Accounting  Associate of Science

The online Associate of Science in Accounting (ASA) offers an introduction to accounting that prepares you for entry-level employment or a bachelor's degree. Choose from two concentrations to customize your degree to your goals.

60 Credits
Starts September 2, 2024


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Associate of Science in Accounting Overview

Cambridge College's Associate of Science in Accounting offers an introduction to the language of business — accounting! This program provides a dynamic approach to understanding the depth and breadth of the first level of the accounting profession.

This online Accounting degree also serves as an interim credential en route to the BS in Accounting for those students who want to continue to expand their knowledge base in the accounting profession.

Associate of Science in Accounting Program Highlights

Employing a foundational theory and practice model, students in this program will rapidly gain knowledge of the overarching principles of accounting while applying the skill achieved and demonstrating the abilities of an entry-level accountant.

In this Accounting degree program, you'll focus on building the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be successful, such as:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Management in organizations
  • Basic accounting knowledge, including financial statement preparation and analysis
  • Use of relevant and current accounting systems

This online Accounting degree also serves as an interim credential as you work toward the BS in Accounting. All credits obtained in the ASA program will transfer into the Cambridge College bachelor's program.

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In addition to the sense of accomplishment that comes with earning this credential, ASA graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to take the QuickBooks Pro exam offered through Intuit.

Online Accounting Degree Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Cost Per Credit$502
Credits* 60 credits
Total Program Tuition $30,120

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Online Associate Degree in Accounting Concentrations

The online Associate of Science in Accounting degree serves as a foundation for students who are interested in the financial work done in all organizations. You can choose a concentration in:

  1. Choose your program of study. Browse our Program Finder to find your program.
  2. Complete and sign the online application.
  3. Pay the $50 application fee ($100 for international students) by the term start date.
  4. Send official transcripts directly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts
  5. Fulfill any additional program-specific admissions requirements.
  6. Ensure you have internet access, and a fully functional laptop or desktop computer that can play audio and video and access Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint).

Note: Your admission file must be complete and accepted before your financial aid may be awarded, before your transfer credit may be evaluated, and before you may register for classes.

Cambridge College undergraduate admission also requires at least one of the following:

  • Original high school transcript showing graduation or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) or HiSET certificate
  • Or an affidavit confirming high school program completion in a state-approved homeschool setting.
  • Or, if not required by state law, proof of high school education in a homeschool setting meeting state attendance exemptions
  • Or enrollment in an eligible career pathway program
  • Or proof of passing scores on an approved ability-to-benefit test (such as the Accuplacer Test administered by Cambridge College)
  • Or nine credit hours of Cambridge College course work, applicable toward an undergraduate degree or certificate, completed with grades of B or better. (Non-matriculated students may not receive aid while earning credits.)
  • Or 24 or more credits earned from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Note: Official college transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit. Courses not included in an earned associate degree must be earned at a grade of C or better to be eligible for transfer.

Accounting Careers

There’s a good reason why they say “You can do anything with an accounting degree, but you cannot be an accountant with any other degree.”

Accountants are the decision-makers in business and help to keep organizations compliant with the principles, rules and laws of any industry. Earning an Associate of Science in Accounting can be that first step in climbing the business ladder. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the yearly median salary for a bookkeeper is $45,860* and the yearly median salary for an accountant is $78,000, with over 126,500 job openings projected each year over the next decade.**


Median annual salary for accountants**


Job openings projected per year over the next decade**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks, (visited February 15, 2024).

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors, (visited October 17, 2023).

Accounting Jobs

Careers for those who obtain an Associate of Science in Accounting include entry-level positions in nearly all industries. Common positions held by those with an Associate in Accounting include:

  • Entry-level bookkeeper
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Accounts receivable clerk
  • Payroll clerk
  • Accounting assistant

Faculty Spotlight

Matthew F. Fowler

Matthew F. Fowler

PhD, MAcc

Program Chair, MSA, BSA, ASA, MSHRM, MSF

Matthew is the Chief Financial Officer at RAA, Inc. in the vibrant city of New York. RAA, Inc. is the largest exhibition and museum designer globally, and he is proud to have played a pivotal role in leading the company and assembling a financial team that consistently adds substantial value to the bottom line. His professional journey has been diverse, encompassing roles as a Controller and CFO in fields such as professional services, logistics, architectural/engineering, SaaS, and design...

Douglas G. Kildsig

Douglas G. Kildsig


Adjunct Faculty

Douglas Kildsig is a seasoned management education specialist with a focus on online and distance learning management systems (LMS). His extensive experience encompasses various facets of management, including a distinguished education in management from Purdue University in W. Lafayette, IN (BS Management, MS Management). With a background spanning employment in large corporate settings, entrepreneurship, and small business startups, he brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his role.