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Prepare for a career in accounting, auditing or related financial field with an online Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from UVI. This ACBSP-accredited online Accounting degree program is built upon a broad-based liberal arts foundation weaved strategically together with career-specific courses to give you a wide background to bring to the workplace.

  • What will I learn in this online Bachelor's Degree in Accounting program?
    You’ll learn how to set up and keep books, prepare taxes, analyze financial statements and more. You’ll demonstrate proficiency in fundamental accounting principles and procedures, analyze solutions to complex accounting problems, and use accounting information to make effective business decisions. Plus, you’ll apply the skills in audit, tax and general financial areas as you complete a final auditing project in your capstone course.
  • What careers can I pursue with an online accounting degree?
    This degree prepares you for a wide variety of accounting-related career paths, in the private and public sectors, internal auditor, income tax accountant, financial procedures analyst, budget analyst, controller, government contracts manager, tax associate, and accountant.
  • How long is this accounting degree online program?
    At 120 credit hours, this online accounting degree program is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many courses you take each term.
  • How much will the online accounting degree program cost?
    Learn more about our tuition and fees here.

When can I start?

Courses begin every eight weeks, so we’re ready when you are. Contact us at to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Accounting Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing UVI’s 100% online bachelor’s degree in accounting, you will be able to:

  • Analyze accounting problems in the foundational areas of business
  • Apply accounting concepts, tools and strategies to solve problems in a global setting
  • Create and analyze accounting data for business decision making
  • Explain ethical obligations for accounting and/or financial areas
  • 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



