Undergraduate Degrees

Online BS in Business Administration in Accounting

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Apply By: 8/15/2022

Classes Start: 8/22/2022

Program Overview

Online Business Administration in Accounting Overview

Does your head for business favor numbers and how they affect the bottom line? Ready to get your accounting career moving forward?

If you are looking for a flexible online bachelor’s degree to jumpstart your accounting career, add value to an existing role or narrow your focus – you have come to the right university. Wherever you might be on your career trajectory, Peru State College’s online bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an option in accounting, can lead to a world of new opportunities.

Quality, innovative programs are our hallmark, as shown by this popular accounting concentration. Versatile yet solid in its foundation, this program opens the door to options like launching your career as an accountant, accelerating your current profession or taking steps to becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA).

Sought-after skills
Moving forward, you’ll thrive in a field where understanding accounting and finance nuances is increasingly valuable. Armed with fresh, in-demand skills, you will capture the attention of potential employers looking for top candidates. And as companies worldwide fine-tune their operations, earning your BS in Business Administration in Accounting will allow you to contribute to these efforts in greater ways, influence informed decisions and make your impact.

Advanced education
Outside of the immediate career advantages, many leverage accounting education in achieving other credentials, too. If you’re looking ahead to master’s-level education, our accounting program is an ideal first step to achieving that goal. Or, it can also fulfill a requirement for obtaining accounting certification through your professional association. For example, the Institute of Management Accountants, Inc., offers the Certified Management Accountant credential, while the Institute of Internal Auditors grants the Certified Internal Auditor certification.

Impressive distinctions
A few other distinctions that make Peru State College’s online program so beneficial include the experience you’ll have with QuickBooks software, federal income tax return preparation, consolidated financial statement preparation and tax client interview simulations. Also, our CPA-focused courses have proved essential for many students preparing to sit for the CPA exam, and our new CMA focus lays the foundation for achieving management accounting certification.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Peru State College ensures the utmost quality across all of our online degrees. Equally appealing are the university’s premium flexibility, expert faculty, renowned high value and engaged online community you can count on for support.

With deep, 150-year roots, Peru State College has been offering online programs for more than 20 years. And today, our expertise online adds up to a smooth educational journey, from enrollment through graduation.

It’s time to turn goals into action. Welcome to Peru State College Online, where you can earn a BS in Business Administration in Accounting designed expertly for you

Nationally Recognized For Affordability
22:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
Generous Transfer Policy
(Up To 90 Credit Hours)

Why Choose an Online BS in Business Administration in Accounting?

At Peru State College Online, the online accounting courses throughout the 120-credit-hour BS in Business Administration in Accounting program are taught by experienced faculty, who are licensed Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) themselves.

The instructors have practical, hands-on accounting experience, and make it their priority to stay on top of current trends, emerging best practices and any new accounting regulations. Through continually refreshed, robust curriculum, you are ensured essential knowledge for launching or enhancing your accounting career.

Rest assured, your instructors are experts in online teaching, as well, and strive for a smooth, interactive experience for you and your classmates. By keeping the online classroom smaller than you would typically find with a physical campus, the faculty is able to respond quicker, and focus on meaningful interaction with students one-on-one and as a group.

Our online testing practices are also quality-designed to help you perform at your best, with proctored exams giving way to a more personalized, less stressful experience.

Getting excited about your degree path with us? Our accounting option assures quality online education to accelerate your success.


Through the bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on accounting, you can anticipate the following learning goals and outcomes:

  1. Explain and apply important concepts related to the administration of business. You will be able to:
    1. Describe basic concepts in each major functional area of business, including economics, accounting, finance, law, marketing, production operations, organizational behavior, global issues, information management and strategic policy
    2. Apply business concepts and theories to business situations
  2. Use appropriate technological and quantitative tools to make and support evidence-based reasoning. You will be able to:
    1. Collect and interpret data that is relevant to the administration of business from a variety of systems and data structures
    2. Create accurate and useful quantitative documents and reports
    3. Analyze data to discover meaningful anomalies and trends
  3. Express yourself competently and persuasively in written and verbal forms. You will be able to:
    1. Write well-organized and grammatically correct business documents
    2. Design and make effective oral presentations using presentation software
  4. Assume a leadership role and solve complex organizational problems. You will be able to:
    1. Identify a business problem or opportunity, assess the dynamic business environment, research historical and best practices, and formulate a variety of possible recommendations
    2. Evaluate business recommendations using global perspectives and giving due consideration to ethical principles

In addition, our accounting degree can prepare you for the key certifications of the accounting profession. You’ll have the choice to enroll in courses that concentrate on the CPA or CMA certification, allowing you to confidently sit for the corresponding exam after graduation.

