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Online Associate Degree

Gain a career-focused college education

  • IACBE-accredited1
  • 100% online classes you can take right at home
  • Transfer up to 48 approved credits
  • Earn an associate degree in less than 2 years (typically 20 months)
  • Prepare for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam from the American Payroll Association (APA)
  • Degree pathways to continue advancing your career (BS, MBA)
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Earn an accounting degree in less than 2 years

Develop the vocational skills necessary to excel in entry-level accounting jobs, and the academic knowledge to continue advancing your career with further education. This program is ideal for accounting students looking to strike a balance between getting started fast and building their skills for future growth.

An associate degree in accounting can help you build the foundation for further study to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Classes include topics in payroll accounting, taxation, computerized accounting, marketing, business law, project management, economics and more
  • Small class sizes with experienced, accessible faculty (14:1 student/faculty ratio)
  • Multiple degree pathways: continue your education by transferring credit into a bachelor’s degree in accounting, with further opportunities at the graduate level

We exist to help you reach your highest career goals.

Team up with a lifelong partner in learning, get your career in accounting off to a fast start and position yourself best for further career growth. It IS possible with Herzing University.

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Associate degree in accounting classes & curriculum details

Our associate degree curriculum combines core accounting classes as part of our diploma in bookkeeping and payroll accounting with additional business courses and general education requirements typical in undergraduate degree programs.

You will build a strong academic foundation in the principles of accounting and develop computer skills such as accounting software, spreadsheets and payroll systems. The curriculum prepares you for entry-level positions in accounting areas including payables, receivables, bookkeeping, payroll and taxation.

All classes are delivered online in a virtual learning environment with a required research project or internship (if allowed in your state).

Program Months* Credits
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Accounting 20 65

*Average number of months for students to complete program

Program availability varies by location

Required Business Core Courses

All courses, 36.00 semester credit hours, are required.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science  3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.


Associate degree program enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing Accounting associate degree program include:

  • Completed high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  • Complete an enrollment application

Classes Start February 8th

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What can I do with an associate degree in accounting?

An associate degree program in accounting equips you with the solid accounting background needed to thrive in entry-level roles in bookkeeping and accounting.

Possible jobs you may qualify for with an associate degree include:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Auditing Clerk
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerk

How can I advance my career? Complete an associate degree and you can transfer credit into a bachelor’s degree in accounting program with Herzing University. After earning a bachelor's degree you may choose to continue a business and managerial-focused graduate degree path with an MBA in Accounting and Finance.

Job outlook

According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of accountants and auditors is expected to increase 6% from 2018-2028, higher than the estimate for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks.

Students looking to become an accountant or auditor can best qualify for those types of jobs by advancing their education with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.


Frequently Asked Questions

We strive to make going back to school to begin your career in accounting as affordable as possible. Herzing offers several options for financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans.

You can use the Herzing University Tuition Wizard to find an estimate for tuition and expenses.

Yes! All of Herzing’s accounting programs can be completed online on your schedule, at your pace.

After earning an associate degree in accounting, you can typically look for entry-level work as a bookkeeper, accounting assistant, payroll clerk or tax preparer.

With Herzing University you can transfer credit earned from an associate degree into a bachelor’s degree program (up to 90 approved credits). Some students prefer to gain real-world work experience before later continuing on for their bachelor’s degree.


Earning an associate degree in accounting represents your foot in the door in a career path with upward mobility and potential employment opportunities in many types of businesses.

While you may not be required to hold a degree to qualify for jobs that include bookkeeping and accounting tasks, employers may prefer earning a degree if you plan to continue advancing your career in accounting and finance. It’s difficult to obtain senior-level roles in accounting without earning an accounting-specific undergraduate degree. 

Many states require that you must have a bachelor’s degree plus additional credit hours to sit for the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). State-specific requirements may vary.2

A key difference between a diploma and a degree in accounting is required coursework.

Typically, an accounting diploma takes 6-8 months, while a degree may take two or more years. In a diploma program, you'll take classes specific to the field of accounting with no general education courses.

It's a cost-effective way to get foundational knowledge in a subject and can help you qualify for an entry-level job.

According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks earn an average salary of $42,960 per year ($20.65 per hour).** Pay can vary based on many factors, including the education you’ve earned, experience in the field, specific responsibilities of the job, and state of employment.

All acronyms represent different names for associate degrees. AA stands for Associate of Arts, AS stands for Associate of Science, and AAS stands for Associate of Applied Science.

The difference between Herzing’s associate degree options (AS, AAS) is in name only based on state requirements. There is no difference between curriculums – both are built to help you develop career-focused skills in accounting to prepare you for entry-level positions.

Herzing offers the following undergraduate accounting degree options:

  • Associate of Science in Accounting/Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting

We also offer an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Accounting and Finance.


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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.

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Accreditation & Disclosures

1. 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.

** Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.

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