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Accounting, Certificate

Gain either general or specialized knowledge in accounting to work toward professional certification (CPA, CIA, CMA, CISA, and EA) or to prepare for management roles.

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About this Program

With a Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you can gain general or specialized knowledge in accounting, further your professional formation, and work toward professional certifications such as CPA, CIA, CISA, CMA, or EA. Or simply use accounting knowledge gained at the Albers School of Business and Economics to enhance your success in related management roles.

Learning Outcomes

Once you complete this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate the implications of an economic event by applying the principles you learn here
  • Synthesize accounting information and place it in context with other business functions to help make decisions
  • Weigh the ethical, stakeholder and stewardship implications of alternative accounting decisions
  • Determine how strategic risks relate to financial reporting, tax and audit using literature, surveys and other research data

Applicants must have

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Competency in statistics
  • (Optional) Official scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

Certificate Requirements

This certificate requires at least 15 credit hours of graduate courses.

  • Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 5110: Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 5120: Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 5125: Intermediate Financial Accounting III


Pick two courses from the following options:

  • ACCT 5100: Predictive Analytics in Accounting
  • ACCT 5130 - Managerial Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 5140: Auditing I
  • ACCT 5145: Emerging Technologies in Audit
  • ACCT 5150: Federal Taxation I
  • ACCT 5240: Fraud Analytics and Forensic Accounting
  • ACCT 5300: Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation
  • ACCT 5325: Communications for Accountants
  • ACCT 5330: Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 5345: Data Analytics and Visualization in Accounting
  • ACCT 5350: Advanced Federal Income Tax II
  • ACCT 5365: Topics in Valuation Analysis
  • ACCT 5370: Valuation for Financial Reporting
  • ACCT 5385: Corporate Governance
  • ACCT 5390: Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • ACCT 5395: Law for Accounting and Finance Professionals
  • RSKA 5310: Risk Advisory and Assurance I
  • RSKA 5320: Risk Advisory and Assurance II
  • RSKA 5340: Business Risk Data Analytics
  • RSKA 5360: Cybersecurity and IT Risk Advisory and Assurance

Explore the Catalog

View the full admissions and certificate requirements in the graduate catalog.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline to apply to this program is January 31st. Submit your application materials today!

Earn Your Accounting Certificate Today

Albers School of Business & Economics graduate class with associate professor Gareth Green in the Pigott building

What to Know Before Applying

  • Apply for the certificate program as a regular student via our Application page.
  • After being accepted, you must complete the onboarding process, including a meeting with your advisor. Then you may start the next available term.
  • Speak to your adviser to add a certificate to your studies if you’re a current student.
  • The length of your program depends on your course load and when classes are offered. Not every class is offered every year or quarter. Ask your adviser for more information and an up-to-date course schedule.

Get in Touch

Get in-depth, personalized program information from an expert. Share your career goals and decide on next steps with our specialized admissions team.

Carolyn Auvil

Senior Graduate Student Recruitment Specialist

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