Earn an accounting credential and become possible
- IACBE-accredited degree programs*
- 100% online classes you can take right at home
- Transfer up to 91 approved credits
- Choose a bachelor’s, associate degree or diploma path
- Hands-on approach to applying accounting theory and techniques to real-world scenarios
- Prepare for critical industry certifications
- Earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
Accounting Job Responsibilities
Typical job duties include analysis and verification of financial data and reports, and communicating their findings to management/clients. Accountants who prepare taxes and provide similar service to clients may also act as a financial advisor. They may help clients create personal budgets, manage investments, and save for retirement.
While there are many specialties within the accounting field, there are four main types of accountants:
- Public accountants – May perform duties related to taxes, audits, financial reporting, fraud investigation, and advising on employee benefits and asset security. Most public accountants hold the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. A large percentage run their own accounting firm or work for a public bookkeeping firm that consults for businesses.
- Management accountants – Records and analyzes financial data for their employer. They are often part of strategic planning or new product development teams and report on key financial information. Executives then use this information and recommendations for strategic planning and decisions. Other responsibilities typically include cost and asset management, budgeting and financial analysis/reporting.
- Government accountants and auditors – Often work in the public sector and are employed by the government at the state, federal or local level. Government accountants maintain and examine financial records for government agencies. Government auditors conduct audits on businesses or individuals to make sure they are following regulations and paying taxes properly.
- Internal auditors – Examine organizations’ financial records to check for accuracy, fraud, waste, and proper security/management of assets. Internal auditors play a large role in evaluating the organization’s compliance with policies (both internal and external) and efficiency in their operations. They may also work closely with technology managers to review and evaluate the information systems.
Earning your bachelor's degree or associate degree in accounting online or on campus will prepare you for a career in any of the four types of accounting.
Skills needed for accounting success
Success as a bookkeeper or accountant starts with attention to detail and skill with numbers. Most often this information is processed electronically, so you must be comfortable using computers and bookkeeping software.You should enjoy paperwork and be able to work with minimal supervision.
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What can you do with an accounting degree?
As an accountant, you’ll enjoy a high degree of occupational mobility. Not only can accountants find work in virtually any geographical location, they can also find employment in any sector of the economy. Every company needs skilled bookkeeping help; some businesses may use a single accountant while global corporations have teams of accountants specializing in different areas.
The accounting field offers professional growth and upward movement. Internal auditors are often prepared for executive positions within a company. Many public and management accountants eventually shift to internal auditing for career growth.
- Public accountants - Entry-level public accountants typically receive more responsibility and advancement opportunities after one or two years in the field. With five years' experience, you may be prepared for a senior accountant role. With increasing years of experience, you can expect to possibly manage other accountants, open your own business, or transition to an executive-level position.
- Management accountants - Most management accountants enter the field as cost accountants, junior internal auditors or trainees for other specialized accounting positions. Typical advancement includes promotion to chief cost accountant, budget director, manager of internal auditing, and supervisor.
- Internal auditors - Internal auditors often start in the public accounting or management fields. As you begin a career in internal auditing, you’ll learn auditing basics, as well as your organization’s internal business unit makeup. As you progress as an internal auditor, you’ll evaluate the effectiveness of the company’s internal controls and learn more about fiscal management. You may also investigate information systems for proper use and accuracy. Because of this in-depth knowledge of the organization’s internal operations, internal auditors often progress into executive position.
Where do accountants work?
Accountants typically work in an office setting, although an increasing number of companies are allowing accountants to complete some work online from home. Some accountants and auditors frequently travel to audit other branches, satellite offices, or client sites.
A 40-hour work week is standard, although additional hours may be required before important deadlines such as year end and tax time (January through April). Self-employed accountants often work beyond 40 hours, especially if they have a large number of clients. Other accountants may work on a contract basis. For example, tax specialists might choose to work only during tax season.
How do I advance in my accounting career?
