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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 prepare 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 pursuing your graduate education? Earn additional hours towards your CPA exam requirements while learning today’s relevant accounting principles and practices. Some of our graduate accounting degree and certificate programs help prepare you for the exam with Becker Professional Education’s CPA Exam Prep built directly into the curriculum.1

Get to Know Our Hybrid2 and Online Accounting Degree Programs

Our accounting degree programs are built with your professional goals and busy schedule in mind. That’s why our business and accounting courses are available through a hybrid2 or 100% online format.

Hybrid classes are the perfect option for students and professionals who prefer the experience of in-person learning combined with the convenience of online classes. In-person classes allow you to engage with professors and classmates on campus, while completing a portion of your coursework via our online portal.

Online classes allow you to complete your coursework 100% remotely. You’ll have access to the same tools and resources as on-campus students, including experienced faculty and career services support.

Regardless of the format you choose, our accounting degree and certificate programs delve into areas including financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, accounting research and accounting information systems.

We’re committed to providing the tools, technology and support to help you thrive through graduation and beyond. Read on to learn more below about our hybrid2 and online accounting degree programs here at DeVry University and our Keller Graduate School of Management.

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DeVry is proud to be accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), DeVry is proud to be accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Our Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation.

Our Accounting Degrees are accredited* by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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Earn Your Accounting Degree from an Accredited School

In addition to our institutional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)3, 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,

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.

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Donae Neish
BS in Business Administration with an Accounting Specialization, 2016
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.
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Tech-Powered Learning

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

Access everything you need—such as e-books, e-library and more—through our online Student Portal and mobile app. With tech-powered learning, you will learn practical accounting skills by using some of the latest tools in the field.

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, several of our graduate-level online accounting programs are designed to help you prepare for the CPA exam 1 and build the skills and knowledge needed to prepare to pursue your goals.

What can I do with an accounting degree?

An accounting degree earned here at DeVry University can prepare you to pursue a number of career opportunities in accounting, auditing, budget analysis or other areas of accounting such as private-sector businesses, government agencies or nonprofits. For example, a few of the careers that graduates of our Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting program may consider include accountant, auditor, financial analyst, cost accountant, payroll manager and tax accountant. It’s important to note that employment in this occupation may require years of relevant experience or additional certifications.

According to occupational outlook data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), accountants and auditors held 1,538,400 jobs in 2022, working in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll services, finance and insurance, and management of companies and enterprises.

The BLS projects employment of accountants and auditors to grow 4% from 2022 to 2032, about as fast as the average for all occupations, with about 126,500 job openings each year, on average, over the decade.5 This growth is projected on a national level and local growth will vary by location. This projection is not specific to DeVry University graduates and may include earners at all stages of their careers.

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

The time required to complete online accounting programs depends on the program you choose, as well as any transfer credits or course waivers6 you may have. For example, our Master’s Degree in Accounting can be completed in as few as 12 months with an accelerated schedule (per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters at an average of 10 credit hours each and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks) or 1 year and 8 months with a normal schedule (per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters at an average of 6 credit hours each and continuous, year-round enrollment with no breaks).

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.1

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 program1 if I do not have a bachelor's degree in accounting or business?

Our graduate-level degree and certificate programs require students to have a bachelor’s degree. Our Master’s Degree in Accounting program, for example, 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 to prepare to pursue additional career goals. Please check with your state’s Board of Accountancy regarding its specific requirements for sitting for the CPA exam.1

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.1

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

We welcome students and professionals in all stages of their career paths. 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 hybrid2 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 exam.1 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.

What’s the difference between accounting and finance?

While the two fields are certainly interrelated, there are some distinct differences. You could sum up the finance vs. accounting comparison by simply saying that finance manages the “big picture” while accounting concentrates on the small details. Finance professionals use the information gathered and reported by accountants and auditors to do their planning to help enterprises grow or expand. In terms of education requirements, if you plan to work in finance, a finance degree may be a good choice. If you’re preparing to pursue a career in accounting, then you might begin your journey by earning an accounting degree.

What is the cost of tuition for an online accounting degree?

Here at DeVry, students are charged for the number of credit hours they are enrolled in. Due to this, the overall cost to earn your degree can vary based on factors such as transfer credits, course waivers6 and prior learning credit. Contact us to speak to an Admissions Representative or visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page to learn more.

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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. Coursework may qualify for credit towards the State Board of Accountancy requirements. However, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the state board of accountancy for the jurisdiction in which they are applying to determine whether they have completed the appropriate credit hours and coursework to qualify to take the CPA exam. Employees of DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management are not in a position to determine an individual’s eligibility to take the CPA exam or satisfy licensing.
2Program, course and extended classroom availability vary by location. In site-based programs, students will be required to take a substantial amount of coursework online to complete their program.
3DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation.
6Eligibility and application of course waivers vary based on the type of course waiver credit earned, the student’s enrolled location and/or the student’s state of residence. For more information, please refer to the Course Waiver section of the Keller academic catalog.