Accounting Certificate Program

The Accounting Certificate Program (ACP) is a graduate-level certificate conducted online.  This certificate combines the material from six undergraduate accounting courses into a four course graduate sequence. Two ACP courses are offered in the fall and two in the spring allowing students to complete the certificate in two to four semesters.

Pre-requisites

Applicants who have an undergraduate degree who were not accounting majors will be considered for admission. Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting courses will need to be completed prior to beginning the Accounting Certificate Program. The two introductory courses are not available online through the University of Connecticut.

Graduates of the ACP interested in earning a Master of Science in Accounting degree will be able to transition in May pending satisfactory academic performance (3.0+) in the ACP courses. Graduates of the ACP can transfer and apply two of the four ACP courses (6 credit hours) toward MSA degree requirements.

Curriculum and Plan of Study

Our innovative, specially designed online accounting certificate program allows you to take full advantage of the quality courses for which UConn is so well known combined with the flexibility of a primarily asynchronous online education. While our program is primarily asynchronous there are synchronous activities in all ACP courses that require you to be online at specified times, examples of these are an exam that must be completed by all students in a class during a 3-hour window or required group meeting times, where you meet with your group during an agreed upon time during the week.

Fall Semester

  • ACCT 5122 Financial Reporting I, which will include Intermediate I and part of Intermediate II. Topics covered will include financial accounting theory and practical applications as related to the preparation and analysis of financial statements, particularly focusing on assets, liabilities, owners’ equity and income determination.
  • ACCT 5243 Assurance Services, An in-depth study of issues relevant to the public accounting profession, including legal liability and ethics, audit risk analysis, planning of audit engagements, auditor reports, and other assurance services and reports.  Students will learn to think critically about issues facing the accounting profession primarily by analyzing cases and completing a number of individual and group research projects.

Spring Semester

  • ACCT 5124 Financial Reporting II, which will complete the typical Intermediate II course, studying the accounting and disclosure of pensions, bonds, leases and intangibles. The course will then move into our Advanced Accounting course, and will cover accounting for consolidations, intercompany transfers and multinational accounting.
  • ACCT 5260 Federal Income Tax, A study of the fundamentals of Federal income taxation for individuals and related issues of compliance, reporting, and planning. This course focuses on income and deduction recognition, character, and timing and includes the tax treatment of property, investments, compensation, retirement, and estates.

Application

Applications to the Accounting Certificate Program are taken online only.  In addition to application questions, applicants must upload four short-answer essays, one letter of recommendation, a current resume, GMAT scores, and transcripts from all universities they have attended.  There is no deposit fee. GMAT waivers may be available.

Admission is for the fall semester only with an application deadline of June 1.  An admissions decision will be made in approximately three weeks upon completion of the application process.  

For further information regarding the ACP, please contact the Program Manager, Erika Durning at erika.durning@uconn.edu.