UVI Online Course No : Course Name : Credits :
ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I 3
  This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of financial accounting, the accounting cycle, the study of fundamental accounting concepts, and impact of the accounting treatment of business transactions on the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.
ACC 2020 Principles of Accounting II 3
  This course provides an introduction to management accounting principles, cost-volume-profit, cost behavior, cost management, budgeting, responsibility accounting, capital budgeting, cost allocation, variable and absorption costing, and the use of relevant information in decision-making. Prerequisites: ACC 2010
BUS 1120 Introduction to Business 3
  This course is designed to prepare the student for a career in business administration and broaden student’s understanding of the vital role of business in our society. It focuses on the study of the types of business ownership, a broad overview of business operations and examination of the major segments of business administration.
BUS 3050 Business Communication 3
  Designed to give students a comprehensive view of business communication through study and application of the concepts of effective written and oral communication. It develops critical thinking, analytical, ethical and problem-solving skills. Students learn the importance of audience adaptation and concise written and oral expressions. Emphasis is on use of English language skills to effectively plan, organize, compose, evaluate, and edit business emails, letters, memoranda, reports and proposals. Additional emphasis is on verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills. The proficient use of word processing technology is required for document production. Prerequisites: COM 1200 and ENG 1200
BUS 3510 Business Law I 3
  Rules of law as they relate to business transactions, court systems and procedures, law of contracts, law of agency, employee-employer relations, law of negotiable instruments, law of sales, law of property, bailments, insurance and business organizations. Prerequisites: BUS 1120
BUS 4360 Business Policy and Strategy 3
  A study of overall business strategy from the perspective of top management. The student will examine strategic goals, plans and actions of the business firm. Prerequisites: Completion of Degree Requirements.
IST 2100 Management Information Systems 3
  An introductory course that provides the skills and knowledge required for managing information systems in contemporary business environments. Students will learn how hardware, software, data, people and processes are combined to produce information supporting business goals and objectives. Extensive out- of-class computer work is necessary for mastery of industry standard software. Prerequisites: BUS 1120
DSC 3250 Business Statistics 3
  A study of those areas of statistics which find widest application in problems of management. Students develop basic statistical theory and apply that theory to decision-making situations by means of examples and problems. Topics include graphical appreciation, index number theory, probability and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, sampling techniques, regression theory, decision theory and forecasting. Prerequisites: MAT 2320
DSC 4100 Quantitative Analysis 3
  The purpose of this course is to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the role of quantitative methods in decision analysis and decision making. Students will be exposed to several quantitative problem-solving techniques in an application-based environment to help sharpen their analytical skills and problem solving abilities. Prerequisites: DSC 3250
DSC 4300 Introduction to Operations Management 3
  The functions of management as related to the production of goods and services; plant layout; quality control; raw materials, from supply through the finished product. Prerequisites: MGT 3010 and DSC 3250
FIN 3010 Principles of Finance 3
  An introduction to theory and technique for optimal investment of the capital resources of the firm under conditions of uncertainty. Topics include rate of return analysis, cost of capital theory and measurement, capital structure, dividend policy, promotion, and reorganization. Prerequisites: ACC 2020 and two MAT courses
MGT 3010 Principles of Business Management 3
  A study of the basic principles of business management emphasizing the decision-making approach; planning, organizing, directing, and control in the business enterprise. A history of the study of business management. Prerequisites: BUS 1120
MGT 3420 Human Resource Management 3
  Personnel management principles and practices; the role of the personnel department and its program; role of the operating supervisor and executives within the program; role of behavioral sciences in the functional areas of personnel management. Prerequisites: MGT 3010
MKT 3010 Foundations of Marketing 3
  Introduction to marketing management and analysis; distribution, promotion, pricing, product development, consumer motivation, and market research; case problems. Prerequisites: BUS 1120
ACC 3010 Intermediate Accounting I 3
  This course will provide an in-depth study of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of accounting, the development of generally accepted accounting principles, and the nature of accounting information. The course explores the application of GAAP and international financial reporting standards to the preparation of financial statements with particular treatment of components like cash, receivables, inventories, fixed assets and their expiration. Prerequisites: ACC 2020
ACC 3020 Intermediate Accounting II 3
  This course will provide an in-depth study of the theory and practice surrounding accounting topics like tangible assets, short and long-term liabilities, elements and structure of stockholder’s equity and investments. The course exposes students to cases and real-life situations that would facilitate application of GAAP and relevant IFRS in accounting decision-making. Prerequisites: ACC 3010
ACC 3100 Government and Non-profit Accounting 3
  This course introduces the fundamentals of accounting for governmental and not-for-profit organizations. Topics to be covered include fund accounting which will encompass general and revenue funds, debt service funds, capital project funds, internal service funds, enterprise and fiduciary funds, long-term debt and fixed-asset accounting, and planning, recording of assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, and expenditures. Other topics that are emphasized are budgeting, budgetary control and reporting, tax levies, auditing, preparation of financial statements, and financial analysis. Prerequisites: ACC 3020
ACC 3150 Tax Accounting 3
  An introduction to the U.S. income taxation concepts with an emphasis on business and personal tax planning strategies. Includes approaches and skills needed to prepare individual tax returns and understand tax administration.
ACC 4400 Cost Accounting 3
  The development and use of accounting data in managerial decision-making, planning, and control. Topics include job, process and standard cost systems; cost volume-profit analysis; differential and incremental analysis; contribution margin analysis; and capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ACC 2020 and two MAT courses
