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Bookkeeping & Payroll Accounting
Online Diploma

Earn a fast start in your new career path

  • 100% online classes you can take right at home
  • Transfer up to 18 approved credits
  • Earn a Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting in 6-8 months
  • Prepare for the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam from the American Payroll Association (APA)
  • Discover pathways to continue your undergraduate education (AS, BS)
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 8th
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Your new career in accounting IS possible with Herzing

Get your career rolling fast. Earn a diploma in less than a year and become a bookkeeping professional capable of maintaining the financial records of businesses across all industries.

Herzing University’s career-focused diploma program is designed to help you get the foundational education needed to qualify for entry-level roles in bookkeeping and accounting.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Class topics include payroll accounting, computerized accounting, business law, taxation and introduction to business
  • Small class sizes with experienced, accessible faculty (14:1 student/faculty ratio)
  • Multiple degree pathways: continue your education by transferring credit into an associate or bachelor’s degree in accounting

Enter a field with excellent upward mobility and position yourself for a long, rewarding career in accounting. We exist to help make it possible.

Classes Start March 8th

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Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting Diploma classes & curriculum details

Our diploma program is designed to provide students with an introductory understanding of basic payroll accounting practices. You will develop an understanding of how to set up and maintain accounting and payroll records in typical business settings.

All classes are delivered online in a virtual learning environment.

Program Months* Credits
Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting 6-8 25

*Average number of months for students to complete program

Program availability varies by location

Required Courses

All courses, 21.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Open Elective Course

A minimum of 3.00 semester credit hours of open electives is required. Courses must be in Accounting (AC) Business (BU) or Information Systems (IS).

Personal and Professional Development Courses

1.00 semester credit hours are required.


Diploma program enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting diploma program include:

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

Classes Start March 8th

Waived Enrollment Fee

What can I do with a diploma in bookkeeping/accounting?

Earning a diploma is an excellent way to get your start in the field of accounting and qualify for every-level jobs as a bookkeeper or other support positions in payroll and accounting.

Possible job titles include:

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

How can I advance my career? Complete a diploma and you can transfer credit into an associate or bachelor’s degree in accounting program with Herzing University. After earning an undergraduate 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

Every employer will have their own unique requirements for job applicants. While certification may not be required by each employer, a Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) from the American Payroll Association (APA) can help give you an edge in the job market. Our diploma program helps you prepare for the exam and become a certified bookkeeper.

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 become an accountant and 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

Bookkeepers record financial transactions and maintain accurate financial ledgers. They may also oversee accounts payable and receivable, process payroll, and track financial transactions.

To become a bookkeeper, you'll want strong math skills, a keen attention to detail, and strong organizational skills. A diploma in a bookkeeping can provide a strong foundation in basic payroll accounting and skills needed to help you find an entry-level job. The programs often take less than a year and can be completed online.


You will have the opportunity to develop key skills in accounting and qualify for entry-level positions in the accounting field. Earning a diploma in bookkeeping and payroll accounting represents a college-level educational background preparing you to become a valuable member of an accounting team within many different types of organizations.

According to 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 widely by the education you’ve earned, experience in the field, specific responsibilities of the job, and state of employment.

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.

Yes! Because so many financial and accounting-related programs are online, it’s possible to work remotely as a bookkeeper or accountant.

Keep in mind every employer has their own requirements and potentially might require candidates for entry-level positions to gain experience in the office before working from home.


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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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* 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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