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Accounting Certificate

Pursue an Undergraduate Accounting Certificate

Whether you are interested in getting started in the accounting field or looking to build on your work experience, we can help you develop the foundational accounting skills you need to prepare to pursue your goals. 

Our Accounting Certificate program is designed to teach you to:

  • Produce and analyze accounting records such as the general ledger, balance sheet and more.

  • Develop financial statements and reports. 

  • Use technology, including accounting software, to support the accounting and financial functions.

  • Effectively identify and communicate findings across business environments. 

  • Apply problem-solving skills to a variety of accounting-related tasks. 

With our online Accounting Certificate program, you have the flexibility to study on your schedule, with student resources and one-on-one support to help you along the way. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level careers in private-sector, governmental and not-for-profit accounting.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

In addition to helping you gain a strong foundation in basic accounting skills, our undergraduate Accounting Certificate program will also cover these key topics:

Financial Accounting Principles

Learn how to produce and analyze accounting records and financial statements such as general ledgers and balance sheets using GAAP guidelines.

Problem Solving

Solve complex business problems using numerical and qualitative data.

Computer Applications

Get hands-on experience with common business programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Intermediate Financial Accounting

Prepare and analyze financial statements with emphasis on property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and bonds.


Understand the impact of federal tax regulations.

Managerial Accounting

Apply managerial and cost accounting strategies, including budgeting and analysis of budgeted vs. actual variances.

Accounting Systems and Controls

Use technology and software to support the accounting function and examine how internal controls and information security ensure the accuracy and validity of accounting information.

Embedded Programs

Build Skills With Stackable Degrees

Not ready to commit to a bachelor’s program? Your certificate can also be stacked into select programs. Earn your undergraduate Accounting Certificate at DeVry and, when you’re ready to take the next step, you can apply the qualifying credits you earned toward our Bachelor’s in Accounting or our Bachelor’s in Management, Technical Management or Business Administration, each with a Specialization in Accounting.At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credits will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.

Accounting Bachelor's Specialization¹
Credit Hours Remaining
Bachelor's in Accounting
Credit Hours Remaining
Credit Hours*

*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.
¹This represents our undergraduate Accounting Certificate, Bachelor's in Accounting and Bachelor's in Management, Technical Management and Business Administration with an Accounting Sepcialization. 


Career Opportunities


Graduates of our undergraduate Accounting Certificate program here at DeVry may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:
  • Accounts Payable Clerk

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk

  • Bookkeeper

  • Budget Analyst

  • Payroll Clerk

Program Courses

Accounting Courses

Our undergraduate Accounting Certificate program consists of 8 courses totaling 24 credit hours. This includes 9 credit hours in Business Core courses and 15 credit hours in Accounting Core courses. 

Core Courses
Business Core
Financial Accounting
Data Analysis With Spreadsheets With Lab 
Computer Applications for Business with Lab
Accounting Core
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II 
Federal Tax Accounting I
Managerial Accounting 
Accounting Information Systems with Lab

FAQs: Accounting Certificate

What can I do with an Accounting Certificate?

Earning your Accounting Certificate gives you the opportunity to develop basic accounting skills, explore accounting software and begin building your résumé. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level careers in the accounting field.

Is a Certificate in Accounting worth it?

We think so! Earning a Certificate in Accounting can be a great way to show employers that you have the necessary entry-level skills to meet certain job requirements. It’s also a great way to further develop your communication skills. 

Is it better to earn a certificate or a degree in accounting?

It depends on your personal and professional goals. Earning your Accounting Certificate is a great way to prepare to get started in the field, build your résumé and develop basic accounting skills.  If you choose to start with your certificate, credits you earn can apply toward a qualifying bachelor’s degree.1 Earning a bachelor’s degree may help you qualify for higher-level jobs.

Accounting Certificate Coursework Preview

Experience these courses and more in our hybrid2 or online Accounting Certificate program:

  • Financial Accounting

    This course focuses on ways in which financial statements reflect business operations and emphasizes use of financial statements in the decision-making process.

  • Data Analysis With Spreadsheets With Lab

    This course focuses on analyzing real-world business situations using current spreadsheet software.

  • Intermediate Accounting I  

    This course explores conceptual framework determined by generally accepted accounting principles as well as financial accounting functions and theory and recognition and measurement of assets.

  • Managerial Accounting

    This course teaches how managers use accounting information in business decision-making, covering topics like standard cost systems, budgeting, break-even analysis and relevant cost issues.

Pursue an Online Accounting Certificate

Our Accounting Certificate program can be completed in a flexible, 100% online format, and each 8-week course is taught by an engaging professor with experience in their field. You’ll engage in weekly discussions with your classmates and get hands-on experience finding solutions to real business problems.

You’ll also have access to a wide array of student resources such as:

  • 24/7 Live Tutoring: Get help when and where you need it.3

  • E-Library: Access books, resources and support from DeVry librarians.

  • Mobile App: Submit assignments, manage your tuition and more.

  • Community Powered by GetSet: Engage with peers around the country.

  • Career Services: Get one-on-one support from certified career coaches and résumé writers.4

Academic Catalog
2023-2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

1At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credits will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
2Program, course, and extended classroom availability vary by location. In site-based programs, students will be required to take a substantial amount of coursework online to complete their program. 
3Each student is allotted a set number of hours of tutoring per academic session through (available 24/7). Additional tutoring services are also available through
4Our Certified University Career Coaches are certified by The Academies ( Our Certified Professional Résumé Writers are certified by the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (