Accounting & Ethics

Accounting Ethics studies how ethics, moral values, and judgment apply to the accounting field. In light of such corporate scandals as Enron and others, the study of the ethics of accounting has grown in popularity and scope. The type of work performed by accountants requires a great deal of ethics. Investors, managers, and the public at large rely a great deal on the financial reports prepared by accountants. Because raw business data often falls on the accountant for interpretation, the accountant needs a strong ethical background to understand ethical procedure, fight corruption, and report illegal behavior.

Due to the importance of ethics in this field, accounting degrees of all levels contain some component that is devoted to ethical accounting. At the associates level, programs focus on ethics as a core piece of their curriculum. The Bachelor’s in Accounting and Ethics fulfills some of the requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and provides and ethical intensive look into taxation, auditing, and financial reporting. Master’s programs explore compliance management and ethical financial reporting. Doctoral programs focus on independent research into the congruence of accounting and ethics, and prepare students to teach and serve as leaders in the field.

Featured Online Accounting Degree Programs

Learn how to help businesses track income, assets and expenses over time in a range of settings that will suit your lifestyle. If you really want to learn how businesses operate, an accounting degree can provide you with that foundation.


Kaplan University's online Associate of Applied Science in Accounting will teach you the theories and principles of business accounting, and provide you with the technical skills you need to succeed in an entry-level accounting position. You also can go on to earn your B.S. in accounting with specialties in auditing and managerial accountancy.
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AIU Online developed its Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting and Finance degree completion program to prepare students for career opportunities such as internal auditors, loan officers, personal financial advisers and more. Graduates also have a strong foundation for continued studies and can apply for AIU Online's MBA program in accounting upon graduation.
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Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (BAACC) degree in the comfort of your home from Ashford University, and develop the necessary analytical, conceptual and technical knowledge and proficiency in this field. Upon graduation, you will possess a practical understanding of these ideas and other important accounting concepts and skills required to demonstrate fundamental accounting principles and procedures.
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