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Viterbo University's accredited accounting program offers you the opportunity to complete your bachelor's degree in an online adult learning format. If you already hold an associate degree in accounting or have completed the required accounting prerequisite courses, this fully online accounting major provides you the opportunity to complete your bachelor's degree. This program prepares students to sit for state public accounting exams (CPA/CMA), which requires 150 hours of college credit. Depending on your transfer credits, you will meet this requirement (or be close to it) upon completion of this degree. One of the strongest reasons for earning a bachelor's degree in this field is to prepare to take the CPA exam. Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services states that coursework taken at a two-year community or technical college is not acceptable unless it can be transferred to and appears on the transcripts of a four-year bachelor's degree granting institution.

The goal of this program is to turn our excellent business practitioners into visionaries, strategic thinkers, and principled leaders. With a bachelor's degree in accounting from Viterbo, you will be prepared to make complex fiscal decisions, analyze financial and tax data, and apply ethical decision-making to the work environment. With all the changes occuring in the global marketplace, our graduates will be prepared for exciting careers in many arenas.

Career opportunities for accountants

Accountants are needed by tax departments in private companies as well as government and public accounting firms. The program focuses on ethical decision-making, corporate social responsibility, and communication.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting program, you will be prepared for a career in positions including:

Financial analyst Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Financial accountant
Business analyst Tax planning and return preparation Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Tax accountant Management and advisory services Bank account management service specialist
Auditor Cost accountant Banking accounting analyst
Accountant Internal accountant Leasing account manager

We support our online students with online tutoring with Smart Thinking in a variety of formats—from immediate drop-in assistance to scheduled online tutoring sessions, as well as writing assistance.

The accounting degree program offers:

  • a generous transfer credit policy that allows you to transfer credits from other regionally-accredited institutions (see our articulation agreements).
  • assistance from peers and faculty in our new finance lab, with additional tutoring help during evening hours.
  • the option to attend full-time or part-time.
  • personalized advising and support services.
  • flexibility, with all classes available online in eight-week terms.
  • classes that begin three times per year in August, January, and May.

Earn credit for prior learning

If you have earned professional certifications, completed training in your workplace, or have a number of years of experience in your field, you may qualify to receive credit for prior learning, which can help you earn your degree more quickly and lower the overall cost. To find out whether or not you might be eligible, use our Credit Predictor Tool.

For more information

For more information, check out our Accounting Degree FAQs. And if you are interested in our online Accounting degree program, contact the Center for Adult Learning at Viterbo University by filling out the "Request Information" form on this page or by calling us at 1-888-VITERBO (1-888-848-3726).