Advance 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, you'll gain the critical accounting and business skills today's employers are looking for. Through hands-on experience and an emphasis on problem-solving and critical thinking, Champlain's online bachelor's in accounting degree will prepare you for success.
Build Your Career Future
The majority of today's employers require a bachelor's degree for accounting positions with a career path. Differentiate yourself with a degree that will help you build a unique combination of technical accounting skills, key soft skills, and increasingly important information technology skills that are essential for accounting career growth. Through Champlain's accounting degree program, you'll be able to showcase your expertise with three specialized certificates earned as you complete course requirements, and will be able to apply your learning to your workplace from day one. You'll also be prepared for advanced certification, such as a CPA - our graduates who sit for the exam boast a near-perfect success rate.
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
What Can You Do With A Degree in Accounting?
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 bachelor's in accounting program will be prepared for a variety of accounting roles across all sectors, including tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services, government, finance and insurance, manufacturing, and more.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: AccountingEdu.org, 2019
Top Jobs for Bachelor's in Accounting Graduates
- Accounting Clerk
- Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
- Accounting Information System Specialist
- Budget Analyst
- Certified Financial Planner
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Controller
- Forensic Accountant
- Payroll Accountant
- Tax Accountant
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online accounting bachelor's 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 (66 credits):
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting I (15-week course)
- Intermediate Accounting II (15-week course)
- Forensic Accounting or Governmental/Non-Profit Accounting
- Federal Taxes I (15-week course)
- Cost Accounting (10-week course)
- The Landscape of Internet Security
- Accounting Information Systems
- Advanced Accounting (15-week course)
- Federal Taxes II (15-week course)
- Business Law I
- Managing Behavior in Organizations
- Principles of Finance
- Project Management or Project Management Standards & Behaviors
- Critical Thinking & Decision Making in Business
- Principles of Marketing
- Business Law II
- Managing Talent
- Accounting Capstone
- Risk in an Uncertain World or Cyber Warfare & Cyber Crime
General Education Courses (30 credits):
- Interpersonal Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Critical Reading and Expository Writing I
- Critical Reading and Expository Writing II
- Writing in the Workplace
- Introduction to Statistics (15-week course)
- Critical Thinking
- Ethics in the Professions
- Intro to Psychology OR Intro to Sociology
- Lab Science
- Hum/Sci/Math Elective (6 credits required)
- General Electives (11 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.
This course serves as an introduction to forensic (fraud) accounting. Topics include fraud examination techniques, interview techniques, rules of evidence relating to fraud, internal control methodology, asset misappropriation and financial statement misrepresentation. Students cover various fraud examination techniques. Students also learn rules of evidence as they relate to several different fraudulent activities including illegal activities such as wagering, money laundering, cash skimming and embezzelment. Course presentation assumes basic accounting knowledge and guides the student into specialized applied settings, indicative of forensic accounting.
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.
Learn the fundamentals of accounting information systems and how they function and fit into organizations. Using a cycles approach, the course introduces internal controls, covers basic elements of the revenue and expense cycles, and you will become proficient with documentation techniques, such as flowcharting. You will also consider the uses of computerized accounting software and undertake a software research project. The course focuses on the needs and responsibilities of accountants as users and developers of information technology.
The study of selected advanced topics in financial accounting, including accounting for income taxes, post-employment benefits, earnings per share, accounting changes and errors, business combinations, consolidated financial statements, accounting for foreign currency transactions, and ethical issues in accounting.
Gives the student a broad base for understanding and applying federal tax laws for corporations, partnerships and property transactions. Tax research is a major component of this course.
An introduction to auditing theory and practice as governed by generally accepted auditing standards and accounting principles. Topical coverage includes the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Code of Professional Conduct, auditors' legal liability, planning an audit with emphasis on the study and evaluation of the internal control structure, audit evidence (what kind and how much), working papers, the various types of audit reports and a practical audit case
Complete MATH-180. ACCT-231 is the required corequisite course.
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.
Business managers must have an understanding of how organizations are financed in order to make more informed decisions. Managers must also recognize and assess the role of investment to business operations. By exploring the Time Value of Money and applying this principle to borrowing and lending decisions, students will learn how certain financial, capital budgeting and resource allocation decisions are made. Students also will learn how business forecasting assists business managers in developing longer-term strategic plans.
Organizations value project management skills for all employees because these skills make everyone more effective and efficient. You will be introduced to skills that define a project's scope, specifications and assumptions. You will also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and task plan, and to schedule and control the, project. These skills can be used immediately, in work and home life.
