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)
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.
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location
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
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:
- 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.
According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of accountants and auditors is expected to increase 4% from 2019-2029, 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
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.
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
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.
Both certificate and diploma programs are field-specific credentials that do not include general education courses required in a degree program. Each can typically be completed faster than an associate degree program.
Certificates are typically the least comprehensive programs, providing the minimum career-focused training necessary to perform a certain type of job.
Diploma programs tend to be more in-depth than certificates, and can include hands-on experience to best prepare you for a wider variety of jobs in the field you’re pursuing.
Herzing University’s diploma programs exist to help you build the foundation for a long career beyond your very first job. Our diploma programs are designed to help you begin and grow your new career.
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 $44,100 per year ($21.20 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.
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.
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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 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.