B.A. Accounting Overview

As every nonprofit and for-profit organization needs an accountant, Ave Maria University’s online accounting degree will provide you with the credentials to pursue a career in the field. Prepare to become a certified public accountant or pursue a position at a private firm, the IRS, or a state or local government institution. Acquire a strong educational background in accounting fundamentals that’s integrated with a Catholic worldview. Combined with the convenience of the online format, you will learn from professors who are experts in accounting, management, finance, economics, taxation, and business law.

Through the well-rounded curriculum, you’ll gain practical experience in the skills necessary to excel in business. You will become fluent in accounting information systems, tax preparation, auditing, and managerial, cost, and financial accounting. The program examines management theories, tools, and their practical applications, as well as the foundational principles of legal systems as they apply to business.

Additionally, you will explore the fundamentals of macroeconomics, microeconomics, and finance. With a course in quantitative business analysis, you will be introduced to the basic quantitative methods used by managers to improve a business’s decision-making process. As you’re introduced to statistical inference with applications in economics and the social sciences, you’ll use statistical software to evaluate probability theory, sampling distributions, regression analysis, and more. Our online accounting degree also includes a capstone course that focuses on the concept of strategic management through readings, discussions, and case analysis.


Ave Maria University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Ave Maria University.

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Program Details

  • Next start date: January 7
  • Credit hours: 128
  • Cost per credit: $425
  • Number of transfer credits accepted: 96
  • Estimated completion time: 4 years

Courses & Curriculum

Ave Maria University’s online accounting degree consists of a total of 32 program courses. The Catholic-based curriculum explores key concepts in accounting, business, economics, finance, and statistics. In addition to the core curriculum’s 14 courses, you must choose 21 credits’ worth of elective courses to complete the program’s 128 total credits.

Completion of all of the courses of this major, and of the bachelor’s degree, qualifies a student to sit for the CPA exam (for more information, visit the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s website).

Core Curriculum Requirements (56 credits)

The core curriculum provides a balanced approach to generalized and specialized knowledge while integrating the tradition of Western Catholic thought. Required for our bachelor’s degrees, the courses are the same for all undergraduate degrees and teach you how to learn.

Required Courses (68 credits)

  • ACCT 201: Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 202: Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 300: Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 301: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 302: Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 411: Auditing
  • ACCT 421: Federal Individual Taxation
  • BUSN 303: Management and Ethics
  • BUSN 340: Business Law I
  • BUSN 368: Quantitative Business Analysis
  • BUSN 490: Strategic Management/Business Capstone
  • ECON 201: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics
  • FINC 301: Fundamentals of Finance
  • STAT 230: Applied Statistics
  • ACCT 311: Accounting Information Systems
  • MKTG 200: Marketing

This Program Consists Of

32 Total Courses Earn Your Degree Faster By Transferring Credits

Admission Requirements & Process

To be considered for Ave Maria’s online bachelor’s in accounting program, you must have a combined GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale from all past colleges attended is required for transfer students. If less than 24 credits of college-level coursework has been completed, then the high school GPA will also be taken into consideration.

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Tuition & Fees

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at (844) 747-2022 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500. Fees are charged per course unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated two to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Full Program Tuition$425 per credit hour$54,400
Full Program Fees$35 per course$1,120
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 96)$425 per credit hour$13,600
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 96)$35 per course$280
Total with Transfer Credits$13,880

Career Outcomes

As a graduate of Ave’s online accounting degree, you’ll have the credentials to pursue several career paths. Potential career outcomes include (median annual salaries and job growth predictions are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and job growth is projected through 2026):

An accountant performs accounting, auditing, consultant and tax duties. They handle financial documents, determine taxes owed, prepare tax returns, and utilize account books and accounting systems.

  • Median annual salary: $69,350
  • Job growth: 10 percent

Auditors check for mismanagement of funds and determine ways to eradicate waste and fraud. Internal auditors work within an organization, while external auditors are employed outside of a business. They may also inspect financial statements.

  • Median annual salary: $69,350
  • Job growth: 10 percent

A controller oversees the preparation of an organization’s financial reports and forecasts the business’s financial position. He or she may manage an organization’s accounting, audit, and budget departments.

  • Median annual salary: $125,080
  • Job growth: 19 percent

Financial Aid

At Ave, we understand that coming up with the funds for a college education can get tricky. We offer financial aid to all eligible students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our financial aid options include grants and loans.

Simply complete the application online on the FAFSA website. Remember to use Ave Maria University’s school code: 039413. After we have received your information, we will determine your financial aid eligibility and notify you so that you can accept any or all of it. In addition, one of our friendly enrollment counselors can assist you throughout the entire process.

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Military Students

We proudly offer assistance for U.S. military veterans. Veterans can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill and the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation for veterans with a service-connected disability. Spouses and dependents of veterans can also receive assistance.

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