Students using computers in the classroom.


Sandburg offers an Accounting certificate and an Accounting degree for students who want to work as an assistant to an accountant or an accounting professional. Accounting certificates and degrees are versatile because all companies need accountants to run successfully. Accounting professionals keep track of revenue and expenditures and conduct a financial analysis to help identify trends that may have an impact on their company.

Admission requirements

Accounting is an open-enrollment program — meaning there is no criteria students must meet to be admitted. If you're interested in enrolling in the accounting program, complete the  steps to enroll, which include completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several  Explore Sandburg open houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a  campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. For more information, contact the Title IX coordinator at 309.341.5258 or the ADA/504 coordinator at 309.341.5262.

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As a student completing this curriculum, you'll be prepared for a wide array of accounting careers in the public, private, non-profit and government sectors. Accounting jobs are available in almost every city and town. They're typically stable jobs with regular office hours, offering high salaries and good benefits. Many accounting careers also offer the ability for the employee to travel.  

Employers are seeking entry-level applicants with an accounting education and strong analytical and communication skills, who are highly organized and have good attention to detail. There's a wide variety of fields you can pursue with an accounting major. 

Potential careers


Accounting assistant

Accounts payable or receivable specialist

Payroll clerk

Tax assistant

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Sample course schedule for the Accounting program

Sample schedule for Accounting AAS

Sample schedule for Accounting certificate

Program format

The Accounting program offers both online and face-to-face class options; however, the program cannot be completed entirely online. 

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, ensure you have access to a reliable computer with broadband  (high-speed) internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.


Estimated costs for the Accounting program

Accounting AAS degree cost sheet

Accounting certificate cost sheet

Financial aid

To apply for financial aid, visit our   financial aid page  for more information.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) helps job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to see if you qualify for financial support. 

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Thanks to our generous donors, the   Carl Sandburg College Foundation  is able to award more than $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners and returning students — everyone is eligible to apply. We encourage all students to apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year

Meet the instructors

Mollisa Kurz
Accounting Instructor

Department of Social and Business Sciences
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Business & Accounting Society of Sandburg (BASS) — CURRENTLY INACTIVE

The mission of BASS is to provide a real-world experience outside of the classroom through various exposures to different styles of business and accounting procedures to current students and disseminate business and accounting information throughout Sandburg. Membership is open to all full- and part-time students currently enrolled at Sandburg.

Advisor: To be announced