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Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals

The graduate certificate in Accounting Fundamentals is designed primarily for individuals who want to strengthen their understanding of accounting or individuals seeking to fulfill some of the accounting requirements to sit for the CPA examination, but not wishing to earn a graduate business degree. The certificate courses may satisfy six elective credits in the MBA program or twelve of the prerequisite credits in the M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services program.

Everything you need to know about the Graduate Business Fundamentals Certificate.

  • Certificate Requirements

    To receive a Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals, you must complete 12 credits of coursework and maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 for courses taken in the certificate program. The coursework must be completed after you have received a bachelor's degree or equivalent.  

    The certificate requires ACCT 505: Introduction to Accounting (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite for each course in the certificate program and the completion of the following courses:

    Required courses (12 credits):

      • ACCT 510 ¦ Intermediate Accounting I (prerequisite: ACCT 505 or equivalent) (3.0 cr) 
      • ACCT 511 ¦ Intermediate Accounting II (prerequisite: ACCT 510) (3.0 cr) 
      • ACCT 512 ¦ Auditing /Accounting Information Systems (prerequisite: ACCT 511) (3.0 cr) 
      • ACCT 513 ¦ Intermediate Accounting III / Advanced Accounting (prerequisite: ACCT 511) (3.0 cr) 

    Browse the course descriptions of all courses that the Merrick School of Business offers, or view the course catalog

  • Admission Requirements

    The following is required for Admission into the Certificate Program:

    • Application: Complete your application. Questions about the application should be directed to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (410.837.6565).
    • Personal Statement: Detail your reasons for seeking a graduate business education, your short-and long-term professional and personal goals, and how you think this graduate program will help you achieve them. Provide any additional information highlighting unique aspects of your candidacy to the Admissions Committee. Please limit statement to 1,000 words.
    • Transcripts: Submit two copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants to the graduate business certificate programs are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation addressing your abilities to successfully complete a graduate business program.
    • Resume: Provide a current resume detailing employment history (including dates, titles, responsibilities, and community activities.
    • GMAT: The GMAT is not required for applicants to the graduate business certificate programs.
  • Gainful Employment Information

    Gainful employment information is provided to help you make an informed decision about this certificate program related to time and resources required to complete the program and possible employment outcomes.


Important Dates:
Your application will be accepted on a rolling basis but you can use these dates as a guide.

  • Fall: Aug. 15
  • Spring: Jan. 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission will be offered depending on availability of space, strength of your credentials and sufficiency of time for processing.

Questions? Contact an admission counselor at 410.837.4777 or