Business: Accounting Option (A.S.)

Business: Accounting Option (A.S.)
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  Online Program

The online A.S. in Business uses an overview of general management theory; you will understand the fundamental concepts of economics, marketing, finance, and organizational behavior.

 Credit Hours: 60  |   Transfer: Up to 44 Credits  |   Tuition Cost

What is the Accounting option in Business?

An Associate Degree in Business with an option in Accounting is a undergraduate program designed to provide students with a solid foundation in business principles and practices, with a specific focus on accounting concepts and techniques. This program combines core business courses with specialized accounting coursework to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level positions in the accounting field or to pursue further education in accounting or related disciplines. This degree prepares students for a smooth transition to the B.S. in Business Management or related degree.

Why study the Accounting option in Business at UNH College of Professional Studies?

This accounting option focuses on developing a solid understanding of accounting principles, financial analysis, auditing, taxation, and financial reporting. Students learn how to prepare and analyze financial statements, record and report financial transactions, apply accounting principles and standards, and use accounting software effectively. The coursework also covers tax laws and regulations, auditing procedures, and the ethical considerations involved in the accounting profession.This degree prepares students for a smooth transition to our B.S. in Business Management or a related degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Billing/Accounting/Payroll/Auditing Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Auditors
  • Loan Officer
  • Tax Preparer

Course Highlights

  • Principles of Economics
  • Principles of Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Marketing

...and more!


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Those wishing to continue their education may apply their 60-credit associate degree toward an 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Ask your advisor for details!

Curriculum & Requirements

The Associate in Science degree in Business is designed for students interested in gaining a solid foundation in the field of business. The program includes an overview of general management theory and introduces students to the fundamental concepts of economics, marketing, finance, and organizational behavior. Students are able to further customize their degree by choosing from an array of three-course concentrations to gain specialized knowledge. This degree prepares students for a smooth transition to the B.S. in Business Management or related degree.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
APST 405 Career Development and Planning 2
CMPL 402 Excel 2
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
MGMT 410 Principles of Management 4
Select 1 of the following: 4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
MTH 510
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
ACCT 532 Financial Accounting 4
General Education Course 4
Second Year
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
ACCT 533 Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT 550 Accounting Information Systems 4
Select one of the following: 4
ECO 470
Principles of Economics
HRM 420
Human Resource Management
MKT 510
Principles of Marketing
ACCT 600 Intermediate Accounting I 4
General Education Course 4
General Education Course 4
 Total Credits60

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 60 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 16 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program

Major, Option, and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major and General Education areas.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
MTH 510
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
Total Credits32

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major and Option coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of one course overlap between the Major/Option and General Education areas.

Major in Business
ACCT 532Financial Accounting4
APST 405Career Development and Planning2
CMPL 402Excel2
MGMT 410Principles of Management4
Select one of the following:4
ECO 470
Principles of Economics
or HRM 420
Human Resource Management
or MKT 510
Principles of Marketing
Option in Accounting
ACCT 533Managerial Accounting4
ACCT 550Accounting Information Systems4
ACCT 600Intermediate Accounting I4
Total Credits28


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, concentration or minor. Students will need 60 credits total to graduate with an associate degree.

  • Attain proficiency in the basic concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry in business.
  • Evaluate ethical principles that guide businesses.
  • Prepare for seamless transition to the Bachelor of Science in Business Management program.

Your Prior and Current Learning Counts

Many of our students can demonstrate college-level knowledge gained from military, workplace and volunteer-based training, and experiences. We are experts at helping students demonstrate learning and earning academic credit.

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