an online accounting degree to help launch your accounting career

associate degree in accounting

an online accounting degree to help launch your accounting career

associate degree in accounting

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career outlook and growth

looking for a career that provides job stability combined with growth opportunity? a career in accounting provides both. with an associate degree from bryan university in accounting, you’ll gain a specialized skillset that will help set you apart in the marketplace.

expanding career opportunities

according to the bureau of labor statistics, careers for bookkeeping, accounting, and tax professionals are expected to add another 188,500 industry job openings in the united states through 2028.1

earning your degree now means you’ll be prepared for the jobs of the future.

attractive careers

as a graduate of the bryan university associate degree in accounting, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be job-ready for career opportunities1 such as:

  • accounts receivable clerk
  • accounting assistant
  • billing clerk
  • bookkeeper
  • payroll clerk
  • tax preparer

diverse employers

you’ll lead a rewarding career in employment settings such as:

  • business consulting groups
  • federal, state, and local government agencies
  • finance and insurance firms
  • manufacturing and production facilities
  • small to large businesses
  • non-profit enterprises
  • service industries
  • retailers

program overview

valuable skills that employers need

in today’s business environment, college graduates must be equipped with the right technology expertise, problem solving skills, and leadership acumen. as a bryan university business accounting student, you’ll become job-ready by learning from faculty who have real-world experience and by building a solid foundation of skills in business, such as:

  • leadership and management
  • accounting and financial statements
  • taxation and payroll
  • business analytics
  • microsoft excel
  • critical thinking
  • communications
  • Ethics & Law
  • speaking and presenting
  • digital marketing

unrivaled benefits for you and specialized certifications – included in tuition

as a bryan university student, you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to three certifications that are included in your program at no extra charge and will help build your resume and establish your credibility in the marketplace, including:

  • microsoft excel associate
  • national bookkeepers association certs (choose any two): bookkeeper, accounting, tax, and quickbooks

bryan also provides you several valuable benefits:

  • books and electronic courseware, included in tuition
  • learning technology that helps you learn faster and retain more knowledge
  • real-world experiences using simulated work environments
  • a mastery-based learning environment that allows you to improve grades by retaking assignments based on instructor feedback
  • peer mentors, tutors and success coaches who provide encouragement, guidance and insight
  • live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty mentoring sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

become part of an online community

at bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer using zoom, a user-friendly video app. you’ll join a vibrant community who will provide support and celebrate your success along the way. you’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

earn while you learn: dual enrollment available

you can enroll in the business administration undergraduate certificate and the associate degree in accounting concurrently. this means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree. once you complete your associate degree, you may also consider pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business. if you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your bryan program.


1bureau of labor statistics, u.s. department of labor, occupational outlook handbook, 2019-20 edition. also see //www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2082.00 and //www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2011.01. sites visited on 12/17/2019. example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

meet the program director

dr. jennifer newmann

“bryan u’s business programs are aligned with the modern marketplace so that students are job-ready upon graduation.”

– jennifer newmann, edd, mba, bs

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program details

the academic associate degree in accounting is designed to meet the increasing industry demand for business professionals in accounting. accounting serves as a universal base that allows one to talk “the language of business.” with the right accounting skills graduates can position themselves for success in almost any sector or industry. students develop real-world, employer-demanded skills in payroll, banking, reporting, and record keeping allowing them to become an asset to any company.

in this program, students acquire the needed knowledge and skills in preparation for passing exams such as the national bookkeepers association (nba) accounting, bookkeeping, tax, and quickbooks certifications. the program is ideal for professionals who want to enter an accounting-related field or lay the groundwork for further study to become a certified management accountant (cma) or certified public accountant (cpa). bryan university delivers this program through dynamic, adaptive, experiential learning that includes personalized instruction and coaching.

program offered 100% online.

program credits:
to complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 60 semester credits. generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

transfer credits:
if you apply to bryan university with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. if you complete a bryan u associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

unv-101s—student success and technology foundations—3.0 credits
a course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.

bus-105—introduction to business—3.0 credits
complex marketplaces require businesses to use data and analytics to address regulatory, market, consumer and operational challenges. this course provides students with the foundations of business organization and operations to provide a foundation for students to use when analyzing data to uncover actionable information for the enterprise.

