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Accounting CPA Bachelor of Science in Business

School of Business and Technology

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CPA is a sought-after accounting designation. With Capella’s online bachelor’s in business, accounting CPA curriculum, you’ll start learning CPA topics while earning a foundational business degreeIn 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.

At a Glance

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

Classes Start January 7th

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.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

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.

BS in Business, Accounting CPA 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
$354 per 1000-2000 level credit $410 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.  

Get the Details

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

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

Bachelor's in Accounting CPA Sample Courses

The online BS in Business, Accounting CPA 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

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.

Accounting CPA Career Insights

4 Differences Between Accountants and CPAs

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

BS Accounting CPA Professional Paths

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Accountant
  • Staff accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Accounting manager
  • Tax manager
  • Internal auditor
  • Audit manager
  • Tax professional
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting clerk
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Accounting specialist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Financial services organization
  • Bank
  • Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll services organization
  • Government – local, state, federal
  • Insurance carrier
  • Hospital
  • College or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Consulting firm
  • Manufacturing organization
  • Self-employed

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

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