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This certificate will allow students to gain either general or specialized knowledge in accounting, to further their professional formation, and to work toward professional certification (CPA, CIA, CMA, etc.) or use their accounting knowledge to enhance their success in other related management roles. An in depth knowledge of accounting not only can lead to traditional jobs in the accounting field, but also could help the certificate holder function in corporate roles such as Controller or CFO. To facilitate this flexibility, we offer three tracks within the certificate, including general accounting, managerial accounting and decision making, or internal auditing. The Graduate Certificate in Accounting will provide the opportunity for the certificate holder to perform a wide variety of professional functions in the business community.

from Seattle University's 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

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

Course Requirements

I. Prerequisites

Individual courses below may have additional prerequisites. See the Prerequisites table for details.

II. Required Courses

Three required courses (9 credits)Credits
ACCT 5110: Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
ACCT 5120: Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT 5130: Managerial Cost Accounting 3

III. Electives

Choose TWO from the following courses (6 credits):Credits
ACCT 5140*: Auditing I 3
ACCT 5150*: Federal Taxation I 3
ACCT 5230: Strategic Management Accounting 3
ACCT 5240: Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting 3
ACCT 5300*: Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation 3
ACCT 5310: Internal Audit I 3
ACCT 5320: Internal Audit II 3
ACCT 5330*: Advanced Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 5340*: Auditing II 3
ACCT 5350*: Advanced Federal Taxation II 3
ACCT 5360: IT Audit 3
ACCT 5365: Topics in Valuation Analysis 3
ACCT 5370: Valuation for Financial Reporting 3
ACCT 5380: Systems Modeling for Financial Decisions 3
ACCT 5390: Not-for-Profit Accounting 3

*Recommended classes for students sitting for the CPA Exam

Requirement for certificate: 15 credits

Next Steps

  • You need to apply for the certificate program as a regular student via our Application page.
  • Once you are accepted, you may start any term (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer).
  • After being accepted, you must attend an advising orientation.
  • Refer to the Accounting Certificate Schedule to plan your program.
  • Length of program depends on when classes are being offered and how many you wish to take per term.
  • Cost is $835 per credit plus fees. (Certificate requirement: 15 credits.)

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