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Associate Degree in Accounting

An Online Accounting Degree to Help Launch Your Accounting Career

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Associate Degree in Accounting

Career Outlook and Growth

Looking for a career that provides job stability combined with growth opportunity? A career in accounting provides both. With an Associate Degree from Bryan University in Accounting, you’ll gain a specialized skillset that will help set you apart in the marketplace.

Expanding Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Tax professionals are expected to add another 135,000 industry job openings in the United States through 2030.1

Earning your degree now means you’ll be prepared for the jobs of the future.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021-22 Edition. Also see https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2082.00 and https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2011.01. Sites visited on 1/17/2022. Also, job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.

Attractive Careers

As a graduate of the Bryan University Associate Degree in Accounting, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be job-ready for career opportunities2 such as:

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Billing Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Tax Preparer

2Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Diverse Employers

You’ll lead a rewarding career in employment settings such as:

  • Business consulting groups
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Finance and insurance firms
  • Manufacturing and production facilities
  • Small to large businesses
  • Non-profit enterprises
  • Service industries
  • Retailers
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Career & Job Search Services for Students & Grads

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

Employers Who Have Hired BU Grads

Program Highlights

60
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Total Credits
100%
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Online
2
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Courses at a Time
8
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Weeks per Course

Get the Skills Employers Want

Bryan U programs are aligned with employers’ needs to ensure you get the most current and relevant skills, including:

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  • Business fundamentals & technologies
  • Accounting & payroll
  • Reporting & analyzing financial statements
  • Digital marketing & business promotion
  • Social media management
  • Business communications
  • Microsoft Office©  
  • Preparation for Microsoft’s Excel Associate cert - one exam attempt included in tuition

Associate Degree

  • Leadership & management
  • Accounting & financial statements
  • Taxation & payroll
  • Business analytics
  • Critical thinking
  • Communications
  • Ethics & business law
  • Speaking & presenting
  • Preparation for NACPB’s Bookkeeping, Accounting, Tax, & QuickBooks certs - two exam attempts included in tuition

Gain Valuable Experience

Bryan University’s Accounting Associate Degree is aligned with current competencies that employers need and developed in collaboration with industry experts. You’ll gain real-world practice experience online combined with assignments that simulate job tasks to ensure you’re job-ready upon graduation.

Get valuable practice during your program in preparation to take certifications through the National Association of Public Bookkeepers including Bookkeeping, Accounting, QuickBooks, and Tax - two certification attempts included in tuition.

Simulated Job Tasks

Complete course assignments that are based on real-world cases and simulate related job tasks.

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Upgrade Your Skills & Career Options: Stackable Programs with Dual Enrollment

You can enroll in the Business Administration Undergraduate Certificate and the Associate Degree in Accounting concurrently. This means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree. Once you complete your associate degree, you may also consider pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.

Hear from Our Successful Graduates

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Meet Your Program Faculty

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Dr. Brad Kennington
Faculty, Bryan University
  • Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University
  • M.B.A, California State University Fresno
  • Bachelor Communications and Journalism, Brigham Young University
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Dr. Brad Kennington Faculty, Bryan University
  • Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University
  • M.B.A, California State University Fresno
  • Bachelor Communications and Journalism, Brigham Young University
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Dr. Cindy Larson-DeMarco
Faculty, Bryan University
  • Doctorate of Education, Human and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
  • Master of Arts, Human Resource Development, The George Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication, Towson University
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Dr. Cindy Larson-DeMarco Faculty, Bryan University
  • Doctorate of Education, Human and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
  • Master of Arts, Human Resource Development, The George Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science, Mass Communication, Towson University
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Dr. James W. Marion
Faculty, Bryan University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Organization & Management and Information Technology Management Specialization, Capella University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business Research Methods, The Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University
  • Masters in Science, Strategic Studies, The Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University
  • M.B.A., The Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University
  • Master of Science, Engineering, Engineering Design Specialization, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Bachelor of Science, Electronics Engineering, Grantham College of Engineering
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Dr. James W. Marion Faculty, Bryan University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Organization & Management and Information Technology Management Specialization, Capella University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Business Research Methods, The Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University
  • Masters in Science, Strategic Studies, The Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University
  • M.B.A., The Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University
  • Master of Science, Engineering, Engineering Design Specialization, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Bachelor of Science, Electronics Engineering, Grantham College of Engineering

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Meet Your General Education Faculty

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Kelsey Lunsford Instructor, Bryan University

MA, Communication, University of Central Florida; BA, Human Communication, University of Central Florida

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Kelsey Lunsford Instructor, Bryan University

MA, Communication, University of Central Florida; BA, Human Communication, University of Central Florida

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Shannon McCarty Instructor, Bryan University

PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University; Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University; Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from University of Arizona

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Shannon McCarty Instructor, Bryan University

PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University; Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University; Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from University of Arizona

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Evangeline McDonald Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Mathematics, The University of Texas at Arlington; BS in Mathematics, Dallas Baptist University

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Evangeline McDonald Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Mathematics, The University of Texas at Arlington; BS in Mathematics, Dallas Baptist University

