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. 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
      • MBA: Finance
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • Bachelor: Managerial Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Tax Accountancy
      • Bachelor: Auditing-Forensic Accountancy
      • BSBA - Investment
      • Bachelor: Public-General Accountancy
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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
    3. 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
    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 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. Davenport University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Accountancy, MAcc
      • Finance Concentration, MBA
      • Master of Business Administration, MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Accounting, BBA
      • Business, BBA
      • Accounting Fraud Investigation, BBA
      • Finance, BBA
    Certificate
      • Managerial Accounting, GRC
      • Forensic Accounting, Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Independence University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Accounting (BS)
      • Accounting - Forensic Accounting Emphasis (BS)
      • Business Administration (BS)
      • Business Administration - Technology Emphasis (BS)
    Associate's
      • Business (AAS)
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Biola University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Online BS in Business Management
  • Online Programs Available
    8. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Business Administration/Accounting
      • BS in Accounting
      • BA in Business Administration/Finance
      • BA in Business Administration/Management
      • BA in Business Administration
    Associate's
      • AS in Accounting
      • AA in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Business Administration, MBA
      • 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
    10. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Accounting
      • B.A. - Business Admin: Finance
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Accounting

Featured Schools

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

Purdue University Global

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

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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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Grand Canyon University

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

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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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Davenport University

  • Master of Accountancy, MAcc
  • Accounting, BBA
  • Managerial Accounting, GRC

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Independence University

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting Emphasis (BS)
  • Business (AAS)

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Biola University

  • Online BS in Business Management

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New England College

  • BA in Business Administration/Accounting
  • BS in Accounting
  • AS in Accounting
  • AA in Business Administration

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