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Online Bachelor's in Accountancy

The online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accountancy (BSBAA) is designed to deliver essential accounting knowledge to working business professionals looking to sit for their CPA or start/grow a career in accounting.

Offered by the School of Accountancy and the College of Business at the University of Louisville, the BSBAA will prepare you to be successful as a CPA, while also emphasizing the technology and accounting information systems you need to embrace industry changes that are taking place right now and will continue in the future.

The online bachelor’s in accounting is virtually identical to our classroom degree program, except that it will allow you to gain all the benefits of a degree from the University of Louisville without ever physically coming to campus.


Complete your degree on your own time through fully online coursework and learning tools.

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Earn your accounting bachelor’s in 120 credit hours—with the option to transfer in up to 60 hours.

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UofL’s School of Accountancy is 1 of 178 accounting programs in the world to receive this accreditation.

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"If you look around at the fields that are in demand, you'll find that accounting is always up there near the top. There are just so many opportunities. It gives you an understanding of business that's hard to get other places or in other disciplines; it gives you exposure to business like no other career path."


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How Much Will I Pay?

$539 per credit hour
$250 active duty military rate per credit hour

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.


  • Expand your general business knowledge with courses in marketing, management, finance, and economics.
  • Develop skills in using the latest in technological resources—including tax accounting databases, Microsoft Office, Tableau, and others.
  • Complete the program in 4 years, or faster with transferred credits from prior coursework.
  • Learn from anywhere in the world with 100% online courses.
  • Interact with other students in an online environment.
  • Engage with world-class faculty, many with extensive backgrounds in business and research.

If you have completed some college-level coursework but never finished your degree, the online BSBA in accountancy may be the perfect opportunity to attain that distinction. Or, if you wish to expand your career opportunities by pursuing a degree, the BSBA in accountancy may be the ideal path to that goal.

Already have your bachelor's degree?
Check out our Certificate in Accounting program, which is designed for bachelor's degree holders who want to move into the accounting field, advance their current career and/or take the CPA exam.


The BSBA in Accountancy will prepare you to advance your career in accounting (or start a new one) with skills adaptable to new practices and new technology.

  • Prepare for the CPA examination in Kentucky and other states. The CPA designation is a further mark of excellence for those pursuing careers in accountancy, and is a requirement for careers in public accounting.
  • Learn more than just accounting and acquire valuable transferable knowledge in other business areas, from marketing to economics.
  • Study data analytics and other tools currently used by auditors and other accounting professionals.
  • Develop your understanding of business practices and research skills in tax, accounting, and auditing—all skills that will help you achieve your professional career goals.

Application Deadline Term Start Date
July 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Steps to Apply

Universoty of Louisville College of Business
  1. Complete online application
  2. Submit $25 application fee
  3. Submit ACT scores (see details below)
  4. Submit high school transcript(s)

Admission Requirements

First-Time Freshmen

Admission in good standing requires:

  • ACT composite score of 25 or above (SAT 1130 or above)
  • ACT Mathematics score of 23* or above (SAT 570 or above)
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Final high school transcript


  • ACT composite score of 22, 23 or 24 (SAT 1020-1120)
  • ACT Mathematics score of 23* or above (SAT 570 or above)
  • High school GPA of 3.3 or above
  • Final high school transcript

*UofL never waivers on the Math ACT score of 23.

Transfer Students: Applicants with less than 24 college credits

Admission in good standing requires:

  • GPA of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale based on all work attempted for college credit. (If previously enrolled at UofL, GPA will be calculated only on UofL work attempted for college credit.)
  • Good standing in the institution of last attendance, including eligibility to return to that institution
  • Final high school transcript
  • Official college transcripts from all accredited institutions attended
  • ACT/SAT Scores:
    • ACT composite score of 25 or above (SAT 1130 or above); Mathematics score of 23 or above (SAT 570 or above); High school GPA of 3.0 or above


    • Composite score of 22, 23 or 24 (SAT 1020-1120); Mathematics score of 23* or above (SAT 570 or above); High school GPA of 3.3 or above

Exception: Students meeting the high school GPA and composite ACT or SAT requirements, but not meeting the math score requirement can be admitted if they have successfully completed a college math class at the college algebra level or higher.

Transfer Students: Applicants with 24+ college credits

Admission in good standing requires:

  • GPA of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale based on all work attempted for college credit (if previously enrolled at UofL, GPA will be calculated only for UofL work attempted for college credit)
  • Good standing in the institution of last attendance, including eligibility to return to that institution
  • Official college transcripts from all accredited institutions attended
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a letter grade of B-minus or better:

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

The online Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accountancy from UofL is a 120 credit hour program, divided into the following curriculum components:

  1. General education classes – all undergraduate degrees require completion of the university-wide General Education Program (31 credit hours)
  2. College of Business requirements (47 credit hours)
  3. Core accounting courses and electives (42 credit hours)

