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Graduate Accounting Certificate

The University of Phoenix Graduate Accounting Certificate (Bachelor's Degree Required) program is designed for students who would like to begin preparing for the CPA exam. Learn more about the University of Phoenix Graduate Accounting Certificate here.

Official Program Name:

Graduate Accounting Certificate (Bachelor's Degree Required)

School Offering Program:

University of Phoenix

Degree Level:

Graduate Certificate

Program Prerequisites:

The University of Phoenix Graduate Accounting Certificate program is intended for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and want to learn more about accounting. Applicants to this program are seeking to complete additional coursework for the CPA exam, enter the accounting field or enhance existing accounting management skills. Applicants must also have access to a suitable work environment.

Program Description:

The program covers topics such as auditing, financial accounting, and regulation. The program is designed to prepare students for accounting careers and is a first step towards eligibility for the CPA exam. Students who are interested in becoming Certified Public Accountants can use CPA Test Preparation software while completing program coursework.


University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (

Learning Format:


Program Length / Total Credits Required:

18 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include federal and state financial aid, grants and loans, employer tuition reimbursement, internal and external scholarship sources, and access to other resources.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Graduate Accounting Certificate:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact University of Phoenix to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Accounting courses

  • COM 530: Communications for Accountants (3 credits)
  • ACC 537: Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACC 541: Accounting Theory & Research (3 credits)

Elective Courses (choose 3 of the following courses)

  • ACC 542: Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)
  • ACC 543: Managerial Accounting & Legal Aspects of Business (3 credits)
  • ACC 544: Internal Control Systems (3 credits)
  • ACC 545: Financial Reporting (3 credits)
  • ACC 546: Auditing (3 credits)
  • ACC 547: Taxation (3 credits)
  • ACC 548: Not-for-Profit & Government Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACC 556: Forensic Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACC 557: Accounting Ethics (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing the University of Phoenix Graduate Accounting Certificate program, students could pursue a master's degree in accounting or business. Some masters degree programs may include all of the coursework needed to prepare students for the CPA exam.

Master's degrees that graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Accountancy
  • Master of Business Administration

Note: Each state sets forth standards required to be eligible to take the CPA exam and apply for licensure or certification as a CPA. While this program was designed with consideration for the standards proposed by the National Association of State Boards of Accounting (NASBA), University of Phoenix cannot, and will not, provide any assurance that completion of this program will allow a successful student to qualify within the student's specific jurisdiction. Potential applicants should check with the appropriate organization within their jurisdiction to determine if this program, combined with their undergraduate degree and any other specific criteria, meets the requirements to qualify for examination in that specific jurisdiction. States frequently change their requirements for examination. There is no assurance that at the time of degree completion the specific jurisdiction's requirements will be consistent with the requirements at the time of admission.