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Merrick School of Business

Certificate in Accounting

Is the field of accounting your next career move?

Your next step is UB's Upper-Division Certificate in Accounting.  It prepares you for a career in accounting and leads to entry into the profession as a certified public accountant.

The certificate in accounting is designed for individuals who wish to change to a career with an accounting focus who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree in a field other than accounting. The accounting certificate provides the accounting coursework necessary to sit for the CPA exam in Maryland. The program also meets the requirements for beginning accounting and auditing positions with the Federal government (four years of college including 24 semester hours in accounting or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

The program is a 27 to 33 credit program based upon accounting courses on your transcript. By completing this program you will meet the accounting and ethic course requirements necessary to sit for the Maryland CPA exam and apply your knowledge to succeed on those parts of the exam. The program exceeds the guidelines for accounting and ethics established in Maryland's educational requirements dated October 1, 2011, that qualifies those who can sit for the Uniform CPA exam.

Admission:

  • Students must have previously earned a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admission to this program.
  • Students may transfer equivalent courses for ACCT 201 and ACCT 202. In addition, a maximum of 6 credit hours of upper division program requirements may be transferred pending approval of the program director.

Courses

Download the Program Plan of Study

Preparatory / Transferable Credits [6 credits]

ACCT
201
Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT
202
Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)

Program Credits [27 credits]

ACCT
301
Intermediate Accounting I (3)
ACCT
302
Intermediate Accounting II (3)
ACCT
306
Cost Accounting (3)
ACCT
310
Intermediate Accounting III (3)
ACCT
317
Accounting Information Systems (3)
ACCT
401
Auditing (3)
ACCT
403
Advanced Financial Reporting (3)
ACCT
405
Income Taxation (3)
IDIS
302
Ethical Issues in Business and Society (3)