Free Online Accounting and Bookkeeping Courses Offered by Top Universities

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What kind of job can you get with an associate's degree in accounting and bookkeeping? Find out degree program requirements, online options and info on courses.
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Getting Educated For Free

1. Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping Courses

2. Intermediate Accounting and Bookkeeping Courses

3. Advanced Accounting and Bookkeeping Courses

Making the Most of Your Accounting Knowledge

A degree is required for some accounting jobs, but not all of them. Employers frequently hire accounting or bookkeeping clerks who only have a high school diploma and a minimal amount of accounting know-how. This is where your free accounting education will come in handy.

Once you have at least two years work experience, you can make your resume more attractive by seeking out the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation, which is awarded by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.

If you can pass a graduate level accounting exam and have at least two years experience in management accounting you can also obtain the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation from the Institute of Management Accountants.

These voluntary certifications are perhaps the best way to prove that you are capable and gain a competitive edge over degreed applicants.

Salary Potential

Individuals in the accounting field typically earn between $49,580 and $85,080 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov. Salaries almost always depend on the individual's job title, employer and level of experience.

Job Title Median Annual Salary
Bookkeeping or Accounting Clerk $30,560
Accounting Manager $55,560
Accountant, Tax Preparer $57,020

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master - Accounting
      • MS in Accounting- Tax Specialization
      • MS in Accounting - Audit Specialization
      • MS in Accounting - Government Specialization
      • MS in Accounting - Finance Specialization
      • MBA: Finance
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • Bachelor: Managerial Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Tax Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Auditing-Forensic Accountancy
      • BSBA - Investment
      • Bachelor: Public-General Accountancy
    Associate's
      • Associate: Accounting
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master of Finance
      • MS - Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Business Management
    Certificate
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
      • Master of Science in Taxation
      • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. South College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting
      • Bachelor of Business Administration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Accounting
      • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Advanced Accounting
      • PhD in Business Admin - Advanced Accounting
      • PhD in Business Admin - Financial Management
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
    Master's
      • MS - Accounting
      • MBA - Financial Management
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • MBA - Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
    Master's
      • MBA: Accounting
      • MBA: Finance
      • MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
      • B.S. in Accounting
      • B.S. in Finance
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Managerial Accounting
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Public Accounting
      • Masters in Accounting
      • Masters in Business Administration - Public Accounting
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Finance
      • Masters in Business Administration - Finance
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Financial Economics
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
    Certificate
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Managerial Accounting
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Public Accounting
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Finance
  • Online Programs Available
    9. The University of Scranton

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Accounting
      • Master of Accountancy
      • MBA - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Dual MBA-MHA
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Government Analytics

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Kaplan University

  • Master - Accounting
  • Bachelor: Accounting
  • Associate: Accounting

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Colorado State University Global

  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • BS - Accounting
  • Graduate Specialization - Accounting

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Saint John's University

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
  • Master of Science in Taxation

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South College

  • Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Associate of Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Advanced Accounting
  • PhD in Business Admin - Advanced Accounting
  • MS - Accounting
  • MBA - Financial Management

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • MBA: Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
  • B.S. in Accounting
  • B.S. in Finance

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Brenau University

  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Managerial Accounting
  • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
  • Post Graduate Certificate - Managerial Accounting

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