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 Kaplan University’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.* Kaplan University’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. 

At this time, residents of Delaware may not enroll in the online Graduate Certificate in Accounting program.

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

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

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 Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.

Prepare for Certification

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

How Do I Get Started?

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

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 16

    Total Program Credits: 16

    • AC 501: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING Change

      This course provides a comprehensive, international perspective on accounting and financial reporting systems. Financial accounting and reporting issues are viewed from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include, but are not limited to, the factors that managers and executives must consider as they confront complex and important financial accounting and reporting issues including traditional issues, such as revenue recognition, valuation allowances, and leases, and contemporary issues, such as pensions, stock options, and financial derivatives.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • AC 502: REGULATION Change

      This course will advance your knowledge of business law as it applies to accounting. You will be introduced to the major legal requirements that will be encountered by the professional accountant. Topics include, but are not limited to, the Uniform Commercial Code, contracts, and the legal liability and responsibilities of agencies and accountants.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • AC 503: ADVANCED AUDITING Change

      This course addresses the examination of financial statements and systems from the viewpoint of an independent auditor. Emphasis is on the application of auditing techniques and the professional standards that direct audit performance and reporting. Topics include, but are not limited to, external audit services, audit reports, auditor and management responsibilities, professional standards of external auditors, and how information technologies enhance internal control and procedures used to audit through a computerized system.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • AC 505: ADVANCED MANAGERIAL/COST ACCOUNTING Change

      This course focuses on the role of cost accounting as a tool for managerial decision making and the application of these skills to the overall operation of a business. Topics include, but are not limited to: budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, job order costing, absorption costing, differential analysis, and capital budgeting.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

Curriculum: Concentration

Can I Afford This?

Kaplan University is committed to helping you find more ways to save on college tuition. Our Tuition Cap, military reductions, and transfer and experiential learning credits are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Ways to Save

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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary 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.