Online Graduate Certificate in Accounting

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Program at a Glance
  • Explore key accounting areas including accounting and financial reporting systems, business law, auditing techniques, and cost accounting.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue a mid-level position in accounting.
  • Prepare for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam.*
COURSE EFFORT 20 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 6 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 16
COST PER CREDIT $485
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Graduate Certificate in Accounting Overview

Develop your professional skills with an accounting certificate and be ready for what’s next in your career’s future. Whether you want to advance in your current field, or change fields, our online program can help you pursue your goals.

Complete your accounting courses online and study on your schedule. Our graduate certificate program offers a targeted curriculum designed to enhance your professional expertise and help you stand out to employers.

You will study key accounting topics such as:

  • Accounting and financial reporting systems
  • Business law as it applies to accounting
  • Application of auditing techniques
  • Cost accounting as a tool for managerial decision making

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: this program is not eligible for Title IV financial aid.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

Career Opportunities

This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge and skills to seek mid-level positions in the field of accounting.

After completing the Graduate Certificate in Accounting program, you may be eligible to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam.*

Get a Head Start on Your Master’s Degree

By completing a certificate, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Qualified credits can apply toward certain Purdue Global master’s degree programs.

This online accounting certificate program includes four courses designed to help students excel in accounting.

Sample Courses
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting
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Credit Breakdown
  • Total Credits16

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*To sit for the CPA Exam, students may need to take additional courses at the undergraduate or graduate level to meet individual state requirements. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.