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.*
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
20 Hours per Week
Course Length
6-Week Sessions
Average Completion
7 months
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
16
(11 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$485
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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

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.

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.

Prepare for Certification

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

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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What Courses Will I Take?

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

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Sample Courses
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting

Program Requirements

  • Total Credits
    16

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.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Active Listening
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Speaking

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get to Know Our Faculty

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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
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Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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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. Licensing requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state. You should review your state's educational requirements by visiting the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website as well as your state's CPA licensing requirements, which can be found at the Accountancy Licensing Library. Refer to Licensure.PurdueGlobal.edu for additional information on licensure and state authorizations.

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.