In today’s global economy, business practices change at the speed of light. At times, this breakneck pace can leave even the most seasoned professional feeling a bit behind the curve. To keep you on top of your game, our Accounting (post-baccalaureate) certificate offers opportunities to refresh crucial business skills and knowledge in a flexible and convenient program of study.
There are no application deadlines for the certificate program; they are reviewed continuously, generally taking a few weeks to process. Once admitted, you may start taking classes during the next available term. Candidates must provide an official transcript documenting either an undergraduate degree in business or a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Candidates without a business degree can also be considered if they have substantial professional work experience in the accounting field. A brief personal statement is also required. GMAT scores are not required, but candidates are encouraged to submit a current resume with the application.
The courses required for this 15 credit certificate are ACCT 512, ACCT 520, ACCT 521, ACCT 523, and ACCT 524. In addition, three of these courses qualify as counting towards the MS in Accounting degree.
ACCT512: Fundamentals of Federal Taxation
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a broad range of tax concepts for the individual and to emphasize the role of taxation in the business decision-making process. Coverage includes on a broad basis; the framework of the tax system, factors in selecting a choice of entity, type of income, deductions and losses, types of distributions to owners including their tax effect, tax impact of shifting ownership, different types of corporate compensation and professional responsibilities.
ACCT520: Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting I
The course builds on material presented in the financial accounting course ACCT 530. Students should gain an improved understanding of the techniques and underlying rationale of methods used to accumulate financial and operating data. Also improves skill in analyzing information provided in annual financial reports.
ACCT521: Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting II
Continuation of Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting I. Enables students to acquire an improved understanding of the composition and significance of various segments of the balance sheet, especially noncurrent assets, noncurrent liabilities, stockholders' equity, and the statement of cash flows.
ACCT523: Financial Statement Analysis
From an accounting perspective, an in-depth discussion and analysis of financial statements as a basis for valuation of the firm. The real performance of the companies under consideration will be determined as students learn to decode information contained in corporate annual reports. The course leads to the ability to evaluate critically the key issues affecting a company's valuation and operations utilizing accounting information. In addition, the valuation techniques introduced provide the opportunity for statistical modeling and empirical testing of the valuation procedures with accounting data.
ACCT524: Auditing Concepts and Techniques
A course in auditing principles, theory, design, and techniques. Theory, practice, and techniques are integrated through the use of current auditing problems and student performance of a simulation audit of selected financial statement data.