Bachelor's Degree Specialization in Accounting

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Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Business with Accounting Specialization in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

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What You'll Learn

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    Information Technology Administration & Management

    Understand business and management principles involved in IT infrastructure, information security, cyber-security, strategic planning, and resource allocation.
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    Financial Accounting

    Understand financial foundations, including asset recognition and measurement; reporting; accounting for income taxes, pensions and other post-retirement benefits; shareholders’ equity, share-based compensation and earnings per share; accounting changes and error correction; and cash flow.
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    Auditing

    Examine the principles, practices and procedures used by public accountants for certifying corporate financial statements.
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    Accounting Information Systems

    Learn to design, install, operate and manage an integrated, automated accounting system, including ledgers, transaction process cycles, application controls, information security requirements and business information systems integration.
  • federal income taxation icon

    Federal Income Taxation

    Understand business models such as sole proprietorships and limited partnerships, as well as the federal taxation concepts that apply to them. These include income inclusions and exclusions, property transactions, capital gains and losses, and tax credits.
  • financial advising icon

    Financial Advising

    Advise clients in areas such as the design of accounting or data processing systems, and long-range tax or estate planning.
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    Critical Thinking

    Learn how to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • mathematical reasoning icon

    Mathematical Reasoning

    Use mathematical formulas to solve problems or project outcomes.
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    Judgment and Decision Making

    Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to make the most appropriate choice.

An Industry Advantage

You’ll explore accounting tools, strategies and laws through DeVry’s Accounting specialization, which includes elements of Becker Professional Education’s industry-leading CPA Exam prep content built right into the coursework1.


Accreditation Matters

DeVry University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Technical Management programs have achieved voluntary accreditation** from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org, demonstrating that they have met the standards of business education that promote teaching excellence.

Career Opportunities

The accounting field encompasses a wide range of occupations and potential career paths. Graduates of our online Accounting Degree specialization may consider careers including, but not limited to:

  • Accountant

  • Budget Analyst

  • Cost Accountant

  • General Ledger Accountant

  • Payroll Manager

Option 1: Business Administration

Program-Specific Courses

Accounting

ACCT303 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT306 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT313 Intermediate Accounting III
ACCT326 Federal Tax Accounting I
ACCT406 Advanced Accounting
ACCT426 Federal Tax Accounting II
ACCT436 Advanced Cost Management
ACCT446 Auditing
ACCT454 Accounting Information Systems

Core Degree Courses

Business Core2

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
BUSN319 Marketing
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Finance and Management

ACCT360 Managerial Accounting
BIAM110 Introduction to Business Analytics
BUSN379 Finance
ECON312 Principles of Economics

SENIOR PROJECT

BUSN460 Senior Project

Electives

Two of:

BUSN350 Business Analysis
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
MGMT408 Management of Technology Resources

One of:

BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management

General Degree Courses

Communication skills

ENGL1123 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
ENGL216 Technical Writing

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Humanities4

LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

One of:

HUMN303 Introduction to the Humanities
HUMN304 Multi-Ethnic Humanities

Social Sciences

LAWS3107 The Legal Environment
SOCS185 Culture and Society

One of:

SOCS325 Environmental Sociology
SOCS350 Cultural Diversity in the Professions

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI2287 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Option 2: Management

Program-Specific Courses

Accounting

ACCT303 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT306 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT313 Intermediate Accounting III
ACCT326 Federal Tax Accounting I
ACCT406 Advanced Accounting
ACCT426 Federal Tax Accounting II
ACCT436 Advanced Cost Management
ACCT446 Auditing
ACCT454 Accounting Information Systems

Core Degree Courses

Business Core

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
BUSN319 Marketing
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Management and Technology

BIAM110 Introduction to Business Analytics
BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
BUSN369 International Business
MGMT404 Project Management
MGMT410 Human Resource Management

SENIOR PROJECT

BUSN460 Senior Project

Analytics

ACCT346 Managerial Accounting
BIAM300 Managerial Applications of Business Analytics
BUSN379 Finance

General Degree Courses

Communication skills

ENGL112 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition

Humanities4

LAS432 Technology, Society and Culture

One of:

ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS1858 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI228 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Additional General Education Selection

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Option 3: Technical Management

Program-Specific Courses

Accounting

ACCT303 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT306 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT313 Intermediate Accounting III
ACCT326 Federal Tax Accounting I
ACCT406 Advanced Accounting
ACCT426 Federal Tax Accounting II
ACCT436 Advanced Cost Management
ACCT446 Auditing
ACCT454 Accounting Information Systems

Core Degree Courses

Business Core

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN319 Marketing
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Management and Technology

BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
MGMT404 Project Management

SENIOR PROJECT

BUSN460 Senior Project

Electives9

Two of:

ACCT360 Managerial Accounting
BIAM110 Introduction to Business Analytics
BUSN379 Finance
MGMT408 Management of Technology Resources

Five of:

BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
BUSN369 International Business
BUSN412 Business Policy
GSCM206 Managing Across the Supply Chain
MGMT410 Human Resource Management
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management

General Degree Courses

Communication skills

ENGL112 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition

Humanities3

LAS432 Technology, Society and Culture

One of:

ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

Social Sciences

ECON312 Principles of Economics
SOCS1855 Culture and Society

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI228 7 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Additional General Education Selection

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Accounting Specialization Job Types

Within the accounting field there are several different careers that you might consider. Here are five areas of focus that someone pursuing a business degree with an accounting specialization may be interested in:

  • Public Accountant: Public accountants have a wide range of responsibilities and are capable of working in several different capacities. They are the generalists of the accounting profession, and can work on everything from tax documents to financial records.

  • Government Accountant: Government accountants work at all levels of government, and may manage budgets, expenses and ensure that records are being properly maintained. They may also be involved in auditing companies and individuals to ensure that they are compliant with tax laws.

  • Management Accountant: Management accountants use financial records in order to help guide the decisions of a company. They tend to work in a more analytical role than other types of accountants, who typically play a role in the keeping of financial records.
  • External Auditor: External auditors are called in by companies to ensure that they are compliant with all the rules and regulations of where they operate. In some cases, they may be hired by entities who wish to perform an audit of another company.

  • Internal Auditor: Internal auditors work for a single company and frequently audit their employer to ensure that they are remaining compliant with local and federal financial regulations.

Is an Accounting Degree Specialization Different From an Accounting Degree?

Yes, an accounting degree specialization is different from an accounting degree, but both can help you pursue similar goals. The main difference between the two is the coursework that you take. When you earn a bachelor's with an accounting specialization at DeVry, you'll be earning a Bachelor's in Business which will take a more general business-focused approach to your coursework. This degree will include courses about business as well as accounting and marketing. A Bachelor's in Accounting will be more in-depth and focused on accounting and will include fewer classes about other business disciplines.

Whether you choose to earn an online accounting degree, or an accounting specialization as part of a Bachelor's in Business, you may discover you’d like to continue your education. DeVry has a variety of accounting courses and degree programs to choose from, including a Master's Degree in Accounting or an MBA with a Specialization in Accounting. Find out how DeVry can help you find the right accounting program for you.

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Pursuing a Specialization in Accounting

Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business with an accounting specialization is an opportunity to enhance your understanding of how accounting works within the broader scope of a business degree. If you’re enrolled in one of our Bachelor’s in Business degrees, you’ll get to choose a focus that best suits your interests and career goals, including this specialization.

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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.
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2Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must also take the following to fulfill this requirement: (a) all of: BUSN412; GSCM206 (b) one of: BUSN369; INTP491 and INTP492
3Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
4Students enrolled at a Pennsylvania location must take HUMN451 as part of this requirement.
5Certain students enrolled as online students are assigned PSYC307 in lieu of this requirement.
6Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 in lieu of this requirement.
7Students enrolled at a New Jersey location may take PHYS204 or SCI200 to fulfill this requirement.
8Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 as part of this requirement or the General Education Option.
9Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must take 55 semester-credit hours of general education coursework. Fifteen semester-credit hours of general education coursework may be applied to the Electives course area
Employment in this occupation may require years of relevant experience.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.