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IC online to launch accounting degree program


Illinois College will offer an online version of its popular accounting program this spring.

The new online degree incorporates several strengths of the on-campus accounting program, including guidance from experienced professors, a focus on developing professional skills and comprehensive CPA exam preparation available to all students.  

According to Nick Capo, director of online programs, the online accounting degree is designed for students who want to earn a degree on their own schedule, while reaping the benefits of an Illinois College education. 

“Many of our online students need a flexible class schedule that allows them to balance other responsibilities, while still making their education a priority,” Capo said. “These students are looking for value and results — IC’s online programs can help advance their career in a short time.”  

The number of accounting jobs that require degrees in the United States is growing, along with the need for new industry professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the accounting industry is steadily expanding at a rate of 6% per year and is expected to create thousands of new positions by 2028. Students in IC’s online accounting program can finish a bachelor’s degree in as little as 15 months, with an average cost of $12,100. 

John Rush, associate professor of accounting, has taught on campus at Illinois College for 22 years. He has recently started teaching online courses for the College and looks forward to expanding the accounting program to offer opportunities to a new group of students. 

“IC’s innovative approach to academics will help online students develop the professional skills that today’s employers value,” Rush said. “Graduates of this program will know how to analyze data, solve problems and think critically. They will be prepared to launch successful accounting careers.”   

Graduates of the program will be prepared for positions as staff accountants, staff auditors and financial analysts. Recent Illinois College accounting graduates have received job offers at Archer Daniels Midland Co., Caterpillar Inc., Dot Foods, Sikich LLP and the Illinois Auditor General. Those who wish to continue their education with an advanced degree will be well prepared for the challenges of graduate school. 

Accounting courses begin on May 5. For information on admission requirements, financial aid options and a list of courses, visit

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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