Official Certificate Program in Accounting

Program Description

A graduate-level certificate conducted online, combining the material from six (6) undergraduate accounting courses into a four-course graduate sequence.  Two ACP courses will be offered in the fall semester and two in the spring semester, allowing students to complete the certificate in two to four semesters.  Applicants who have an undergraduate degree who were not accounting majors will be considered for admission.  Upon successful completion (with GPA >/= 3.00) of the Certificate in Accounting program, students are accepted into the Master of Science in Accounting program. 

Academic Rationale 

This program prepares students who have a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than accounting to enter the CCSU MS in Accounting program.

Demand Rationale

This program, in conjunction with the MS in accounting program will prepare students to meet the state 150-credit education requirement (including 36 accounting credits) required to become Certified Public Accountants.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or the international equivalent) with an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70. No GMAT is required. The GPA requirement may be waived for those with substantial work experience or with an advanced degree in another discipline.


Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting courses will need to be completed prior to beginning the Certificate in Accounting Program, or students may enroll in our AC 500 -- Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting, offered as an online summer course.

Application to the Certificate in Accounting Program includes online submission of the application, official transcripts, and an application fee; see http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/admission/. In addition, submit a current resume. Instructions for uploading the resume will be found within the online graduate application.

International students should review specific admission requirements at http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/admission/international.html

Certificate Requirements (12 Credits)

Required Courses (12 Credits)

AC 501Financial Reporting I

3

AC 502Introduction to Individual and Corporate Taxation

3

AC 503Financial Reporting II

3

AC 504Auditing and Internal Controls

3

Addition Requirement (3 Credits)

AC 500 - Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting or AC 211 (Introduction to Financial Accounting) and AC 212 (Introduction to Managerial Accounting) or equivalent. 

Total Credit Hours: 12