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College of Business & Management

Associate Degree in Accounting

Get on board with accounting and you can take advantage of exciting career opportunities in a field that expects huge growth. When you earn your associate degree in Accounting from DeVry University, you'll learn how to perform essential accounting responsibilities such as tracking financial records and transactions, as well as handling payroll and billing functions. Your new knowledge and skills can lead to a wide range of accounting careers in public accounting, large corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government.

Degree: Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting (In Florida degree is Associate of Science in Accounting; in Minnesota degree is Associate in Applied Science in Accounting.)
Graduation Requirements: 4 full-time semesters, 65 credit hours
Flexible Study: Take your accounting classes via our online degree program, through a mix of online and on campus classes, or at a DeVry campus location. Please note that program and course availability varies by location. Learn more about DeVry's Associate in Accounting degree program online.
Related Programs: Consider a bachelor's degree in Accounting or apply qualifying credits in Accounting towards a bachelor's degree program with an Accounting specialization in:

Learn more about how your associate degree in Accounting from DeVry University can set you on the fast track to career success in a rapidly growing field. Request more information.

Associate in Accounting Program

Career Coursework


With a focus on applying accounting and financial management concepts and skills to real-world situations, DeVry University's Accounting curriculum includes these career-enhancing courses:

  • Financial Accounting This course focuses on ways financial statements reflect business operations and gives students experience in using spreadsheet applications to analyze accounting records and financial statements.
  • Accounting Theory and Applications Following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), students identify and correct errors, determine and develop adjusting entries to ensure correct financial reports, and demonstrate understanding and application of computational skills to determine correct payroll, inventory valuation and depreciation expense.
  • Introduction to Individual Income Taxation This course covers federal income tax concepts, laws, and filing requirements applied to preparation of individual and sole proprietorship returns. Topics include factors that influence income tax laws, investment and rental activities, business income or loss, and property transactions.
  • Introduction to Cost Accounting To prepare students for presentations and decision making, this course addresses product-cost determination and cost-control elements as applied to basic job order, process, and standard cost systems, as well as activity-based costing, pricing strategies, and profitability.
  • Introduction to Accounting Information Systems In this course, students examine the use of an accounting information system and employ accounting software to generate financial statements. Topics include the general ledger, appropriate subsidiary ledgers, and transaction process cycles.

To learn more about required and elective Accounting courses as well as those for the CIS degree program, request information or see the undergraduate academic catalog.

Graduate Success

From career-focused programs to our results-driven career services team, our focus is on preparing you for your chosen career. The proof is in the numbers. In 2013, 90% of DeVry University Accounting Associate graduates actively seeking employment had careers in their field within six months of graduation at an average salary of $37,458.*

Program Specific Accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to DeVry University's Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree program.* ACBSP is one of three major accrediting agencies for business schools and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for business education. This recognition certifies that programs offered through DeVry University's College of Business & Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

*For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.

* Figure based on 2013 graduates self-reporting data to DeVry University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by DeVry University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to DeVry University Career Services.