If you’re interested in an accounting, bookkeeping, or auditing career, you should have at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, or a related field. An associate’s degree in accounting and relevant experience is also a great foundation and can also lead to a successful career. A bookkeeping diploma is useful for getting started in the bookkeeping field, but more education is generally required.
Obtaining a master’s degree in accounting or business with a concentration can help you advance faster. Earning additional credentials, such as the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification, can help you achieve the greatest career opportunities.
NOTE: 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 state/jurisdiction) as well as several years of professional experience working in bookkeeping 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 to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained. Applicants interested in becoming a CPA should check with their state board of accounting prior to enrolling in any bookkeeping program. Students planning to pursue certification other than the CPA exam should also contact their state board of accounting prior to enrolling in any program.
Accounting Degree Program Curriculum
Herzing University’s practical, career-oriented approach to earning a bachelor's degree and associate’s degree in accounting is clearly demonstrated in our different accounting degree programs. Each is designed to help you reach your specific career goals. As a graduate of one of our degree programs, you’ll have the academic credentials and hands-on skills employers look for to fill critical accounting and auditing positions.
|Bachelor of Science in Accounting||123||36|
|Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Accounting||65||20|
|Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting||25||6-8|
*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location.
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 Master of Master of Business Administration in Accounting.
- Dual Credit – 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.
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 bookkeeping and business. Classes are offered online or on-campus. View Program Course Sheet
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
This associate's degree program, which is available online or on-campus, adds general education and additional specialization classes to the core 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. View Program Course Sheet
Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
Herzing University’s 8-month diploma program is a great way to get into this field. Graduates qualify for positions as entry-level bookkeepers as well as support positions in payroll and accounting. View Program Course Sheet
Online & on-campus availability
The Herzing Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program may be completed online, with at least partial class availability offered at several locations:
- Akron, Ohio
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Brookfield, Wisconsin
- Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- New Orleans, Louisiana - degree programs only
- Orlando, Florida
Program delivery (online / on ground) may vary by location. Please call your campus for more information
What certification/licensure does this program prepare you for?
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Only professionals with this credential are able to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Every state uses the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) 4-part Uniform CPA Examination, but each state has different eligibility criteria so check with your state before beginning a degree program to make sure it will meet the educational requirements. Because a larger number of college credits than what is required for most bachelor's degrees in accounting is required for exam eligibility, students might consider continuing in the MBA program to fulfill the educational requirements. Also, most jurisdictions also require several years' experience working in accounting to be eligible to take the CPA exam. See the State Board of Accountancy website to learn more about each state's requirements.
Bookkeeping and Payroll - 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Concentrations enable a student to customize their business acumen to their career goals, differentiating them in the workforce with specialized knowledge.
Herzing currently offers the following MBA program concentrations:
- Data Analytics
- Healthcare Management
- Human Resources
- Project Management
- Technology Management
Herzing's MBA programs can begin with a "business level-setting" course. If you do not have a business degree or years of business experience, you will begin with a fundamentals course that gives you an overview of all the important business disciplines. Additionally, Herzing offers tutors and academic support resources both on-campus and through Herzing Online.
Herzing's business program is different because it is focused on leadership development according to what has been identified by employers in the global market.
Specifically Herzing's business program offers:
- Practical Experience - Students will gain practical experience, understanding the impact of a Changing Global Economy even at the local "mom & pop" level; importance of Leveraging Technology and information to make decisions; and the key skills of Professionalism & Teamwork that are essential to leadership and management.
- Industry Certifications - Graduates will earn more than a degree, they will have the opportunity to earn sought-after industry certifications.
- Up-to-Two Concentrations - Students in the MBA program have the option to enhance their academic experience by completing up-to-two concentrations.
- Dual Credit - Students in the undergraduate program can get a "jump start" on a MBA at the same time. Up-to 12 graduate credits could be taken while still an undergraduate and applied toward both degrees, thereby saving both money and time.
