Adult Education


Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Become an Accountant or CPA

Study Accounting at LBC

Use Your Skills for God’s Glory

Do you love to balance numbers and analyze data? Then a career in accounting might be right for you. As an accountant or auditor, you’ll assess the financial dealings of companies, organizations and non-profits to make sure the accrual process and audit trail are above board. In your career, you’ll initially be telling the story of how a company spends and reports its money, but as you grow into a managerial accounting role, you’ll be making financial decisions for your company. Additionally, you’ll examine financial records, ensure accuracy and verify that taxes are filed and paid correctly. Personal tax accounting will also be a possible career path. Lancaster Bible College’s accounting degree prepares you to take the Pennsylvania licensure exam to become a Certified Public Accountant.

By earning your bachelor’s degree in accounting, you’re setting yourself up for a career as an accountant that will allow you to work in nearly any industry in the world – after all, every company needs an accountant! Study for your accounting degree get ready to start a rewarding career.

Why Study Accounting Online at LBC?

  • Fast & Flexible Schedule: The fast-paced schedule allows you to concentrate on one 6 week course at a time.
  • Life Experience Credit: Earn college credits from our evaluation of your life experiences.
  • Earn Your Degree Your Way: Study completely online from wherever you are.
  • Accredited: Earn your degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.
  • Prepare for Licensure as a CPA: This program will prepare you to take to the licensure exam to become a Certified Public Accountant with requisite work experience.

Adult Education

Your Journey

Program Credits: 120

Locations: Online,


Bachelor of Science with a major in Accounting
Learn about licensure/certification for this major

Accept Previously Earned Credits: Yes

Cost per credit: $440 starting fall 2019

Average course = 3 credits
(average is $1,320 per course)

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25


Accounting (120 Credits)

Accounting Core: 42 Credits
Biblical Studies Core: 18 Credits
Arts & Sciences Core: 36 Credits
General Electives: 24 Credits

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.


Course Requirements (18 credits)
  • MAT 218 – Applied Business Mathematics
  • BUS 113 – Foundations of Accounting
  • ACT 200 – Managerial Accounting
  • ACT 205 – Financial Accounting
  • ACT 300 – Intermediate Accounting I

Sample Course Outline

BUS 113 – Foundations of Accounting

Foundations of Accounting is used for decision making, product management and product design and pricing. This course will outline the process used to make decisions using accounting systems data. The viewpoint of this course is from the interpreter’s perspective rather than the one who prepares data. Techniques studied will include budgeting, cost accounting, decision making, planning, and process control. The use of cost as a decision-maker is emphasized.

BIB 105 – Biblical Hermeneutics

This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of interpreting the Bible using the historical-grammatical-rhetorical method of interpretation. The course introduces students to key principles related to this method and then provides guidelines for applying these principles to determine the author’s originally intended meaning. Students learn how to integrate electronic tools into the process. The course concludes with suggestions on how to determine the relevance of these original thoughts to our own lives.

BUS 230 – Leadership

The purpose of this course is to help the students advance in their leadership journey and the incorporation of biblical principles and business practice. Through lectures, readings and outside speakers, the course is intended to illuminate the paths that others have taken and to provide a spark for the student’s own leadership development. Students will explore new ways of leading today’s younger generation.

BUS 201 – Christian Ethics

This course will familiarize students with the discipline of ethics, including the nature of ethics, meta-ethics, and casuistry, or applied ethics. Students also evaluate ethical theories in the context of biblical standards in order to help them understand their own paradigms of ethical reasoning.

BUS 415 – Managerial Economics

This course will focus on the application of economic and accounting information to a business setting. The ultimate goal will be to teach the students to use data to increase profitability. The focus will be microeconomic theory in a practical setting and will include forecasting of demand, supply, and production. Students will learn how to develop costs and utilize them in making pricing and production decisions.

ACC 200 – Managerial Accounting

Students will learn and utilize the tools and methods managers use in accounting decision making. They will develop knowledge about accounting as an information system in order to analyze, interpret, and communicate information that is useful for making economic decisions. Biblical examples and ideas will be woven into the course to standardize Biblically-based decision making. The course includes identification and assignment of product costs, operation budgeting and planning, costs control, and information utilization in planning and controlling.

ACC 205 – Financial Accounting

Financial accounting is the branch of accounting that prepares all the financial information for the those outside the organization. This course explores at a greater level the process of recording, summarizing and reporting the vast amount of transactions that take place over time during the business accounting cycle. The Bible will be used to show examples of Biblically sound recording practices. Students will tackle topics centered around a more complete understanding of the major financial statements, the components of each, and finally how they provide information to the end user.

