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B.S./B.A. in Accounting

Prepare for Careers in Business and Finance

Experience specialized curriculum accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) and complete your fast-track accounting degree in three years.

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  • Duration 4 years
  • Cost per Credit $265
  • Credit Hours 180

Program Benefits

  • 3 Optional Specialized Tracks
  • IACBE Accredited
  • CPA Exam Prep
  • Comprehensive Accounting Course Topics

About the Bachelor’s in Accounting

An accounting degree from Eastern Oregon University is a solid foundation for many careers, such as a CPA, controller, auditor, accountant, fiscal manager or tax specialist. With a strong understanding of accounting theory plus the skills that go with it, you will be prepared to take vital licensure exams. Your degree in accounting is also useful because it pairs with the EOU Master of Business Administration and can meet licensure requirements for becoming a certified public accountant.

While some might consider accounting a primarily numbers-based field, this type of work in today’s marketplace also involves interpersonal communication, collaboration, problem solving and management of both people and systems. These are the same skills you will practice in EOU’s fast track accounting program as you work with classmates, expert faculty and community partners.


The bachelor’s in accounting online program at EOU is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). This affiliation represents EOU’s commitment to a quality business education and consistent, continuing evaluation; you can be sure that the accounting program will effectively prepare you for today’s business careers.

Options for Specializing Your Degree

Requirements for the bachelor’s in accounting online program at EOU include a lower-division core plus an upper-division core. Beyond those, you can choose one of two optional specialized tracks.

Certified Managerial Accounting Track

A certified managerial accountant is a globally recognized certification; a certified managerial accountant works with large corporations and businesses, specializing in large amounts of money and the ethical considerations that come with it. You will learn about investments, cost management and project management.

Forensic Accounting Track

Prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and learn to investigate financial fraud in an ever-changing business environment.

Accounting Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The online bachelor’s in accounting requires a core of courses including lower- and upper-division courses. Lower-division courses give a background in managerial and financial accounting, business communication, business law and macroeconomics.

Upper-division classes explore theory and practice; classes include principles of marketing and finance, taxation, a series of accounting classes, managerial courses and advanced accounting. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

After the core is completed, accounting majors can choose from two optional tracks: certified managerial accounting or forensic accounting.

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Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool.

“Eastern Oregon provides a great learning experience. By completing online while working full-time, I was able to accomplish a huge goal of purchasing a home at 19. I have found the degree to be very helpful as I have begun a career in public accounting.”
– Brady Watkins, 2019; Meridian, Idaho; Business Administration, Accountancy

Admission Requirements

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*Only needed for students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours, fewer than three years after high school graduation.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your accounting degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

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Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is just over $47,700, with a $265 cost per credit hour.* An additional $13.50 per credit hour will be applied to accounting, business and economics courses.

About 92 percent of our online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*A cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.

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Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Program Outcomes

  • Develop accurate accounting skills and practices
  • Understand accounting theory
  • Gain leadership and management skills
  • Study for a variety of career paths
  • Prepare for an MBA or CPA
  • Complete a specialty track in managerial accounting or forensic accounting

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a projected growth of 6 percent through 2026, which is as fast as most occupations.

Newer technologies mean a higher demand for workers who are familiar with these technologies and their applications.

Median annual salaries for accounting jobs are around $70,500, with more money available for higher degrees and more experience.¹

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about the online fast track accounting program.

Frequently Asked Questions

To sit for the CPA exam in Oregon, you must have acquired 225 total credit hours. After completing the 180-credit accounting degree program at EOU, you will need 45 more credit hours. You can choose to register for 45 more undergraduate credit hours, complete the Post-Baccalaureate Accounting certificate (48 credit hours) or enroll in the MBA program (45 credit hours).

After obtaining your online bachelor’s in accounting from EOU, you can work in many positions, such as a CPA, auditor, controller, financial advisor, senior accountant, fiscal manager and more.

The online program is designed for maximum flexibility and may be taken full-time if you feel you have the time to do so successfully. Full-time means you’ll take 3-4 classes every 11 weeks.

To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The Bachelor’s in Accounting is designed for working professionals with busy lives, so if something interrupts your normal course of study, you don’t have to worry about losing the courses you’ve completed. You can take up to 4 years to complete the degree, if needed. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

This program is offered both online and on campus. However, due to the lockstep nature of the program it is highly recommended that students select their desired modality and stick with it through the duration of their enrollment. If a change is necessary, they can work with an advisor. It is not considered a hybrid program because there is no required coursework on campus.

Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.

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¹Accountants and Auditors. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from