediate Financial 2, Intermediate Financial 3, and Auditing. Your online degree will take about four years to complete and the University of Phoenix offers flexible financing options including: low interest loans, private loans and payment plans. The cost per credit hour is $365.

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    DeVry University

    DeVry University offers a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in accounting. Students have the flexibility of choosing a part-time or full-time track to complete the program. The full-time program takes about four years to complete and those attending classes part-time can expect their program to last up to a year longer.

    DeVry will also evaluate any previous coursework you’ve completed and try to award credit which can minimize the amount of classes you need to take. As of June 2008, 100% of their graduates were employed in the field of accounting pending graduation. You can apply for admissions online, and they offer financial aid options through private lenders. The cost per credit hour is $490.

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    Capella University

    Capella University offers a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting. The coursework includes 180 credit hours, which will take about 4-years to complete if you are attending full-time. The cost to attend is $310 per credit hour, and approximately 78% ofCapella’s students receive some sort of financial aid. Students are required to take basic core courses, and then can move into focusing on accounting courses including: Financial Accounting Principles, Managerial Accounting Principles, and Cost Accounting for Planning, and Control and the Foundations of Finance.

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    Complete the Free Application for Student Aid

    The price tag for completing an online accounting degree can range from $18,000 - $30,000, depending on the program you choose. Many students need student loan or grants to fund their education. Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) Application online to apply for low-interest loans and grants. Also, check with your university for available scholarships.

    Earning this accounting online degree will have you well on your career path in a growing job market for accountants.