Transfer Credits

Credit for Experience You Already Have

We make it easy to transfer to Peru State College Online. With nearly 80% of our students transferring in, we’re glad to evaluate all possibilities to make the most of knowledge you’ve gained elsewhere.

  • Prior college coursework
  • Corporate and military training
  • Even life and work experience

It all adds up to maximum transfer credit, and minimal time and tuition to graduation and the new life waiting, for you.

Up to 90* credit hours are accepted from an accredited college
or up to 66 from a community, vocational or tech college.
You could start at Peru State College Online already 75% finished with your program!


Low Tuition, Top-Value Education


Per credit hour

One Rate

For any state

Free Application

No other per-credit hour fees

At Peru State College Online, we take it all seriously – including your education investment. Our students work hard on their education, so we do our part to make it as affordable as possible. Peru State’s approach of hiqh quality at a competitive cost works well for both you and us, earning our college the distinction of being a Top ROI, Best Buy and Best Value.

What’s our secret? No surprises here …

  • At a lean $299 per credit hour, our low, “one-rate, any-state” tuition simplifies things, with no other per-credit-hour fees to worry about.
  • Other cost-friendly options are available, too, like transfer credit, financial aid, and corporate or military tuition assistance, if applicable to you.
  • Finally, it’s free to apply.

Less financial stress for you, enormous pride for us. Ready to make the most out of your education dollars? At Peru State College Online, you’ll find transformative education offered affordably, for you.

Academic Support

An Engaged Online Community

With no physical boundaries, Peru State College’s rich tradition of community on campus easily extends to our family online. You will immediately feel welcome among our circle of faculty, staff and distance learners like you.

  • Our knowledgeable instructors are experts in teaching online. Easily accessible, they include 1:1 faculty interaction, discussion boards and video conferencing as part of an engaged, rewarding experience.
  • You’ll advance alongside others with similar aspirations, and benefit from knowledge sharing and motivating mutual support.
  • Free online tutoring and career services are just a few bonus features that help keep your eye on the prize.
  • And to help ensure a top-notch educational journey, your student advisor will be by your side, offering encouragement and keeping you right on track to graduation.


Simple, Clear Application Process

Whether you’d like a little help from us or prefer to get started on your own, your journey at Peru State College Online begins with a smooth — and FREE — application process.

  • STEP ONE. Complete the Application for Admission (FREE)
  • STEP TWO. Request your official high school and, if applicable, college transcripts (not required if you are transferring from Chadron State College or Wayne State College)

We promise a speedy response to your application, averaging about 24 hours to process. From there, we’ll work together to enroll and get you moving toward your graduation goal ahead.

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The education, support and experiences provided by Peru State have forever changed my life for the better.

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Flexible, Quality Learning

At Peru State College Online, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how flexible quality learning can be. All courses are intentionally designed for online learning, and our 120-credit-hour online BS in Business Administration in Accounting can be safely accomplished wherever and whenever is best for you. 

  • Eight- and 16-week courses 
  • Multiple starts throughout the year
  • Easy Canvas navigation
  • No set daily login times

General Studies Requirements

All Business majors must complete these courses as part of their General Studies requirements.

BUS 201 Organizational Communications (3 Credit Hours)

Students study communication foundations, the writing process, and communicating through letters, memoranda, and e-mail messages. The culminating activity permits students to understand the report process and research methods, manage data and use graphics, and organize and prepare reports and proposals for the design and delivery of business presentations.

CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications (3 Credit Hours)

This course is an introduction to basic computer concepts and Windows-based spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software currently used in industry. Development of problem-solving and proficiency using selected commercial software packages is stressed.

ECON 221 Principles Of Microeconomics (3 Credit Hours)

Consideration is given to the microeconomic concepts of wages, interest, rent and profits, personal distribution of income, consumption, monopolies, agriculture, government taxation and expenditures, international trade and comparative economic structures.

ECON 222 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)

This course presents elementary concepts of macroeconomics with an emphasis on equilibrium analysis, monetary and fiscal policy, banking, developmental economics, and comparative economic systems.

MATH 112 College Algebra (3 Credit Hours)

This course is for students who specifically need algebra in certain pre- professional programs. It covers algebraic principles and processes and is not to be taken for credit by students who have completed Math 113 or Math 120.

ACT Math 17 or greater, SAT 530 or greater or Math 100

STAT 210 Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

A study of the methods of summarizing and interpreting data, elementary probability, and its relation to distributions. The meanings, importance, and application of the normal and binomial distributions and the methods of random sampling, testing of hypotheses, analysis of paired data, and interpretation of standardized test scores are covered. Students work on independent research projects to gain first- hand experience with the issues of the course.

