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Online Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Total Credit Hours

120

Cost Per Credit Hour

$325

Application Deadline: May 27, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 1, 2024

Explore the Language of Business

Get a degree that counts with an online Bachelor of Science in Accounting from LSU Alexandria. Acquire relevant preparation to enter a flexible, dynamic career in public accounting, industry, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations and businesses. Receive a well-rounded business education sought by many employers that includes creative problem solving, critical thinking, and in-depth knowledge of how an organization functions in today's evolving global environment.

Accounting professionals are in high demand -- which is why you can position yourself for great career advancement upon graduation from LSU Alexandria’s online accounting program. Learn what it takes to launch a career as an accountant, financial controller, or accounting manager through a curriculum that is developed from the foundational principles and emerging trends that many employers desire.

This degree also offers 2 concentrations: 

  • Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics
  • Fraud and Forensic Accounting

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ACBSP Accredited

This program meets rigorous standards set by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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CPA preparation

Our graduates are prepared to pass the CPA examination with confidence. Students who plan to sit for the CPA exam should review the educational requirements of their State Board of CPAs.

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Learn from Experienced Faculty

Classes are taught by experts in the field, including licensed CPAs.

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Two Concentrations Offered

Tailor your Accounting degree to suit your needs with 2 unique concentration offerings.

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The Accounting faculty has extensive experience in public accounting, industry, and not-for-profit organizations. They are experienced business leaders and CPAs that bring valued experience and practical expertise to the accounting program.

Dr. Kent Lachney, CPA
Chair of Accounting and Finance Department

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Cost

Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $325

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $9,750

Total cost with fees: $39,000

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. Transfer credits may apply for up to 75% of degree requirements. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSUA degree. For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

LSU Online offers financial aid to those who qualify.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listing

Accounting

General Education Credit Hours
ENGL 1001 English Composition 3
ENGL 1002 English Composition II 3
General Education Social Sciences 3
BUSN 1001: Introduction to Business 3
MATH 1021 College Algebra 3
MATH 2011 General Statistics 3
General Education Natural Sciences 9
CMST 2060 Public Speaking 3
General Education History 3
General Education Humanities 3
General Education Fine Arts 3
Total Required Credit Hours 39

 

Business Core Credit Hours
ACCT 2001 Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 2101 Managerial Accounting 3
CMIS 1105 Personal Productivity Using IT Tools 3
ECON 2010 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics 3
FINC 3715 Business Finance 3
MKTG 3401 Principles of Marketing 3
MGMT 4420 Multinational Management OR MKTG 4443 International Marketing 3
 MGMT 3200 Principles of Management 3
MGMT 4830 Business Policy 3
Total Required Credit Hours 30

 

Accounting Major Credit Hours
ACCT 3020 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 3021 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 3121 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 3221 Tax Accounting I 3
ACCT 4022 Advanced Accounting 3
ACCT 4100 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
ACCT 4123 Auditing 3
ACCT 4221 Tax Accounting II 3
ACCT 4421 Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting 3
BLAW 3201 Business Law I 3
BLAW 3202 Business Law II 3
Total Required Credit Hours 33

 

General Accounting Concentration Credit Hours
3000/4000-level Accounting Electives 6
Free Electives 6
ENGL 2002 Professional Writing OR 3002 Technical Writing 3
Math 1431 Calculus with Business Economic Application 3
Total Required Credit Hours 18

 

Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics Concentration Credit Hours
ACCT 3122 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 4122 Data Analytics in Accounting I 3
ACCT 4322 Data Analytics in Accounting II 3
CMIS 3999 Advanced MS Excel and MS Access 3
ENGL 2002 Professional Writing 3
MATH 1431 Calculus with Business Economic Application  3
Total Required Credit Hours 18

 

Fraud and Forensic Accounting Concentration Credit Hours
ACCT 3122 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 4150 Accounting Ethics 3
ACCT 4250 Fraud and Forensic Accounting I 3
ACCT 4350 Fraud and Forensic Accounting II 3
ENGL 2002 Professional Writing 3
MATH 1431 Calculus with Business Economic Application  3
Total Required Credit Hours 18

Concentrations

The online Bachelor of Science in Accounting from LSUA offers 2 unique concentrations outside of the general accounting concentration.  
 
Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics 
 
This concentration is ideal for students interested in the technological side of accounting, equipping them with the tools to thrive in today's rapidly evolving financial landscape. As a student of the Information Systems & Data Analytics concentration, you'll experience a unique blend of accounting expertise and cutting-edge technology. Students will be exposed to various software applications such as Excel, Access, Power BI, Tableau, Power Query, SQL, SAP, Alteryx, and UI Path. 
 
Fraud and Forensic Accounting 
 
This concentration is designed for students drawn to the excitement of financial investigations. Students will be introduced to a professional landscape where numbers reveal hidden narratives-- from dissecting business transactions to contributing to civil and criminal disputes. Students will also gain the base knowledge necessary to pursue the relevant certifications to become a Certified Forensic Accountant.  

Admission Requirements

For university acceptance, first-time freshman must meet the following criteria: 

  • Complete high school Core curriculum for college readiness in place at time of high school graduation 
  • Not be required to take more than one developmental course 
  • Have a high school grade point average of at least 2.0 
  • Meet one of the following: 
    • Have an ACT composite of 20 or higher 
    • Have a high school Core grade point average of at least 2.0 

Transfer students to LSUA must meet one of the following sets of criteria: 

  • Have earned a transferable associate degree or higher 
  • Have earned at least 18 hours of college-level credit, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 
  • Have earned at least 12 hours of college-level credit from LSUE or CLTCC Bridge Program, including a college-level English and college-level mathematics course, with a grade of “C” or higher in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0. 
  • If the above are not met, meet freshman admission requirements and be in good standing with their previous institution  

Career Opportunities

  • Public Accounting
  • Tax Preparation 
  • Business Consulting
  • Private Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Internal Auditing
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Fraud Examiner 

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). 

The Accounting Information Systems & Data Analytics concentration and Fraud & Forensics Accounting concentration are currently candidates for ACBSP accreditation and will receive accreditation two years after launch and a sufficient number of students successfully graduate from the program.

Licensure and Certification

Students from outside Louisiana who plan to sit for the CPA exam should check with the State Board of Accountancy in the state they plan to take the CPA Exam for educational requirements of that state OR should review the requirements posted on the Licensure Disclosure chart for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting in the LSUA catalog.

Learn more about specific LSUA programs leading to licensure and certifications

What Will I Learn?

The online Bachelor of Science in Accounting is delivered completely online and led by accounting field-experts at LSUA. Students will gain a thorough understanding of accounting and emerging techniques relevant to the profession. Additionally, our program prepares graduates to pass the CPA examination and practice in the public or private accounting industry with confidence.

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for managing a company or an organization’s financial information and tax documents. Accounting graduates pursue a variety of paths after graduation. Most seek careers in public accounting (including auditing, tax preparation, and business consulting) and private accounting (including financial accounting, management accounting, and internal auditing). Some continue their education and earn a Master of Science in Accounting or a Master of Business Administration with (or without) a concentration in Accounting. Others attend law school.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to prepare financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Students will be able to identify appropriate managerial and business issues essential to analyzing accounting data.
  • Students will be able to analyze auditing standards and acceptable practices in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.
  • Students will be able to examine topics important to the taxation of individuals and business entities. 
  • Students will be able to examine ethical issues significant to the accounting profession.  

Why Choose This Program?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over one million accountants actively employed in the US. Additionally, the industry is predicted to grow by 10% by 2026. Our online accounting program provides students with a well-rounded knowledge of topics that will help move their careers forward in this thriving field. Our program also provides a comprehensive education that meets the Louisiana State Board of Accountancy’s requirements to sit for the CPA exam. 

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