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Reach your career goals with an online accounting degree
Whoever said accounting is "boring" doesn't know the field -- or the critical importance of fiscal accountability in business. Today, accounting is one of the most exciting and dynamic career fields, thanks to global opportunities, ever-changing regulatory requirements and complex business acquisitions. Both private industry and the government need well-prepared accounting professionals. Let Franklin University's transfer-friendly Accounting bachelor's degree program help you become someone who speaks the language of business.
Our program follows best-practice standards for business education.
Learn to apply best-practice accounting guidelines.
Prepare for professional certification while you earn your degree.
Learn best practices from in-field accounting professionals.
Take 100% online courses that fit your life.
Gain valuable experience with leading software packages and business simulations.
Develop sought-after accounting skills and prepare for certification
Thanks to global business opportunities, dynamic regulatory environments, and industry acquisitions and consolidations, the face of accounting has forever changed. There’s a growing demand for accountants who can handle industry complexities and provide value to their organizations. Fortunately, this means more opportunities for accounting graduates – and Franklin’s highly respected Accounting degree program can help you capitalize. The online bachelor's in Accounting degree at Franklin provides the full range of skills employers desire in such areas as financial reporting and analysis, managerial accounting and cost management, tax accounting, auditing and accounting ethics, and financial management.
In addition to building your accounting credentials and capabilities, your accounting studies at Franklin give you a jumpstart on pursuing a professional certification, saving you both time and money. Our technical and application-focused accounting courses prepare you foundationally for professional accounting certification exams, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Gain hands-on accounting experience with project-work and tools of the trade
While at Franklin, you’ll be introduced to industry-standard software packages for the application of spreadsheets and flowcharting, enabling you to take an active role in creating impactful systems and processes as they relate to the accounting function.
And in your final accounting class, you’ll take part in a business simulation assignment in which you’ll collaborate with a small student audit team. You’ll participate in analyzing a set of financial statements, investigating the numbers, correcting the statements, and reporting your group findings. This integrated assignment gives you important experience in applying technical insights and communicating them clearly and concisely - attributes very attractive to employers.
Benefit from an accredited online accounting degree built to industry standards
Our online bachelor's in Accounting degree program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business, so you know you’re earning a respected degree with value in the workplace.
Additionally, Franklin’s Accounting courses are designed to apply industry standards, such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the auditing standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the cost management techniques of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, and industry and regulatory ethical obligations so you can be sure your degree provides you with up-to-date information so you’re prepared with the knowledge required for this exciting and changing profession.
Complete your accounting degree online
Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online. Accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family and life. Get started on your future today.
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B.S. Accounting Graduate
"The professors were all very interactive with the students and encouraged questions / deep-thinking. My professor in my first tax accounting class at Franklin worked at a public accounting firm during that time, and saw my passion for accounting. She had the company reach out to me for an interview, which landed me with my current career."
IACBE Accredited Program
The Ross College of Business at Franklin University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please view our member status page.Learn More
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In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.
This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel. Note, this course has proctored exam(s).
Choose either MATH 140 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite. Course can count as a University Elective.
6 credits from the following types of courses:
Two courses from the Science discipline. One course must have a lab component.
An introduction to economic theory involving the basic underlying causes and principles of the operation of an economic system. Emphasis is placed on studying the economy as a whole. Issues of inflation, unemployment, taxation, business cycles and growth are discussed in the context of the global economic system.
2 credits from the following types of courses:
Choose from the Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology disciplines.
The goal of this course is to help you improve as a critical, logical thinker. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. You will discover how to apply these valuable skills to your studies and everyday life, learning how to overcome obstacles to critical thinking, and how to avoid being deceived by means of misleading reasoning.
4 credits from the following types of courses:
Choose from the Art, English Literature, Fine Arts, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religion or Theater disciplines.
This course introduces students to the Franklin University community and provides strategies for successful transition to and participation in that community. Topics include University resources and procedures, strategies for advancing communication skills, the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments, and the development of an academic and career plan.
This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking.
This public-speaking course emphasizes the fundamentals of extemporaneous speaking. Skill-building activities and assignments focus on research, organization, reasoning, style and delivery of presentations as well as listening and audience engagement.
