Accounting Graduate Certificate

A Graduate Certificate in Accounting Online Offers Many Professional Benefits

Earn a graduate certificate in Accounting online or at one of our regional centers and take your first step toward a variety of professional certifications. All courses in the graduate certificate in Accounting program may be applied toward an MS in Accounting and count toward the 150-credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam. Take classes in accounting online or on campus, whichever fit your schedule. This Accounting graduate certificate gives you a strong foundation in accounting principles and practices to prepare you either for a career in accounting or to further your graduate studies in accounting.

Build Your Skills and Knowledge

Working toward your graduate certificate in Accounting online introduces you to a wide range of advanced accounting and financial reporting topics that allow you to build your understanding of and skills in accounting. In your graduate accounting classes you will explore:

  • Cost behaviors and alternative cost systems for management planning and control.
  • Theory and practice of financial accounting that adhere to generally accepted accounting principles.
  • The audit process, from engagement planning to performing the financial audit.
  • Advanced topics in accounting: SEC reporting, corporations in financial difficulty, multinational accounting.
  • The theory and practice of federal income taxation of individuals.

Careers in Accounting Continue to Grow

Your online Graduate Certificate in Accounting can help you on your way to a successful career in public accounting or corporate accounting. Your Accounting Graduate Certificate can also prepare you to work in accounting-related fields such as finance, tax planning, auditing, insurance, and banking. The demand for professionals with accounting certificates and accounting degrees is rising, creating a strong job market for those with an accounting background. Accounting and auditing career opportunities are expected to grow 16 percent in the decade prior to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Accounting Graduate Certificate Required Courses

ACC-550: Cost Accounting
This course provides a comprehensive study of the concepts, procedures, and practices of accounting systems that record, classify, and report cost data. These systems are designed to aid in the cost-effective operation of for-profit and non- profit organizations. This course focuses on cost behaviors, alternative cost systems, and accounting tools for planning and control. Additional topics studied would include relevant cost analysis for management decisions, cost/ revenue allocation methods, inventory management, and transfer pricing.
ACC-610: Financial Reporting I
This course examines financial accounting theories and practices and emphasizes asset and liability, measurement and reporting.
ACC-620: Financial Reporting II
This course is a continuation of ACC 610. Topics include stockholders' equity, income measurement, income taxes, pensions, leases and statements of changes in financial positions.
ACC-630: Financial Reporting III
This course examines such advanced accounting topics as partnerships, consolidations, insolvencies, estates and trusts.
ACC-640: Auditing
This course is a study of the concepts and methods of professional auditing.
ACC-690: Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
This course is an examination of advanced topics in accounting, including SEC reporting, corporations in financial difficulty, multinational accounting and additional consolidation reporting issues not covered in Financial Reporting II.
TAX-650: Federal Taxation of Individuals
This course studies the theory and practice of federal income taxation of individuals.

MBA 503 is a pre-requisite that may be waived if you have 6 credit hours of business math or an equivalent professional background.

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