Accredited Online Accounting Schools and Degree Programs

Prospective accounting students can ensure that they receive the best accounting education by enrolling in an accredited program. Find out more about what specific accreditations exist in this field, as well as potential career opportunities. In addition, use our comprehensive database of online accounting degrees to help with your school search.

  • Accreditation Agencies
  • Career Options
  • Notable Schools

Accreditation Agencies

The following agencies specifically accredit accounting programs. Schools may have institution-wide accreditation from another accreditor not listed here as well as program-specific accreditation.

Career Options

Accounting degrees can open up some opportunities in the field of number crunching. Below are some of the most common career possibilities for those with an education in this field.

Job Title National Employment Mean Hourly Wage Mean Annual Wage
Accountant and Auditor 1,129,340 $34.15 $71,040
Bookkeeper 1,606,260 $17.62 $36,640
Tax Examiner and Collector 65,560 $26.95 $56,050
Financial Manager 484,910 $59.26 $123,260
Personal Financial Advisor 175,470 $43.66 $90,820

Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

Notable Schools

Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.


Listed below are some of the most recognized schools for accounting that also happen to offer the degree completely online, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level (or both). Some programs may have minimal campus requirements despite it being a fully online program, so check with the school for more details.

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington / Online

Washington State University has been included in top school rankings by U.S. News & World Report for its undergraduate business programs as well as for best overall schools in the nation. WSU’s online accounting program is accredited by the AACSB, and offered through the university’s global campus. Its reputation for dedicated faculty, relevant coursework, and graduate preparedness continues to earn the school recognition.

Bellevue University

Bellevue, Nebraska / Online

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report for having some of the best online bachelor’s programs as well as graduate business programs in the country, Colorado State University offers its accounting program online. In fact, the school was one of the earliest accredited institutions to offer online degree programs, launching its first Web-based program in 1996. Though the curricula, technology, and tools have since changed, class sizes are still kept small to give each student more individualized attention.

Brandman University

Irvine, California / Online

Brandman University is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report for having some of the best online bachelor’s and graduate business degrees in the nation. Originally founded in 1958 as part of Chapman University to serve the nearby El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the school remains military friendly, though it now offers programs to non-military students as well on campus and online. In addition, the school boasts a 70% graduation rate, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Campus Only

These are some of the best-ranked traditional schools offering accounting degrees. Though some of the schools listed may offer online degrees in other topics, they do not offer distance programs for accounting.

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been ranked as one of the best schools for accounting by both U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. The school’s accounting programs continue to garner recognition from reputable publications for its graduate preparedness, faculty quality, and course rigor. In fact, the accounting program has produced some notable alumni, including Charles Arthur Bowsher, who served as the Comptroller General of the United States for 15 years and an inductee to the Accounting Hall of Fame.

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah

Brigham Young University is consistently ranked in the top 10 for best accounting programs by publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. BYU first started offering bookkeeping classes in the 1880s, and has been gaining recognition for its contributions to accounting education ever since, including awards for Outstanding Innovation in Accounting Education from the American Accounting Association in 1993 and 2007.

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Consistently ranked as one of the top schools for accounting by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek, the University of Notre Dame boasts a high job placement rate at 100% in 2012, high-quality faculty, and on-trend course curricula. The school also has its own accounting association for professional networking and CPA certification assistance.