Public Accounting

Public Accountants are generally thought of as CPAs, or Certified Public Accountants. CPAs make up the mainstay of personal accounting services in the United States, preparing millions of tax statements each year. Public Accountants can also find themselves working for a firm that provides accounting services to companies and non-profit organizations. Public Accountants perform numerous tasks, including reviewing financial statements, assessing risk, testing system reliability, evaluating business assets, tax planning and consulting, measuring performance, analyzing operations, financial planning, and benchmarking against competition.

Associate’s programs in Public Accounting study the basic principles of accounting, including debits, credits, balance sheets, and income statements. The Bachelor in Accounting curriculums dive deeper into the subject and include professional, ethical, and technical aspects of accounting in a variety of corporate and governmental settings. The Master in Accounting degree offers students advanced accounting courses that are necessary in order to apply for permission to take the Certified Public Accountant exam. For those students who which to teach accounting, become experts in the field, or consult, the PhD degree explores why we use accounting the way we do and provides the chance to conduct original research.

Online Public Accounting Degrees

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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