Launch your career in the fast-growing accounting field with a degree designed for working adults. With a program built around the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Core Competency Framework, hands-on experience, and an emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking, Champlain's online associate in accounting degree will prepare you for success.
Build Your Career Future
Develop the accounting skills and business acumen today's employers are looking for. Through the accounting associate degree online program, you'll gain both foundational accounting skills and key soft skills (like communication and teamwork) that are essential for career growth, and emerge ready to tackle the challenges faced by today's accounting professionals.
This degree is ideal for those looking to enter the accounting field, or for those who have found themselves in an accounting-related role and are seeking formal training and knowledge of the accounting discipline. Plus, it's a solid stepping stone toward a full bachelor's degree in accounting for those who are returning to school after time away, or embarking on their first degree.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction
Move Your Accounting Career Forward
Accounting careers are expected to see steady growth between 2018 and 2028, with globalization and a growing economy resulting in a high demand for qualified accounting professionals. Accountants and auditors can expect a median annual salary of $70,500.*
Graduates of Champlain's associate in accounting degree program will be prepared for a variety of accounting roles across all sectors, including tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services, in the areas of government, finance and insurance, manufacturing, and more.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; jobs titles: Payscale, 2019
Top Jobs for Associate in Accounting Graduates
- Accounting Assistant
- Accounts Receivable Clerk
- Administrative Assistant
- Auditing Clerk
- Bookkeeping Clerk
- Payroll Clerk
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online accounting associate degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online accounting courses encompass the top skills needed by today's accounting professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Professional Courses (30 credits):
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting I (15-week course)
- Intermediate Accounting II (15-week course)
- Federal Taxes I (15-week course)
- Cost Accounting (10-week course)
- The Landscape of Internet Security
- Business Law I
- Managing Behavior in Organizations
- Principles of Marketing
General Education Courses (30 credits):
- Interpersonal Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Critical Reading and Expository Writing I
- Critical Reading and Expository Writing II
- Introduction to Statistics (15-week course)
- Hum/Sci/Math Elective (3 credits required)
- General Electives (9 credits required)
Accounting Course Descriptions:
Accounting is the language of business. This course introduces the student to accounting from the point of view of the user of financial reports and is appropriate for personal as well as business applications. Students explore the impact of transactions on the financial position and profitability of a business, and analyze financial reports of real-world corporations.
Managerial accounting focuses on the needs of management for accounting information to make informed decisions in the internal operations of a company. Topics include decision-making, accounting for planning and control, cost-volume-profit relationships, and budgeting.
The course continues the study of the topics introduced in Financial Accounting but shifts the point of view to that of the provider of accounting information. It presents an in-depth and critical study of generally accepted accounting concepts and principles. Topics include a review of the accounting cycle, the conceptual framework of accounting, the income statement and statement of cash flows. Students examine in detail the balance sheet items of cash, receivables, inventories, and debt financing.
The study of generally accepted accounting concepts and principles continues. Topics include equity financing; property, plant and equipment; intangible assets; investments in debt and equity securities; employee compensation; special revenue recognition methods, lease accounting, statement of cash flow, and financial statement analysis.
Students learn the basic skills of tax planning and tax research for individuals. Topics covered include tax determination and payments, gross income inclusions and exclusions, and itemized deductions. Many actual federal tax forms for individuals are studied. In addition to their textbooks, students use the computerized federal tax code and the Internal Revenue Service web site.
Cost accounting presents the behavioral aspects of accounting and identifies essential data that managers use for planning and controlling, costing products and services, and performance measurement. Students study the basic concepts, uses, and procedures related to types of costs and costing systems and uses this information to solve business problems. They will develop quantitative and qualitative analytical skills to analyze and interpret raw data that support the business decision-making process and inventory costing.
Security is everyone's problem. The Internet is full of attackers who are looking to steal your information or get control over your system. This is a problem for individuals and businesses so it's essential that even casual users understand enough of how the Internet is put together to be able to understand the threats they face. Students will learn how businesses communicate via the internet and how that exposes them to some of the fundamental attack types. Students will learn how to protect themselves from those attacks.
Provides an overview of the entire legal system, with an emphasis on contract rights. Discusses the essential elements of a contract, the breach of contracts and the remedies for breach. Presents business and consumer laws, including white-collar crime, landlord-tenant rights, real property interests and administrative law.
There are two ways to view behavior in organizations: cultural/interpretive and technical/rational. Students will explore both views, how they explain and predict organizational behavior and the management approaches they inform. Within these contexts, students will explore team and individual behaviors, ethical and diversity issues in the workplace, and how to foster success in the face of significant change. Students will apply course concepts to real-world scenarios and their personal experiences.
