Online Accounting Degree

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accounting often means more than just taxes in the business world. It can involve managing process auditing and overall financial health. The Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from CTU can help you prepare to enter this field, by exposing you to the theories and practical applications of accounting in areas including corporate accounting, taxation, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, and auditing.

At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedules are designed to help you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.

Program Credits
5 Weeks
Course Length
Online Colorado Springs
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Program Overview

Effective February 2023, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Denver South location.

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a 183-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado Springs campus. It consists of 66 general education credit hours and 117 credit hours in the accounting core.

This degree program is designed to provide a variety of skills including corporate accounting, taxation, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, and auditing with a narrow focus on the practice of accounting in connection to the organization. The program aims to give students opportunities in the theory and application of accounting practices.


This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional, market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.

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Courses: General Education Credits
COMS105 Interpersonal Communications 4.5
ECON210 Principles of Macroeconomics 4.5
ECON212 Principles of Microeconomics 4.5
ENGL104 Introductory Written Communication 4.5
ENGL105 Professional Written Communications 4.5
HIST101 Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5
GOVT201 American Government and Public Affairs 4.5
MATH102 Introduction to College Math 4.5
MATH106 Algebra for Business 4.5
MATH301 Data Driven Statistics 4.5
PHIL101 Introduction to Ethics 4.5
SCI101 Introduction to the Sciences 4.5
SCI201 Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5
SCI203 Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course 1.5
SCI103 Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5
SOCL102 Introductory Sociology 4.5
UNIV104 Academic and Career Success 4.5
HUMNELE Humanities Elective 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 66
Courses: Core Credits
ACCT201 Accounting I 4
ACCT202 Accounting II 4
ACCT210 Computerized Accounting 4
ACCT220 Introduction to Managerial & Cost Accounting 4
ACCT225 Introduction to Tax 4
ACCT260 Intermediate Accounting I 4
ACCT306 Intermediate Accounting II 4
ACCT307 Intermediate Accounting III 4
ACCT325 Auditing 4
ACCT330 Auditing Lab 1
ACCT340 Advanced Accounting 4
ACCT351 Cost Accounting 4
ACCT410 Advanced Tax 4
ACCT420 Government & Not for Profit Accounting 4
ACCT430 Introduction to International Financial Reporting Standards 4
ACCT460 Accounting Capstone 4
BUS115 Introduction to Business 4
ECON310 Global Managerial Economics 4
FINC226 Financial Statement Analysis 4
FINC400 Financial Management 4
HRMT215 Management of Human Resources 4
IT254 Spreadsheet Applications 4
MGM255 Management Fundamentals 4
MGM335 Organizational Behavior Principles 4
MGM365 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4
MGMT235 Business Law I 4
MGMT345 Operations Management 4
MGMT455 Business Policies and Strategies 4
MKTG225 Introduction to Marketing 4
UNIV201 Career Planning and Management 4
Total Credit Hours: 117

Total Credit Hours: 183

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Learning Outcomes

BSACC Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform accounting processes, principles, and techniques to achieve added value and improved efficiencies in the workplace
  2. Employ appropriate concepts and principles of finance, economics, accounting, and statistics to support effective decision planning and decision-making activities
  3. Identify how decision makers adapt to, and manage continuous change
  4. Evaluate organizational performance from a global managerial perspective
  5. Research accounting issues in an ethical manner
  6. Produce financial statements according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  7. Interpret financial statement results and apply accounting tools to draw conclusions from financial data
  8. Employ the technical processes and principles for producing accurate financial results


Catherine McBride, DBA

Catherine McBride, DBA

Executive Program Director

Dr. Catherine McBride has been at CTU since January 2021, serving as an Executive Program Director for the College of Business and Management. Catherine has been in higher education for 22 years, with 18 years of online education experience across a variety of institutions in varying capacities but always serving non-traditional learners.

Dr. David Gliddon

Dr. David Gliddon

Executive Program Director

Dr. Gliddon is an Executive Program Director in the College of Business and Management. In previous roles at CTU, he was a Program Chair and Lead Faculty. He has taught over 20 courses in the undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral programs. He has provided service to the university on a number of committees and special projects.

Admission Requirements

Accreditations and Alignments

Accounting courses at CTU align with the educational standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). This program is not designed to prepare students for the CPA or CMA examination or any other certification exam but covers the knowledge areas of the uniform CPA and CMA certification.  The student who meets the unique content and hours requirements of the State Board of Accountancy in their state’s Application for CPA licensure is qualified to sit for the CPA exam.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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