ACC 4420 Auditing 3
  Introduction to the concepts and procedures underlying contemporary auditing. Examines the roles, responsibilities and legal liabilities of internal and external auditors in the United States and their professional organizations. Topics developed include internal control systems and their evaluation; audit evidence and problems related to the audit of particular assets, liabilities, capital and income accounts. Nature of verification, audit evidence, testing, the elements of effective control structures, the use of statistical sampling and evolution of external, internal and comprehensive auditing. Prerequisites: ACC 3020
ACC 4430 Advanced Accounting 3
  A study of the theory and application of accounting for branch operations, foreign operations, expansion by subsidiary companies, and various forms of consolidated statements. Also included are accounting for partnership formation; changes and liquidation; and accounting for estates and trusts. Prerequisites: ACC 3020 and two MAT courses
ACC 4460 Forensic Accounting 3
  This course covers concepts and skills necessary for examining financial fraud. Content will include fraud schemes, prevention and detection of fraud, ethics, forensic software tools, auditing techniques, and the law and regulations governing fraud cases. Prerequisites: ACC 2010
Total Program Core 60  
Program Electives 6  
General Education  
SSS 1000 Student Success 1
  In this course, students will develop effective strategies and insights necessary for success in the online academic environment. The course provides an introduction and orientation to the nature of University education and available resources. Topics included will assist students to obtain the necessary skills in resilience, information literacy, communication, support networks, and career development.
COM 1190 Interpersonal Communications and Leadership Skills 3
  An introduction to interpersonal communication and to leadership skills basic to all disciplines. Specific areas include an examination of the communication process and the role that perception plays in the formation of verbal and nonverbal messages. Emphasis will be placed on demonstrating the relationship of interpersonal skills with basic communication skills central to promoting excellence in leadership.
COM 1200 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
  This course develops the communication skills required for effective public speaking. It involves the study of good presentational skills coupled with intensive study in researching topics, outlining and effective speech organization. The course will provide practical experiences in presenting both informative and persuasive public speeches.
ENG 1200 English Composition I 3
  English Composition is the intermediate writing course in the University’s composition offerings. It develops critical thinking, investigative research, and coherent ideas through the writing of analytical, literary and critical essays and the close reading of texts.
ENG 2010 Research & Applied Writing 3
  ENG 2010 is the capstone course in the University-wide writing requirements. It is designed to ensure student competency with the principles and practice of effective writing. This course will prepare students to achieve proficiency in the use of standard writing formats for communication in the various disciplines offered in the University, including research, report writing, argumentation, technical writing, critical writing, and other professional-level writing skills. Prerequisites: ENG 1200
ENG 2610 World Literature I 3
  An interdisciplinary exploration of the short story and novel from a global perspective, the terminology of literary analysis, different critical approaches, and selected criticism leading to the production of aesthetic and critical analyses of works of fiction. Prerequisites: ENG 2010
ENG 2620 World Literature II 3
  An interdisciplinary exploration of poetry and drama from a global perspective, the terminology of poetry and drama, interdisciplinary critical approaches, and selected works of criticism leading to the production of aesthetic and critical analyses of works of poetry and drama. Prerequisites: ENG 2010
PHI 2000 Critical Thinking 3
  Students examine the basic principles of critical thinking with an emphasis on the use of criteria to evaluate issues; the development of extensive experience in constructing, analyzing, evaluating, and presenting oral and written arguments. Students discover different ways of knowing and exploring philosophical concepts through a variety of interdisciplinary literatures and apply these concepts in the study of contemporary issues of society in everyday contexts, especially as promulgated in the mass media.
MAT 2320 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences 4
  A calculus course with emphasis on techniques, graphs and applications rather than theory. Topics include functions; limits, continuity and rates of change; the derivative; exponential and logarithmic functions; anti-differentiation; the definite integral; and functions of several variables. Prerequisites: MAT 1400
GEN 2990 General Education Capstone 3
  General Education Capstone is the culmination of skills and information students have gained through their general education courses. This course will allow students to review knowledge that was gained throughout their college experience and build on that knowledge as they get ready for graduation and beyond. Students will apply research and critical thinking skills to current events. Prerequisites: Completion of Humanities, Social Science, Math and Science requirements
Humanities 9  
Social Science Electives 6  
Math Electives 4  
Science Electives 8  
Total General Education 28  
General Education Electives 28  

Program Snap Shot

Total Program Core Credits 60  
Total General Education Credits 28  
Total Electives 34  
Program total 122  


A Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from UVI ONLINE can help you pursue a career in accounting, auditing and other areas requiring a strong education and foundation in financial matters.

Potential career paths and positions include:

The median salary in 2016 for accountants was $68,150.1  The median salary in 2016 for budget analysts was $73,840.2

Employers Include

  • Accounting firms
  • Tax preparation businesses
  • Bookkeeping companies
  • Payroll services
  • Small businesses
  • Manufacturers
  • Insurance agencies
  • Government – local, state and federal

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Prepare for a career in accounting, auditing or related financial field with an online Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from UVI.

You’ll learn how to set up and keep books, prepare taxes, analyze financial statements and more. You’ll demonstrate proficiency in fundamental accounting principles and procedures, analyze solutions to complex accounting problems, and use accounting information to make effective business decisions. Plus, you’ll apply the skills in audit, tax and general financial areas as you complete a final auditing project in your capstone course