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Explore Accounting Courses

  • BUS-200, 3.0 credits
    Business Analytics Reporting
    Today's businesses rely on data in almost every decision-making process. Data must be presented in a way that is quickly interpretable and easily understood. This course further explores reporting, data representations, visualizations, and high-level data analytics in Microsoft Excel. Students will connect to and analyze data from various sources and prepare presentations for management decision making using a variety of visualization types.
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  • BUS-145, 3.0 credits
    Business Communications
    This course provides students with foundational knowledge regarding effective communication styles and strategies for the business professional. Students will learn practical skills in intra- and interpersonal communication within business-related environments, in how personal attitudes affect organizational effectiveness and productivity, and in the interactions between people both personally and professionally.
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  • BUS-140, 3.0 credits
    Introduction to Digital Marketing and Social Media
    This course provides students with a working knowledge in the growing field of digital marketing. Students will learn about the evolution and purpose of digital marketing, the strategic uses of social media, and how these principles can transform the customer's journey. Students will also gain important industry skills designed to enhance the company's product using effective digital media.
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  • BUS-130, 3.0 credits
    Microsoft Excel I
    Electronic spreadsheets are a powerful tool used in business processes to store, analyze and present information. The focus of the course is to provide the student with functional skills needed to create, edit, and format Microsoft Excel worksheets for a variety of reporting needs.
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  • BUS-125, 3.0 credits
    Accounting Principles II
    This course is the second in the program covering concepts and applications of accounting. It provides an overview of accounting for partnerships and corporations and continues with the discussion of the basic principles and applications of managerial and cost accounting. This course focuses on managerial techniques and procedures designed to aid managers in their planning, control, and decision-making roles. At the end of this course, students will be skilled in tasks related to positions such as AP Clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.
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  • BUS-120, 3.0 credits
    Accounting Principles I
    This course provides the foundation for accounting concepts which will be used throughout the students’ business program. This course covers an introduction to financial accounting theory and practice and provides students with the tools needed to develop a functional knowledge of fundamental accounting principles. Students will also be introduced to the methods for summarizing, analyzing and reporting financial data. Topics include bookkeeping cycle, basic accounting principles and procedures, financial statements, merchandising operations and inventory, and accounting for assets.
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Accreditation & Approvals

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Benefits for You

Included in Tuition

As a Bryan University student, you’ll receive these benefits and services included in tuition at no extra cost.

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    Industry Certifications & Credentials

    Prepare for third-party certifications – one certification exam attempt paid for by the university.

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    Electronic Books & Courseware

    We give you easy access to your e-textbooks and software.

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    Tutoring & Academic Support

    Our tutors and academic staff provide personalized support whenever you need it.

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    School Starter Kit

    You’ll receive a starter package to ensure you’re ready to succeed in your program.

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    Accelerated Programs & No Waiting Lists

    Finish in the shortest time possible and never get wait-listed for course registration.

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    Refresher Classes

    As a graduate, audit previously completed courses free to keep your skills sharp.

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    Personal Success Coach

    You'll receive dedicated support to help you succeed in and out of the classroom.

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    Career Services

    Get expert help to ensure you're job-ready and connect with employers.

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    Mentoring from Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty with real-world experience in their field.

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Why Learn Online

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Flexible & Convenient

We recognize that life can be busy and complex, so we’ve designed the learning experience around you. You have the option to complete your homework assignments online each week at days and times convenient to you. You have the flexibility to resubmit homework to improve your grades and gain greater mastery of the course content.

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Learn Faster & Retain More

We provide you with user-friendly learning technology such as adaptive digital textbooks and simulated job tasks to help you learn faster, easier, and retain more knowledge. All your efforts are recorded so you can track your progress and plan your time more effectively.

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Live Classes & Academic Support

Studying online with Bryan lets you learn from the comfort of home while connecting you in live events with peers, teachers, industry professionals, and mentors. If you happen to miss the event, we record them so can you watch them later and not miss a beat. Whenever you need help with an assignment, you can schedule a tutor at any time online with the click of a button.

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Connect with Peers, Faculty & Industry Experts

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community that includes industry experts who will provide support, expand your professional network, and celebrate your success along the way.

How You Learn Online

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Live Classes on Zoom

Most programs provide live classes that are also recorded in case you miss them and need to watch them later - click here for a list of live classes by program.

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Re-submit Homework for Mastery

Didn't get the grade you wanted? At Bryan U, you can resubmit your homework to improve your grades.

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User-Friendly Learning Technology

You'll learn using a program that adapts to your knowledge level while helping you learn faster and retain more.

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Share Your Interests

Engage with others in class using a social platform to share your thoughts on topics you're interested in.

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Affording College

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Tuition Lock Guarantee

Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don't differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.

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Transfer Credits

If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

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Financial Aid if You Qualify

As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn about those who qualify, please visit our financial aid page.

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Active-Duty Military & Veterans

For students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details. You may also complete the Request Information form or call us at 888-721-9773 to receive immediate assistance.

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Tuition Rates Go Down the Longer You're in School

As you progress through each credential level (e.g., certificate to associate degree, or associate degree to bachelor's degree), your tuition decreases. Plus, your tuition is locked in once you enroll so that it never goes up as long as you remain continuously enrolled in good academic standing. For a current listing of Bryan University's tuition rates by program, please visit our tuition rates page.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:

  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • Attend online orientation to meet your faculty and classmates.
  • For all healthcare and paralegal programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Note that students applying to healthcare programs may need to identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.

To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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