ACC 300 -Intermediate Accounting I

This course is the critical study and analysis of accounting principles, problems and procedures as they relate to topics accounting for current and long term assets and liabilities. This course will also explore different types of revenue and expense recognition and ideas concerning stockholder equity. Decision making skills will begin to be addressed in the course; the Bible will be used to show Biblical principles and how they are related to accounting decision processes. Writing and presentation skills needed in the practice of accounting will be applied.

ACC 301 – Intermediate Accounting II

This course takes the material learned in Intermediate Accounting I and expounds on the financial accounting aspect for varying companies and industries. The focus is on theory, ethical considerations and practical issues that will arise when practicing accounting. Unique GAAP regulations regarding balance sheets and financial statements will be learned and applied. Decision making skills will be mastered in this course; the Bible will be used to show Biblical principles and how they are related to accounting decision processes. This course is a culmination of learned accounting practices and will form the core experiences necessary before entering the working world.

MAT 280 – Discrete Math

This course introduces students to logical structures, algorithms, and counting
problems that are characteristic of discrete mathematics. Topics include sets and logic, functions and sequences, combinatorics, probability, graph theory, and mathematical proof techniques. Applications of discrete math will be incorporated throughout the course; these may include logistics and scheduling problems, computer algorithms, logic puzzles, social networks, cost optimization, and voting systems. This course fulfills the math requirement.

ACC 400 – Information Systems

:Information systems is useful for implementing business strategies. This course will give students a better understanding of the purpose and value of information systems and will further the student’s skills as a manager. Topics include information technology strategies and organization, information systems fundamentals, IS infrastructure, organizational and business strategies for information systems, and managing information technology assets.

ACC 405 – Data Analytics

In this course students will be exposed to basic concepts related to data analytics, some analysis techniques, and the practice and use of data analytics in several areas. Having a grasp of the basic data analysis terms and techniques is imperative for a student of any area of business and for new managers. This course is built to develop within the student an appreciation of how data and data analytics can be used by managers to make better decisions. While having the student gain perspective and practice by applying data analysis techniques in several settings.

ACC 415 – Auditing

The course will cover the standards, concepts, and principles related to auditing theory and practice. These principles and practices are useful for public accountants and internal auditors in examining financial statements and supporting data. It will provide an in-depth analysis of a wide range of topics such as internal control and financial reporting, audit reporting, the audit preparation, audit planning and risk assessment, and substantive procedures.

BIB 104 –  Israel’s Life & Literature: OT II

This course surveys the Historical books of the Old Testament from Joshua to Esther. Visibility is given to the poetic and prophetic books as they intersect Israel’s history. Attention is given to background matters, and critical and theological issues.

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Featured Alumnus: Carroll Briggs (’17)

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Jobs and Careers in Accounting

  • Accountant
  • CPA
  • Accounts Payable
  • Bookkeeper
  • Auditor
  • Certified Public Accountant

How Does the Adult Education Course Schedule Work?

The adult education undergraduate program consists of THREE terms:

  • Fall: July–November
  • Spring: December–May
  • Summer: June

Each term is comprised of FOUR course sessions. A course session runs for SIX weeks or classes and runs back-to-back across all the weeks of the year. Due to holidays and breaks, a course session may vary between 6-8 weeks. Exact dates for each term are available through the Accelerated Office.

Students taking online courses are not required to attend class at any time. Instead, they engage in collaborative learning through Canvas, our learning management system. Learn more about studying online.

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Determining What Courses To Take

Each student’s path to completion is unique, depending upon the courses you are transferring into the program. The curriculum plan above gives a broad picture of the required credits. If your transfer credits come from mostly one of those areas, you will need to take credits in the other areas. The remaining courses you need for graduation can best be determined after reviewing your transcripts. With flexible electives, Bible and Theology requirements, and General Education requirements, most students are able to transfer to LBC the maximum number of credits.

Credits for Prior Learning. Students can earn up to 30 life experience credits, through the Credits for Prior Learning evaluation process, which will often reduce the time to complete a degree. The life experience credit evaluation process is done after a student begins a program.

When Can I Start?

As soon as you are ready. LBC has 8 entry points per year meaning you are only ever a few weeks away till the next course starts.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Degree?

Our LBC Financial Aid Office can help you navigate through the process. Learn more

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