3 credits from the following types of courses:
Any General Education course at the 100 or 200 level
This course focuses on using spreadsheets to solve business applications.
An introduction to accounting emphasizing how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business corporation's performance and position for users external to management. Approximately one third of the course emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information and includes exposure to recording transactions, adjusting balances and preparing financial statements for service and merchandise firms according to established rules and procedures. The balance of the course examines major elements of the statements such as cash, receivables, inventory, long-lived assets, depreciation, payroll, bonds, and other liabilities and stocks. Concepts of this course are applied to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 225). Students are advised to avoid any time lapse between these courses.
The study of management accounting for internal reporting and decision-making. The course introduces a business-management approach to the development and use of accounting information. Major topics include cost behavior, cost analysis, profit planning and control measures. Accounting for decentralized operations, capital budgeting decisions, and ethical challenges in managerial accounting are also covered.
A study of the everyday legal problems encountered in business with emphasis on the areas of legal procedure, contracts, agency, employment law, business organizations and torts, with cases relating to these and other areas.
An introduction to economic theory involving the examination of how decision making by firms and individuals is shaped by economic forces. Emphasis is placed on demand, supply, market equilibrium analysis, and basic market structure models. The invisible hand as the driving force for economic decisions as well as market externalities are discussed. The class concentrates on providing a balanced approach to studying economic agents' behavior and the global implications and outcomes.
This course is designed to survey the field of finance and provide the foundation for more advanced finance coursework. Topics include sources of business and financial information, financial statement analysis, the time value of money, the nature and measurement of risk, financial institutions, investments and corporate finance.
This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function that are required in today's competitive environment.
Theory, strategies and methods are foundational to the informed practice of marketing. Students investigate the importance of marketing to an organization or cause, the interrelationship of the difference phases of marketing, the marketing of goods versus services, analysis and identification of markets, pricing strategies and digital marketing tactics.
The first of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, the conceptual framework, development of generally accepted accounting principles, and applications are stressed. Topics include the income statement, the statement of cash flows and the balance sheet, specifically asset accounts.
The second of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, concepts and applications are stressed. Topics include time value of money, current and non-current liabilities, leases, deferred taxes, retirement benefits, stockholders, equity, earning per share, accounting changes and errors, and statement of cash flows.
This course is an in-depth study of cost accounting focusing on its role in internal reporting and the resulting decision-making processes. Students will evaluate the foundation, ethics and basic costing systems employed in the management accounting profession; analyze budgeting, cost behavior, pricing and profitability concepts and principles; determine how cost allocations, product quality, and investment decisions are applied by management accountants; determine how current trends in various industries impact cost accounting; and demonstrate knowledge that is in accordance with the educational requirements for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.
An introduction to the federal income tax structure with emphasis on the individual taxpayer, including employee, sole proprietor and investor. This course also provides exposure to basic concepts that apply equally, or with slight modification, to taxpayers other than individuals. Major topics include filing status, exemptions, excludable and includable income, business and non-business deductions, disallowances, technical tax research, and computer problem applications.
Analysis of the income tax consequences of the formation, operation and liquidation of C-corporations, S-corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts including the treatment of distributions by these entities and tax planning considerations. Also examined is the tax effect of property transfers by gift or death. Technical tax research and tax memo documentation also required.
This course creates a framework for accounting information systems by combining knowledge about business as it relates to information systems, information technology, and accounting. Students will examine the REA enterprise ontology as it relates to databases which can be used to store and retrieve information for decision-making within an organization. Students learn that in the competitive organizations of today, and tomorrow, accountants cannot simply prepare and report information; they must take a more active role in understanding and creating systems and processes that impact the organization's bottom line.
A study of the planning, evidence gathering, internal control review, sampling, and application of procedures used to audit assets, liabilities, equity and related income statement accounts of a profit-oriented enterprise. Includes an evaluation of the audit profession including professional standards, ethics and liability of CPAs. Also includes a student-prepared audit case for hands-on application of audit procedures. The reporting requirements for compilation and review services and a thorough study of the types of audit opinions will also be studied. In addition, an audit research paper is required.
