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As organizations strive for efficiency and effectiveness in an economy with growing competition and shrinking budgets, the role of the accountant has become increasingly important. With Athens State University’s accounting program, you’ll gain an understanding of how to build and interpret financial reports, analyze business objectives, and make strategic decisions – all skills needed to make your future count.

Skills from this program will help you launch a career as a certified public accountant, auditor, tax accountant, management consultant, financial planner, or private, government, or nonprofit accountant, among others. The variety of career paths makes an accounting degree one of the most flexible options available, allowing you to make a significant impact in any business sector you choose.

Students who complete the Accounting major (no minor) will meet all of the requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam in the State of Alabama. In addition, students who complete either Accounting major (with minor or without) will meet the requirements to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and other accounting certifications.

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Ranked 11th best online accounting degree program in the nation in 2018 (Best College Reviews)

Ranked 3rd in the nation for affordability
(Master of Finance Reviews)

This program is delivered 100% online

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Why Choose Athens State University?

If you have existing college credit, Athens State is the perfect solution to finish what you started!

Personalized Support

Earn an online degree from an institution with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, meaning you get personalized attention and support all along the way

Incredible Value

As the university with the lowest cost of attendance of all public, state institutions in Alabama, you can rest assured that you are getting the best value for your investment

Completion College

As an upper-division institution, your goal is our goal – we focus on helping you finish what you started, advance your career, and meet your personal goals

Expert Faculty

Learn from the best and brightest – faculty members who know what knowledge and skills are needed to succeed in a competitive job market

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Athens State University was founded in 1822, making it the oldest continuously-operated institute of higher learning in the state of Alabama. Offering over 50 undergraduate majors and degree options, in addition to graduate programs, Athens State focuses on providing affordable, flexible, and high-quality options for all learners.

Athens State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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Classes Begin:
May 18, 2020

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300 N. Beaty Street | Athens, Alabama 35611
(256) 233-8100

Late Registration Ends:
May 26, 2020