What are the Types of Accounting Degrees?

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By DeVry University

March 31, 2022
5 min read

Whether you’re just beginning your education or looking to change careers, DeVry offers many different types of accounting degrees at a variety of levels, each with their own attributes and concentrations to help you work toward your career goals.

We'll take a look at each of the different types of accounting degrees we offer, including our undergraduate and graduate-level degrees, specializations and graduate certificates in the following sections:

Undergraduate-Level Accounting Degree Programs

If you’re just starting your education, an undergraduate-level accounting degree program can serve as a starting point and help you develop a foundational understanding of many of the principles and practices in the accounting field.

DeVry offers three undergraduate accounting degree programs, each at the bachelor's degree level. Here is a brief breakdown of each, and a bit about what they include:

Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting

Our Bachelor's Degree in Accounting teaches many of the basic accounting skills that you’ll need to understand as you prepare to pursue a career in this field. Offered in both an online and hybrid format, this degree program gives you the opportunity to build a foundational understanding of accounting, economics, finance and more

Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a Specialization in Accounting

A Bachelor's Degree in Business with a Specialization in Accounting may be a good fit if you're interested in the business application of accounting principles. This degree program covers the foundational principles of accounting along with courses that delve into basic business administration for those interested in learning about how accounting functions in a more business-focused environment.

Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a Specialization in Finance

A Bachelor's Degree in Business with a Specialization in Finance is designed to cover the basics of finance while exploring their relationship to business practices. You may be interested in this particular degree program if your career goals are to help companies plan and make important financial decisions.

Graduate-Level Accounting Degree Programs

If you've already earned your bachelor's degree and are looking to further your education, a graduate-level accounting degree programs might be the right move for you. We offer four different accounting degree programs at the graduate level, two of which are MBA degrees with accounting and finance concentration options:

Master’s Degree in Accounting

A Master's Degree in Accounting can help you deepen your understanding of the accounting field, or help you brush up on your knowledge as you prepare to take the CPA Exam1. During this program, you'll have the opportunity to take advantage of hands-on learning experiences to help you build up your skills in areas like accounting theory and practice, advanced accounting studies, accounting research and more.

Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management

A Master's Degree in Accounting and Financial Management blends accounting concepts with financial management skills. This program may be a good fit for you if you're looking to work toward meeting an education requirement for your CPA license, or have a passion for making financial decisions that drive business goals.

MBA with a Specialization in Accounting

An MBA with a Specialization in Accounting covers high-level accounting concepts as well as business administration skills. You may be interested in an MBA with a Specialization in Accounting if you want to pursue a managerial role in a business environment where accounting knowledge can help you make more effective decisions.

MBA with a Specialization in Finance

An MBA with a Specialization in Finance can help you hone your managerial skills as well as your understanding of high-level finance concepts. It might be a great choice for you if you are looking to pursue management roles or are looking to apply finance concepts to a business environment. Some of the topics you'll cover during this program include advanced financial statement analysis, securities analysis and real estate finance.

Graduate Certificates

A graduate certificate is an option if you want to build your accounting knowledge, learn foundational skills to transfer into a new industry or advance your education without spending time on a master's degree. At DeVry, we offer two different accounting-related graduate certificates:

Graduate Certificate in Accounting

A Graduate Certificate in Accounting can be a great choice if you're interested in building your accounting skills but aren't sure if you want to pursue a master's degree just yet. During this program, you'll have the chance to explore concepts such as tax accounting, investments, working capital management and financial forecasting. And if you ever want to come back to earn a master's degree, this certificate is design to stack2 with our MBA with a Specialization in Accounting program.

Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation

If you’re working on CPA Exam prep1, then our Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation might help give your personal study a boost. During this program, you'll have the chance to learn from DeVry’s experienced professors as you work to build your understanding of concepts, plus elements of Becker’s CPA Exam Prep are built right into the curriculum which may help make studying for the exam easier. This certificate program also allows you to focus your studies on Advanced Accounting or Professional Leadership depending on your personal career goals.

Earn Your Accounting Degree at DeVry

If you’re looking to go back to school, advance your career or simply grow your skills, DeVry can help you find the program that aligns with your goals. Explore our various types of accounting degrees to find the one that's right for you. Classes start every 8 weeks.

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1Credits and degrees earned from this institution do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing exams to practice certain professions. Persons interested in practicing a regulated profession must contact the appropriate state regulatory agency for their field of interest. For instance, typically 150 credit hours or education are required to meet state regulatory agency education requirements for CPA licensure.

2At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied. Number of credit hours and courses vary by program. See catalog for complete details. En-route graduate certificate credits apply to the relevant master’s degree or MBA with a relevant concentration.