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Enhance Your Accounting Capabilities Online
The online Graduate Certificate in Corporate Accounting, delivered through Penn State World Campus and in partnership with the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business, is designed to provide a broad understanding of critical principles and practices in areas such as financial and managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing.
This accelerated program, ideal for those without a formal accounting education, incorporates the core concepts covered in most baccalaureate programs. You can emerge in one year with marketable skills to help you advance in your current career or make a career change.
A Curriculum That Builds Your Accounting Toolkit
The corporate accounting certificate is an intensive program designed to give students like you the fundamental accounting skills valued by many employers. Topics in the courses will include:
- structure and content of financial reports, tax returns, and regulatory filings
- use of internal systems to protect an organization's resources and the integrity of its records
- purposes and procedures of auditing
- assembly and use of accounting information to plan and coordinate operations and make decisions
The Penn State Difference
Since 1998, Penn State has offered online instruction, creating a learning environment that provides you with the same quality education our resident students experience in a face-to-face setting. Through the partnership with the Smeal College of Business, whose faculty has been preparing undergraduate- and graduate-level accounting students for career success for more than 60 years, you can feel confident that this highly-engaging program has been designed to help you succeed.
Smeal Business also carries the elite AACSB accreditation, an honor reserved for the top 5% of business schools worldwide.
Who Should Apply?
The online accounting program is ideal for working professionals who possess a bachelor's degree in a non-accounting field and desire a career change or plan to move into a management function that requires greater financial awareness. If you already have a bachelor's degree in accounting, you should consider the more advanced Graduate Certificate in Accounting.
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.