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Online Graduate Certificate in Accounting

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Register By: January 01 Classes Start: January 03

Enhance your Professional Skills with an Accounting Graduate Certificate Online

Earn an Accounting Graduate Certificate online, and take your first step toward a variety of professional certifications. This seven-course certificate gives you a strong foundation in accounting principles. You'll explore cost behaviors, alternative cost systems, financial accounting, multinational accounting, SEC reporting, federal income taxation and the audit process.

The online certificate prepares you either for a career in accounting or to further your graduate studies in the field. All courses may be applied toward an MS in Accounting and count toward the 150-credit hours required to sit for the CPA certification exam. 

See Yourself Succeed in Accounting

SNHU’s accounting graduate certificate online will provide you with the advanced accounting skills you need to succeed in higher-level positions.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your graduate certificate at SNHU include:

  • Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation
  • Convenience. Attend class when it’s convenient for you – online education means 24/7 access
  • Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your certificate at your own pace, over five 10-week terms per year
  • Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience
  • Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for internship and career opportunities
  • Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study

Career Outlook

An accounting graduate certificate can help you on your way to a successful career in public accounting or corporate accounting. Your coursework will 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 10% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.*

Please note: Students cannot earn CPA certification simply by earning a college degree or certificate. If you wish to follow the traditional CPA track upon graduation, you'll need to verify you meet all requirements to sit for the exam. Licensing requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state, so it's best to review your state-specific requirements. For state-by-state educational requirements, consult the website of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). For state-by-state CPA licensing requirements, consult the Accounting Licensing Library, powered by the NASBA.


Working toward your accounting graduate certificate 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.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at (viewed online December 15, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.