Business Core Requirements

You must complete the following requirements in addition to the General Studies requirements. No grade lower than “C-” will satisfy major requirements.

BUS 214 Introduction to Business Quantitative Methods (3 Credit Hours)

This course introduces basic business quantitative concepts to students. Basic business math, banking practices, trade discounts, markups and markdowns, breakeven analysis, payroll, credit installment purchases, mortgage finance vs. refinance, simple and compound interest calculations, annuities and sinking funds, interpretation of financial reports, depreciation, inventory, taxation, insurance, and an understanding of the elements of the stock market are included in the course. Students are introduced to basic business statistics and the used of advanced Excel in the course.

BUS 231 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Students are introduced to accounting as an information system that provides reports to stakeholders about the economic activities and condition of a business. Students learn about the complete accounting cycle, accounting systems and internal controls, and balance sheet accounts cash, receivables, inventories, fixed and intangible assets, and current liabilities.

BUS 232 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Students continue their preparation in accounting by studying the accounting process for a corporation – organization, capital stock transactions, and dividends; income and taxes, stockholders’ equity, and investments in stocks; and bonds payable and investments in bonds. Other topics studied are: statement of cash flows, financial statements and analysis, managerial accounting and job order cost systems, process cost systems, cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis, and budgeting and performance evaluation using variances from standard costs.

Prerequisites: Principles of Financial Accounting

BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines the sources and origins of law and the legal system, legal processes, and fundamental legal principles, with an emphasis on the obligations of parties to a contract.

BUS 328 Principles of Marketing (3 Credit Hours)

Students learn the buying, selling, transporting, and storing functions involved in marketing, with an introduction to retailing, wholesaling, and marketing management.

BUS 335 Production/Operations Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course explores a wide variety of production and operations management topics. Topics include: operations strategy and competitiveness, product design, process selection, quality management, capacity management, Just-in-Time (JIT) production systems, facility location and layout, supply chain management, operations scheduling, and the production planning process.

Prerequisites Required: BUS 232 and STAT 210 (or MATH 240 or 340)

BUS 339 Business Finance (3 Credit Hours)

Students examine the sources and management of funds used to finance assets. Strategies and tools are presented in the areas of financial analysis and planning, working capital management, capital budgeting, and long- term financing.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting

BUS 373 Organizational Behavior (3 Credit Hours)

This course presents the foundations of the history, theory, and applications of organizational behavior in the areas of personality, stress, motivation, job design, goal setting, learning theory, behavior modification, group behavior, power, leadership, organizational structure, decision-making, and control.

BUS 480 International Business (3 Credit Hours)

Students learn contemporary business and management practices in multi-national market environments with emphasis on cultural, financial, and marketing differences.

BUS 495 Business Policy (3 Credit Hours)

This course requires students to demonstrate the ability to analyze a firm’s internal and external environments and to apply concepts, theories and analytical models related to the formulation and implementation of business-level and corporate-level strategies through critical thinking and problem solving. The student communicates solutions to case scenarios both in writing and through oral presentations. The influence of other functional areas on strategic thinking emphasizes teaching students the linkage between strategic problems, management interpretations, solutions, and firm performance. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science in Management students and should be taken in the last year of study.

For Seniors Only

CMIS 300 Information Systems Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course introduces concepts of systems management from a business viewpoint and an information systems viewpoint. Students utilize graphical tools including flowcharts to examine business and information systems processes. Fundamental programming concepts are introduced including algorithms, data types, control structures and Boolean logic. An overview of project management including critical path and dependencies is introduced.

Accounting Option

BUS 337 Intermediate Accounting I (3 Credit Hours)

This course is a comprehensive study of accounting theory and concepts relating to the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, cash, current receivables, revenue recognition, and inventories.

Prerequisites: Information Systems Concepts and Applications, Principles of Managerial Accounting

BUS 338 Intermediate Accounting II (3 Credit Hours)

This course is a comprehensive study of accounting concepts relating to plant assets, investments in equity securities, accounting for debt securities, leases, stockholder’s equity, accounting for changes and errors, accounting for income taxes and earnings per share.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Accounting I, Information Systems Concepts and Applications

BUS 342 Accounting Information Systems Design & Analysis (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides an examination of accounting system concepts, applications, and the process by which they are analyzed, designed and implemented. An emphasis is placed on computer-based systems through the use of extensive case analysis.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting, Information Systems Concepts and Applications

BUS 371 Cost/Managerial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

This course covers the accounting concepts and procedures pertaining to cost/managerial reporting. Major topics are cost flows, allocation of indirect costs, job order costing and process costing, and the accounting for lost units, joint products, and by products.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting, Information Systems Concepts and Applications

BUS 419 Federal Income Taxes Individual (3 Credit Hours)