This course is designed to build upon previous research assignments in all upper level accounting courses and provide a capstone experience for accounting majors by challenging them to identify accounting issues, locate and research appropriate accounting concepts, standards, statements, pronouncements or tax authorities, and then provide a thorough analysis for determination of an appropriate conclusion for the decision-making process. Communication of such research and analysis will require students to prepare organized/structured written papers utilizing appropriate APA format and then present such findings to various audiences. Areas of research will include but will not be limited to SFACs, FASs, SASs, the Internal Revenue Code, and Treasury regulations.
At least 4 credits from the following courses:
This course provides an overview of the behavioral research associated with occupational fraud and the methodology of fraud examination (i.e., obtaining documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses and potential suspects, writing investigative reports, testifying to findings, and forensic document examination). The majority of the course is focused on detecting the most common types of occupational fraud, determining how each type of fraud is committed, and implementing prevention strategies. Note, this course has proctored exam(s).
This course starts with an overview of key legislation and guidelines associated with corporate governance. This includes analyzing the components of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations? (COSO) internal control framework, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 99, and the role of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). However, the primary focus of the course is on identifying, documenting, analyzing, and testing internal controls in an organization as part of an effective fraud prevention program.
This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding the special accounting and reporting requirements of nonprofit organizations. The emphasis is on reporting concepts and budgeting principles for governmental and nonprofit economic entities.
This course explores ethics and professional responsibility in the accounting profession. Students will discuss the evolutionary role of ethics as it pertains to the accounting profession. The course will also have students investigate and analyze case studies regarding ethical situations and issues confronted by the accounting profession. The course will also provide an introduction to professional responsibilities required of those in the CPA profession as prescribed by the state boards of accountancy. Note, this course has proctored exam(s).
This course provides qualified students with an opportunity to receive academic credit for supervised professional training and experience in an actual work environment. This Internship is an ongoing seminar between the student, the faculty member and the employment supervisor. It involves an Internship Application and Learning Agreement, periodic meetings with the faculty representative, professional experience at a level equivalent to other senior-level courses and submission of material as established in the Internship Application and Learning Agreement. Participation cannot be guaranteed for all applicants.
This course provides students with a real world work experience opportunity that allows students to interact with taxpayers in completing and filing their income tax returns through the VITA (voluntary income tax assistance) program administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This supervised work experience in tax return preparation mirrors the tax practice in small accounting firms. In addition, it provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate a commitment to providing community service. Students undertake an intensive course delivered in a series of modules preparing participants to complete tax forms for individuals. Students must successfully pass the IRS VITA volunteer tax preparer exam. Students then are responsible for maintaining the professional requirements of the established tax practice. Tax returns are computerized and electronically filed. Professional skills are emphasized.
Independent studies courses allow students in good academic standing to pursue learning in areas not covered by the regular curriculum or to extend study in areas presently taught. Study is under faculty supervision and graded on either a Pass/No Credit or a letter grade basis. (See the "Independent Studies" section of the Academic Bulletin for more details.)
Foundations of Entrepreneurship is an introductory course that examines the theory, practice, and tools of entrepreneurship. Various entrepreneurship structures and how such structures result in different unique pathways to success are explored. Students will focus on the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset as they assess their individual values and determine their affinity for entrepreneurial thinking, while also reviewing the risks and rewards of entrepreneurial businesses in the context of their chosen entrepreneurial philosophy. Finally, students will identify and evaluate opportunities for new ventures, and consider a strategic approach for successful business plan development.
An introduction to advanced concepts and methods of financial management. Topics include risk and return, asset evaluation, capital budgeting, capital structure, business financial planning and working capital management.
An introduction to personal financial planning. Topics include the financial planning process, money management and investments, insurance needs, income tax planning, retirement planning and estate planning. Cases are used to illustrate important planning concepts, techniques and issues.
An introduction to federal income taxation and the role of the tax code in financial planning for individuals, businesses, and business owners. Topics include the tax environment, fundamentals of income tax planning, the measurement of taxable income, the taxation of business income, individual income taxation, and the tax compliance process.
