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Accounting Fundamentals

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 M.B.A. program or twelve of the prerequisite credits in the M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services program.

REQUIREMENTS [12 credits]

The certificate requires ACCT 504: Introduction to Accounting (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite for each course in the certificate program and the completion of the following courses:

  • ACCT 510 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 511 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 512 Auditing /Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 513 Intermediate Accounting III / Advanced Accounting

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

    This 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.

    Occupations
    This certificate will prepare you for careers including, but not limited to, the ones listed below. The code referenced is the Standard Occupational Classification code published by the Department of Labor.

    • 13-2000: Financial Specialist

      Tuition and Fees
      UB's graduate tuition and fees are calculated by credit on a semesterly basis.

      Time to Complete
      This certificate requires 12 credits.