Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting

High-quality accounting services have always been crucial to an organization’s success. Earning an online associate’s degree in accounting at Kaplan University can prepare you for a variety of entry-level opportunities in this dynamic career field.

Associate's Degree in Accounting Program Highlights

Our accounting associate’s degree program focuses on more than just analyzing and interpreting numbers. You’ll study how to communicate effectively and network with people from all walks of business.

In addition to providing a solid foundation of core academic requirements, our Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree curriculum emphasizes:

  • Analyzing, recording, and interpreting accounting information based upon industry guidelines
  • Building, maintaining, and operating a computerized accounting system using accounting software
  • Preparing payroll, financial statements, and tax documents according to federal and state regulations
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Accreditation

Kaplan University Business Programs are accredited by ACBSP.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What Are the Career Opportunities?

Earning your associate’s degree in accounting may prepare you for a variety of entry-level jobs in accounting. Enter the accounting field as a full-charge bookkeeper, payroll professional, tax preparer, auditing clerk, or accounting assistant.* If you want to begin a career in business administration, earning an accounting degree may help you acquire valuable accounting knowledge and skills that will help you stand out to employers.

When you are ready to continue your education, your associate’s degree may bring you at least halfway toward earning a bachelor’s degree at Kaplan University.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 20

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 60

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • AB 114: ACCOUNTING I Change

      This course reviews the complete accounting cycle and the creation and management of accounting information for business entities. Particular emphasis will be placed on the fundamental principles and skills of the accounting profession, including recording of transactions, financial presentation of accounting data, and the uses of accounting information.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • AB 116: ACCOUNTING II Change

      This course continues the study of accounting principles by further exploring the assets, liabilities, and stockholders’ equity sections of a corporation's balance sheet. This course continues to lead you to accounting mastery using an integrated learning system. This course provides further understanding of what accounting is all about and accounting's evolving role in business.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      AB 114

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • AB 140: INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT Change

      This course provides an introductory overview of management theory, management functions, organizational structure, daily management responsibilities, ethics, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world management problems and scenarios. Implications for managing change within the context of a global economy and other dynamic environmental forces are also examined.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • AB 217: FINANCE Change

      This course covers basic financial concepts, principles, and techniques used in making corporate financial planning decisions. It provides students with the tools necessary for analyzing the time value of money, financial analysis and planning, the capital budgeting process and decisions, and long-term financing, and introduces international capital markets. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      AB 113 or AB 114, and MM 255

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • AB 219: MARKETING Change

      This is an introductory course emphasizing key concepts and issues underlying the modern practice of marketing. The use of marketing by an organization and the effects of marketing on society will be examined. Course content includesan overview of the general nature and role of marketing in the global environment, the marketing concept, buyer behavior, target marketing, and the internal environment in which marketing operates. The marketing mix is studied through the four main decision areas of products and services, distribution, promotion, and pricing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      AB 140; AB 224 or AB 220; and CM 220

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • AB 224: MICROECONOMICS Change

      Microeconomics is an introduction to economic principles that influence decisions of  individual consumers and business managers.  You will examine how the law of supply and demand is reflected in pricing and quantity decisions in a variety of market situations. Close attention will be paid to how a firm’s cost structure affects decisions regarding how much to produce, given a price in a perfectly competitive market situation, compared to pricing and quantity decisions in other market structures. Consideration will be given to how individuals’ concepts of cost versus benefit enter into their buying decisions. The impact of governmental attempts to modify market outcomes will be a special focus of the course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      CM 220, MM 255, and one of the following: AB 113, AC 113, AB 114, or AC 114

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • AB 239: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING Change

      This course emphasizes the way in which accounting information can be used to aid management in planning and controlling business activities. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, job order cost systems, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation using standard costs, differential analysis, and product pricing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      AB 116 and MM 255

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • AB 256: FEDERAL TAX Change

      This course introduces you to the procedures to interpret tax information on an individual federal tax basis. Basic concepts in federal income taxation are explored, including gross income, exclusions, adjusted gross income, deductions, exemptions, and credits. Introductory tax concepts, including cash and accrual methods, like-kind exchanges, and passive loss rules are covered.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      AB 116 and MM 255

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • IT 133: MICROSOFT OFFICE APPLICATIONS ON DEMAND Change

      This course teaches students to use the current Microsoft Office suite of applications. Topics include an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. Students will also learn how to analyze appropriate software applications to address solutions within a profession.

      Dynamic Description:

      Throughout your educational and professional career, you may often need to use such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. IT 133: Microsoft Office Applications On Demand, will provide you with those desired skills and the ability to meet the demands of future classes and requirements in today's workplace. You will acquire some powerful take away skills in this class that can be used to further enhance your Microsoft Office application skills.

      What's Next?

      After successfully completing IT 133, you may want to learn more about Excel. If that is the case then consider taking IT 153: Spreadsheet Applications. This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the power of Excel. The skills you will acquire in IT 133 are relevant to what businesses are currently looking for in perspective employees and could help prepare you for your upcoming job searches.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • MM 255: BUSINESS MATH AND STATISTICAL MEASURES Change

      In this course, the student will apply math skills and knowledge to solve financial problems and conduct statistical analyses. Through expert step-by-step guidance using sample problems and solutions related to banking, credit, basic finance, investments, and statistics, the student will also gain an understanding of financial instruments and terminology used in business. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 150 or higher
       

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • AB 298: ASSOCIATE'S CAPSTONE IN ACCOUNTING Change

      This capstone course builds on the concepts of all the courses taken within the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting and provides students with an opportunity to integrate their previous coursework in a meaningful review of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Capstone course must be taken in final term or have approval of the Dean

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.

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    • CS 113: ACADEMIC STRATEGIES FOR THE BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL Change

      Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces you to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. You will also examine the relationship between learning and motivation.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
    • CS 121: PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS Change

      Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Online students will take the program-specific Academic Strategies course.
  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 10

    Total Program Credits: 90

Curriculum: Concentration

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