Program Summary

Gain a broad understanding of principles and practices in areas such as financial and managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing. This program is designed for college graduates with little to no background in accounting.

How To Apply
Apply by March 30 to start May 17

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $951 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Enhance Your Accounting Capabilities Online

The online Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations, 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, make a career change, or fulfill certain requirements for a master’s degree.

A Curriculum That Builds Your Accounting Toolkit

The accounting foundations 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:

  • Recording of business transactions and communication of accounting information in public financial statements
  • Foundations of U.S. federal taxation of individuals, corporations, and other entities
  • Principles and procedures of auditing financial statements and corporate internal controls
  • Assembly and use of internal accounting information for managerial decision-making

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.

This program is AACSB Accredited

The Smeal College of Business also carries the elite AACSB accreditation, an honor reserved for the top 5% of business schools worldwide.

Who Should Apply?

The online accounting foundations program is designed for working professionals who possess a bachelor's degree in a non-accounting field and want to move into a leadership role that requires a more substantial accounting foundation, shift into an accounting-related career, or eventually continue into a master’s program. 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.

Note: This program is under review for GI Bill eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.

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