Accounting (Certificate)

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About this Program

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.

Program Overview

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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 affectan 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.

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 2031. 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.

* Please note that graduate certificate programs are now eligible for loans.

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Degrees Offered

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Program Requirements and Course Listings

For students applying to the organizational management certificate program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • Official e-transcript from the institution from which their highest degree was conferred
  • A Statement of Intent of at most 250 words that describes background experience and future goals

Transfer Credit Policy for Admitted Students
Students may transfer a maximum of 6 graduate credits from an external, accredited institution, or another Hood graduate program prior to the first semester of study in the current program. Please review the full graduate transfer credit policy in the College catalog.

Students must complete five three-credit courses for a total of fifteen credits. Successful completion requires a student to maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00. The following courses comprise the certificate:

MGMT 553Foundations of Accounting


MGMT 562Financial & Managerial Accounting


MGMT 568Accounting Information Systems


MGMT 580Strategic Cost Management


MGMT 581Financial Statement Analysis


Program Contact

Tianning Li

Program Director

Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission & Data Management

Office: 301-696-3601 Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

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Top MBA Capstone Student - Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis Alumni Graduate Student

The Fred and Lenora Ditzel MBA Award, established in honor of Dr. Anita Jose for the top student in her MBA capstone course, Management Policy, was presented to Richard Curtis at Hood College’s 2018 Graduate Degree Recipient Reception.

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