Online Bachelor of Arts in Business – Corporate Accounting

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in business with a concentration in corporate accounting allows you to play a key role in creating, analyzing and improving the financial management of a corporate business. This advanced business degree helps you specialize in the field of accounting by furthering your financial decision-making expertise and developing your leadership skills.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 41

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

Degree questions, answered.

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What is corporate accounting?

Corporate accounting is a specialized branch of accounting that focuses on the financial management and reporting of a business or corporation. This is an essential function for any business because it provides the foundation for informed decision-making and financial accountability. Key responsibilities of corporate accounting include:

  • Analyzing financial information.
  • Generating reports.
  • Planning and updating budgets.
  • Preparing and maintaining records.
  • Presenting financial research to stakeholders.

Additionally, corporate accounting professionals can use their knowledge to offer insight on potential financial issues or opportunities within the company. The coursework for this program combines a core business curriculum with lower- and higher-level managerial accounting courses for a well-rounded education upon graduation.

What you’ll learn in this corporate accounting degree concentration

 

This program provides an overview of business fundamentals with a focus on analysis and decision-making based on financial information. All of these skills are foundational and enduring needs for every company. As a graduate, you can compete for positions that leverage accounting and provide valuable input about a company’s direction.

Who’s a good candidate for this program?

 

Good candidates for this program include students looking to enter the business world armed with expertise in various aspects of accounting, including financial reporting, cost accounting, taxation and others. This program also prepares you with the knowledge and competencies needed to put the following credentials within reach:

  • Certified management accountant (CMA).
  • Chartered global management accountant (CGMA).

Please note: This corporate accounting degree concentration focuses on the needs of businesses and isn’t a direct path to becoming a certified public accountant (CPA). If you’re specifically interested in becoming a public accountant, the Bachelor of Science in accountancy program is highly recommended, as that program will get you much closer to meeting CPA requirements.

Professional licensure and certification

The School of Accountancy prepares graduates for excellence upon entering the workplace. Since certification and licensure requirements vary by profession and from state to state, we recommend that you visit our professional licensure page to determine if your program meets the requirements for individual state licensures or national certifications, as applicable. If you have specific questions, please send an email to wpcareyacc@asu.edu.

Will my diploma say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Business and corporate accounting courses

The curriculum for this program includes a general business foundation, alongside accounting courses that specifically target a corporate business model. During this coursework, you’ll develop both technical accounting expertise and transferable skills, such as effective communication, collaborative teamwork and critical thinking. Featured courses include:


ACC 310: Intermediate Accounting


ACC 320: Management Accounting I


ACC 454: Tax Planning


ACC 455: Governance and Enterprise Risk Management


ACC 310: Intermediate Accounting


ACC 320: Management Accounting I


ACC 410: Financial Statement Analysis


ACC 420: Management Accounting for Corporate Accountants II


What can I do with a corporate accounting degree concentration?

After completing this program, you’ll have the opportunity to target your career towards a variety of roles within accounting, including corporate roles. Graduates commonly pursue roles related to accounting in analysis, research, management and more. Specific career examples include, but are not limited to:

Accountant/Auditor


Growth: 4.4 %
Salary: $78,000

Financial Analyst


Growth: 7.6 %
Salary: $95,080

Financial Manager


Growth: 16.0 %
Salary: $139,790

Treasurer


Growth: 16.0 %
Salary: $139,790

Educators focused on business and accountancy

Faculty at the W. P. Carey School of Business are passionate about innovative research and impact. Our school fosters an environment of global thinking, with a cohort of award-winning faculty from six continents around the globe and a student body which represents more than 100 countries. Faculty accolades include:

  • National Academy of Sciences members.
  • Nobel laureate.
  • Renowned journal publications.
  • Speakers at national conferences.

Educators focused on business and accountancy

Faculty at the W. P. Carey School of Business are passionate about innovative research and impact. Our school fosters an environment of global thinking, with a cohort of award-winning faculty from six continents around the globe and a student body which represents more than 100 countries. Faculty accolades include:

  • National Academy of Sciences members.
  • Nobel laureate.
  • Renowned journal publications.
  • Speakers at national conferences.

How to apply

First year additional requirements

Transfer additional requirements

Earned Admission pathway

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Supporting the next generation of business leaders

The W. P. Carey School of Business is one of the top business schools in the country. Our AACSB-accredited business school is committed to delivering excellent quality and great value. Our U.S. News & World Report rankings reflect our commitment to academics, groundbreaking research and positive student outcomes.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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