Marketing is the process that moves goods/services from concept through customer, while considering the customer's needs and satisfaction. Students learn marketing terminology and principles including the marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion) and the Four C's (create,connect,change and cancel). Marketing knowledge is reinforced through application, and students have an opportunity to integrate these principles with managerial accounting concepts. The impact of ethical issues, diversity, globalization and social responsibility on marketing decisions will also be examined.
Students will study the basic concepts and theories of communication, and learn to apply this knowledge to improve their relationships with others through everyday communication. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret people's verbal and nonverbal behavior more accurately, and to be more aware of how others interpret communicative behavior. They will learn how to listen actively with empathy, and how to interact effectively and appropriately with others from different social and cultural backgrounds. Students will also explore how to use communication as a tool to develop their relationships and self-concepts, and how to manage conflict using specific communicative strategies.
This course builds on COM 130, but with an emphasis on how to develop skills for communicating competently in an increasingly diverse society. Students will explore how culture is communicated verbally and non-verbally, and how to interpret and understand culturally-specific communicative practices. They will also learn how to establish, develop and manage relationships with culturally different peoples, and how to recognize and overcome cultural stereotypes and prejudices.
Complete COMM-130 or COM-100.
A general survey course that covers theories and applications of macroeconomics. Business firms, international economics, labor and government are included. Also examines monetary policy, taxes, public finances, economic output and growth, and international trade in the world economy.
Develops the ability to use writing for learning, thinking, and communicating. Includes an emphasis on critical reading of various texts for meaning, form, and voice. In order to discover their writing voices so they may communicate at a college level, students write several short formal and informal papers in response to their reading. They react to and summarize texts, develop and organize ideas, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and edit.
In addition to building on the skills learned in the first semester, this second-semester course develops the ability to write essays with an emphasis on research, critical reading and thinking. Students continue to learn strategies for writing texts that are clear, coherent, comprehensive, creative, concise and correct for a specific audience and purpose.
How to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data in order to make decisions about the world. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing with one sample, hypothesis testing with two samples, correlation, regression, chi square tests, and analysis of variance.
Graduates of the accounting associate online program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Apply common financial frameworks used in business environments to prepare financial reports and develop related accounting skills.
- Understand and follow laws related to business and individual tax issues, business transactions, and develop the professional responsibilities expected of accountants that pertain to business and tax law.
- Demonstrate financial intelligence and professional judgement required of CPAs and accountants, in general, when preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial information.
- Interpret and communicate complex information clearly and concisely when presenting financial analyses and reports to individuals, businesses, and other stakeholders.
- Objectively analyze information to identify problems and use business and financial knowledge to develop solutions that inform decision making.
- Acquire in-demand technical, analytical and soft skills employers want - such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration - in general education courses that are a part of this degree.
Program competencies are adapted from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Core Competency Framework and include:
- Functional competencies: technical competencies most aligned with the value contributed by accounting professionals.
- Personal competencies: individual attributes and values
- Broad business perspective competencies: perspectives and skills relating to understanding of internal and external contexts.
Champlain College Online's accounting faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Linda Miller, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our accounting curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s accounting professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the world of accounting, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online associate in accounting program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- AN Deringer, Inc.
- Ben and Jerry's
- Danaher, Attig & Plante
- Internal Revenue Service
- PC Construction Company
- Rutland Regional Medical Center
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Accounting Manager
- Buyer's Assistant
- Contact Representative
- Risk Manager
- Tax Preparer
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director
Linda MillerPhD CPA
- Accounting (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
- Human Relations and Organization Development (M.S.)
- Integrated Studies (B.S.)
- Positive Organization Development (Certificate)
Linda Miller, PhD, CPA, is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Champlain College Online. She is responsible for the online accounting and integrated studies programs, as well as the MBA and master's in human relations and organization development programs. Following 12 years in accounting, business, and consulting positions, Dr. Miller has spent over 20 years in higher education at a variety of schools, including Bucknell University, the University of Vermont, and Pennsylvania State University, where she also taught in the executive education programs.
With an education focus primarily in adult and online education, Dr. Miller has enjoyed developing a wide variety of online certificates and degrees in business-related areas, including supply chain management and leadership. Dr. Miller continues to research best practices in online teaching and learning and to create opportunities for Champlain College Online instructors to develop their online teaching skills. Other specific areas of interest for Dr. Miller include the impact of technology on supply chains and the effective teaching of transformational leadership.
Dr. Miller holds an M.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Business Management (School of Supply Chain Management) from the same. She is a member of the International Leadership Association and the Society of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
"I had a two-year degree and knew I would need a bachelor's to advance. I saw that the U.S. Department of Labor projected a high demand for employees in accounting, and Champlain is ranked one of the top schools for accounting, so it was the right fit."
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