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. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting
      • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting & Finance
      • Master's in Business Administration/Finance
      • Master's in Business Administration/Management
      • Master's in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Purdue University Global

    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
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • Bachelor: Managerial Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Tax Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Auditing-Forensic Accountancy
      • BSBA - Investment
      • Bachelor: Public-General Accountancy
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Health Care Administration
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Accounting, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S. - Emphasis in International Business
    Associate's
      • Business Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Ohio Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Dual Degree - MBA & Masters of Ministry
      • Master of Arts in Leadership - Business Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance
      • Master of Business Administration
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Criminal Justice Administration
      • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Emergency Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS: Accounting
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Information Systems: Accounting Information Systems
      • BS: Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
      • B.S. in Accounting
      • B.S. in Finance
    Associate's
      • A.S. in Accounting
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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 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
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA: Business Administration
    Master's
      • MAcc: Accounting
      • MBA: Accounting
      • MBA: Business Administration
    Bachelor's
      • BA: Accounting
      • BA: Business Administration - Accounting
      • BA: Business Administration - Management
      • BA: Business Administration - Logistics
      • BA: Business Administration - Marketing
    Associate's
      • AA: Business Administration

Featured Schools

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

Florida Tech

  • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting
  • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting & Finance
  • Master's in Business Administration/Finance

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Purdue University Global

  • Master - Accounting
  • MS in Accounting- Tax Specialization
  • Bachelor: Accounting
  • Bachelor: Managerial Accountancy

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Colorado Christian University

  • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
  • Accounting, B.S.
  • Business Administration, A.S.

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Ohio Christian University

  • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Accounting
  • Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management

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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

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Liberty University

  • MS: Accounting
  • BS: Information Systems: Accounting Information Systems
  • BS: Business Administration

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Post University

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

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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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