Accounting student


Graduate Certificate

Obtain additional accounting knowledge and coursework needed to become a certified public accountant. This program also allows you to complete prerequisite courses to become eligible for the Online Master of Science in Accounting.


AACSB Accredited Accounting

6 starts per year

12+ months to
complete program

The Online Graduate Accounting Certificate allows students and professionals to select 9 to 18 units of fully online, graduate-level accounting coursework tailored to their educational needs, with courses starting six times each year. All courses are taken through the School of Accountancy at the Eller College of Management, both of which are AACSB accredited, adding to the value of this program. Additionally, graduate-level accounting units earned can be applied towards the Online Master of Science in Accounting.

This certificate provides advanced accounting courses and enables eligible students to obtain additional coursework needed to become a CPA, including optional courses that meet the unique CPA requirements in certain states.  

To be eligible for the Online Graduate Accounting Certificate, students must possess a four-year bachelor's degree with at least a 2.75 GPA and must have completed an introductory financial accounting course.

Depending on the specific graduate courses selected in the program, the following prerequisite courses may be necessary. They can be completed in the summer as part of your program.

  • ACCT 400A, Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 400B, Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 420, Introduction to Federal Taxation

For additional information, contact the master's program coordinator at

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Career Level: Graduate Certificate
Degree: Graduate Certificate
College: Eller College of Management

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $1,000
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Accounting course options:

  • ACCT 501 Advanced Accounting - Cover advanced financial accounting topics included on FAR section of the CPA exam including consolidated financial statements, mergers and acquisitions, and foreign currency.
  • ACCT/MIS 514 Information Technology Audit - Cover the controls used to protect information assets, IT auditing topics, and approaches to evaluate technology risk.
  • ACCT 515 Ethics for Professional Accountants - Enhance awareness of ethical dilemmas that arise in the accounting profession and meet ethics course requirement of certain state boards of accountancy such as California.
  • ACCT 521 Business Law for Accountants - Cover topics included on REG section of the CPA exam including US contract law, creditors' rights, agency and employment law, business organizations, and securities regulation.
  • ACCT 522 Advanced Federal Taxation - Cover topics included on the REG section of the CPA exam including taxation of C-corporations, S-corporations, Partnerships, Estates, and Gifts.
  • ACCT 525 Accounting Theory & Institutions - Critique the underlying concepts and theories of existing accounting rules and hypothesize how changes in the regulatory and business environment will reshape accounting standards.
  • ACCT 531 Principles of Auditing - Cover the theory of auditing and internal controls over financial reporting to assist with AUD section of the CPA exam.
  • ACCT 572A Accounting for Not-For-Profit Entities - Cover governmental and not-for-profit accounting topics included on FAR section of the CPA exam.
  • ACCT 575 Financial & Managerial Accounting in Healthcare - Cover topics related to healthcare accounting including financial statements, budgets, revenue streams, expansion decisions, and revenue generators versus cost centers.
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