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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, DeVry offers the knowledge and skills to pursue your career goals.

At DeVry University, our online accounting degree programs and classes are built with your professional path in mind. With business and accounting courses taught by faculty skilled in the field of accounting, you’ll explore today’s most relevant accounting concepts and learn to master real-world 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 degree programs at DeVry use real-world business examples to teach today’s essential accounting concepts. Auditing, accounting research, business law and accounting information systems are among the key curriculum presented by our knowledgeable professors.

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Earn Your Accounting Degree from an Accredited School

In addition to our institutional accreditation, 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 61,700 new accounting and auditing jobs will become available by 2029.1

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, at DeVry, our Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting can be completed in as little as 2 years and 8 months2, our Master’s Degree in Accounting can be completed in as few as 1 year and 8 months2, and our Graduate Certificate in Accounting can be completed in as little as 1 year2. Many of our programs can be completed even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

What are the qualifications to sit for the CPA exam?

Most state boards of accountancy require 150 credit hours of post-secondary education in order to sit for the CPA exam. Since the qualifications to sit for the CPA exam are established by each state, students interested in sitting for the CPA exam should check with their state licensing board for specific requirements.

What accounting courses are offered at DeVry?

DeVry has accounting courses ranging 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?

At DeVry, 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.

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. However, it is recommended that you seek advisement to ensure that you select courses that will best fulfill your state’s requirements for sitting for the CPA Exam.

If I earn a Master's in Accounting and Financial Management with a specialization in CPA Exam Preparation, will I automatically get 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. 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 get 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 CPA. 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 requirements.

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

DeVry welcomes students and professionals in all stages of their career path. Students who want to pursue an undergraduate accounting degree must 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’ve already earned your bachelor’s degree, you can pursue a master’s degree through our Keller Graduate School of Management. Other admissions requirements may apply, such as minimum GPA requirements and test scores as well as completing an admissions interview.

Can I work while earning an accounting degree at DeVry?

Yes! DeVry’s accounting programs are designed to fit the busy schedule of today’s students – whether you’re balancing work, family or other personal commitments. We offer the flexibility of 100% online accounting programs as well as 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 popular 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 arguably the most recognizable and common 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 exam. Additionally, CPAs are required to maintain their state licensure via continuing professional education throughout their career.
  • Certified Management Account (CMA): This certification is a great path 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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1Growth projected on a national level, local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm
2Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment. Additional program information may be found on our Degree Programs page.