Bachelor of Arts – Accounting

Overview

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?
    The undergraduate rate is $434 per credit hour, no additional institutional fees. UVI also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When Can I Start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are. Contact us at online@uvi.edu 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

curriculum

PROGRAM CORE:

UVI Online Course No : Course Name : Credits :
ACC2010 Principles of Accounting I 3
Principles of Accoutning I – This course focuses on ways in which accounting principles are used in business operations. Students learn to identify and use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), ledgers and journals, and steps of the accounting cycle. This course introduces bank reconciliation methods, balance sheets, assets, and liabilities. Students also learn about financial statements, including assets, liabilities, and equity. Business ethics are also discussed.
ACC 2020 Principles of Accounting II 3
Principles of Accounting II (ACC2010) – Accounting II expands on what the student learns in Accounting I. It is focused on corporate accounting. This course discusses how corporations are structured and formed, with an emphasis on corporate characteristics. Stocks, bonds, notes, purchase investments and analysis of financial statements are included, as well as an in-depth look at managerial accounting. Statements of cash flow, budgets, and budget management are also examined.
BUS 1120 Introduction to Business 3
Introduction to Business – This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts of business. Concepts, principles, and operations of the private enterprise system are identified in this course. Students compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, and they learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. This course also discusses the functions of modern business management, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. Human resource management is described as well as how employers can motivate their employees. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements are also examined.
BUS3050 Business Communication 3
BUS 3050 Business Communication (COM1200, ENG1200) – 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.
BUS3510 Business Law 3
BUS 3510 Business Law I (BUS1120) – 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.
BUS4360 Business Policy and Strategy 3
BUS4360 Business Policy and Strategy (Completion of Degree Requirements) – 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: Senior Standing and completion of degree requirements
CIS 2100 Management Information Systems 3
Management Information Systems – Information systems and the strategies for managing them change quickly, but the principles that guide both often remain timeless. These principles form the backbone of this comprehensive survey of the field, designed for a student’s first course in information technology. By presenting the details and the big picture, this course puts the lessons of managing information systems into an understandable context. The overall principle is that the right information, if it is delivered to the right person, in the right fashion, and at the right time, can improve and ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
DSC3250 Business Statistics 3
DSC 3250 Business Statistics (MAT2350) – 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.
DSC4100 Quantitative Analysis 3
DSC 4100 Quantitative Analysis (DSC3250) – 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.
DSC4300 Introduction to Operations Management 3
DSC 4300 Introduction to Operations Management (MGT3010 and DSC3250) – 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.
FIN3010 Principles of Finance 3
FIN 3010 Principles of Finance (ACC2020) – 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.
MGT3010 Principles of Business Management 3
MGT 3010 Principles of Business Management (BUS1120) – 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.
MGT3420 Human Resource Management 3
MGT 3420 Human Resource Management (MGT3010) – 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.
MKT 3010 Foundations of Marketing 3
MKT3010 Foundations of Marketing – This course is an introductory marketing course and emphasizes creating mutually profitable customer relationships and creating value for customers. The course builds on an innovative and integrative marketing framework, one that positions marketing simply as the art and science of creating value for customers in order to capture value from customers in return. Students will make connections between how an organization attracts, keeps and grows customers in order to reap rewards in terms of market share, profits and customer equity.
ACC3010 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC 3010 Intermediate Accounting I (ACC2020) – 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.
ACC3020 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC 3020 Intermediate Accounting II (ACC3010) – 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.
ACC3150 Tax Accounting 3
ACC 3150 Tax Accounting – 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.
ACC4400 Cost Accounting 3
ACC 4400 Cost Accounting (ACC3020) – 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.
ACC4420 Auditing 3
ACC 4420 Auditing (ACC3020) – 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.
ACC4430 Advanced Accounting 3
ACC4430 Advanced Accounting ACC3020 (two MAT courses) – 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.
Total Program Core 60
Program Electives 6
General Education
SSS 1000 Student Success 1
SSS 1000 Student Success – This course provides introduction and orientation to the nature of University education, functions and resources. Topics assist students obtain the necessary skills to attain their educational objectives. Emphasis is on Group process. 1 credit
COM 1190 Interpersonal Communications and Leadership Skills 3
COM 1190 Interpersonal Communications and Leadership Skills – This course explores the challenges of building and maintaining relationships through verbal, nonverbal language, conflict management, perception and listening skills. Ideas are applied to everyday aspects of interaction in both personal and professional relationships. The course also provides an in-depth perspective on communication and the role it plays in everyday challenges.
COM 1200 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
COM 1200 Introduction to Public Speaking – This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization/ delivery. Topics include effective introductions,  conclusions and control over nervousness. In addition, students practice informative and persuasive speeches.
ENG 1200 English Composition I 3
ENG 1200 English Composition I – The writing course that develops critical thinking, investigative research and coherent ideas through the writing of analytical, literary and critical essays and the intense text readings.
ENG2020 Technical Writing 3
ENG2020 Technical Writing – This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process. Students will analyze readings and practice writing for personal and professional applications. This course satisfies the General Education requirement.
ENG2610 World Literature I 3
ENG2610 World Literature I (ENG2020) – 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.
ENG2620 World Literature II 3
ENG2620 World Literature II (ENG2610) – 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.
PHI2000 Critical Thinking 3
PHI2000 Critical Thinking – This course examines critical thinking. Students learn the core skills of effective thinking then analyze argumentative processes, in order to identify weaknesses in thinking and overcome them. With a focus on critical reading, as well as critical thinking, this course prepares students to engage actively with their studies and in society.
MAT2350 Elementary Statistics 3
MAT2350 Elementary Statistics – This intermediate mathematics course presents methods in making analytical decisions using statistics. This course focuses on the characteristics of numerical and categorical data, methods of presentation, and descriptive statistics. Correlation and covariance are presented in the context of business analysis. The course also introduces students to basic methods of sampling and of making inferences using one or two independent samples.
GEN2990 General Education Capstone 3
GEN2990 General Education Capstone – This is the capstone coursework for the Virgin Islands general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, this course helps students’ bridge the gap between broadbased learning and discipline-specific education. Second, the course highlights and incorporates specific skills and knowledge attained through general studies and may assist students achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined. Furthermore, students may better comprehend how to draw and apply information from experience thus leading them to become more actively engaged and socially aware citizens of various communities.
Humanities 9
Social Science Electives 6
Math Electives 3
Science Electives 8
Total General Education 28
General Education Electives 26

Program Snap Shot

Total Program Core Credits 60
Total General Education Credits 28
Total Electives 32
Program total 120

career outlook

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

https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2011.01#WagesEmployment

https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2031.00#WagesEmployment

Employers can include:

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