Online Graduate Accounting Certificate


The Online Graduate Accounting Certificate is designed for students and professionals with a foundational accounting background. Students can select 9 to 18 units of online graduate level accounting coursework tailored to their educational needs. This certificate will provide advanced level accounting courses to supplement foundational knowledge. It will also enable students to obtain additional coursework necessary for becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) including optional courses that meet unique CPA requirements for Arizona, California, and Texas. 

Why get a certificate?

A graduate accounting certificate can help you obtain essential knowledge that will help you grow a career in accounting. Additionally the credits earned while obtaining a graduate accounting certificate can be applied to a future accounting masters program at the University of Arizona. 

What are the certificate requirements?

To obtain a graduate accounting certificate a minimum of three 3-unit online graduate level accounting courses (9 units total) must be completed. 

Courses in the certificate are selected from: 

Course Title
Semester Offered
Advanced Federal Taxation (ACCT 522)
Principles of Auditing  (ACCT 531) Fall
Accounting for  Not-for-Profit Entities  (ACCT 572A)
Advanced Accounting (ACCT 501) Spring
Ethics for Professional Accountants (ACCT 515)
Business Law (ACCT 521) Spring


Technology Requirements 


Online Graduate Accounting Certificate students will be using a variety of online applications including discussion boards and chats.  Click here for a list of the technology requirements for the program.  Please make sure that your equipment meets the technical requirements listed.    

How to Apply

In order to be eligible for a Graduate Accounting Certificate you must meet the following requirements:

Prerequisite Courses:

Many of the offered course have prerequisite course requirements. The following courses should be completed prior to starting your accounting certificate:

Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Intermediate Financial Accounting II 
Introduction to Federal Taxation 

Minimum Academic Requirements:

  • 4-year Bachelor's Degree 
  • 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale)

Graduate Certificate Application: 

To apply for the Graduate Accounting Certificate  you must submit a graduate certificate application through The application requires you to submit the following the materials:

  • Completed Graduate Certificate Application
  • Resume (PDF or WordDoc)
  • Two Short Essay Responses
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS score (International Student Only)

All documents can be mailed to the Department of Accounting :

Department of Accounting
Attn: Master's Program Coordinator
1130 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85721

If you have any questions about how to apply or if you are unsure whether the Graduate Accounting Certificate is right for you, please contact the Masters Program Coordinator, Alex Miller, at or by phone at 520.621.4455