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Program Overview

The Certificate in Accounting is designed for professionals who want to change their career focus to accounting or obtain necessary credits to qualify to take the CPA exam. Students learn from industry and academic leaders in small, interactive classes in a setting conducive to professional networking. Instruction emphasizes dialogue and collaboration, while the curriculum focuses on:

  • Financial decisions that affect an organization’s governance and strategy
  • Effectively formulating, interpreting and communicating financial statements and accounting-related decisions to the various internal and external stakeholders of the firm 
  • Understanding the changing role of accountants in organizations with special emphasis on cost analysis, systems control, financial planning and management control 
  • Understanding the vital role of information technology for record-keeping, decision-making and problem-solving in issues related to financial reporting and accounting.

Entrance Requirements

Application
Applicants should submit an official transcript from the institution where their highest degree was conferred. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. In addition, students must complete a Statement of Intent of at most 250 words that describes background experience and future goals.

Core Requirements

The program is comprised of five courses (15 credit hours); students who are admitted to the MBA program may apply these credits toward a master’s degree. Evening classes accommodate working professionals’ schedules. With regular enrollment, students will typically complete the program in a year.

MGMT 553 Foundations of Accounting 3
MGMT 562 Financial & Managerial Accounting 3
MGMT 568 Accounting Information Systems 3
MGMT 580 Strategic Cost Management 3
MGMT 581 Financial Statement Analysis 3
Total Credits 15