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Develop the skills and knowledge to become a valued partner in the world of accounting. With the Capella online bachelor’s in business, accounting CPA program, you can earn a foundational business degree while diving deep into accounting ethics and strategic economic planning. You’ll learn how to leverage the newest accounting technologies to help financial systems function efficiently. You’ll also build skills to organize and interpret financial information for businesses, establish appropriate accounting systems and strategies for organizations and effectively communicate financial information to internal and external clients.
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In this course, learners examine the field and practice of forensic accounting and expose accounting crimes such as fraudulent financial reporting, money laundering, and computer and cybercrime. Learners also gain an understanding of courtroom procedures and analyze expert testimony, litigation support, commercial damages, and business valuation. Prerequisite(s): BUS4068, BUS4115.
|3 quarter credits|
Learners in this course develop and practice a working knowledge of how to conduct accounting, auditing, and tax research. Learners use the FASB Accounting Standards Codification; accounting, auditing, and tax databases; AICPA, PCAOB, and IRS libraries; and other online tools to conduct research. Prerequisite(s): BUS4062, BUS4065, BUS4068.
|3 quarter credits|
This course covers the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) pronouncements, with particular focus on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Accounting Standards (IAS), and Standard Interpretation Committee (SIC) interpretations. Learners identify key differences between U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and IFRS, and demonstrate knowledge of the impact on financial statement preparation and presentation. Prerequisite(s): BUS4062.
|3 quarter credits|
Government and Nonprofit Accounting
In this course, learners build an understanding of the accounting methodology and reporting requirements put in place by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) for governments and nonprofit organizations. Learners also examine A-133 reporting requirements and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare Form 990. Prerequisite(s): BUS4062.
|3 quarter credits|
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The BS in Business, Accounting CPA program helps you acquire and apply various methods to ethically maintain and monitor financial records. The curriculum is designed to develop your understanding of a wide array of accounting-related services including budget analysis, financial and investment planning, and financial statement and internal control auditing.
Students also delve deeper into accounting ethics as well as forensic, governmental and international accounting. In addition, students demonstrate the interpersonal and communication skills required to present information to both internal and external clients, influencing organizational effectiveness at all levels of an organization.
Completion of the BS in Business, Accounting CPA specialization alone does not adequately prepare students to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam or to become licensed certified public accountants. Students need to understand and follow their specific state licensing requirements to ensure they meet their state’s requirements.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees). Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2020–2021
Applicants to the BS in Business, Accounting CPA program must provide the following information for admission:
SAT and ACT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you live outside the U.S. or aren’t a U.S. citizen, you may be considered an international student.
To meet the requirements for Capella admission, you must:
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Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting CPA.
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