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Post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting


The post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting is a one-year (30-credit) certificate program for students who have already earned bachelor's degrees in other fields.

 

There are two post-baccalaureate accounting certificate tracks, depending on whether your undergraduate degree is in business or another field.

If you have a business degree

The accounting certificate program provides an opportunity to acquire the credentials for a career in accounting through advanced courses in the discipline.

Interested in taking the CPA exam?

You can meet the requirements through this certificate or through the MBA.

Once you complete this track, you will qualify to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in Massachusetts as well as in many other states. You can use the 30 credits in the accounting certificate program—in conjunction with 120 credits awarded in the standard undergraduate degree program—to satisfy the 150-hour credit CPA requirement.

The accounting certificate program also prepares you to take the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.

If you have a non-business degree

The accounting certificate program provides an intensive introduction to the accounting discipline.

If your professional goals include management responsibilities, you will find the accounting certificate particularly helpful for career development. Engineers as well as professionals in the healthcare and legal fields have chosen the accounting certificate as a way to enhance their managerial expertise.

If your goal is to sit for the CPA, you can complete this certificate and then take several additional business courses to meet the CPA requirements.

Entrance to the post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting program

Applicants for the post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting through Undergraduate Admissions

Additional materials required:

  • College transcripts
  • Statement of purpose (1 -2 page essay)
  • Resume

Graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information

For students with a bachelor's degree in business

ACT 311 Intermediate Accounting I
ACT 312 Intermediate Accounting II
ACT 351 Cost Accounting
ACT 355 Accounting Information Systems
ACT 401 Auditing
ACT 411 Taxation
ACT 412 Advanced Taxation
ACT 421 Advanced Financial Accounting
ACT 431 Advanced Managerial Accounting
ACT 454 Financial Statement Analysis

For students with a non-business bachelor's degree

ACT 211 Principles of Accounting I
ACT 212 Principles of Accounting II
ACT 311 Intermediate Accounting I
ACT 312 Intermediate Accounting II
ACT 351 Cost Accounting
ACT 401 Auditing
ACT 411 Taxation
ACT 454 Financial Statement Analysis
POM 212 Statistics
FIN 312 Financial Management

Other courses as necessary

ECO 212 Principals of Economics - Micro
POM212 Statistics

In both the non-business and business accounting certificate tracks, all course prerequisites must be completed to register for courses in the program.

For more information:

Jia Wu
Department Chair,Accounting & Finance
jwu@umassd.edu
508.999.8428

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