- Transfer Friendly - Students with an associate degree from an accredited institution like a Community College can receive up-to 60 credits toward a Herzing Bachelor's degree, and in some instances may receive more. DEGREE UP students are provided with the opportunity to transfer in additional credits earned after completing an associate degree. Herzing will review all transcripts a student may have, as there is an ability to transfer up-to 75% of their previous credit load toward their Herzing program, thereby saving them time and money.
Yes, the Herzing University business program is accredited.
Herzing University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
Please let us know if you have any other questions about our business program.
Program length can vary depending upon degree level, number of concentrations, course load and credits transferred, as well as class schedule.
Associate degree program is 4-semesters and can be completed in two (2) years with a full-time schedule.
Bachelor's degree program is 9 semesters and depending upon transfer credits, can be completed as a full-time student in three (3) years.
- When transferring in a Herzing Associate degree: the Bachelor's program can be completed in 4-semesters or 2-years.
- Students with an associate degree from an accredited institution like a Community College can receive up-to 60 credits toward a Herzing Bachelor's degree saving them time and money.
Graduate degree is a 3-semester program and a student can transfer in up-to 9 credit hours.
Bachelor's Degree Program Available Certification and Prep-to-sit for Certifications:
|Certification||Method to Earn|
|SHRM Certified Professional||Human Resources Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam|
|CAPM Certification||Course BU345 (Project Management) prepares students to sit for the exam|
|QuickBooks Certified User||Course AC335 (Computerized Accounting) prepares students to sit for the exam|
|Entrepreneurship Certificate||Complete course B234 (Entrepreneurship)|
|Six Sigma Yellow Belt||Complete course BU421 (Operations Management)|
MBA Degree Program Available Certification and Prep-to-sit for Certifications:
|Certification||Method to Earn|
|Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP)||Data Analytics Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam|
|CMA Certification||Finance & Accounting Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam|
|PMP Certification||Project Management Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam|
|PMI-PBA Certification||Project Management Concentration prepares students to sit for the exam|
Regardless of your background, a business degree provides you with the analytical, problem solving, management and leadership skills that can help a student be competitive in today and tomorrow's competitive business marketplace.
Accounting / Bookkeeping Degree Programs
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This program prepares an existing or emerging organizational or team leader with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for management positions in various business enterprises. These career opportunities may be in areas such as accounting, finance, business administration, sales, marketing, human resources, information systems, project management, production and operations. Application of theory to practice is emphasized through a problem-based/solutions-based curriculum, grounded in a framework of ethical leadership and global competition.
The Master of Business Administration in Accounting program is designed to prepare the graduate to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). The CMA is the globally recognized, advanced-level credential appropriate for accountants and financial professionals in business. Achieving the CMA demonstrates your professional expertise in financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics. It is important to note that this MBA program, even when combined with the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program at Herzing University, may not fulfill all of the requirements for graduates to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam or apply for licensure in some states or jurisdictions. Many states require a specific number of graduate accounting classes as well as specific graduate accounting courses. Others may require several years of professional experience. This program is not designed to fulfill any of those requirements.
This Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares students for challenging careers and positions of leadership in both private and public sectors. It offers upper-level courses in financial accounting, auditing, taxation and cost accounting and introduces students to multiple functional aspects of business in general. Upon completion of this program, students are able to apply computer, communication, and decision-making skills to management accounting techniques to support accounting activities. These activities include maintenance of accounting records, the preparation of financial statements, inventory tracking, valuation, and the preparation of tax returns.
This 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 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.
This accounting program provides students with a solid accounting background. The curriculum includes academic core courses, business courses, and education in computer skills related to accounting such as computerized accounting software, spreadsheets, and payroll systems. This program provides career opportunities in accounting areas such as payables, receivables, bookkeeping, payroll, and taxation.
The Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting program provides students with an introductory understanding of general and payroll accounting practices and the skills needed to set up and maintain basic accounting and payroll records in typical business settings.
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Accreditations & Disclosures
Herzing University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
Everyone at Herzing wants you to succeed and do your best. All of my teachers were supportive and helpful and my academic advisors assisted me throughout my educational journey. If there was ever anything that I didn’t understand, my teachers were available to help me in every way possible until I understood.