Graduate Accounting Certificate

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Build a solid accounting foundation

Learn accounting applications, tools and values through our Graduate Accounting Certificate in as little as 7 months. This certificate is designed for students who want to enhance their accounting skills so they can enter the profession or complete additional coursework required for the CPA exam. And you’ll take just one 6-week course at a time, so you can balance work and life.

In this Graduate Accounting Certificate program, you’ll learn:

  • Accounting concepts and applications
  • Analytical tools and technologies
  • Legal, ethical and social values related to accounting practice
  • Managerial accounting and capital budgeting
  • Federal tax law applications

Our courses also cover a portion of the topics required to help you prepare for the CPA exam, including audit and attestation, financial accounting and reporting, and business environment and concepts.

Course length:

6 weeks

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Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 15 credits from a set of required courses to complete this certificate program. Required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

Transfer credits

Earn your certificate faster. Transfer eligible college credits or apply to have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit. Contact an enrollment representative at 844.YES.UOPX for more information.

Core courses

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Accounting acc561
Accounting Theory & Research acc541
Accounting Information Systems acc542
Managerial Accounting & Legal Aspects Of Business acc543
Taxation acc547
Financial Reporting acc545
Internal Control Systems acc544
Auditing acc546
Not-for-profit & Government Accounting acc548
Accounting Ethics eth557
Forensic Accounting acc556

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Program purpose statement

Students in the Graduate Accounting Certificate will develop an understanding of accounting concepts and applications. Students will also become competent in the use of appropriate analytical tools and technologies. They will be sensitive to legal, ethical, and social values in the conduct and communication of accounting practice and decisions. In addition, students will have an understanding of a portion of the topics required in preparation for the CPA exam: Audit & Attestation, Financial Accounting & Reporting, Regulation, and Business Environment & Concepts. The Graduate Accounting Certificate is designed for students who want to enhance their accounting management skills, enter the accounting profession, or complete additional coursework required for the CPA exam.

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University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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Learn on your schedule

Designed to fit into the lives of busy working adults, this certificate program can be completed in short, manageable, 6-week courses.

Learn from experienced instructors

Taught by industry professionals with an average of 25 years of experience, our certificate courses integrate real-world business principles that can help position you for a variety of careers.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And by taking one course at a time toward a Graduate Accounting Certificate, you’ve got the way.

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