Accounting (Online)

Accounting (Online)

See Where an Accounting Degree Can Take Your Career

If you’re looking for a career path that opens doors in the business world, then look no further than the online Business Administration: Accounting program. Accountants have the key tools a business needs – which is why they are always in demand.

At Kirkwood, you’ll learn accounting from experienced faculty that understand what it takes to succeed in the field. They’ll prepare you for your next step, be it transferring on to a four-year college, or heading into the workforce with high earning potential.

This two-year online A.A.S. program provides students with the background they need to secure entry-level positions in general accounting, cost accounting, tax, credit, or other specialized areas of financial accounting and financial reporting. To better serve our students, all courses for Business Administration: Accounting will be offered online starting Fall 2021.

How to Apply Program Details

Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Graduates of the online Accounting program will be able to:

  • Evaluate career options in business as a basis for making appropriate career choices.
  • Utilize critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions in business situations.
  • Communicate information effectively using a variety of formats for diverse audiences.
  • Analyze the ethical and legal implications of business decisions within the global business environment.
  • Complete and explain steps in the accounting cycle and apply generally accepted accounting principles to the valuation of assets, liabilities and owners’ equity.
  • Prepare, interpret and analyze financial statements for corporations in the service, merchandising and manufacturing businesses.
  • Use planning and control principles to evaluate the performance of a business.
  • Apply appropriate accounting principles to special topics.


Career options can include:

  • Accounting clerk
  • Cost accountant
  • General accountant
  • Office manager
  • Payroll clerk

Learn more about potential careers and median salaries in the accounting field.

Program Costs

Business Administration: Accounting 

School Year: 2024–25

Program Entry Semester: Fall

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Total
Credit Hours per Semester 14 14 6 15 15 64
In-State Tuition $3,038 $3,038 $1,302 $3,255 $3,255 $13,888
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 $250
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $563 $494 $340 $428 $455 $2,280
Course/Section Fees $37 $0 $0 $0 $25 $62
Laptop (required devices) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Tool Sets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Uniforms $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $3,688 $3,582 $1,692 $3,733 $3,785 $16,480


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $217 (In-State), $290 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

Fees and costs are subject to change. To view all costs associated with attending college visit our Tuition and Costs page.

Additional Information

Technical Accounting Certificate*

Tax Preparer Certificate*


*State and federal aid may be used for the diploma on its own or as part of the degree program above.

Mission Statement

Identify the evolving accounting needs of the community and provide the skill set necessary for career-appropriate employment.


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