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Turn Your Love of Numbers into a Career

If you have a natural affinity for numbers, then pursuing an accounting degree might be right for you. Whether you’re looking to earn a bachelor’s, master’s or graduate accounting certificate, we offer courses that can help you build the knowledge and skills to pursue your career goals.

Our online accounting degree programs are designed with your career path in mind. We offer business and accounting courses taught by skilled faculty who have real-world experience in their field. In our programs, you'll explore concepts relevant to today's accounting field and work to improve your understanding of business issues taken from actual boardrooms and corporate offices.

Looking to prepare for the CPA exam while studying for your master’s degree? Earn additional hours towards your CPA exam requirements while learning today’s relevant accounting principles and practices. Our graduate accounting degree programs help prepare you for the exam with Becker Professional Education’s CPA Exam Prep built directly into the curriculum.

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Accounting

Our accounting degree programs use real-world examples to convey essential accounting concepts. Some of the key topics presented by our professors include auditing, accounting research, business law and accounting information systems.

Degree Level

Earn Your Accounting Degree from an Accredited School

In addition to our institutional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)1, some of our programs have achieved additional programmatic accreditation and recognition.

DeVry’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Technical Management programs – each with a specialization in accounting – and Bachelor of Science in Accounting program have achieved voluntary accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org).

The ACBSP has also granted specialized accounting accreditation to the following established Keller degree programs: Master of Science in Accounting; Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting; Master of Accounting & Financial Management.

 "My career goal is to become a forensic accountant. DeVry is helping me achieve my goals by allowing me to map out my degree and even sending me notices about internships available."

Donae Neish BS in Business Administration with an Accounting Specialization, 2016

FAQs: Accounting Degree Programs


Can you earn an accounting degree online?

Yes! At DeVry, you can earn a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or graduate certificate in accounting – all 100% online. In addition, our graduate-level online accounting programs are designed to help you prepare for the CPA exam and explore the skills and knowledge needed to pursue your goals.


What can I do with an accounting degree?

Graduates of our accounting degree programs at DeVry are prepared to explore careers in accounting across a variety of industries. Potential roles include accountant, budget analyst, financial analyst or controller. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 96,000 new accounting and auditing jobs will become available by 2030.2


How long does it take to complete an online accounting degree?

The time required to complete online accounting programs depends on the degree level. For example, our Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting can be completed in as little as 2 years and 8 months3, our Master’s Degree in Accounting can be completed in as few as 1 year and 8 months3, and our Graduate Certificate in Accounting can be completed in as little as 1 year3. Many of our programs can be completed even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.


What are the requirements to sit for the CPA exam?

Most state boards of accountancy require candidates to have at least 150 credit hours of post-secondary education to sit for the CPA exam, however, the requirements may differ between states. Students interested in sitting for the CPA exam should check with their home state licensing board for specific requirements.4


What accounting courses are offered at DeVry?

We offer a range of accounting courses, from Essentials of Accounting to more advanced courses like Accounting Fraud Criminology and Ethics. For a list of courses available in our undergraduate and graduate accounting programs, visit our accounting courses page.


Can I enroll in a graduate-level CPA exam preparation program if I do not have a bachelor's degree in accounting or business?

Our Master’s Degree in Accounting program requires students to have a bachelor’s degree. It is specifically designed for individuals who have earned a degree or concentration in accounting at the undergraduate level, and is a great option for those who wish to obtain additional credits required to meet the CPA licensure requirements in their states. It can also be a great fit for someone who has already earned their CPA credential and wants to advance their knowledge in accounting in order to pursue additional career goals. Please check with your state’s board of accountancy regarding its specific requirements for sitting for the CPA exam.4


Do I have to take all of the listed classes in the Master's in Accounting and Financial Management with specialization in CPA Exam Preparation?

No, while there are several specific requirements in the program, you can fulfill nine credit hours of electives in the accounting discipline that may best suit your needs. We recommend that you seek advisement to ensure that you select courses that will best fulfill your state’s requirements for sitting for the CPA Exam.4


If I earn a Master's in Accounting and Financial Management with a specialization in CPA Exam Preparation, will I automatically receive my CPA?

No. In addition to earning your degree, you will need to pass the CPA Exam in its entirety, and meet the other requirements that are established in your state. Furthermore, you will need to complete the additional experience and credit-hour requirements as established by your state of residence.4 Each state’s requirements vary, so please check with your state licensing board for specific requirements.


If I complete the Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation, can I earn my CPA?

After earning your CPA Preparation Certificate, you may be able to sit for the CPA Exam. In addition to successfully passing the CPA Exam, you will need to satisfy the experience and credit-hour requirements that your state has established to become a licensed CPA4. Each state’s requirements vary, so please check with your state licensing board for specific requirements.


Will the CPA preparation classes be accepted by the state board of accountancy?

Some states will accept the CPA preparation courses as part of their credit-hour requirements, while other states will not. Please check with your state licensing board for specific requirements4.


Are there prerequisites for enrolling in an accounting program at DeVry?

We welcome students and professionals in all stages of their career path. If you wish to pursue an undergraduate accounting degree, you need to have earned a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a general educational development (GED) certificate or a post-secondary or professional degree.

If you want to enroll in a graduate degree program, you must first have earned a bachelor's degree in a related field. Other admissions requirements may apply, such as minimum GPA requirements, test score requirements and completion of an admissions interview. 


Can I work while earning an accounting degree at DeVry?

Yes! Our accounting programs are designed to fit your busy schedule, enabling you to balance work, family or other personal commitments. We offer the flexibility of 100% online accounting programs for those who wish to complete their degree remotely, or a hybrid learning environment for those that want to study both online and in-person.


What are the main differences between CFA, CPA and CMA certifications?

The CFA, CPA and CMA are all notable accounting industry credentials. Here is an overview of these certifications and the differences to help you decide which one is right for you.

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA): This certification is for individuals that want to work in the field of financial analysis. To qualify, you must have four years of working experience with investments, be a member of the CFA Institute (which grants this certification) and pass three levels of exams. Exam topics include ethics, money management, security analysis, accounting and economics.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA): This credential is a well-respected certification in the accounting field. Typically, CPAs work with businesses and individuals by managing taxes, budgeting, planning and other accounting needs. The requirements to earn a CPA credential vary by state, but often require you to earn a bachelor’s degree or certain number of academic credit hours and successfully pass the four-part CPA exam4. Additionally, CPAs are required to maintain their state licensure via continuing professional education throughout their career.
  • Certified Management Account (CMA): This certification can be helpful for those that want to work with organizations to help them develop strategic management decisions based on business finances. Requirements include earning a bachelor’s degree, having two years of accounting experience and passing a two-part exam covering topics such as performance management, planning and budgeting, technology and analytics and financial statement analysis.

Tech-Empowered Learning

At DeVry University and our Keller Graduate School of Management, you will prepare for today’s accounting field with our tech-empowered learning. Our classes use spreadsheet software, online homework tools and computerized accounting systems to help you meet your goals.

We support you with everything you need – such as e-books, e-library and more – via our online student hub, DeVryYOU. We also offer a mobile app so you can manage student life on the go. With tech-empowered learning, you will learn practical accounting skills by using some of the latest tools in the field.

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1DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org. Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation.
2Growth projected on a national level, local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm
3Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment. Additional program information may be found on our Degree Programs page.
4Credits 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.