Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Nurture Your Love of Numbers

Have you already earned an accounting degree, but want to further your knowledge? Or do you want to develop accounting skills without completing a full degree? If your answer is Yes, a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management may help you take the next step in your education.

Our Accounting Graduate Certificate program is available online and in a hybrid format, so it works with your schedule. In this program, you’ll explore what it takes to succeed in today’s leading organizations and—depending on your journey—get on the fast-track to an MBA or Master's Degree in Accounting with transferable credits.

Get to Know Our Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Our Graduate Certificate in Accounting program can help you understand the next level of accounting concepts and build on the skills you already have. Our knowledgeable professors can help you create a solid foundation through hands-on learning. Coursework includes financial statement reporting and disclosures, taxes, investments, working capital management, cost of capital and financial forecasting.

You can earn the Graduate Certificate in Accounting online or through hybrid learning (online and in person) as a standalone credential, and then have the option to transfer your credits to the MBA in Accounting program.


Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Accounting in as little as 1 year*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.

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"It's neat when you can do something that's required in the classroom and then integrate it into your work life for recognition."

Michelle Nikodem
Student - Master’s in Business Administration with a Human Resources Specialization

What You'll Learn

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    Accounting Standards

    Measure outcomes using existing measurement criteria such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Other Common Basis of Accounting (OCBOA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) or other non-authoritative measurement tools.
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    Financial Reporting

    Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of accounting theory and practice related to financial reporting and managerial decision-making.
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    Communication in Accounting

    Communicate accounting issues and solutions clearly to peers and stakeholders.

Cert To Master's

At Keller, our programs are stackable, which can be of significant value to you. With a graduate certificate, you can earn a valuable credential with less time and tuition–and credits apply directly to your master’s degree1. This stackable model allows you to choose the building-blocks you need to fit your career and earn two credentials in one.


Accreditation Matters

Certain programs are accredited** by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org.

ACBSP is a global business education accrediting body that is based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. It evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support to assess whether a business program offers a rigorous educational experience and commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Accounting Graduate Certificate program may consider career opportunities such as:

  • Accountant

  • Accounting Manager

  • Auditor

  • Budget Analyst

  • Budget Director

  • Controller

  • Credit Analyst

  • Director of Corporate Strategy

  • Director of Financial Planning

  • Director of Financial Reporting

  • Director of Taxation

  • Financial Analyst

  • Financial Examiner

  • Financial Manager

  • Financial Planner

  • Financial Reporting Analyst

  • Forensic Accountant Fraud Investigator

  • Internal Auditor

  • International Accounting Specialist

  • Management Accountant

  • Merger and Acquisitions Analyst

  • Payroll Manager

  • Risk Manager

  • Strategic Planner

  • Tax Examiner Collector

  • Tax Manager and Revenue Agent

  • Employment in this occupation may require years of relevant experience.

Program Courses

ACCT500 Essentials of Accounting, Finance and Economics
ACCT503 Financial Accounting: Managerial Use and Analysis
ACCT505 Managerial Accounting
ACCT550 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT551 Intermediate Accounting II
FIN510 Corporate Finance

FAQs: Graduate Certificate in Accounting


What is a graduate certificate in accounting?

A Graduate Certificate in Accounting from DeVry is a graduate-level accounting certificate that allows you to expand your professional skills and resume through hands-on learning from experienced faculty in the field. Our graduate certificate programs may help serve as a pathway if you wish to hone your skills, open your future to new opportunities and can help you prepare to make an impact in your chosen field. An example of another graduate certificate is our CPA Preparation Certificate program, which provides you with the opportunity to prepare for the CPA Exam and earn a certificate, which can then be added to your resume.


Is a graduate certificate in accounting worth it?

A Graduate Certificate in Accounting from DeVry  can be worth the investment if you are interested in a career in accounting or a related financial field. Many jobs in this realm require a bachelor's degree at minimum, and many may also require you to have a graduate-level education. A graduate certificate in accounting is one way to earn a graduate-level credential at DeVry, and help prepare for professional certification exams and earn credits that may be applied to a master's degree or MBA program.


Can you become an accountant with a graduate certificate in accounting?

There are several accounting positions that you may be able to pursue after completing our Graduate Certificate in Accounting program at DeVry. Some positions in this field require a bachelor's degree, so a graduate certificate may provide you with the opportunity to learn additional skills to apply to your position.

Please note that job requirements vary based on the company offering the position. While job titles may sound similar, or even be identical, an accounting position at one company may have different requirements than an accounting position at another company.


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Programs vary by location. For specific program details for Pennsylvania, refer to:
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1At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied. Number of credit hours and courses vary by program. See catalog for complete details. En-route graduate certificate credits apply to the relevant master’s degree or MBA with a relevant concentration.

Credits and degrees earned from this institution do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing exams to practice certain professions. Persons interested in practicing a regulated profession must contact the appropriate state regulatory agency for their field of interest.
Coursework may qualify for credit towards the State Board of Accountancy requirements. However, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the state board of accountancy for the jurisdiction in which they are applying to determine whether they have completed the appropriate credit hours and coursework to qualify to take the CPA exam.
Employees of DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management are not in a position to determine an individual’s eligibility to take the CPA exam or satisfy licensing
New York students should contact the NYSED Office of Professions regarding professional licensure.
**Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.