The Graduate Accounting Certificate allows students to select 9 to 18 units of graduate level accounting coursework tailored to their education needs. Students can obtain additional coursework necessary for becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The certificate program is also available to students interested in entering the field of accounting with limited previous accounting education. Certain prerequisite courses are available during the summer for these students.
Questions regarding admissions should be directed to the Accounting Graduate Program Coordinator: GradAcctPrograms@email.arizona.edu
The School of Accountancy offers the following programs:
These programs prepare students for careers such as the independent practice of public accounting, controllership, and general accounting management.
Graduate work in accounting is offered for those who strive for a stronger background in business and accounting, and for those who wish to teach in colleges and universities.
The mission of the School of Accountancy is to:
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The following are prerequisite courses for the Certificate program. Prerequisites must be taken at an institution that teaches United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and U.S. taxation. All of the prerequisites except for Introduction to Financial Accounting can be completed during your program.
Required test(s): Proof of English Proficiency for some international candidates. Note: Certificate program requires English proficiency scores for applicants from countries where English is not the primarily used language (even if the Graduate College may not require it for certain countries). See Admission Requirement for more details.
Funding opportunities are limited for graduate certificate students. Since a certificate is a non-degree seeking program, students do not qualify for financial aid (i.e. student loans). Students typically self-fund program costs, but can look into third party scholarship opportunities.
Student needing prerequisite courses should apply for a summer start, but must have already completed an introductory financial accounting course.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Choose a minimum of 9 units from the following courses:
Overall GPA of 3.0 or above is required
There is no elective coursework for this certificate program.
School of Accountancy Academic Integrity Policy
The accounting profession is built on a foundation of integrity and ethics. As such, we strive to prepare Accounting professionals who will succeed in demanding and competitive business environments with skill and integrity. The School of Accountancy’s Academic Integrity Policy exists to provide faculty and students a guide to our standards of ethical conduct and to the penalties associated with their violation. Our success in promoting a culture of honesty and respect will depend on the extent to which all members of the Eller community embrace these standards, holding themselves and those with whom they work accountable to them in their daily actions and words.
All members of the School of Accountancy are expected to know the University of Arizona Academic Integrity Policy's content and implications. Lack of familiarity with the policy will not excuse integrity violations. Complete information about the Code of Academic Integrity can be reviewed at http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/codeofacademicintegrity.
The School of Accountancy has a zero tolerance policy related to academic integrity violations. Students found to have violated this policy will be removed from the accounting graduate program. In addition to being removed from the School of Accountancy program, students could receive a failing grade, notation on their transcript, and could face removal from the Eller College. Faculty members are responsible for describing rules specific to their classes beyond the general policy and will determine the additional penalties for violations.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.