Certificate in Accounting

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Start or advance your accounting career with a Certificate in Accounting, offered 100% online by the University of Louisville’s College of Business.

The online Certificate in Accounting Program (CAP) is intended for individuals who have a non-accounting bachelor’s degree and want to pursue an accounting career, but are not interested in completing a second undergraduate degree. This certificate can help working professionals in various industries gain the necessary education credentials to enter the accounting field or move into managerial and executive positions.

The accounting certificate program can prepare you for a career in public accounting (CPA), as well as accounting in for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental organizations. With 6 credit hours of accounting prerequisites and 21 credit hours of accounting-focused curriculum, you will have sufficient accounting credit hours to sit for the CPA exam in Kentucky.

Note that Kentucky requires an additional 12 credit hours in business courses to qualify for the CPA exam. This requirement may be satisfied with previous college credit.


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Degree Benefits

  • 100% online, flexible learning environment
  • Typically completed in 3-4 semesters
  • 24/7 access allows you to attend classes when it’s most convenient for you
  • Connect and network with students in various industries
  • Prepare to sit for the CPA exam in Kentucky

Career Opportunities

There is an increasing demand for CPAs, accountants, auditors, and financial specialists across all industries. Additionally, globalization of businesses could lead to more opportunities for accountants in international trade and business. Accountants who have a strong understanding of the “language of business” may also choose to pursue executive and managerial roles in companies of various sizes, across the business spectrum.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 11% through 2024, which is 4% faster than the average for all occupations. As of 2015, the median annual salary in this field across all occupations was $67,190, and salaries are expected to rise 2.8% in 2017.

Accountants who have earned professional certifications, particularly CPAs, are expected to have the best job prospects in this growing industry.


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To review CPA exam requirements in other states, visit the National Association of State Boards of Accounting.

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