Accounting has always been considered to be the language and most basic tool of business. In this increasingly complex and competitive environment, accounting skills are very much in demand and accounting has become a dynamic career with a broad range of opportunitiesin public accounting, government, private industry and forensic accounting, as well as finance management and private and corporate tax preparation.

The Accounting program at College of DuPage provides fundamental and advanced education, practice in accounting principles and skill sets, as well as in areas such as business, computers, mathematics and taxation. The certificate and occupational Accounting programs are designed for students who plan to join the workforce immediately after college as accounting clerks, bookkeepers, junior accountants, bank tellers, credit analysts, auditing clerks and tax preparers, and for those considering changing careers and pursuing a CPA certificate. In addition, we offer opportunities such as the A.A. transfer degree and A.A.S. degree in Accounting, and the innovative 3+1 articulated agreement with Benedictine University.


Whether you are preparing for a career in accounting, planning to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution, or updating your skills, College of DuPage has the right program for you. We offer:

  • Dedicated instructors with years of practical industry experience, certification, and licensing.
  • Instruction in top-notch facilities and on cutting-edge equipment.
  • Flexible schedules with day and evening classes, online learning and accelerated hybrid classes.
  • Practical, hands-on experience as well as classroom-based studies.
  • Affordable programs that get you on the fast track to success without breaking the bank.
  • An Advisory Committee made up of practicing professionals ensures that College of DuPage’s Accounting program teaches skills that are relevant and in demand by today’s employers.
  • An innovative transfer program that facilitates a convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earning a baccalaureate degree.
  • Certificate and degree programs designed to prepare prospective candidates to earn the coveted Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential.


Students who are enrolled in the Accounting program at College of DuPage may be eligible to become members of or receive discounts on membership costs for a number of local and national associations, such as:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • College of DuPage Alpha Beta Gamma Honors Society
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
  • Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)


Students who are planning to enroll in the Accounting program at College of DuPage may be qualified to receive a financial award through a variety of supported scholarships.

  • Kathy Marszalek Memorial Scholarship
  • Keiser Accounting Scholarship
  • State Bank of Countryside Scholarship



The A.A.S. in Accounting degree program prepares students for careers as accounting clerks, bookkeepers, junior accountants, bank tellers, credit analysts, auditing clerks and tax preparers. Students are required to complete 64 credits that include a minimum of 35 credits of core required classes, 17 credits in approved electives, and 12 to 16 credits in general education coursework.


The A.A. transfer degree option is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree program from College of DuPage. This degree program provides the first two years of education and transfers successfully to most baccalaureate degree programs in Illinois with junior status. Students are required to complete 64 credits that include a minimum of 37 credits of core required classes, and 27 credits in general electives.


The Accounting program currently offers four certificates designed to enable students to train for entry-level positions, graduates to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and working professionals to upgrade skills.

Accounting Certificate

The Accounting certificate enables students to prepare for entry-level accounting positions and working professionals to upgrade and diversify . Students are required to complete 32 credit hours of coursework that includes accounting, business, computer, mathematics, and taxation classes.

Advanced Accounting Certificate

The Advanced Accounting certificate is designed for CPA Examination candidates who have already earned a baccalaureate degree in a business-related discipline. Students are required to complete 34 credits of coursework, which includes 28 credits in accounting, auditing, and taxation classes, as well as 6 credits in approved electives. This program is designed to provide students with additional college credits beyond the baccalaureate degree needed to sit for the CPA exam.

Business Environment and Concepts Certificate

The Business Environment and Concepts certificate is designed for CPA examination candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than business. Students are required to complete 18 credits of coursework that includes business, economics, ethics, finance, management, and marketing.

Clerical Accounting Certificate

The Clerical Accounting certificate prepares students for clerical work in a variety of specialized financial disciplines including accounting, auditing, billing, bookkeeping, payroll, procurement and many more. Students are required to complete 15 credits in coursework that includes accounting, computer information and mathematics. In 2010, the job placement rate was 100 percent for graduates of the Clerical Accounting certificate program.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median yearly wage for accountants and auditors was $63,550 in 2012, with top earners bringing in more than $111,510. Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. Recently, corporate scandals and financial crises have led to an increased focus on accounting. Stricter laws and regulations in the financial sector are expected to increase demand for accounting services as institutions seek to comply with emerging rules and standard.


College of DuPage and Benedictine University 3+1 Bachelor of Arts in Management College of DuPage has partnered with Benedictine University to offer a convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. This program is available to students who are earning an A.A.S. degree in Accounting. The program consists of 129 credit hours, including 90 credit hours of College of DuPage coursework, and 39 credit hours of Benedictine University coursework. The final Benedictine University credit hours are offered at a significantly reduced rate and delivered in accelerated and blended formats. All classes are held at the College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Campus.

Illinois Articulation Initiative

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) facilitates the transfer of students from one Illinois institution to another. Both a general education core curriculum and a lower-division major recommendation course listing have been developed.


  • Accountants/Auditors: Prepare and examine financial reports and assess financial operations to help ensure efficiency.
  • Billing and Posting Clerks: Administer accounting, billing, statistical and other numerical data for billing purposes.
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks: Produce financial records for organizations such as recording financial transactions, updating statements, and checking financial records for accuracy.
  • Brokerage Clerks: Perform duties related to securities such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and other kinds of investments.
  • Financial Examiners: Ensure compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. Review balance sheets, evaluate the risk level of loans, and assess bank management.
  • Gaming Cage Workers: Conduct financial transactions for patrons, count funds, and reconcile daily summaries of transactions to balance books in a gaming establishment.
  • Statistical Assistants: Compile and compute data for use in statistical studies.
  • Tax Preparers: Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.
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