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Herzing University’s well-regarded get-down-to-business approach can clearly be seen in our four different programs. Each is designed to help our students reach their specific career goals. Graduates of our accounting programs have both the academic credentials and hands-on capabilities employers look for to fill critical accounting and auditing positions.

Accounting Program Comparison Chart

Program availability varies by location.

ProgramCreditsMonths
Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting256-8
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Accounting6520
Bachelor of Science in Accounting12336
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting

Herzing University’s 8-month long diploma program is a great way to get into the accounting field. Graduates qualify for positions as entry-level bookkeepers as well as support positions in payroll and accounting. Download Program Course Sheet

Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

This associate degree program adds general education and additional specialization classes to the core accounting fundamentals taught in the diploma program. Graduates are well prepared for a variety of entry-level business and accounting positions in a wide range of industries. Download Program Course Sheet

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The Herzing University bachelor’s degree in accounting is designed for those who want to pursue a career in accounting. Graduates have a solid core of capabilities to be highly eligible for a wide range of career opportunities in accounting and business. Download Program Course Sheet

Master of Business Administration in Accounting

Students enrolled in a Herzing University bachelor's degree program who are interested in pursuing a master's degree can save time and money with the Herzing University online MBA!

  • Dual Enrollment – This program allows current bachelor's degree students the opportunity to exchange up to four courses (12 credits) in their bachelor's degree program with MBA courses.
  • Herzing bachelor's degree students and alumni receive a 15% tuition scholarship on their master's degree courses while an undergraduate student!

Note: The MBA and Dual Enrollment are not offered at all locations; please check with your local campus for availability.

The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf .

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Herzing University does not fulfill all of the requirements for a graduate to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or apply for licensure as a CPA in most states/jurisdictions. Most states/jurisdictions require a specific amount of study beyond a bachelor’s degree (typically, a total of 150 semester credit hours, but this varies by jurisdiction) as well as several years of professional experience working in accounting to be eligible to apply for licensure. Some states (including, but not necessarily limited to, Texas) require the program to have a specific programmatic accreditation for graduates to apply for licensure as a CPA, which this program does not have at this time, and no representation has been made as to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained. Applicants interested in becoming a CPA should check with their state board of accountancy regarding CPA eligibility requirements prior to enrolling in any accounting program. Students planning to pursue certifications other than the CPA exam should also contact the respective certifying organization to confirm requirements for certification prior to enrolling in any accounting program.

Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting

Graduates of the Herzing University Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting Diploma program will have met the education requirement for the following certification opportunities:

American Payroll Association (APA)

  • Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) – This exam is for entry-level payroll professionals who wish to prove basic payroll competency. Examinees are given three hours to complete the 150 multiple-choice question electronic test. Upon passing, the credential is good for three years and requires continuing education credits to re-certify. These credits can be earned by taking courses, attending APA industry seminars and programs, or retaking the exam.


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