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An accounting degree from Bethel will give you business knowledge and management skills so that you’re prepared for roles in business, government, and more. 

You need to have 60 credits to start this program. Your enrollment counselor can help you explore your options for obtaining credits, including taking courses in our associate degree programs.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.


Partially Online

Courses will be a mix of online and face to face sessions. You'll complete over half of your coursework at one of our convenient locations.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

21-26 months


  • Financial Accounting for Managers (ACCT400)

    Introduction to financial accounting concepts as the language of business. Financial decision-making using key ratios and financial statements. Managerial understanding of principles of stewardship and ethical issues found in accounting.

    3 credits

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I (ACCT405)

    Solve complex accounting problems using accounting theory and practice related to assets, receivables and inventory. Preparation of accurate income statements, balance sheets and statement of cash flows. Exploration of the accrual process, standard-setting process, and present value applications.

    3 credits

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II (ACCT410)

    Resolution of complex accounting problems using accounting theory and practice. Accounting for intangible assets, current and long-term liabilities, stockholders' equity, earnings per share, leases, depreciation, amortization, and investments.

    3 credits

  • Cost/Managerial Accounting (ACCT415)

    Utilization of cost accounting principles for managerial decision-making. Understanding of cost-volume-profit analysis, job and process costing, activity-based costing, inventory management, planning and control systems, and discounted cash flow methods. Application of capital budgeting to evaluate long-term investments.

    3 credits

  • Income Tax Accounting (ACCT420)

    Analysis of US tax laws and policies for individuals, corporations and partnerships. Understanding of US tax system history. Differentiation of required taxes among entities as well as inclusion/exclusion of income and expense items in tax calculations. Connections between tax concepts and ethical stewardship from a Christian or personal worldview.

    3 credits

  • Corporate Auditing (ACCT425)

    Exploration of external auditing and the need to provide reliable financial information to corporations using professional standards and ethical stewardship. Examination of auditing practices including planning, collection of evidence, risk assessment, evaluation of information, and communication of audit findings. Understanding of financial statement auditing of assets, liabilities and shareholder equity.

    3 credits

  • Advanced Accounting (ACCT430)

    Study advanced accounting theory and problems, accounting for partnerships, international accounting, consolidated financial statements, corporate mergers, governmental accounting, business combinations and fund accounting.

    3 credits

  • Foundations of Business Management (BUSN301)

    Analysis of key managerial functions, management and leadership in a business environment. Identification of the global, political, legal, sociocultural and demographic environments of business. Explanation of how mental, emotional, and spiritual characteristics result in purposeful leadership and management. Application of theories of organizational behavior to management and leadership in a business environment. Application of management decision making models in a business environment.

    3 credits

  • Marketing Fundamentals (BUSN323)

    Exploration of strategies, opportunities, trends, challenges and ethics involved in marketing. Examination of major marketing principles and innovative strategies to market a product or service. Comprehension of digital and traditional marketing techniques. Exploration of the fundamentals of marketing management in a dynamic environment.

    3 credits

  • Information Technology and Applications (BUSN360)

    Understand and use information technology and business applications software to solve business-related problems. Collaboration tools, social media tools, databases, and spreadsheets. Ethical issues with data and information management.

    3 credits

  • Survey of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (BUSN405)

    Explores economic theories and tools and how they are applied to business. Investigates principles and concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

    3 credits

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (BUSN415)

    Macroeconomic theory and applications. Economic models that explain the behavior of output, inflation, employment, interest rates, exchange rates, and other aggregate economic variables. Apply macroeconomic models to global events.

    3 credits

  • Applied Ethical Decisions in Life and Business (BUSN425H)

    Provision of a basis for ethical problem solving and the application of ethical principles to issues of moral perplexity. These issues are surfaced by ethical pluralism, cultural diversity, resource allocation, equal opportunity requirements, workplace dignity and fairness, varying economic and market conditions, and conflicts between organizational imperatives and Christian values.

    3 credits

  • Business Law (BUSN430)

    Study of the legal and regulatory environment of business including sources of the law, structure of the court system, and different classifications of law. Analysis of the relationships between different types of business law. Study of major types of business organizations. Impact of technology on various aspects of business law.

    3 credits

  • Business Capstone (BUSN491)

    Demonstrate professional and personal growth by synthesizing business content learned during the degree program. Deliver a client-focused solution to an organizational need by engaging in experiential learning. Collaborate with classmates and/or organizational representatives. Participate in career exploration and development experiences.

    3 credits

  • Financial Management (FINA400)

    Identification and interpretation of various types of information provided by financial statements and used by both corporate managers and investors during the decision making process. Exploration of financing sources and costs and their impacts on financial decisions. Discernment in managerial finance using financial risk and rate of return measurements. Use of capital budgeting techniques to make data driven decisions. Discussion of biblical and ethical principles and their relationship to financial management decisions.

    3 credits

  • Business Mathematics and Statistics (MATH301)

    Study of mathematically based procedures, including analytical procedures, decision-making models, and statistics.

    3 credits

  • Management Information Systems (MIST320)

    Study of management information systems and various enterprise information system types. Explanation of security risks associated with information management systems. Application of Systems Development Lifecycle to real-world information management systems. Communication of business information through data and visualization. Examination of ethical issues in information management from a Christian or personal perspective.

    3 credits

  • CORE Courses

    A distinctive feature of Bethel's programs is our commitment to the development of the whole person. In addition to courses within a program, students explore personal values and faith formation in a hospitable environment that respects learning from one another's perspectives. Rather than teaching students what to think about Christianity, we teach students how to think about the Bible, Christian history, and personal faith.

    • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives (CORE300)

      An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.

      3 credits

    • Examining Crucial Questions (CORE330)

      Summary of the Christian biblical narrative. Identification of the roles of scripture, history, experience, and reason as they form convictions related to social and ethical issues. Examination of selected theological concepts using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, as well as the application of those concepts to real life situations.

      3 credits

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