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Get the Skills to Become an Accounting Professional – Online

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Getting an Accounting Associate’s Degree will serve as your point of entry into the business sector

Online 16-Month* Accelerated Associate Degree Accounting Program

You may already have an idea about what you want to do for a career, or maybe you’re not so sure. Either way, Accounting is the one degree program that gives you the education to succeed at just about anything in the business world. As a graduate of the program, you can pursue a career in finance or corporate management, work in government, or even become an entrepreneur. No matter what you decide to do, having an accounting background can lead to a variety of employment opportunities for you.

Your Future in Accounting

As an Accounting Associate’s Degree student at Beal University, you will benefit from a curriculum that relies on exercises and integrated projects to help you understand the core principles of business management. And that’s only the beginning.

Our courses emphasize four functional areas: accounting, finance, marketing, and operations. By gaining insight into each of these critical areas of study, you’ll become prepared for a meaningful and rewarding career. Best of all, our small class sizes give you one-on-one attention to help you learn. That means you’ll have an opportunity to develop a skill set that will pay dividends in your professional career.

The best way to see if Beal University is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information on the Accounting Associate’s Degree program, class schedules, and financial aid options so that you can make an informed decision about your future. Get more info or Book a Tour.

Become Qualified in Accounting

The Accounting Associate’s Degree program is designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of accounting principles and their application in today’s business environment. Specialized courses including Federal Taxes, Managerial Accounting, and Computerized Accounting are included to provide you with a broader range of business knowledge.

With flexible online and on-campus schedules, smaller class sizes, and accelerated programs, you will feel prepared and supported to pursue your career goals upon graduation.

During the Accounting Associate’s Degree program, you’ll take courses such as:

  • Principles of Accounting 1 & 2
  • Computerized Accounting 1 & 2
  • Intermediate Accounting 1 & 2
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Ethics in Business
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Management
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets (introductory and advanced)
  • Database & Publishing Concepts
  • Business Mathematics
  • Management Communications

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The Faculty, administration, and students at Beal College are amazing. As a non-traditional student, I found everyone to be welcoming and accepting while arming me with a solid education in an ever-changing job market.
Corrie Demmons-Criss, Accounting Graduate

An On-Campus Experience, From Home

Beal University designed the Business Administration programs with a student-centric approach to allow the freedom of remote learning. Students will not feel alone, though. Beal’s support system is there to help students succeed within the program, and into their professional careers.

Students will not have to worry about missing out on a traditional learning experience. Group projects, discussion questions, and integrative assignments create an interactive curriculum. Subsequently, this provides a hands-on experience. In addition to this, students can still access campus services such as the writing center, library services, technical support, and career services.

Diverse Career Prospects

The varied job opportunities open to accountants may be summarized into three major categories: public accounting, private accounting, and government & non-profit accounting. Consider these different positions that you could do with an Accounting Associate’s Degree:

  • Accounting Associate
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Teller

The widespread use of computers also has enabled bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks to take on additional responsibilities, such as payroll, billing, purchasing (buying), and keeping track of overdue bills. Many of these functions require accountants to take on additional roles, such as communicating with clients.

Accounting Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

If you’re wondering what Accounting professionals do, these are some of their duties:

  • Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete
  • Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records
  • Check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings about business transactions recorded by other workers
  • Operate computers accounting software to record, store, and analyze information
  • Check figures, postings, and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes
  • Classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers or computers
  • Compile statistical, financial, accounting or auditing reports and tables about cash receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable, and profits and losses

Is a Professional Accounting Career Right for You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about professional career training, fill out the form on this page to receive more information. A friendly Beal University Career Advisor can answer career questions, guide you to our virtual tour, and get you helpful financial aid information. Get the answers you need to discover the perfect career path for you.

For immediate questions, call 207-307-3900

*Program length when completed in normal time.