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
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.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|Graduate Certificate in Accounting|
|Courses May Include|
|Graduate Certificate in Accounting|
|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||Students will be introduced to foundational financial accounting theories and practices, with emphasis placed on standards and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Students will learn to analyze financial statements and accounts for advising stakeholders on related business decisions. Course content will include measurement and reporting of cash and receivables, inventories, assets, and liabilities. This course is the first of three financial reporting foundation courses (ACC610, ACC620, ACC630) in the Accounting program for students without the required foundational knowledge.|
|ACC 620||Financial Reporting II||Students will build upon knowledge gained in ACC610. Concepts will be concentrated on additional financial activities and the impact they have on financial statements. These activities will include stockholders' equity, income management, pensions, leases, and statement of cash flows. This course is the second of three financial reporting foundation courses (ACC610, ACC620, ACC630) in the Accounting program for students without the required foundational knowledge.|
|ACC 630||Financial Reporting III||Students will apply advanced accounting skills by integrating concepts from ACC610 and ACC620. They will analyze reports and develop strategies for common business planning situations related to partnerships, trusts, and consolidations. This course completes the financial reporting foundation courses (ACC610, ACC620, ACC630) in the Accounting program for students without the required foundational knowledge.|
|ACC 640||Auditing||This course is a study of the concepts and methods of professional auditing.|
|ACC 690||Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting||Students will utilize acquired accounting skills through statement preparation and analysis of business planning for advanced topics. Relevant themes prepare students for roles that manage U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, corporations in financial difficulty, foreign currency transactions, and government and nonprofit accounting. Emphasis will be placed on reporting standards and requirements outlined by governing bodies.|
|TAX 650||Federal Taxation of Individuals||This course studies the theory and practice of federal income taxation of individuals.|
|Total Credits: 21|
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|
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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.