Accounting (STEP)

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Accounting (STEP)

Bachelor of Science



Become a successful in the fast-growing profession of Accounting. In less than two years, you can earn your college degree in our accelerated program, STEP. Start with no college credit, an AA degree, or anything in-between. You’ll be surprised at how affordable NNU tuition can be with our online Business degree in Accounting. Ready to take the next STEP in your career?



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for as many credits as you need
If you already have an AA degree, 72 credits in Business and Accounting is what you will need for a Bachelor’s degree. Starting with a high school diploma or GRE? Show us what you’ve got and we’ll design a program to help you complete your degree. We even offer credit for work experience through our Professional Learning Assessment (PLA) program!
to complete your degree
Depending on how many credits you bring in, your time to completion will vary from 20 months to 3 years. Contact us for a customized estimate of what courses you will need and how long it will take you to finish your degree.
make up the Accounting major
This includes our core of 51 Business classes, plus 21 credits of Accounting classes. Add in some General Education classes to reach 124 total credits for graduation.
for your convenience
All courses are available 100% online, with options to take some classes on Monday or Wednesday evenings. Choose what works best for your schedule and get the most out of your education.

About our Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting

The STEP Accelerated Bachelors degree program was designed for students with a busy life. With online classes that are seven weeks long, this program is as hard-working and flexible as you. Professors and staff are here to help you navigate your college experience with the kindness and attentiveness that are characteristics of NNU. We offer personalized scheduling and support because we truly care about transforming students’ lives.

With a Bachelors degree in Accounting, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of professional opportunities. Start working in an accounting firm or work toward your CPA certification. Either way, this degree will prepare you to take the next STEP.

High-Quality Program

  • NNU’s College of Business is internationally-accredited by ACBSP, which means that NNU’s programs are regularly evaluated by this international organization. In order to maintain accreditation, The College of Business must continually assess, evaluate, and improve our programs.
  • NWCCU is our regional accreditor.
  • Professors who teach in our programs have professional experience in accounting and business and use that experience to inform and inspire their teaching.
  • Faculty and staff are available to support students and willing to take the extra time to help each student succeed.
  • Our STEP program has been training professionals for over 25 years, and has a reputation for producing informed and ethical leaders.

College of Business Mission

The mission of the College of Business at Northwest Nazarene University is to educate students and develop them into ethical servant leaders who can transform a global society for the kingdom of Christ. We accomplish this goal by providing a strong, scholarly business curriculum rooted in the liberal arts tradition, which is delivered through traditional and innovative programs. To this end, the program is designed with the following values:

  • Students will receive the instruction necessary to pursue Truth and increase their knowledge across a range of contemporary business subjects including accounting, economics, finance, management, information technology, operations, international business environment, law, ethics, marketing and communication.
  • Students will engage in activities that foster Transformation and facilitate the development of relevant skills in the contemporary business environment. These skills will include teamwork, qualitative and quantitative analysis, written and oral communication, use of technology, and decision-making.
  • Students will be involved in activities within the Community as modeled by Jesus Christ through Service to others by applying concepts from business ethics, social responsibility, workplace respect, and biblical principles.

List of Major Courses for Accounting

This list excludes general education requirements, if needed. 

Core Courses:

ACCT2065.  Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT2075.  Managerial Accounting (3)
ACCT3015.  Income Taxation (3)
ACCT3045.  Cost Accounting (3)
ACCT3855.  Non-Profit and Governmental Accounting (3)
ACCT3515.  Intermediate Accounting I (3)
ACCT3525.  Intermediate Accounting II (3)
ACCT4025.  Auditing (3)
ACCT4515.  Advanced Financial Accounting (3)
ECON2415.  Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON2425.  Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
BSNS2175.  Computer Applications in Business (3)
BSNS2225.  Business Communication (3)
BSNS2335.  Business Statistics (3); or MATH2240.  Elementary Statistics (3)
BSNS3035.  Management Information Systems (3)
BSNS3415.  Business Law I (3)
BSNS3515.  Principles of Marketing (3)
BSNS3645.  Principles of Management (3)
BSNS3655.  Human Resource Management (3)
BSNS3715.  Principles of Finance (3)
BSNS3815.  Business Ethics (3)
BSNS4605.  Global Business Strategies (3)
BSNS4675.  Organizational Behavior (3)
BSNS4985.  Senior Seminar in Business Capstone (3)

NNU Degree Courses

These courses are required to receive a degree from NNU.

KINE1005. Fundamentals of Wellness
BIBL1105. Introduction to Biblical Studies
THEO2105. Introduction to Christian Theology

For full course descriptions, please see our Catalog.

Personalized Process

Every student is unique, and every student’s path to degree completion will be unique as well. We know our students – their backgrounds, their goals, their life circumstances – and we work with them to create an education plan that suits their needs. When you join the STEP program, you’ll receive this individualized attention and see the difference it makes for your career.

Our friendly and helpful advisors are here to assist you in every step of the way – whether you have a question about how to submit a paper online or want to know which classes you should register for. One of NNU’s core values is Community, and we seek to represent that to our students – both on-campus and online.

Application Requirements

The following comprise our application packet:

  • Online application
  • Two letters of recommendation (sent automatically to your references when you complete the application)
  • Official copies of transcripts from any previous institutions
  • High school transcripts if transferring fewer than 28 credits

Consideration for acceptance is based on the following criteria:

  • High School Diploma or GRE
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in previous college work, or 2.5 in high school for standard admission. Provisional admission may be granted on a case-by-case basis to individuals with less than a 2.0 GPA.
  • Evidence of competency in English language & math (prerequisite courses may be taken for students who do not meet this requirement)
  • Review of documents in the application packet
  • Approval from the Graduate and Adult Admissions office

Note that STEP students in the College of Business do not have to sign an NNU Lifestyle Covenant – this requirement is waived to promote diversity in our online programs. Professors and staff are supportive of the NNU Lifestyle Covenant, but seek to welcome all races, religions and lifestyles. To learn more about NNU’s religious affiliation, please see our Statement of Faith.

Related Degree Programs

Online Bachelors of Science in Business Administration

Online Associate of Arts degrees in Business or Accounting

Degree Details

Bachelor of Science

Offered Online & On Campus 

$425 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info

Related Career Paths


Avg. Salary
Certified Public Accountant $65,440
Auditor $71,550
Management Occupations $63,900
Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area occupational employment and wage estimates for the Boise area are sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sample Cost Breakdown

Actual costs will vary

$425 per credit (estimate for 72 credits) $30,600
Business & Accounting books with Cengage Unlimited $250
Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $75
Technology Fee ($95 per semester) $570
Sample Total $31,545


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