The Hood College Graduate School Accounting Certificate, a
natural outcome of the school’s MBA accounting concentration, answers the rising
demand for professionals in this facet of business operations. The program, offered on the school's Frederick, Maryland campus, meets the educational needs of individuals who want to change their focus to
accounting or advance in their fields by developing specialized skills. Others
may wish to fulfill credit requirements toward qualification for the CPA exam.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies accounting as one of the professions experiencing the highest growth rate, with demand outstripping
supply to at least 2020. In fact, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area ranks fifth in the country for the concentration of jobs
in accounting, and the Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick region of Maryland ranks
fourth nationally for top pay in the field.
Certificate 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 depth of knowledge in topics such as financial
statements, cost analysis, management planning, control systems, financial
reporting and accounting information systems.
The program comprises five courses for a total of 15
credits, which students who are admitted to the MBA program may apply toward the master’s degree. Classes are held in the evening to accommodate working professionals’
schedules. With regular enrollment, students will typically complete the
program in one year.
Hood’s MBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the premier accreditor of business schools that focus primarily on teaching and learning