Accounting Certificate

At a Glance

Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 54 to 56
Schedule: Day and evening courses
Admission:  Fall Semester: July 15; 
Spring Semester: November 15; 
Summer Term: April 15

Accountants perform a wide range of vital financial and business services aimed at ensuring an organization runs effectively and efficiently. The interdisciplinary curriculum in this undergraduate-level certificate blends accounting principles with complementary business knowledge to give you just the type of well-rounded education employers seek. You'll delve into basic and advanced accounting methods such as how to record, verify, and analyze financial information, prepare budget analyses, and create financial and investment strategies. On the business side, your course work will provide you with a critical understanding of economics, finance, communications, and management. Successful completion of the certificate will prepare you to sit for the CPA or CMA exams.

Demand for Accounting Expertise

Market demands, global trends, and the changing role of the profession are spurring strong employment growth for accountants and auditors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment forecast for accountants--expected to increase 22% between 2008 and 2018--is being fueled in part by the growth of international business and mergers and acquisitions. Market demands are requiring accountants to play a larger advisory role and to offer more financial management and consulting services.

What You'll Learn

Whether you want to enhance your accounting skills, prepare for a career move, or study for an upcoming CPA or CMA exam, this credit certificate provides an interdisciplinary blend of principles designed to give you a well-rounded education in accounting, business, and management. You'll learn about:

  • Accounting
  • Financial reporting
  • Business communication
  • Business law
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information systems
  • Management
  • Business policy
  • Taxation
  • Auditing

Examinations and Requirements

This certificate will also prepare you for the following examinations:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
    (If you plan to pursue the CPA designation in Minnesota, in addition to meeting the necessary accounting and business-related course requirements, you must have earned an undergraduate degree and completed a total of 150 semester credits of course work.)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Contact the following organizations for information about exam requirements:

Why Choose the Certificate in Accounting?

When you choose the Certificate in Accounting you will

  • Earn a valued credential from the University of Minnesota in an area that reflects your interests and expertise;
  • Develop knowledge and skills that will prepare you for the CPA or CMA examinations;
  • Enhance your ability to compete in a professional arena with strong job growth;
  • Inspire financial trust and confidence with employers and clients;
  • Complete coursework which may make you eligible for the University’s Carlson School of Management Master of Accountancy program.