Project Management II introduces students to the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Standards and Behaviors. You will explore the body of knowledge that forms the foundation for the field of project management, and begin to develop the competencies required to be eligible for the PMP examination. You will also reinforce competencies learned in Project Management I and focus on processes used in professional projects, including skills needed to define a project's scope, create a project charter, develop a work breakdown structure, task plan, schedule, and controlling the work. Finally, the project you begin in MGMT-262 will be completed in MGMT-265, allowing enough time to develop a comprehensively managed project.
As business environments become more complex, the accompanying dilemmas require a more advanced problem-solving process. Students are introduced to methodology for analyzing data and applying appropriate techniques for unconventional and creative solutions. They will learn how to systematically analyze a problem, generate innovative and provocative ideas for solutions, make choices among those ideas, and evaluate the results.
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.
Focuses on various forms of legal entities: public and private corporations, limited and general partnerships, and Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The major laws governing securities, antitrust, bankruptcy, and environmental issues are reviewed. Special emphasis is given to the legal liability of the professional. This course is designed for the future business manager, entrepreneur, or professional who wishes to have information regarding laws governing business.
Talent management is the process of attracting and retaining talented employees, and cultivating critical knowledge and skills, recognizing that employees' talents and skills drive business success. Using a manager's strategic perspective, students study how to recognize and develop employees' talents, evaluate performance and influence behavior within regulatory constraints. Additionally, they focus on the interrelationship between organizational culture and traditional human resources topics. Other themes include related ethical issues, the global workforce and links between social responsibility, culture and business success.
MGMT-210 or permission of CPS Associate Dean.
As a professional, accountants are required to stay current in their field, researching and interpreting the constantly changing rules and regulations in the accounting industry. Students will use the accounting knowledge gained during their program to identify accounting issues in the workplace or in a case, research the relevant topics and make recommendations. They will also reflect on the professional and ethical responsibilities of their career.
People are exposed to risk on a daily basis, often without any awareness of that risk. Effectively protecting people and information requires greater awareness and understanding of risk in order to make informed decisions. In this course, you will learn to assess risk in a practical way, especially as it relates to how we interact with our networked world.
Cyber criminals are constantly searching for targets and the behaviors of cyber criminals are often very similar if not identical to those engaged in cyber warfare. You will investigate the differences between cyber warfare and cyber crime including the motivations of the participants. You will also identify behaviors of participants and ways that to better protect yourself and your business from attack.
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.
Discusses the nature and method of economics with emphasis on microeconomic theory. Focus is on demand, supply, market equilibrium, elasticity, costs of production and resource pricing. Examines the market structures of pure competition, oligopoly and monopoly.
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.
Specific application of common tools for writing in the working world. Students will be instructed in rhetorical strategies of professional writing including style, report formats, editing, document design, and integration of visual aids. Students will complete a semester-long writing project; oral and written reports associated with the process of problem-solving within the project will be included.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
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.
Encourages the democratic art of thoughtful and tolerant discussion. The initial emphasis on critical reading focuses on argument identification, structure, and evaluation. Topics for study include the basic elements of deduction and induction, implication, causality, forming and testing hypotheses, evidence, problem solving and the evaluation of sources of information. Students will apply skills and principles learned to the oral and written presentation of their own arguments.
ENG-310 or ENGL-112 Must complete 60 credits before taking this course.
Students will become familiar with arguments originating from the following schools of ethics: virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. Students will apply these ethical schools of thought to formulate arguments, practice deliberation and assess the implications of their decisions for various stakeholders in a professional context.
Must have 75 completed credits or permission of Program Director.
A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.
A study of human groups, culture, the self, and human interaction. The course focuses on contemporary American society and the influence of culture on our actions and beliefs, with the goal of fostering critical thinking about our social environment.
Graduates of the accounting bachelor's online program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Apply financial frameworks, auditing standards, and ethical guidelines in a business environment, and develop related accounting skills.
- Interpret and follow laws related to business and individual tax issues, business transactions, and professional responsibilities as they 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 management, businesses, individuals, and other stakeholders.
- Objectively analyze information to identify problems and use business and financial knowledge to develop solutions that inform decision making.
- Perform risk analysis and apply resource management strategies from an accounting perspective.
- Integrate technology with financial analyses and presentations in order to research professional guidelines and relevant business information, and keep abreast of emerging legal and accounting requirements.
- Apply management and human resources development theories to HR issues and organizational issues.
- 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 bachelor's in accounting program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- Department of Homeland Security
- Gallagher, Flynn & Company LLP
- GE Healthcare
- Internal Revenue Service
- Johnson Lambert LLP
- North Country Supervisory Union
- People's United Bank
- Pomerleau Properties
- U.S. Treasury
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Credit Administrator
- Data Acquisition Specialist
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Director
- Loan Officer
- Senior Management & Program Analyst
- Staff Accountant
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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