Accounting Online Graduate Certificate

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Accounting Online Graduate Certificate

  

The accounting world is evolving rapidly, and our certificate program will help you keep pace.

Take the additional accounting courses you need to sit for the CPA exam or jump into the field of accounting—and move ahead with your career.

 


 
In our program, you’ll take the coursework you need to sit for the CPA exam or to complete prerequisites for one of our accounting master’s programs. Working with the same renowned faculty who teach our on-campus accounting programs, you’ll gain advanced skills in auditing and taxation.

What You'll Learn

You’ll choose nine to 18 units of online graduate-level accounting coursework tailored to your specific educational needs. From auditing principles to accounting ethics to business law, you’ll dive deep into topics specific to your goals and career path, whether you plan to work in an industry like healthcare or climb the leadership ladder at a Big Four accounting firm.

Your Return on Investment

With a 100 percent online format and the ability to earn your certificate in as little as five months, our program puts you on the fast track to earning your CPA license or finishing prerequisites for master’s-level accounting programs. Equipped with advanced skills and certification, you’ll be prepared for a career as a CPA, auditor, controller or analyst.

The Online Graduate Certificate in Accounting has allowed me to return to school after 15 years and to get back to my CPA goals. As a working mother of three young children, the flexibility of an online program is a must.

Celeste Mariscal

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Accounting Certificate Courses

To obtain a graduate accounting certificate a minimum of three 3-unit online graduate level accounting courses (9 units total) must be completed. Additional prerequisites may be necessary.

Certificate Courses

Courses in the certificate are selected from:

This course examines the theory and methodology involved in the preparation of consolidated financial statements, accounting for mergers and acquisitions, translation of foreign currency financial statements, accounting for multiple currencies, accounting for derivatives and hedging, accounting for partnerships, governmental accounting, debt restructuring, corporate organizations and liquidations.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Spring II
Prerequisites: Intermediate Financial Accounting I and Intermediate Financial Accounting II

This course covers using controls to protect information assets. Topics include internal and external IT auditing, the role of auditing role in information security, the IT audit process, system independent IT audit processes, system dependent IT audit processes, auditing outsourced IT systems and resources.  Controls covered will include desktop computer controls, systems development controls, computer center operation controls, assurance of information related to on-line, client-server, web-based, internet, cloud computing, virtualization and other advanced computer topics. Students will learn approaches to evaluating and addressing technology risk throughout the organization from the perspective of internal and external audit in addition to the view of end users. Topics included in the class will include coverage of all areas to prepare students to take the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Summer I
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to assist students in enhancing awareness of ethical dilemmas that arise in both personal situations and in the Accounting profession. It will expose students to the AICPA Professional Code of Conduct as it relates to ethical issues such as independence, integrity and objectivity, and to provide students with a structure for making ethical decisions.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Spring II
Prerequisites: Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting

This course provides a broad overview of the following areas of law, as related to business: ethics, the court system, alternative dispute resolution, the Constitution, torts, intellectual property, criminal law, contracts, negotiable instruments, creditors' rights, secured transactions, bankruptcy, agency, employment discrimination, labor law, corporations, securities, insider trading, and professional liability.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall II
Prerequisites: None

This course focuses on federal tax laws primarily related to regular C corporations. However, coverage will also include S corporations, Accounting for Income Taxes (ASC 740), Partnerships, Estates, Trusts and Gifts. We will follow the life cycle of a corporation and discuss the tax issues and business decisions at each stage (formation, operations, distributions to shareholders and liquidation). Throughout the corporate segment of this course, there will be an emphasis on understanding how taxes relate to business decisions and planning. In the Partnership, Gifts, Estates and Trusts segment of this course, we will look at these topics from an overview perspective to give you a general idea about the tax issues involved.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall I
Prerequisites: Introductory Financial Accounting and Principles of Federal Taxation

This course provides a theoretical analysis of the role of accounting and taxation in society. This class examines existing accounting and taxing institutions involved in policy making and standard setting; international issues are included. Upon the completion of this course students should be able to: 1) Critique the underlying concepts and theories that led to existing accounting rules and that guide policy setters in defining or refining those rules, 2) Foresee how changes in the regulatory and business environment will shape and reshape accounting standards and the accounting profession, and 3) Discuss and debate complex accounting issues.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Spring I
Prerequisites: Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II

The opinion formulation process of the professional auditor, the auditor's reports, professional standards, internal and operational auditing.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall I
Prerequisites: Intermediate Financial Accounting I

This course provides an introduction to accounting for governmental and not-for-profit entities, along with the unique accounting issues facing these entities. We will look at the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles that provide a foundation for governmental accounting and financial reporting, the principles of fund accounting and the basic financial statements for not-for-profit entities. We will develop a hands-on understanding of applicable software via a computerized project. Graduate-level requirements include leading presentations, participation in online platform and contributing supplementary articles on current issues for class discussion.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Fall II
Prerequisites: Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II

This course covers financial and managerial accounting topics relevant to the healthcare industry. Concepts covered include the financial and operational implications of changes in healthcare reimbursement; understanding and analyzing external financial statements for taxable and tax-exempt healthcare entities; usefulness of capital and operating budgets; practical applications of managerial accounting; and decision making tools for managers within healthcare enterprises.

Units: 3
Usually Offered: Summer II
Prerequisites: Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting

Certificate Prerequisites

Many of the offered course have prerequisite course requirements. The following courses should be completed prior to starting your accounting certificate; however, it may be possible to complete some of these prerequisites during your certificate program.

Introduction to Financial Accounting (can be taken at a community college)
Introduction to Managerial Accounting (can be taken at a community college)
Intermediate Financial Accounting I (available Summer I)
Intermediate Financial Accounting II (available Summer II)
Principles of Federal Taxation (available Summer II)

Technology Requirements

Online Graduate Certificate students will be using a variety of online applications including discussion boards and chats. Speakers, a microphone and an external webcam with at least a five-foot USB cord are also required for your proctored exams. Please ensure that your equipment meets the following technical requirements:

Eller College Online Course Technology Requirements

    

Certificate Cost and Admissions

Requirements

  • Four-year bachelor's degree
  • 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Prerequisite courses (see above)

Certificate Cost

$3,000 + fees for 3-unit course
Certificate is 9 to 18 units.

Program cost subject to change.

Deadlines

With six program starts per year, applications for the program are accepted anytime throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Your future is calling. Apply now.

You’ve heard the “why.” If you think you’re a good fit, it’s time for the “how.” Let’s get you on the road to your Accounting Online Graduate Certificate.

To apply for the certificate you must submit a graduate certificate application through grad.arizona.edu. The application requires you to submit the following materials:

  • Completed graduate certificate application
  • Resume
  • Two short essay responses
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS score (international students only)

If you have any questions about how to apply or if you are unsure whether the Graduate Accounting Certificate is right for you, please contact us at GradAcctPrograms@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-4455.

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