This article describes some of the major traditional programs which are accredited and available as online accounting study programs at bachelor's level or higher. While most of these programs mentioned provide similar course curriculums, mentioned here are some of the broader areas and some of the newly popular areas in accounting.
by: Frank Johnson
Over the last few years, traditional as well as newer online accounting schools and colleges have been offering more and accounting courses online in blended and asynchronous delivery formats. The programs mentioned below are available online and in such blended formats and have a full duration (i.e. 2yr Masters and 3-4ys Bachelors), however, there are several specialized and industry specific programs and short courses available in accounting and finance. Some free online accounting courses are also to be found which can give you a good feel of this profession and its areas of expertise.
Online Graduate Programs in accountancy
1- Master of Science
The benefits of gaining Masters Degree In this program are much higher salaries, applicable and practical accounting skills proficiency and ultimately, much better career opportunities. Additionally this program is designed to benefit students in their preparation for the CPA and to satisfy the 120-150 credit hour requirements for other professional certification programs, e.g. Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and the Certified Data Processing Auditor (CDPA) etc. This Degree program also helps fulfill requirements for practice licenses in many states. Students must have a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution as far as minimum entrance requirements go.
2- Master of Accountancy
The program is especially designed to prepare students for the CPA, by courses conducted to cover each of the modules in the CPA exam curriculum. This degree is most relevant to working professionals. The common minimum requirements are generally a BA in accounting with a high GMAT score, good GPA and/or alternative work experience.
3- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The MBA accounting is 10-12 courses degree program that teaches students the methodology of managing a business in an accountancy perspective. The program helps both accounting and non-accounting students the opportunity to explore field of accounting. Those wishing to start businesses or those who are a part of lower-middle management benefit the most from this degree. Normally Students need not have completed a bachelor's degree in a related field of study in order to be eligible; however they must have achieved an accredited undergraduate degree. The degree qualifies students to sit the CPA examination as well; the coursework prepares even non-accounting students with a comprehensive understanding and practical base for full accounting practice.
4- Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Professional Accounting
This program's learning is based in practice applications of accounting methodologies as they exist in the current profession. This specialization is meant to teach practical applications accounting practices for the generation of internal and external reporting for organizations along with the teaching of assurance methodologies specifically with respect to external reporting. Auditing, financial and managerial accounting practices form the core of the learning curriculum.
Online Undergraduate Programs in Accountancy
1- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
This degree program teaches basic applicable principles of accounting and taxation and how these are applied to any kind of business organization. The combination of accounting with law, business management, and information processing as well as general studies courses is ideal to prepare students for managerial accounting and faineance positions as a career.
2- Bachelor of Arts
The BA in accounting course outline is perhaps the most diverse of them all at this level. With courses for financial, cost and managerial accounting as well as auditing, taxation and planning, internal and external auditing; the course prepares students for further studies leading to a profession in any of the above mentioned areas in accountancy as well as for higher education and as preparation for CPA.
3- Bachelor of Science
The course objectives in this program are to impart a basic knowledge of the accounting practice as it relates to business finance, state and local taxation for businesses and auditing and accounting for SMEs (small and medium enterprises).
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