This course details federal laws, regulations, etc., as they pertain to the income taxation of individuals. A review of the history of taxation is included. Practice in tax return preparation and problem solving is provided.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting

BUS 450 Advanced Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

This course emphasizes financial accounting concepts and applications related to business combinations and consolidated financial statements. Accounting for partnerships and accounting for foreign currency transactions are also covered.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Accounting II

BUS 451 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Accounting theory and practice are applied to governmental and other not-for-profit entities including hospitals and colleges. Auditing of government entities is discussed.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Accounting II

BUS 470 Auditing (3 Credit Hours)

This course covers generally accepted auditing standards and procedures and the philosophy supporting them. Auditing techniques available to the independent public accountant are also studied.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Accounting II, Accounting Information Systems Design & Analysis

Additional Requirements for Public Accounting – CPA Focus

A total of 150 hours (no prior learning credit allowed) is required for CPA degree requirement.

BUS 252 Commercial Law (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines the legal principles covering sales contracts and negotiable instruments under the Uniform Commercial Code, property ownership, bailments, corporations, partnerships, and other business organizations.

Prerequisites: Legal Environment and Contract Law

BUS 353 Organizational Ethics (3 Credit Hours)

This course applies ethical concepts and principles to moral issues in business: corporate responsibility, discrimination, advertising, competition, whistle-blowing, trade-secrets, multinationals, environment, workers’ rights, government regulation, investment, bribes, product liability, and consumerism.

BUS 372 Advanced Cost/Managerial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

This course covers standard costing, variable costing, relevant costing, designing a master budget, inventory control and production, capital budgeting, and designing a cost system for measuring organizational performance.

Prerequisites: Cost/Managerial Accounting

BUS 420 Federal Income Taxes Corporate, Partnerships, Fiduciary (3 Credit Hours)

Students study federal laws, regulations, etc., relating to estate and gift taxation and income taxation of partnerships, corporations, and fiduciaries. Practice in tax return preparation and problem solving is provided.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting

BUS 425 Accounting Analytics (3 Credit Hours)

Students will develop the knowledge and skills related to the techniques and technologies used to analyze data with an emphasis on financial and non-financial data as it is linked to assessing financial performance, forecasting, decision making, and recommendations.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting, Statistics

BUS 471 Advanced Auditing (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines advanced auditing methods and procedures used to verify that financial statements present fairly the financial position and results of operations of a business or governmental entity. This course emphasizes auditing procedures, planning and risk assessment for a modern risk-based audit.

Prerequisites: Auditing

Additional Requirements for Public Accounting – CMA Focus

BUS 353 Organizational Ethics (3 Credit Hours)

This course applies ethical concepts and principles to moral issues in business: corporate responsibility, discrimination, advertising, competition, whistleblowing, trade secrets, multinationals, the environment, workers’ rights, government regulation, investment, bribes, product liability and consumerism.

BUS 372 Advanced Cost/ Managerial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

This course covers standard costing, variable costing, relevant costing, designing a master budget, inventory control and production, capital budgeting, and designing a cost system for measuring organizational performance.

Prerequisite: Cost/Managerial Accounting

BUS 425 Accounting Analytics (3 Credit Hours)

Students will develop the knowledge and skills related to the techniques and technologies used to analyze data with an emphasis on financial and non-financial data as it is linked to assessing financial performance, forecasting, decision making, and recommendations.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting, Statistics.

Careers and Outcomes

Career Path for Business Administration with Accounting

With your online BS in Business Administration in Accounting under your belt, you can accelerate your career down the numbers path that interests you most.

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Professionals with an accounting concentration can become accountants, auditors, financial analysts, financial planners and more – and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects about a 6 percent employment growth by 2028, matching the overall rate throughout the job market. This translates to nearly 91,000 new accountant/auditor positions and more than 20,000 new jobs for financial analysts. The growth rate for personal financial advisors is set at 7 percent with about 19,000 new jobs.

The BLS also reports that each of these professions is compensated well, with accountants and auditors making a median salary of $70,500, financial analysts bringing in median pay of $85,660, and financial advisors taking home a median salary of $88,890.

By completing an online BS in Business Administration in Accounting degree at Peru State College, you will be prepared for careers like:

  • Accountant
  • Controller/Comptroller
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Auditor
  • Tax Professional
  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial Advisor

Ready to secure a career in accounting with your own firm or for a large company of your choosing? The world is in need of aspiring finance professionals. So, come to Peru State College Online and prepare for the exceptional accounting career in store for you.

Job titles and salaries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

and Respected

Firmly established since 1867, Peru State College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915.

HLC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities.

Peru State received notice in July 2022 of its continued accreditation by HLC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2031-32.

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