4 Things to Expect from Your Online Accounting Degree Program

By John Koehler April 4, 2021

Did you know the accounting field is growing by 4% and quickly approaching 1.5 million jobs1? That’s as fast as average. With this kind of job opportunity, it’s clear that pursuing a degree in accounting is a good move. If traditional school is not an option for your busy life, an online accounting degree program may be exactly what you’re looking for.

If you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting, but you don’t know much about online education, we can help take the mystery out of it!

Here are four things to expect from your online accounting degree program:

1. You Can Learn More than Numbers

An article by U.S News2 states that “businesses are increasingly looking to accountant to provide analysis on the numbers – on ways to cut costs, create efficiencies or up profits. In other words, accountants are not just number crunchers.”

At UA Grantham, a few of our online accounting degree program outcomes focus on areas other than analyzing accounting data. In addition to learning accounting concepts, tools and strategies, upon successful completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking through applying decision-support tools
  • Describe decision making skills that are relevant to professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  • Demonstrate communication skills
  • Understand the importance of diversity

So what does this mean? Well, while you master your strategic accounting skills throughout the program, you will be gaining invaluable business skills, too.

2. You Can Gain Business Skills

The online accounting degree program at UA Grantham offers a curriculum filled with business courses ranging from Principles of Business Management to Business Law II. Upon completion of the BS in Accounting program at UA Grantham, you will have the opportunity to enter the workforce with a strong foundation of business knowledge.

“The advance of technology has taken a lot of the executing of tasks…out of the hands of accountants and into the hands of machines,” said Chris Ekimoff3, director at RSM, an accounting and financial advisory firm. “That has made accountants fit more into the role of trusted business advisors.”

With the extensive knowledge about business and ethical responsibility you can learn in an online accounting degree program, you will be putting yourself in a good position to fill the desired “trusted business advisor” role.

3. You Can Learn How to Use Accounting Information Software

Gone are the paper-based days of "bookkeeping." Instead, accounting software is often used by accountants to interpret data more efficiently.

IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) state that4, "Increased use of AI will allow accountants to focus on providing better decision support rather than on data gathering and manual analyses. Increased use of AI will also require accountants to step up and address associated risks with AI through effective governance and internal controls."

At UA Grantham, we provide an Accounting Information Systems course, through which students can form an understanding of how to use current accounting technology effectively in contemporary business organizations. As Messmer said, this knowledge and understanding of accounting in the digital age can help place you above the competition for potential accounting positions.

4. Your Online Education Comes with Advantages

According to research from the National Center for Education Statistics5, there were 6,932,074 students enrolled in any distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions in 2018.

With nearly 7 million people enrolled in online postsecondary courses, there has to be some advantages, right? Right.

UA Grantham commits to making higher education accessible and affordable for many people. Your online education at UA Grantham accommodates your busy schedule, whether you are working full time or are your family’s primary caretaker. We also offer financial aid and scholarships to qualified students.

As an institution accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), all UA Grantham programs have been examined by subject matter experts and have either met or exceeded the Accrediting Commission’s academic and ethical standards. With a degree from UA Grantham, you can get the best of both worlds. A flexible, affordable online education that fits into your schedule, and an exceptional accounting education.

How to Start Your Online Accounting Degree Program

If you want to pursue a career in accounting, but don’t know how to fit it in your busy schedule, consider jumping into the world of online education with an online accounting degree program.

Contact us today to learn more about how to get started on your accounting education.

About the Author

John Koehler
John Koehler is a senior marketing specialist on University of Arkansas Grantham's marketing operations team. John is passionate about enabling education opportunities and a positive experience for prospective students. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from Rockhurst University.
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