Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Earn a degree that adds up to success. With your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree from Ashford University, you will better understand the business environment through the study of ledgers, accruals, financial statements, budgets, and reporting. Demonstrate proficiency with fundamental accounting principles and procedures, employing technology in accounting, analyzing solutions to complex accounting problems, and utilizing accounting information in making business decisions. This degree is IACBE accredited. Scholarships are also available.
- Total number of credits required: 120 credits
- General Education Requirements: 43 credits
- Major Course Requirements: 42 credits
- Electives: 35 credits
To earn your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting at Ashford, you must complete 120 credits. You will need to complete 30 upper-division credits, of which 18 credits must be from the major program. A total of 30 credits must be completed at Ashford University to meet the residency requirement. You may be able to transfer up to 90 approved credits from community colleges, other previous college coursework, or other life experiences such as military service or job training toward your degree.
Successful completion of this program by itself does not qualify a student to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. All prospective students should contact individual state boards of accounting for additional information relating to licensure requirements (e.g., education and work experience and any potential restrictions, such as prior criminal convictions) prior to enrolling. A list of state accounting boards is available here: http://www.nasba.org/stateboards. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession should carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements vary by state. Prospective students also should regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification and graduates may have to complete additional coursework to be eligible to sit for certain professional certification exams.
California Students: This program alone does not lead to licensure. In order to sit for the Certified Public Account (CPA) examination, a total of 150 semester credits must be completed, which includes obtaining a baccalaureate degree. Ashford students who transfer in general education credits may need to determine that they are meeting the requirements during their program of study. There is an additional Ethics requirement that is also not met in the undergraduate program at Ashford University. Applicants must provide the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) with satisfactory evidence of having completed a minimum of 12 months of general accounting experience, a CBA-accepted ethics examination that must be passed within two years of submitting the CPA application, a criminal history background check by fingerprint via a Live Scan service and the completion of a Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form to disclose any misdemeanor or felony convictions. For additional details regarding the CA requirements for obtaining a CPA license, please visit: http://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/applicants/applbook.pdf.