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
    Associate's
      • Associate: Accounting
      • Associate: Business Admin.
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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 - Business Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Corporate Finance
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - General
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Self-Designed
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - General (Fast Track)
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Accounting
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Finance
      • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - General
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Administration
    Master's
      • MBA - Finance
    Bachelor's
      • BSBA - Finance
      • BS - Business Administration
    Associate's
      • AS - Business
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Finance
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • 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
      • Business Administration, M.A. - Enterprise Agility
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Accountancy
      • B.S. Business: International Business
    Associate's
      • Business Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Accounting
      • B.S. in Business - Accounting
      • B.S. in Business
      • B.A. in English - Government
      • B.A. in Government
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA: Accounting
      • DBA: Finance
    Master's
      • MS: Accounting
      • MBA: Accounting
      • MS: Accounting: Business
      • MS: Accounting: Leadership
      • MBA: General (36-hour)
      • MS: Accounting: Audit & Financial Reporting
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Accounting
      • BS: Information Systems: Accounting Information Systems
    Associate's
      • AA: Accounting
      • AA: Business
  • 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 - Finance
      • BS - Business Management
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. Baker College

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration - DBA
    Master's
      • Accounting - MBA
      • General Business - MBA
      • Finance - MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Accounting
      • Business Administration - Accelerated Program

Featured Schools

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Purdue University Global

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

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Public Safety Leadership
  • Bachelor: Accounting
  • Associate of Science - Business Management

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Walden University

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Corporate Finance
  • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Accounting
  • BS in Business Administration (BSBA) - Finance

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Columbia Southern University

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • MBA - Finance
  • BSBA - Finance
  • AS - Business
  • Graduate Certificate - Finance

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • MBA: Accounting
  • Bachelor: Accounting

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Colorado Christian University

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • B.S. Accountancy
  • Business Administration, A.S.

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Regent University

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • B.S. in Accounting
  • B.S. in Business - Accounting

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Liberty University

  • DBA: Accounting
  • MS: Accounting
  • BS: Accounting
  • AA: Accounting

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