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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

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High-quality accounting services have always been crucial to an organization’s success. Earning an online associate’s degree in accounting at Purdue Global can prepare you for a variety of entry-level opportunities in this dynamic career field.

Associate's Degree in Accounting Program Highlights

Our accounting associate’s degree program focuses on more than just analyzing and interpreting numbers. You’ll study how to communicate effectively and network with people from all walks of business.

In addition to providing a solid foundation of core academic requirements, our Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree curriculum emphasizes:

  • Analyzing, recording, and interpreting accounting information based upon industry guidelines
  • Building, maintaining, and operating a computerized accounting system using accounting software
  • Preparing payroll, financial statements, and tax documents according to federal and state regulations
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Purdue University Global business programs are accredited by ACBSP.

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Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What Are the Career Opportunities?

Earning your associate’s degree in accounting may prepare you for a variety of entry-level careers in accounting, such as the following:

  • Full-charge bookkeeper
  • Payroll professional
  • Tax preparer
  • Auditing clerk
  • Accounting assistant

If you want to begin a career in business administration, earning an accounting degree may help you acquire valuable accounting knowledge and skills that will help you stand out to employers.*

When you are ready to continue your education, your associate’s degree may bring you at least halfway toward earning a bachelor’s degree at Purdue Global.

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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June 06, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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October 17, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting focus on theories and principles relevant to the application of accounting functions in business. Courses include:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Federal Tax
  • Business Math and Statistical Measures
  • Introduction to Management

Your program will culminate with a capstone course that builds upon all the courses taken in the program.

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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits20
  • Major Credits60
  • Elective Credits10
  • Total Credits90

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Certain accounting positions may require further certification and/or licensing by individual states. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. 

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.