bus-110—workplace technologies—3.0 credits
the core concepts of systems architecture and it infrastructure underlie all technology driven organizations. participants will gain an understanding of the components of the it architecture, how computer infrastructures support and enable enterprise goals, and how it systems are managed.

bus-115—business math—3.0 credits
this course focuses on a basic math review with an emphasis on business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and mathematical calculations.

bus-120—accounting principles i—3.0 credits
this course provides students with a functional knowledge of basic accounting principles to facilitate their interpretation of financial statements. the bookkeeping cycle, from recording transactions to preparing financial statements, is included. students will also be introduced to the methods for summarizing, analyzing and reporting financial data.

bus-125—accounting principles ii—3.0 credits
concepts presented in this course are a continuation of the study of basic accounting principles covering topics related to payroll, bookkeeping, inventory, the statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. at the end of this course, students will be skilled in tasks related to positions such as an ap clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.

bus-130—microsoft excel i—3.0 credits
electronic spreadsheets are a powerful tool used in business processes to store, analyze and present information. the focus of the course is to provide the student with functional skills needed to create, edit, and format microsoft excel worksheets for a variety of reporting needs.

bus-135—microsoft excel ii—3.0 credits
the focus of this course includes creating informative spreadsheets and performing advanced functions including functions, formulas, and charts. this course is a continuation of bus-130.

bus-140—introduction to digital marketing and social media—3.0 credits
this course provides students with a working knowledge in the growing field of digital marketing. students will learn about the evolution and purpose of digital marketing, the strategic uses of social media, and how these principles can transform the customer’s journey. students will also gain important industry skills designed to enhance the company’s product using effective digital media.

bus-145—business communications—3.0 credits
this course provides students with foundational knowledge regarding effective communication styles and strategies for the business professional. students will learn practical skills in intra- and interpersonal communication within business-related environments, in how personal attitudes affect organizational effectiveness and productivity, and in the interactions between people both personally and professionally.

bus-200—business analytics reporting—3.0 credits
today’s businesses rely on data in almost every decision-making process. data must be presented in a way that is quickly interpretable and easily understood. this course further explores reporting, data representations, visualizations, and high-level data analytics in microsoft excel. students will connect to and analyze data from various sources and prepare presentations for management decision making using a variety of visualization types.

bus-220—management principles—3.0 credits
successful management is rooted in forming essential behaviors associated with leading an organization and its people. during this course, the student will understand basic management principles and functions required within small and large organizations and be introduced to business application models. this course will emphasize critical thinking and solving real-world problems.

bus-230—legal and ethical issues in business—3.0 credits
this course provides students with foundational knowledge regarding general law, ethics, and regulations affecting business policy and decision making.

bus-255—intermediate accounting—3.0 credits
in this course, students interpret financial statements and use them to make better business decisions. this course examines in more depth the financial accounting procedures, reporting, and evaluation of results of operations through income statements, balance sheets, statements of cash flow, and associated worksheets. additional topics include revenue and expense recognition, working capital, and ratio analysis of financial statements.

bus-265—fundamentals of taxation—3.0 credits
this course provides an introduction to federal income taxation of individuals and businesses, providing a broad overview of the importance of tax considerations in business and personal decisions. topics such as financial statement analysis, income, deductions, credits, depreciation, and allowances will be explored.

crt-110s—critical thinking—3.0 credits
this course provides foundational topics related to logic and critical thinking including, informal logic, formal logic, and fallacies.

com-210s—speaking and presenting—3.0 credits
this course covers the fundamentals of public speaking in today’s society. topics include how to write a quality speech and how to clearly and confidently speak in public forums, including social media and blogs.

eng-110s—english composition i—3.0 credits
this course covers written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.

eng-112s—english composition ii—3.0 credits
a course building on lessons learned in english composition i. in addition to reviewing the writing process, topics include research techniques, citation techniques, documentation formats, and critical analysis of written topics.

mat-110s—algebra i—3.0 credits
this course begins with a review of real numbers and algebraic expressions before covering algebra topics including linear equations and inequalities, lines and functions, systems, exponents, polynomials, and factoring.

note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. the most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the bryan university course catalog.