Data analytics is changing the face of business and will play an increasing role in decision-making and financial statement audits. In this course, students will learn the process used in data analytics. Students will also gain hands-on practice in using data analytics to provide information for decision-making. The course provides an overview of different tools used in Data Analytics.
This course provides an overview of techniques and strategies used in interviewing and interrogation of witnesses and suspects. In addition, it explores the legal issues associated with fraud investigations and the criminal and civil legal systems under which perpetrators are judged. Note, this course has proctored exam(s).
24 credits from the following types of courses:
Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses. ACCT 202 can not be taken for credit.
All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), and either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) prior to enrolling in any course at the 200 level or above. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass PF 121 Basic Learning Strategies in place of PF 321 Learning Strategies. Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) or Speech Communication (SPCH 100) must be taken prior to enrolling in any course at the 300 level or above. Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.
In today's dynamic work environments, adaptive professionals thrive. A microcredential - either as a stand-alone course or integrated into your degree program - is a short, skill-specific recognition that enables you to demonstrate your competency in a distinct area. Like Franklin's degree programs, microcredentials are aligned with market and industry demand to ensure what you learn can be put to use right away. Microcredentials are easily shared via digital badges and can be stacked to create a unique portfolio of in-demand skills.
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|B.S. in Nursing||$298|
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67% LESS IN TUITION
For students taking 31 credits per year, Franklin University’s undergraduate tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year is $12,338. According to Collegeboard.org, that's about 67% less than the national average private, nonprofit four-year college tuition of $38,070.
A learning outcome map functions as a roadmap to help guide students' progress through their program of study. Click HERE to view the B.S. Accounting matrix.
1. To be awarded an undergraduate degree, students must:
- Successfully complete all courses required in the major program, including:
- General Education
- Business or Professional Core
- Major Area and Elective Courses
- Technical transfer credit (for specific degree completion programs only)
2. Meet these grade point average (GPA) requirements:
- All students must attain a minimum Franklin University cumulative GPA of 2.00
- All students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.25 in the major area, and each major area course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to count toward degree requirements
3. Complete the residency requirement
- Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Franklin University to be eligible for a degree. Students seeking an associate’s degree must earn 20 credit hours overall in residence at Franklin University to be eligible for a degree.
4. Complete the payment of all requisite tuition and fees
5. Not be under disciplinary dismissal due to academic dishonesty or a violation of the Student Code of Conduct
Program Chairs and Academic Advisors are available for consultation to provide information and guidance regarding the selection of courses, the accuracy of schedules, and the transfer process. However, students are responsible for understanding and meeting the degree requirements of their major program or degree and for planning schedules accordingly.
Overall Residency Requirements
Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Franklin University to be eligible for a degree. Students seeking an associate’s degree must earn 20 credit hours overall in residence at Franklin University to be eligible for a degree.
Course Level Requirements
A student must have 40 credit hours overall that are equivalent to 300/400 level Franklin University courses for a bachelor’s degree. A student must have a minimum of 12 credit hours of courses that are equivalent to 200 level or above for an associate’s degree.
Business Core Requirements
Majors that have Business Core requirements are Accounting, Applied Management, Business Administration, Business Economics, Business Forensics, Energy Management, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Financial Planning, Forensic Accounting, Human Resources Management, Information Systems Auditing, Logistics Management, Management & Leadership, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain Management, and Risk Management & Insurance. The Business Core is the foundation of the related academic disciplines appropriate for a baccalaureate degree in business. The purpose of the Business Core is to provide students with a conceptual understanding of organizations, how the functional areas interrelate to achieve organizational goals, and how to apply professional decision-making competencies and technical skills in today’s environment. After completing the Business Core, graduates will be able to:
- analyze an organization’s accounting information in order to develop sound business decisions
- identify and apply valuation models relevant to an organization’s financial decisions
- identify the impact of forces influencing the major functional areas of business (e.g., ethical, legal, technological, economic, global and social)
- apply marketing activities to the delivery of goods and services in business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets
- apply interpersonal and resource management skills to enhance business success
Business Principles (BSAD 110) is a Business Core prerequisite. Transfer students with the equivalent of four business courses are not required to take Business Principles.
