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Financial Accounting Certificate Programs in Houston

The Houston area has more than five schools that offer financial accounting programs. Learn about the certificates, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 30 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Houston Schools with Financial Accounting Courses

While no school in the Houston area offers certificates specifically in financial accounting, there are several community college programs that include coursework in this area. This article looks at three schools, none more than a half-hour's drive from the city center, and the relevant programs they offer. Prospective students can also refer to a table of information about all the schools, which includes data on enrollment, tuition and graduation rate. At the end of the article is a listing of other nearby schools with relevant programs.

  • Houston Community College has six campus locations in Houston, five of which award an accounting certificate. This school's Central Campus is about three miles from downtown.
  • Another option is San Jacinto College. It offers two types of accounting certificate programs at its Central Campus in Pasadena, about 23 miles from downtown, and its North Campus, which is around 13 miles from Houston's city center.
  • Lee College is about 27 miles east of Houston and offers 2-semester and 3-semester accounting technician certificate programs.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Accounting with Computers, General
  • Auditing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Taxation, General

Comparison of Schools

The following table contains important information for individuals who are deciding which school is right for them.

Houston Community College San Jacinto College Lee College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (Fall 2014) 58,276* 27,911* 6,481*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Small city
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $1,632 in-district
$3,360 in-state
$3,756 out-of-state*
$1,408 in-district
$2,416 in-state
$3,688 out-of-state*
$1,672 in-district
$2,392 in-state
$3,520 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 70%* 57%* 57%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 56% full-time
42% part-time*
66% full-time
52% part-time*
69% full-time
51% part-time*
Graduation Rate (students began 2011) 12% overall (22% transfer-out rate)* 15% overall (22% transfer-out rate)* 24% overall (32% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Houston Community College

Houston Community College's accounting programs are geared toward entry-level job seekers as well as those already working in the field. Several of the school's instructors are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

Accounting Certificate

The accounting certificate program at Houston Community College takes three semesters to complete. Students take courses covering the principles of accounting, auditing, taxation and spreadsheet applications. Financial and managerial accounting are also discussed. Most of these classes can be taken online. The program also includes a capstone course that allows students to use the knowledge they've gained in either an external or special classroom setting.

Curriculum can help students prepare for careers preparing taxes or performing audits. Students seeking a slightly more robust program might want to explore the school's 2-year associate's degree in accounting.

San Jacinto College

San Jacinto College's accounting certificates were among the school's most popular business programs in 2011. An associate's degree program in accounting is also available.

Accounting/Payroll Specialist Certificate

Coursework for the 21-credit-hour occupational certificate introduces students to financial accounting basics, taxes, computerized accounting techniques and business law. Course credits for this certificate can be applied toward the Accounting Certificate of Technology and the associate's degree.

Introduction to Computerized Accounting Certificate

This certificate program requires an additional 12 credit hours of study and is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the field. Coursework covers financial accounting principles, computer applications, business law and taxes as well as business ethics and public speaking. Students who complete this program can apply course credits toward the first two terms of the college's associate's degree in accounting.

Lee College

Lee College offers two accounting certificates. These programs give students an overview of basic accounting principles and prepare them for entry-level jobs as accounting clerks or bookkeepers. The school also offers an associate's degree in accounting technology.

Accounting Technician Certificate of Completion

Students in this 1-year certificate program are taught procedures for payroll and income tax accounting. They also learn how to manage balance sheets for stock transactions and accruals in the financial accounting course. Additionally, students take a number of courses in business math, business English and business communications.

Advanced Accounting Technician Certificate of Completion

This program requires an additional semester of coursework. Students examine advanced topics in intangible assets, payroll accounting theory, cost accounting and business law. Program requirements also give students the option of completing an internship or capstone project.

Other School Options

The Lone Star College System operates several campuses in and around Houston. Accounting certificates and associate's degrees are available at its University Park location in Houston and its Cy Fair location in Cyprus. Both of these campuses are situated about 30 minutes from downtown Houston. Students who wish to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in accounting can find programs at the University of Houston. Its graduate program offers a concentration in financial accounting and reporting.

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