College of Business Requirements: 47 hours

Courses Hours
CAMP 100 Campus Culture/Business Students 1
MATH 180 Elements of Calculus OR
MATH 205 Calculus 1 *
Select one of the following:
PHIL 222 Contemporary Ethical Problems
PHIL 225 Business Ethics
PHIL 321 Ethics
PHIL 323 Medical Ethics
BUS 301 Business Communication 3
BUS 201 Career Development 1
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics *
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BSTA 301 Business Statistics 3
CIS 205 Information Systems in Organizations 3
FIN 301 Corporate Finance 3
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
MGMT 301 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
CLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business 3
CIS 305 Data Analysis for Decision-Making 3
MGMT 401 Operations Management 3
General electives 6
Total Hours Required: 53

*Math and Economics requirements attribute 6 hours to both general education and College of Business requirements.

Core Accounting Courses: 42 hours

Courses Hours
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 310 Introduction to Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 315 Introduction to Taxation 3
ACCT 320 Managerial Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 411 Advanced Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 430 Auditing Theory and Practice 3
MGMT 404 Project Management 3
Accounting elective – choose from one of the following:
ACCT 353 Accounting for Not-For-Profit Organizations
ACCT 401 Advanced Accounting Problems
ACCT 415 Advanced Taxation
ACCT 420 Advanced Managerial Cost Accounting
ACCT 397/398/399 Co-op in Accounting
Business electives 3
General electives 12
Total Hours Required: 42


  • Transfer students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours in their major within the College of Business.
  • 6 hours of cultural diversity courses are required and may be incorporated within the degree program

    • Does the BSBAA help me meet the requirements I need to take the CPA exam?

      That depends on where you plan to become a CPA. The Kentucky State Board of Accountancy requires a minimum of 27 credit hours in accounting and 12 credit hours in business-related subjects to qualify for the CPA exam. The BSBAA degree awards you with 120 credit hours that cover both of those sub-requirements. These requirements may vary from state to state, and the BSBAA program may meet the educational requirements for examination or licensure in states outside of KY. Since these requirements occasionally change, we highly recommend you read more information about the exam and the requirements at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website.

    • Does this program prepare me to become a CPA in other states?

      Our analysis shows that the BSBAA meets the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in most states. Some states and territories have different requirements. Specifically, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Utah, Washington (state), and Wyoming have different or additional requirements that the BSBAA does not meet. For example, some states require a total of 150 credit hours to take the CPA exam. Some states require specific courses that are not part of the BSBAA curriculum. Nevertheless, the BSBAA program will assist students with meeting the accounting and business course requirements in other states if at all possible. We strongly recommend that you inquire with your applicable state board of accountancy, or other licensing board to determine all of the educational requirements before enrolling in the program. Please view the information on our “Professional Licensure Notifications and Disclosures” page for more information: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us/state-authorization-disclosures

    • Once I’ve completed the BSBAA and passed the CPA exam, am I a CPA?

      Not necessarily. In addition to the education requirements and passing the CPA exam, you may need to complete a period of work experience, pay application and licensing fees, pass a criminal background check, submit references, fingerprint submissions, etc. Please view the information on our “Professional Licensure Notifications and Disclosures” page for more information: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us/state-authorization-disclosures. And be sure to go to the appropriate state board of accountancy (or other professional licensure agency of the local government) to learn about all of the requirements to become a CPA. The CPA is a state designation and is governed by the states and other jurisdictions. Make sure you know the requirements in your chosen location.

    • I noticed UofL offers an online Certificate in Accounting. Which program is right for me?
      Both the certificate and bachelor’s programs offer a viable pathway to advancing your education in accounting, sitting for the CPA exam or starting/advancing your career. Whether or not the program is right for you will depend on your previous education and background. For instance, the certificate in accounting is a post-baccalaureate program that requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution. Respectively, the bachelor’s in accounting only requires a high school diploma (for admission to the lower division) or an associate degree (for admission to the upper division). Contact one of our enrollment counselors at online@louisville.edu or 1.800.871.8635 to find out which program best fits your goals.
    • How long will it take me to complete my degree?
      The standard length for completion of the BSBA in Accountancy is 4 years. This is without taking any courses over the summer, at full-time status. However, with transferred credits and summer courses, your degree could be completed in a shorter timeframe. Contact us today to see how quickly you can earn your degree!
    • How will I know if my courses will transfer?
      Once you’ve applied to the program, credit transfer checks are a standard part of the admission process. However, if you want to get a feel for how many general education credits will transfer before applying, check out UofL’s unofficial credit pre-evaluation tool.
    • Are there specific class times for the online courses?
      No! To help you balance your education needs with all that life demands, all courses are offered through an asynchronous format—meaning you complete coursework and class requirements at the time that’s best for you.
    • Will the online exams be proctored?
      There is no mandated proctoring rule for the online accountancy courses. However this decision is ultimately left up to the discretion of the course instructor.
    • Will my course textbooks be available online?
      While there’s no guarantee, we typically use textbooks available in print and eBook format.