Major Area Requirements
A student must have 20 credit hours in the major area that are equivalent to 300/400 major level Franklin courses for a bachelor’s degree. A student must have 12 hours of major area courses that are equivalent to 200 level or above for an associate’s degree. A minimum 2.25 GPA is required in the major area for students enrolled in either the associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs, and each major course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to count toward degree requirements.
Every major has a capstone experience for which credit cannot be transferred into the University. This is a Franklin course designed to integrate and assess the learning outcomes specific to each major as a whole. This course should be taken as the last major course. If, given the academic scheduling process and the student’s projected graduation date, this is not possible, then the student should have Senior Standing (90 or more credit hours), plus the skill-based General Education courses (COMM, SPCH, WRIT, MATH, COMP), all business or professional core courses, and the capstone prerequisite courses.
Subsequent Degree Requirements
Students pursuing subsequent bachelor’s degrees must earn in residency at Franklin University a minimum of 30 credit hours at the 200 level or above, of which a minimum of 16 credit hours must be major area courses equivalent to 300/400 level courses.
Additional Degree Requirements
Students seeking an additional bachelor’s (or associate’s) degree must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credit hours (including the major requirements) beyond the first bachelor’s (or associate’s) degree. (See the “Subsequent Degree” section of the Academic Bulletin.)
Transfer credit and credit awarded on standardized exams, proficiency exams or portfolio credit awarded by another institution will not count toward the residency requirement at Franklin University. Credit awarded based on proficiency examination or portfolio evaluation conducted by Franklin University may apply as appropriate major area credit, but will not reduce the hours required toward the residency requirement.
State Licensure Information
In order to be compliant with federal and state regulations related to distance education and professional licensure programs, not all professional licensure programs are open for enrollment in every state or U.S. territory. To see which locations are open for Franklin’s educator preparation programs, please check the “Program Availability” list at the top of this page, or search by program or location through our Program Availability by Location tool.
Franklin’s Adolescent to Young Adult Education, Intervention Specialist, Middle Childhood Education, and Primary Education programs are designed to prepare graduates to apply for teacher licensure in the state of Ohio. Requirements for teacher licensure vary by state and may involve more than successful degree completion. For more information, including state licensure board contact information and lists of locations where Franklin’s programs meet state educational requirements for graduates to apply for licensure, please see the Professional Licensure Information section of the State Authorization & Professional Licensure webpage.
The University employs a team approach to planning, developing and maintaining its academic curriculum. An essential element of this process – and a key to the institution’s quality assurance practices – is the Program Advisory Board (and the associated Alumni Advisory Board). A diverse array of business and industry leaders make up these discipline-specific boards that provide guidance on theory-to-practice ideas, global business perspectives, and emerging topics in the field. Each academic year, Program Advisory Boards meet with Division Chairs and faculty for lively and engaged conversations, thus bringing members’ substantial professional experience and expertise into the classroom. In addition, some Division Chairs elect to engage Program Advisory Board members in the assessment of academic program outcomes.
|Zennierre Bowry, MS, CPA, CISA||Nationwide Insurance||Audit Consultant, Office of Internal Audit|
|Will Dokko, CISA||Huntington Bancshares Inc.||Vice President, Audit Group Manager|
|Richard Filler, MBA, CMA, CPA|
|Wendi Finn, CPA, CISA||IS Security Solutions, LLC||Owner|
|Barbara Gordon, CIA, CPA, CGFM||Defense Finance & Accounting Service Columbus||Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director|
|Jay Hoffman, MBA, CIA, CISA, CICA||American Electric Power||Senior Audits Project Manager|
|Deborah L. Liddil, CPA, CGFM||Association of Government Accountants||University Liaison|
|Keith S. Martinez, CPA||Plante & Moran, PLLC||Associate|
|Jean-Claude M. Ndongo||Otterbein University|
|Donald Owens, CPA, CIA, CFF, CBA, CFSA, CRMA||Shneider Downs & Co., Inc.||Internal Audit and Risk Advisory Services Shareholder|
|Timothy Schlotterer, CPA||GBQ Partners LLC||Director, Tax and Business Advisory Services|
|Mukesh K. Singh, MBA, JD, LLM||Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation||CPA|
|Lauren Thomas, MBA, CPA||Lauren Thomas & Associates, LLC||Owner|
|John Torpey, MBA, PE, CMA||Institute of Certified Management Accountants||Board Member|
B.S. Accounting '21
"Graduating is a major milestone in my life. It marks the start of a new and exciting professional journey!"
