Online Graduate Accounting Certificate


The Online Graduate Accounting Certificate allows students to select 9 to 18 units of online graduate level accounting coursework tailored to their educational needs. This certificate will provide advanced level accounting courses that will enable students to obtain additional coursework necessary for becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) including optional courses that meet unique CPA requirements for certain states.  The certificate program is also available for students interested in entering the field of accounting with limited previous accounting education.

For students not needing to complete any prerequisite courses, the program has four different start dates each year of Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, and Spring II, with rolling admissions.  Students needing to complete additional prerequisite courses should apply for a Summer I or Summer II start date, depending on specific prerequisites needed.        

Online Information Session

Learn more about the admissions process and program structure by watching a quick Online Information Session video.  It includes CPA information, financial information and program requirements.

Online Graduate Accounting Programs Information Session

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 Course Title
Semester Offered
ACCT 522
Advanced Federal Taxation (3 units)
Fall I
Principles of Federal Taxation & Intro Financial Acct.
ACCT 531
Principles of Auditing (3 units)
Fall I
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Accounting for  Not-for-Profit Entities (3 units)
Fall II
Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II
ACCT 525
Accounting Theory and Institutions (3 units)
Spring I
Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II
ACCT 501 Advanced Accounting (3 units) Spring I 2019, moving to Spring II starting 2020 Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II
ACCT 515
Ethics for Professional Accountants (3 units)
Spring II
Intro Financial Acct. & Intro Managerial Acct.
ACCT 521 Business Law (3 units) Spring II 2019, moving to Fall II starting 2019 None
ACCT 575 Financial & Managerial Accounting in Healthcare (3 units) Summer II Intro Financial Acct. & Intro Managerial Acct.

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.  In addition to the requirements listed on the linked page, speakers, a microphone, and an external webcam with at least a five foot USB cord are also required for your proctored exams.  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; however, it may be possible to complete some of these prerequisites during your certificate program.

Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting I (available Summer I)
Intermediate Financial Accounting II (available Summer II)
Principles of Federal Taxation (available Summer II)

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)

If you need to mail any documents to the School of Accountancy:

School of Accountancy
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 at or by phone at 520.621.4455