Bachelor of Science Business - Accounting

Get the financial skills needed to excel in the field of accounting.

Learn to balance the books and grow the bottom line with an accredited online accounting degree.


Program Details

  • Next start date: August 27, 2018
  • Estimated program length: 3-4 years
  • Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Credit hours: 128
  • Cost per credit: $410
  • Number of transfer credits accepted: 90

Why Jessup?

  • Excellent job placement rates, including internships and part- and full-time careers.
  • Gain a strong understanding of cutting-edge accounting software.
  • Learn from faculty members who have real-world experience in the various areas of accounting.


Ranked No. 4 Best Value School from U.S. News & World Report.


Benefits of Learning Online

Studying online rather than in the classroom has its perks as it provides a great opportunity for students who are too far away to get the education they deserve at an affordable price. Plus, the courses take half the time to complete compared to those on campus.


Jessup is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).




With Jessup’s accredited online accounting degree, you will explore the different areas of accounting and become prepared to pursue a career in any industry as a highly competent and ethical professional. The degree combines a foundation in core business skills with specialized accounting topics, and you will gain a strong foundation in both the national and international accounting standards that you will encounter throughout your career. The program is ideal for those who wish to take the CPA exam or who want to work in a private industry as an assistant controller or a nonprofit or government organization.

Through our online accounting degree, you will acquire hands-on experience with the latest accounting software and learn how to utilize the software for instances such as preparing financial statements for auditing. Additionally, the program’s courses offer you the opportunity to immediately apply your knowledge to highly relevant, real-world scenarios, such as preparing federal tax returns, corporate financial statements and comprehensive audit plans.

The program includes a capstone course that helps prepare you for the workplace. The capstone is a strategic combination of accounting and business education and allows you to choose a topic within the industry to research, such as the pathway to taxation. The course also provides career planning and real job interviews prior to graduation.

Furthermore, you will fine-tune your problem-solving, analytical and organizational skills while acquiring the integrity that firms seek in a candidate. The program integrates ethical practices that are embedded in the Christian perspective of institution, helping you to become a more principled leader in the accounting field.

Become a CPA

CPA: A certified public accountant performs accounting, auditing and consulting tasks for individuals, a corporation or a government firm. They work with the financial documents that organizations are required by law to disclose, such as tax forms and balance sheet statements.

Job growth: 10 percent
Median annual salary: $69,350

Become an Auditor

There are two types of auditors: internal and external. Internal auditors examine for the mismanagement of a business’s funds and work to improve the procedures of discovering and eradicating misuse and fraud. External auditors have similar duties but instead work outside of the organization and examine their client’s financial documents.

Job growth: 10 percent
Median annual salary: $69,350

Admission Requirements & Process

Applying to Jessup is simple. Be sure to apply early to ensure that there is enough time between submitting your application and the start date in case additional information is needed. Below are the steps to the admissions process.

1. Pick a Program

Choose an online program that you’re genuinely interested in as you’ll be studying it for a few years. Also, make sure you meet the requirements for that program. For our online accounting degree, there are no prerequisites. Additionally, there are six start dates for this program, so you can easily begin classes when it’s most convenient.

2. Apply

Submit your application. Be sure to include a copy of your undergrad transcript if you have one. Otherwise, submit a copy of your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. Even though Jessup doesn’t require a minimum GPA or minimum standardized test scores, both are considered during the decision process.

3. Decision

We’ll notify you of our decision. If you still wish to pursue your degree with Jessup and are accepted, congratulations! Don’t forget to respond to your acceptance letter.

Courses & Requirements

Jessup’s accredited online accounting degree includes a total of 128 credit hours, with 63 credits focused on business and accounting. Courses cover topics such as financial and managerial accounting, auditing and federal taxes. An accounting internship is also required. In addition, you can optionally complete a total of 150 credits to prepare for the CPA exam, with 30 credits focused on accounting.

Core and Concentration Courses

  • BUS 140: Management & Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 190: Business Statistics
  • BUS 210: Management Information Systems
  • BUS 240: Macroeconomics
  • BUS 241: Microeconomics
  • BUS 245: Financial Accounting
  • BUS 246: Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 260: Legal Implications for Business
  • BUS 302: Organizational Communication
  • BUS 320: Marketing
  • BUS 342: Financial Management
  • BUS 372: International Business
  • BUS 381: Operations Management
  • BUS 498: Strategic Management
  • BUS 343: Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUS 344: Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUS 345: Cost Accounting
  • BUS 441: Auditing
  • BUS 442: Federal Tax I
  • BUS 443: Federal Tax II
  • BUS 475: Accounting Internship

Number of Courses and Modules

21 courses to complete degree

Financial Aid

Online students receive the same financial aid options as those attending classes on campus. Students receive a dedicated financial aid officer who will guide them through their available financial aid options. There are several grants, scholarships and loans available, and undergrad students are eligible for up to $12,500 per year in federal student loans.

Transfer Credits

Undergrads also can receive up to $2,000 per year with the Church Partnership Grant, which is reserved for candidates who attend supporting churches. Additionally, California residents who are graduating from high school or those transferring from a community college may apply for the Cal Grant. The grant does not need to be repaid and is funded by the state of California.

Military Students

Prospective students who are transferring can complete their degree in two years with a full workload and 60 units transferred. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred per university policy, and credits may come from other regionally accredited institutions.

Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition amounts reflect the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at (844) 224-5483 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.

† Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Credit Hours: 128

CPA Exam Preparation Credit Hours: 150
Cost: ($410 per credit hour)
Total: $52,480
Transfer up to 90 credits:$36,900
Total with transfer credits: † $15,580

Cost: ($410 per credit hour)
Transfer up to 90 credits:$36,900
Total with transfer credits: † $24,600