If you’re looking to enter the accounting field and advance your career, Walden’s ACBSP-accredited BS in Accounting program can help you achieve it.

Why Get Your BS in Accounting Online at Walden?

  1. Walden’s BS in Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and has earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.
  2. Learn from faculty with 30+ years of experience in the field. All are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and/or have other accounting certifications.
  3. Prepare for a number of sought-after professional certifications, including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and Certified Management Accounting exam.
  4. Receive one-on-one guidance from faculty.
  5. Benefit from access to the Walden Finance and Accountancy Resource Center as well as a capstone course that offers a simulated CPA exam and other resources for exam preparation.
  6. Save time and money by transferring or earning credits from other previous accredited coursework from StraighterLine or other institutions, or relevant experience or credentials.

The online bachelor’s degree in accounting program is ideal for working professionals who want to enhance their credentials and propel their careers forward.

An ACBSP-Accredited Program

ACBSP - Accredited in Accounting logoWalden University’s BS in Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and has earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation. Key benefits of ACBSP accreditation are:

  • Validation that your program meets nationally recognized standards of quality endorsed by businesses, government, and other organizations.
  • Assurance that your program can provide you with the skills you need to compete in today’s global marketplace.
  • Recognition by employers, graduate schools, and regulatory organizations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this online BS in Accounting program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply problem-solving skills to multiple accounting situations, including those occurring in the international setting.
  2. Communicate effectively about accounting and business practices within the context of larger organizational frameworks.
  3. Access relevant accounting/financial guidance and apply it in their accounting practice.
  4. Demonstrate well-developed competency in their accounting techniques.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative skills across accounting and functional business areas.
  6. Analyze sources of organizational risk.
  7. Apply knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment in which the accounting profession operates.
  8. Apply ethical reasoning in their accounting practices.

Career Impact

Your bachelor’s degree can open the door to a lifetime of career and earnings growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities in accounting are projected to increase by 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.1  Employment in the field is expected to be tied to the overall health of economy—as the economy grows, the demand for accountants and auditors will increase.

With a bachelor’s degree from Walden, you can take the first step toward advancing your career and reaching your professional potential. Explore from a variety of potential career options, including:

  • Assurance specialist
  • Business or financial analyst
  • Cash manager
  • Controller
  • Pricing specialist
  • Public accountant or auditor
  • Risk manager
  • Tax specialist
  • Treasurer

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Increase Your Earnings Potential

With your bachelor’s degree in hand, you put yourself in a better position to raise your earnings potential over the course of your career. The earnings gap between those who have four-year college degrees and those who do not has widened throughout the past four decades.

  • The median annual wage of accountants and auditors was $69,350 in 2017.1
  • The BLS reports that in 2017, based on median weekly earnings, individuals with bachelor’s degrees earned almost 40% more than those with high school diplomas, 34% more than those with some college education, and 28.7% more than those with associate degrees.2


Beyond the Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate Into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete your master’s program with up to 50% fewer credits, since you begin the coursework while earning your bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.


Lisa Minnihan

Lisa Minnihan

BSBA Graduate / MBA Graduate
Studying at Walden allowed me to collaborate with students around the world. This let me see what life is like in other countries, and see issues in accounting through their cultural perspectives.
Walden provides a strong foundation that ensures you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
With an MBA, I now have the knowledge and skills to manage an entire organization, including finance management, acquisition, human capital, technology management, and marketing.
Peter Inserra MS in Accounting Graduate
Peter Inserra
Sandra Walker MS in Leadership Graduate / BSBA Graduate
Sandra Walker
Celeste Steele MBA Graduate
Celeste Steele

Note on certification:
Most states require individuals to complete 150 semester (225 quarter) hours in certain subject areas in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or obtain a CPA license. Walden’s accounting programs can help graduates progress toward meeting those requirements, however, the Walden BS in Accounting, MS in Accounting, and MBA Accounting specialization are not designed or intended to lead to CPA license eligibility without supplemental coursework. The BS in Accounting offers 120 quarter (80 semester) credit hours that include upper-level courses in topics such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting. The MS in Accounting offers 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the MBA Accounting specialization offers nine semester (13.5 quarter) credit hours. These programs include graduate courses in topics such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, and legal and ethical accounting practices. This will require students to complete additional coursework to meet state requirements.

In each state, there are specific policies that must be followed when an individual is seeking to become a licensed accountant. Some states will not allow individuals who complete the Walden accounting programs to sit for the CPA licensing exams due to state-specific issues such as professional accreditation or face-to-face instruction. For information on the educational requirements for your state, refer to the state’s Board of Accountancy or related agency.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance about accountant licensure; however, it remains the responsibility of the individual enrolling in the program to read, understand, and comply with the licensure requirements in the state where he or she resides. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Walden University can make no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of a Walden program, or coursework for credit within a program, will make a graduate eligible to sit for a licensure exam or to obtain state licensure.

Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries or salary growth, and are subject to change.

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Employment rates and earnings by educational attainment.” National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries or salary growth, and are subject to change.

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