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AACSB-Accredited Accounting Graduate Certificate

This program is AACSB Accredited

If you already have an undergraduate degree in accounting, or the equivalent accounting coursework, and are looking to enhance your skill set and your practical knowledge in the field of accounting, this Penn State online Graduate Certificate in Accounting is designed to help you. Course work in the program offers you the opportunity to learn auditing theory and practice, and to supplement that knowledge with courses in disciplines of your choosing, including tax, decision making, cost management, financial statements and reporting, and others.

The graduate certificate program also provides an opportunity for you to acquire additional accounting credits if you are pursuing CPA licensure.

Why a Graduate Certificate in Accounting Online at Penn State?

This program is led by the School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg, which is consistently recognized by employers as having outstanding graduates. You will learn from the same faculty who teach in resident programs at Penn State campuses and are experienced in teaching online.

Continue Your Education in Accounting

In addition to being an excellent stand-alone credential, with program approval, all four courses in the certificate may be applied to the Master of Professional Accounting degree offered online by Penn State World Campus. Admission into the master's program is a separate step and is not guaranteed. Certificate program students who wish to have the certificate courses applied to the master's degree program must apply and be admitted to the master's program. Upon admittance to the master's program, certificate courses completed with a grade of B or better will be applied to the degree. 

Please note: the GRE/GMAT requirement will be waived for those submitting an application to start in the spring 2021 semester.

Who Should Apply?

An entering student will have completed a baccalaureate degree in accounting or completed comparable accounting course work. Professionals seeking course work to meet the CPA accounting credit requirements are also good candidates for this program. Prerequisites for courses required for the certificate are available through World Campus.