Online or distant courses have become a trend now these days and almost all universities and other institutions have started such courses world over. There are definitely some benefits from such courses such as no need to attend a regular class or face a teacher, you can work and study, you can study at your own time, you can learn from any university from anywhere, etc. are some of the benefits.
Accountants jobs are plenty and people joined as a fresher with a basic qualification can go for higher degrees either on distant or part time classes.
Internationally, there are certain famous universities providing the online courses such as Kaplan University, Ashford University, Virginia College Online, Walden University, Strayer University, Rasmussen College, Colorado Technical University Online, Florida Tech University Online, Everest University Online, University of Phoenix, etc. are some of them. They are offering courses such as Associates Bachelors and Masters degree programs. Some of the demanding courses are:-
1) Associate degree in accounting
2) Bachelors degree in Accounting and Business Administration
3) BS in accounting
4) Graduate Certificate in Accounting
5) BBA in accounting
6) AAS in Accounting
7) BA in Accounting
Masters degrees are :-
1) Master in Business Administration (MBA-Finance & Accounting)
2) Master in Business Administration in Accounting
3) MBA with emphasis in accounting
4) MS in Accounting
5) MS in Accounting and Information Systems
6) Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance Management
7) MS in professional Accounting – Taxation
MS in Professional Accounting – Controllership
In order to a competent professional, you have to practice regularly and complete the assignments in time. Also there will be contact classes on weekly basis or monthly basis and you have to find time to attend them since they will clear many doubts with regard to your courses and subjects. A Bachelors degree in online accounting curriculum will include study on budgeting, taxation, financial analysis, management accounting, financial reporting system, etc. While a Masters program may include subjects such as Operating Systems, marketing, financial investments, long-term financial management, etc.
In the normal streams of online courses a Bachelors program may be completed in 3 years time and a Masters program may be completed in 2 years time.
Now these days, there are online courses software such as ‘Blackboard’ and ‘WebCT’. Institutions approach to online courses is different with regard to study material, contact classes and exams. You will have log-in and password to access course material, video streaming and videoconferencing, chat facility to clear the doubts, etc. are some of the features of such courses.
In the US, an Accountant-I employee can get $40,000 above per annum, Accountant-II can get $50,000 and above, In India a Chartered Accountant can start his career at Rs.600,000 per annum and depends on the industry and company, it can vary.