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Management Accounting Certificate Online Graduate Courses

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting Online  

  • Launched in 2023
  • Aligned with Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Exam
  • $637 per credit for 12 credits
  • Complete in as little as 20 weeks
  • Combine with an MS program to specialize your skill set
  • Learn to make informed business decisions with accounting intel

Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting Online Program Overview

Learn how to use accounting for the management of business operations and financial decisions with a Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting online at Southern New Hampshire University.

Launched in 2023, this specialized certificate is ideal for those looking to advance their career in private accounting, as it provides in-depth lessons on cost accounting, controllership and beyond.

The certificate's topics strategically align with the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Exam and other areas crucial to managerial accounting, including:

  • Strategic decision-making
  • Forecasting
  • Impacts of contemporary tax legislation
  • Tax codes and compliance standards
  • Financial planning

After earning the Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting, you may want to consider taking the CMA Exam — if you've met all prerequisites. However, should you choose to forgo this designation, you'll also be able to leverage your accounting acumen to make informed, strategic business decisions and pursue a potential career in management accounting. 

SNHU provides additional information for education programs on our Licensure and Certification Disclosures page.

What You'll Learn

  • Financial statement preparation, planning and analysis skills
  • Internal and external auditing practices
  • Budget preparation and reporting methods
  • Ledger and balance sheet management techniques
  • Cost analysis and risk evaluation approaches

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

There are many career options for professionals entering the field of management accounting, including:


Survey, analyze and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice or evaluate statements prepared by others.

Budget Analyst

Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy and conformance with procedures, regulations and company expectations. 

Financial Manager

Plan, direct or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities and other financial activities of an establishment.

Management Analyst

Direct organizational studies, design systems and prepare operations manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently.

Financial/Investment Analyst

Conduct analyses of information involving investment programs or financial data of institutions, including valuation of businesses.

Financial Risk Specialist

Analyze and measure exposure to credit and market risk threatening the assets, earning capacity or economic state of an organization.

Earning a Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting can serve as a valuable addition to your undergraduate or graduate degree and prepare you for future graduate study.

And for those who additionally pursue a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation, the opportunity for success only increases. According to the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), 88% of CMAs surveyed agreed the certification boosted their professional confidence.1 Moreover, the CMAs earned 58% higher median annual compensation than their noncertified peers.1

Job Growth and Salary 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the strong demand for accountants and auditors in the coming years will continue to be led by factors like globalization and a growing economy.2

Furthermore, the prominence of AI will command the need for skilled accountants who can apply human intelligence to financial data to provide contextualization for informed decision-making.

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 4% through 2032 — that's 67,400 new jobs each year.2


In 2022, the median annual salary was $78,000 for accountants and auditors, with the highest 10% earning more than $132,690.2

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

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Preparing You for Success

Ann McLaughlinAnn McLaughlin, associate dean of business

"Certificates offer specialized curriculums and take a shorter time to complete, which can be very beneficial to those who already work in the industry and want to further their career."

Courses & Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting can teach you how using methodical accounting to create statements, reports and documents can help management make better decisions related to their business's performance.

Each course is taught by a professional with real-life experience, so you'll be properly prepared for the workplace come graduation. 

In your studies, you'll be required to take four core classes:

  • ACC-550 Cost Accounting: Study the concepts, procedures and practices of accounting systems that record, classify and report cost data to aid in the cost-effective operation of organizations.
  • ACC-660 Controllership: Review the essential functions of a controller within an organization and examine the process for compiling and analyzing financial/operational information.
  • ACC-677 Information Systems Assurance and Advising: Gain a better understanding of IT governance and strategy within an organization, in addition to learning how IT governance is constructed.
  • ACC-735 Advanced Managerial Accounting: Focus on the role of managerial level accountants in providing organizations with the data analysis needed to make improvements and advance strategic goals.

"Students will engage in scenario-based learning to apply theoretical knowledge to the real world. This means that graduates will leave SNHU understanding not just the why, but also the how, of navigating today’s world of work," said Ann McLaughlin, associate dean of business.

If you don't hold an undergraduate accounting or business degree, you may also be required to complete business foundation courses (6 credits) and/or accounting foundation courses (12 credits).

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education 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.

Tuition & Fees

At SNHU, we’re committed to making education more accessible by making it more affordable.

Beyond low tuition rates, we help our students save through transfer credits, credit for prior learning, grants and scholarships, tuition assistance and more. Full- and part-time U.S. service members (as well as the spouses of those on active duty) are additionally eligible for a 25% tuition discount.

This certificate program is eligible for Federal Student Aid.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,911 $637 $9,555 
(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.
 *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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