Accounting Consultants analyze financial information and develop recommendations to enhance, improve or facilitate financial performance, processing, or workflow.
Auditors verify financial records and analyze internal controls, identifying issues, ensuring compliance, and making improvement recommendations.
Budget Analysts produce accurate and timely analysis and evaluation of economic data to determine trends, make forecasts, and prepare annual budgets.
Cost Management Accountant
Cost Management Accountants develop and maintain standard cost data, interpreting gross margin, cost variance, and inventory movement.
Financial Accountants support financial decision making by investigating and analyzing the financial position and preparing financial statements for dissemination.
Government Accountants record and prepare financial reports, ensuring compliance with regulatory guidelines and Government Accounting Standards Board principles
Tax Accountants prepare federal and state income taxes for businesses and individuals in accordance with current tax law.
Gain in-demand skills sought by employers with curriculum that teaches you:
- Maintain accounting standards, ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
- Prepare consolidated financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements, statements of comprehensive income, and statements of cash flow
- Produce documentation to support required financial statements to meet regulatory requirements, such as SEC Form 10-Q, SEC Form10-K, and annual reports
- Develop best-in-class procedures for the preparation of reports, ensuring proper internal controls and policy compliance
- Identify key differences between Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
- Gather supporting documentation and write footnotes and disclosures for financial reports
- Prepare account reconciliations, analyzing accounts for unusual fluctuations
- Consolidate and submit financial transaction reports, summarizing current activities, and projected financial positions
- Analyze financial statements, performing analyses of accounts, variances, trends, and ratios
- Prepare and submit other regulatory reports and special requests related to financial information
- Provide financial analyses in support of improvements in operational performance and financial returns
- Create and execute cost-effective actions and expense-saving initiatives
- Assist in the development and maintenance of planning and budgeting systems
- Analyze changes in product and process design, raw materials, overhead, and production methods for cost impact
- Perform analysis for moderate- to high-risk accounts, including reconciliation of cash, revenue, investments, receivables, and expenses
- Provide management with costing reports and insight to support change in resource allocations, work methods, and materials
- Develop, implement, and maintain costing procedures, performing variance analysis and cost updates
- Recommend and implement processes, systems, and reporting improvements to provide more visibility into financial results
- Support new business evaluation, budgeting, planning, and operational change evaluation, including extraction and dissection of data
- Provide economic analyses and cost assessments for initiatives, projects, services, products, and/or product line extensions
- Conduct financial analyses and reporting in support of organizational stability, liquidity, and growth
- Use accounting principles and practices to inform and recommend process improvement changes to accounting systems, methods, and procedures
- Find tax-saving opportunities for taxable entities by applying knowledge of federal income tax code, including filing status, exemptions, and deductions
- Recommend tax strategies related to taxable entities based on research and application of tax statutes, regulations, judicial cases, and administrative guidelines
- Provide counsel related to the tax consequences of forming, operating and liquidating LLCs, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations
- Provide tax-planning research and analyses to ensure tax law compliance and minimize tax liability
- Prepare and analyze tax depreciation reporting in fixed-asset accounting systems
- Provide annual report disclosures for taxes and deferred compensation
- Review financial accounts and records, ensuring determination of federal, state, and local tax liabilities in accordance with prescribed rates, laws, and regulations
- Create supporting documentation for business tax filings, including income tax returns, quarterly estimated payments, and quarterly income tax provisions required by the federal and state statutes, regulations, and applicable administrative guidance
- Perform internal Sarbanes-Oxley reviews, conducting due diligence to address control gaps and ensure compliance
- Review and evaluate financial transactions and reports for data integrity, as well as policy and procedural compliance
- Oversee internal controls of financial reporting processes and manage external audits
- Mitigate risk through design, review, and support of detailed control procedures and exception reports
- Improve and strengthen effectiveness of internal controls to mitigate risk, prevent fraud, and comply with applicable laws and regulations
