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Accounting Certificate


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.

High-growth profession

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.

Business-school learning environment  

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. 

Evening classes

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.

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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

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Program Director:
Tianning Li, Ph.D.



Graduate School Assistant Director:
Spencer Berk