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Associate of Arts concentration in Accounting Fundamentals

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The Associate of Arts concentration in Accounting Fundamentals program prepares you to work in the accounting field. As a student, you’ll focus on accounting in key business practices, including strategy, economics and management. You’ll also study key tools, including financial statements, ledgers and journals while working with information systems and applying formal, informal and quantitative accounting tasks.

You can also transition seamlessly into the Bachelor of Science in Business program from this Associate of Arts degree program, allowing you to continue growing academically. Ask an Enrollment Representative how this program can help prepare you to get to work.

Certificate options

Now you don’t have to wait until graduation to gain skills that employers find valuable. The certificate option allows you to move core, job-focused skills toward the front of your degree program and earn certificates to show job competencies.

*Maryland residents completing this program will earn an Associate of Arts emphasis in Accounting Fundamentals.

Each state sets forth standards required to be eligible to take the CPA exam and apply for licensure or certification as a CPA. While this program was designed with consideration for the standards proposed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), University of Phoenix cannot, and will not, provide any assurance that completion of this program will allow a successful student to qualify within the student’s specific jurisdiction. Potential applicants should check with the appropriate organization within their jurisdiction to determine if this program, combined with their undergraduate degree and any other specific criteria, meets the requirements to qualify for examination in that specific jurisdiction. States frequently change their requirements for examination. There is no assurance that at the time of degree completion the specific jurisdiction’s requirements will be consistent with the requirements at the time of admission.

What you'll learn

The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Accounting focuses on the role of accounting in business strategy, financial statements, cost information, economics, management, and ethical issues. Students will encounter real-world scenarios where they will use accounting information resources and systems, and present conclusions based on accounting and business data. Additionally, students will use ledgers, journals, and worksheets to complete formal, informal, and quantitative accounting tasks.

How to customize your degree

Our certificate option gives you the opportunity to build career skills early in your degree program, so you can leverage those new competencies in the workplace — even before you graduate. Best of all, choosing an en route certificate or degree won’t add more cost or time. For more information, select an option below.

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(Upon successful completion, you’ll receive a certificate as well as your degree.)

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