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Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Thinking about your future in accounting? Maybe you are working in the field already and want to take your career to the next level. Or maybe you would like to change careers.

In Purdue Global’s graduate certificate program, you will explore accounting and financial reporting systems, business law, auditing techniques, and cost accounting. Study to gain the knowledge and skills to pursue a mid-level accounting position.* Purdue Global’s Graduate Certificate in Accounting could help you prepare to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam. The program consists of a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Accounting Program Highlights

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Study to acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue a mid-level position in accounting.
  • Explore key accounting areas including accounting and financial reporting systems, business law, auditing techniques, and cost accounting.

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to seek mid-level accounting positions.*

Prepare for Future Studies

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this online certificate in accounting may be applied toward the requirements of certain Purdue Global degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Purdue Global.

Prepare for Certification

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

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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.


Online Start Date

April 18, 2018

Online Start Date

June 06, 2018

Online Start Date

July 18, 2018

Online Start Date

September 05, 2018

Online Start Date

October 17, 2018

Online Start Date

December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

This graduate certificate program is designed to help students excel in accounting. Each Purdue Global business graduate certificate is composed of four or five courses. This program consists of the following courses:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits16
  • Total Credits16

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$485.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Although certain programs at Purdue Global are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those 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. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.