Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Description and Outcomes

The objective of the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting program is to prepare you with knowledge of accounting theories and principles relevant to the application of accounting functions in business. You will have the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to help you enter the field of accounting and pursue career advancement.

Course content includes the application of accounting principles, payroll processing procedures, financial statement preparation, and tax preparation according to federal and state regulations. Computer software relevant to the accounting field is emphasized throughout the program. The curriculum teaches you to utilize accounting software applications, and analyze, record, and interpret accounting information based upon industry guidelines.

Program Length

The Associate of Applied Science in Accounting program consists of a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an associate of applied science degree.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Regulations: Recognize the impact of state and federal laws and regulations on business.
  2. Management: Define the various tasks and responsibilities of managers in the organization.
  3. Control: Recognize basic financial and accounting data that influence business activities.
  4. Finance: Analyze financial data and demonstrate the ability to make informed financial decisions.
  5. Accounting Solutions: Identify solutions to various accounting business demands by applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  6. Technology: Use technology and software applications appropriate to the business environment.

General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.


Please refer to school-specific policies and the Policy Information section for general Purdue Global policies.

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation. Prospective and current students must review Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications site to view program and state-specific licensure information.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, and meeting other certification requirements.