The graduate certificate in Accounting is designed to provide professional development opportunities for mid-career accounting professionals in industry, consulting, and government. This online graduate program is designed to enhance your existing accounting knowledge through better understanding of advanced accounting topics. This online certificate program also offers you the opportunity to fulfill the education requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Please note that sitting for and passing the CPA exam does not guarantee licensure in any state. The CPA exam is a state-by-state license and each state requires different courses for licensure. As such, it is your responsibility to find the specific course work that your state’s Board of Accountancy requires for licensure.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Certificate Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply and synthesize the functional areas of accounting to make sound business decisions.
  • Access, utilize, and evaluate accounting information in business decision-making.
  • Apply accounting methodology, analytical, and critical thinking skills to evaluate information, solve problems and make sound decisions.
  • Develop effective communication skills in various multimedia forms.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of prescribed accounting ethics codes and behaviors.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

ACCT608Financial Reporting & Analysis3
ACCT610Advanced Accounting3
ACCT695Accounting Theory and Concepts3
Select 3 courses from the following:9
International Accounting
Individual Tax Research and Planning
Advanced Cost Accounting
Advanced Federal Taxation
Forensic Accounting
Total Semester Hours18