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. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA in Accounting
      • MS in Accounting
      • MS in Accounting - Management Accounting
      • MS in Accounting - Taxation
      • MBA in Forensic Accounting
      • MS in Accounting - Forensic Accounting
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Accounting
      • BS in Business Studies - Accounting
      • BS in Business Studies - Org Leadership
      • BS Finance
      • BS in Finance - Financial Planning
      • BS in Business Studies - Business Finance
    Associate's
      • AS in Accounting
      • AS in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA-Accountancy
      • MA/Accountancy - Accounting
      • MBA - Finance
      • MBA - Media Management
      • MBA - Business Economics
      • MBA
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Accounting
      • BA/Sports and Recreation Management - Finance
      • B.A. - Business Admin
      • B.A. - International Business
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Human Resources
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting & Healthcare Mgmt.
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • B.S. - Business Management: Business Admin Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
    Master's
      • MBA: Accounting
      • MS in Accounting
      • MBA: Finance
      • MBA
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Accounting
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Applied Management
      • BS in Finance and Economics
      • BS in Business Admin.
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Personal Financial Planning
      • Master of Business Administration - Executive Management (Virtual Format)
      • Master of Business Administration - No Specialization
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Accounting
      • B.S. Business Administration - Personal Financial Planning
      • B.S. Business Administration - No Specialization
      • B.S. General Studies - Business
    Associate's
      • A.S. Accounting
      • A.S. Business
      • A.S. General Studies - Business
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Private Sector Accounting
    Associate's
      • Associate: Accounting Specialist
      • Associate's - Business Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • MBA - Financial Management
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • MBA - Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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
    10. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin: Accounting
      • Master: Accounting
      • Master of Business Admin: Finance
      • Master of Business Admin
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Business Administration - Finance
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Organizational Behavior
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Business Development
      • BS - Business Administration - General

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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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MBA in Accounting
  • BS in Accounting
  • AS in Accounting

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Ashford University

  • MA-Accountancy
  • MA/Accountancy - Accounting
  • B.A. - Accounting
  • BA/Sports and Recreation Management - Finance

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Public Safety Leadership
  • Bachelor: Accounting
  • Associate of Science - Accounting
  • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • MBA: Accounting
  • BS in Accounting

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Master of Business Administration - Personal Financial Planning
  • B.S. Accounting
  • A.S. Accounting

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Virginia College

  • Bachelor: Private Sector Accounting
  • Associate: Accounting Specialist
  • Associate's - Business Admin

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Northcentral University

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

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