Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting Online

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Program at a Glance

  • Most bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are required to have some postsecondary education.*
  • Curriculum emphasizes accounting software and the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to identify solutions to accounting business demands.
  • A capstone project at the end of your associate's degree program allows you to demonstrate your ability to apply theories and concepts to real-world accounting principles.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
2 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(60 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
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Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Overview

The curriculum in our accounting associate’s degree program 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

Continue With Your Bachelor’s Degree

When you’re ready to further your education, your associate’s degree may bring you halfway toward earning a Purdue Global bachelor’s degree.*

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Accounting could put you on the way to meeting the educational requirements to sit for the CPA or CMA examinations.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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

The curriculum is reviewed and revised continually by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure they reflect the most recent developments in the field of business.

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

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Major Credits
  • Elective Credits
  • Total Credits

Career Opportunities

High-quality accounting services are crucial to an organization’s success. Earning an online associate’s degree in accounting can prepare you for entry-level opportunities in this dynamic career field.

Employers typically require some college education, especially coursework in accounting, for accounting positions. 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.§

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Complex Problem-Solving
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 395 Faculty publications in 2021–2022
student at desk icon More Than 38,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Future Programs: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.

Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors, on the Internet at National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. Certain accounting positions may require further certification and/or licensing by individual states.

§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.