Distance learning diploma programs specifically in accounting management are rarely offered as stand-alone programs by schools, but some graduate-level general accounting programs could have relevant coursework. Online accounting management programs typically lead to a graduate certificate; diploma programs are rare. Graduate certificate programs are usually designed to help professionals build or advance their accounting knowledge, prepare students for accounting certifications or prepare them for further study at the master's degree level.
Most graduate accounting programs require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree or to have completed an undergraduate minor in accounting or to fulfill prerequisite courses in the field. These programs tend to be offered by four-year institutions, particularly those with expansive distance learning education options. Students could earn their certificates in about a year, depending on their enrollment status each semester or term. Students may be able to choose either hybrid or fully online programs.
Master's Degree in Accounting - Accounting Management Specialization
The curriculum of a distance learning graduate accounting diploma or certificate program is typically in keeping with that of an on-site program; students usually take 5-7 courses that provide instruction in advanced accounting. Although the emphasis of each accounting program varies, all students in a graduate diploma or certificate program develop accounting management expertise in areas such as financial statement interpretation and analysis, cost control and analysis, budgeting and profit planning, and quality management and performance evaluation.
The following classes are typical in accounting management:
- Managerial Accounting
- Financial Accounting
- Advanced Auditing
- Accounting Information Systems
- Tax Planning and Management
- Forensic Accounting
Although distance learners in an accounting diploma program typically do not have to go to their school's campus, some schools may offer them the option to incorporate campus-based or hybrid classes into their programs. Online students access a virtual classroom administered by the school. There, they can view lectures, complete assignments and have discussions with classmates and instructors.
While diplomas aren't readily available online, graduate certificates in accounting management are a good alternative and are generally focused on topics like cost control, profit planning, tax planning, and performance evaluation.