- Review, recommend and develop strategies, processes, limits, rules, and controls to ensure effective risk management
- Implement and manage security policies and procedures for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
- Understand CPA professional standards and liabilities, operating in an ethical manner to present a true and fair view of business or individual finances
- Recognize potentially unethical behaviors, perform research and consultations as appropriate, and determine necessary response
- Oversee corporate codes of ethics with respect to financial practices, including monitoring employees’ outside business activities and potential conflicts of interest
- Distill complex compliance requirements and technical documents into understandable and actionable recommendations
- Ensure compliance with prescribed audit methodologies, policies and procedures, as well as legal and regulatory anti-fraud obligations
- Identify and assess operational risks and provide remediation actions to address gaps and deficiencies
- Assist in financial planning processes, including long-range goal setting, and monthly and quarterly forecasting
- Provide short- and long-term financial development planning using scenario-based modeling tools and benchmarking
- Provide strategic analyses and support to enhance profitability, reduce costs, drive productivity enhancements, and expand services
- Prepare financial projections and provide critical examination of business results, including trend analyses and productivity metrics
- Conduct financial modeling in support of strategic initiatives, reporting, and analysis of key performance indicators (KPIs)
- Analyze monthly financial results, generating insights, optimizing key strategic issues, and communicating financial outlooks
- Develop and maintain benchmarks, long-term financial models, and return on asset (ROA) models
- Provide critical business support regarding overhead, variable costs, and revenue, bringing clarity and uniformity to the process
- Analyze key issues, including financial performance, sales and margin, operating expenses, and cash flow variances
- Conduct financial- and business-related research and analysis on financial and expense performance, pricing, performance metrics, and business improvement
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Congratulations on wanting to finish your degree. At Franklin, we make it easy and convenient for busy, working adults to complete their bachelor's degree program alongside other commitments. Typically, a bachelor’s degree takes about 4 years of full-time study from start to finish. However, Franklin’s generous transfer policy can help you finish faster. Visit MyTransfer Credit to see how your previously earned credits can save you time toward your bachelor’s.
Franklin makes getting started easy and convenient. We offer three trimesters every year, with start dates within each. Talk to your admissions advisor to find the start date that works best for you.
Franklin University offers a quality education at a competitive cost so you can afford to invest in your future. Our per credit hour tuition rates (vs. per year or per term rates) enable you to get a realistic estimate of exactly how much your degree will cost - especially once you've factored in transfer credit. Our 2023-2024 tuition rate is $398 per credit hour and with our tuition guarantee, you can lock-in your tuition rate from your first term through graduation. Ask our helpful staff about available financing options and financial aid programs. Visit MyTransfer Credit to see how transfer credits could help you save time and money.
The bachelor of science in Accounting degree program is a four-year undergraduate degree program. With Franklin University's B.S. Accounting, you'll acquire a solid background in financial reporting and analysis, managerial accounting and cost management, tax accounting, auditing and accounting ethics, as well as financial management.
With a B.S. Accounting from Franklin, you'll be prepared for a variety of accounting-related careers, including tax accountant, auditor and budget analyst. And, if you choose to, you'll also have the educational background to begin preparing for professional certification, such as certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA) or certified internal auditor (CIA).
When you graduate from Franklin's B.S. Accounting degree program, you'll be qualified for a variety of job titles, such as accountant, manager, credit analyst, tax preparer and consultant. In public accounting firms, our graduates have been known to fill positions in accounting, auditing and financial reporting. In government agencies, Franklin graduates have found employment with the Internal Revenue Service, as government accountants, and as local or state finance officials.
Franklin University’s B.S. Accounting degree program has an excellent reputation within the business community. That's because our curriculum focuses on the theories behind the practice as well as how to apply them in the real world. Perhaps that's why our graduates hold a variety of career positions in government, public accounting and private industry.