dr. jennifer newmann

dr. jennifer newmann

program lead faculty and program director

  • owner and operator of four small businesses
  • doctorate in educational leadership and organizational development from university of california san diego
  • mba from national university
  • bs from arizona state university
  • former executive and provost
  • focus: organizational culture, leadership and management, positive organizational scholar, and organizational effectiveness
dr. carlos aquino

dr. carlos aquino

faculty, bryan university

  • post-doc in entrepreneurship
  • phd, msc in engineering
  • 15+ years in higher education leadership as provost, dean, and director of research
  • 10+ years in accreditation: mentor and evaluator
  • four books published (pearson and springer)
  • Focus: Diversity & Inclusion, Soft Skills in business, Accounting, Math and Statistics
brad barber

brad barber

faculty, bryan university

  • serial entrepreneur
  • ba in economics
  • ma in education
  • former executive vice president at genpact
  • private school founder
  • surfboard shaper
  • podcast host
  • husband (to 1), father (of 4), friend (to many)
  • focus: business management, human resources, and sales and marketing
dewayne demland

dewayne demland

faculty, bryan university

  • entrepreneur
  • c-level executive
  • bsba and mba
  • delta mu delta
  • national society of leadership and success
  • educator
  • former medic and law enforcement officer
  • husband (to 1), father (of 6), grandfather (of 11), friend (to many)
  • focus: leadership, business management, human resources, and organizational culture reform

dr. brock hancock

faculty, bryan university

  • chief educational officer at a small university-based in turks and caicos which specializes in helping students in remote areas of the world
  • taught over 300 university-level classes
  • doctorate in education specializing in organizations
  • mba
  • bs in kinesiology
  • managerial experience with nestle tollhouse and the alaska railroad
  • many years as a business consultant
allen marin

allen marin

faculty, bryan university

  • marketing executive
  • small business owner
  • ba in history from university of california los angeles
  • mba from the university of texas at austin
  • outdoor sports enthusiast
  • nature advocate
  • dog lover
dr. faryal raziuddin

dr. faryal raziuddin

faculty, bryan university

  • program management leadership – aerospace industry
  • business owner for 7 years
  • doctorate in health administration and global leadership from university of phoenix
  • master’s in accountancy and information systems from university of phoenix
  • bs in computer information systems and accounting from devry university
  • bs in nutrition and dietetics from st. anne’s university
  • focus: undergraduate and graduate online accounting systems, microsoft tools, mathematics, and computer informations systems

arran standring

faculty, bryan university

  • director, commercial insights and analytics, mckesson corporation (fortune 7)
  • six sigma black belt
  • data scientist, analytics and insights storyteller
  • ba in business from liverpool polytechnic in england
  • msc in applied health informatics from bryan university
stephen r. thompson, cma

stephen r. thompson, cma

faculty, bryan university

  • Financial Analysis & Consulting
  • certified management accountant
  • mba and bs from regis university
  • former owner and manager of accounting and real estate business
  • former general electric company financial manager
  • focus: undergraduate and graduate online accounting education
adam van hyfte

adam van hyfte

faculty, bryan university

  • senior health systems engineer at mayo clinic, phoenix, arizona
  • bs packaging, michigan state university
  • mba strategic management, davenport university
  • lean six sigma green belt, purdue university
  • silver quality fellow, mayo clinic college of medicine and science
  • focus: adjunct faculty for business and healthcare programs

tuition lock guarantee
bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. we don’t differentiate between residents or non-residents. we also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.

tuition goes down the longer you’re in school
we understand the importance of helping you stay in school and graduate successfully. to help motivate you, we provide tuition discounts the longer you’re in school.

financing options available
as an accredited institution, students of bryan university who are residents of the united states may qualify for federal financial aid. our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. to learn more, please visit our financial aid page.

for students who are veterans or active duty members of the u.s. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. please see our military benefits page for more details.

you may also complete the request information form or call us at 888-768-6861 to receive immediate assistance.

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why we're different: students come first

tuition lock guarantee

we lock your tuition rate once you enroll, plus tuition goes down the longer you're in school.

job search assistance

we provide students job search assistance while in school and once they graduate.

accelerated programs

you can get started - and finish - fast.

welcome kits included

once you enroll, we provide you a welcome kit package to ensure you're ready to start school.

faculty who put you first

our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.

books and courseware included

we take care of shipping your textbooks and provide you easy access to electronic courseware.

focus on employment

you’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.

learn by doing

you’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

return for refresher classes

as a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.