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Accounting CPA Pathway Specialization Bachelor of Science in Business

School of Business and Technology

Start on the Path to Your CPA

CPA is a sought-after accounting designation. With Capella’s online bachelor's in business, accounting CPA pathway degree, you’ll start on the road to your CPA while earning a foundational business degree. In this program, you’ll dive deep into accounting ethics as well as forensic, governmental, and international accounting. You’ll also gain the communication skills you need to present information to internal and external business clients. This pathway is tailored to your state’s CPA requirements and includes guidance from our team of expert licensure counselors.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 8-15 General Education Courses
  • 10 Core Courses
  • 11-12 Specialization Courses
  • 5-8 Elective Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start April 9th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SNOW18)

What You’ll Learn

Put Accounting Systems in Place

Establish appropriate accounting systems and strategies for businesses and organizations.

Use New Technology

Leverage the newest accounting technology to help systems function effectively and efficiently.

Operate Ethically

Apply appropriate professional and ethical standards relevant to the accounting field.

Plan for Possibilities

Incorporate and outline potential economic plans that account for future possibilities.

Break Down Financial Information

Organize and interpret financial information for businesses.

Report Results Clearly

Report financial results and accounting information in a way that organizational stakeholders can access and use.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Target Your Studies

Concentrate your studies in areas like accounting, finance, health care management, leadership, marketing, and project management.

Full Access to WSJ

We’ve teamed with The Wall Street Journal to give business students full digital access to timely, relevant business news.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$347 per 1000-2000 level credit $402 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The online BS in Business, Accounting CPA Pathway curriculum will give you a foundation in accounting-related services, including budget analysis, financial and investment planning, and financial statement and internal control auditing.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
BUS4110 Forensic Accounting
BUS4111 Ethics in Accounting
BUS4112 Accounting Research
BUS4113 International Accounting
BUS4114 Government and Nonprofit Accounting

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features rigorous online coursework plus added support outside the courseroom to help you begin work immediately toward that next step in your career.

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation.

CPA Exam Preparation

We have people and tools in place to help you confidently prepare and sit for your CPA exam.

CPA Course Match

Before you even begin your program, we’ll work with you to match your course plan to your state’s CPA exam requirements.

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

4 Differences Between Accountants and CPAs

An accountant must meet specific requirements, and sit for the exam, to become a CPA.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our bachelor's in business, accounting CPA pathway degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Consultant
  • Financial manager
  • Forensic accountant
  • Fraud investigator
  • Independent auditor
  • Internal auditor
  • Mergers acquisition analyst
  • Public accountant
  • Risk manager
  • Tax accountant
  • Tax manager
  • Tax managers and revenue agents

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Accounting firm
  • Bank
  • Brokerage house
  • Consulting firm
  • Credit unions
  • Financial services agency
  • Government
  • Insurance company
  • Mortgage company
  • Mutual fund companies
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Retail

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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