An accounting certificate can be pursued by a student who possesses an undergraduate degree. This certificate consists of 36 credits in accordance with the CPA licensure requirements.

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Where Our Graduates Go

As a well-prepared accounting graduate, you will be expected to advise clients in all facets of accounting and business including communications, management, and finance. The accounting major is designed to give you experience in these areas. Positions for new graduates include Accounting Assistant, Job Cost Accountant, Credit Analyst, Accounting Analyst, and Financial Account Coordinator.

This is just a sample where our graduates are working

  • BNY Mellon
  • Advanced Surgical Hospital
  • Homer Laughlin China Company
  • Production Masters, Inc.
  • Forensic Evaluation Litigation
  • Crown Castle
  • Arconic
  • UPMC Children's Hospital

Certificate in Accounting

Course Requirements: 36 credits
Degree: Certificate
Locations: Main Oakland Campus

Notable Courses


You will be introduced to the discipline of accounting, including accounting principles, terms and concepts governing the recording, reporting and analyzing of accounting data. You'll learn the accounting cycle: journal entries, general ledger, trial balances, and financial statements – income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. You will also develop a basic understanding of how to analyze financial statements to determine profitability, financial position, and liquidity.


Analyze the role of business in society. Topics include the role of business within the community, the relationship of business with government, and the regulatory environment. You will study both market and non-market decisions which have social, political, and ethical ramifications. Also, you will investigate the effect of values and cultural norms on managerial decision-making and how this relates to managers facing a global environment and diverse workforce.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.