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Online Certificate in Accounting

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The online Certificate in Accounting is designed for individuals with a non-accounting bachelor’s degree who want to develop a career in accounting or sit for the CPA exam without completing another undergraduate degree.

Offered by the College of Business at the University of Louisville, the Accounting Certificate online post-baccalaureate program helps you gain the education credentials you need to enter the accounting field or move into managerial and executive positions. With 6 credit hours of prerequisites and 21 credit hours of accounting-focused curriculum, you will have sufficient accounting credit hours to sit for the CPA exam in Kentucky.

100% ONLINE COURSES

Complete this certificate on your own time through fully online coursework and learning tools.

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27 CREDIT HOURS

Complete only 9 courses to earn your certificate. Add 12 Business credit hours to qualify for the KY CPA exam.

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$12,900 BUNDLED TUITION

Bundled tuition covers only the 7 core courses. Prereqs are charged at the standard undergrad rate.

Dr. Bill Stout Program Director School of Accountancy

"Our students come from a wide range of industries – from business to psychology to chemistry – and go on to lead successful careers as CPAs, auditors, banking and financial professionals, executive leaders within their organizations and more."


DR. BILL STOUT
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY

How Much Will I Pay?

$12,900 bundled tuition, including fees and other charges

Tuition & Aid    

Bundled tuition applies to the 7 core courses. Prerequisite courses are charged at the standard undergraduate tuition rate.

Highlights

  • Develop a stronger understanding of the "language of business."
  • Strengthen your practical accounting skills and prepare to pursue managerial roles across the business landscape.
  • Complete the program in just 3-4 semesters.
  • Prepare to sit for the CPA exam by earning the necessary amount of accounting credits.
  • Connect and network with students across various industries.
  • Learn from the comfort of your home and at any time convenient for you with 100% online classes.

Note: 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. Visit the National Association of State Boards of Accounting for more information on KY and other state CPA exam requirements or view our licensing information here.


Don't have a bachelor's degree?
Check out our Bachelor's in Accountancy, which is designed to deliver essential accounting knowledge to working business professionals looking to sit for their CPA or start/grow a career in accounting.


Outcomes

The demand for CPAs, accountants, auditors and financial specialists across all industries is rapidly increasing. Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 11% through 2024, which is 4% faster than the average for all occupations (bls.gov). Globalization of businesses is also leading to more opportunities for accountants in international trade and business.

The online Accounting Certificate from the College of Business at UofL prepares you to take advantage of this progress by providing you credentials required for the CPA exam in Kentucky. To review CPA exam requirements in other states, visit the National Association of State Boards of Accounting.



Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete online undergraduate application
  2. Submit $25 non-refundable application fee
  3. Transfer up to 12 credit hours of coursework from a regionally-accredited college or university (optional)

Don't have a bachelor's degree?

Check out our Bachelor's in Accountancy, which is designed to deliver essential accounting knowledge to working business professionals looking to sit for their CPA or start/grow a career in accounting.

Admission Requirements

  • Non-accounting bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Completion of prerequisites or their equivalents

Licensing Disclosure

The Certificate in Accounting program at the University of Louisville is designed to provide sufficient accounting credit hours to sit for the CPA exam in Kentucky. Out-of-state candidates who are interested in this program should be advised that we cannot guarantee that this program will meet licensure, salary, advancement or other requirements in their state. We strongly recommend contacting your state licensing board to determine your state’s requirements and ensure this program will meet your professional goals before enrolling in this program.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.


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The online Accounting Certificate is a 27 credit hour program that requires 6 credit hours in prerequisite courses and 21 hours in program courses/electives.


Prerequisites

Courses Hours
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
Total 6

Core Courses

Courses Hours
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 310 Introduction to Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 315 Introduction to Taxation 3
ACCT 320 Managerial Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 430 Auditing Theory and Practice 3
ACCT 401 OR 415 (elective options) 3
Total 21

Required courses are offered each fall and spring semester. Some courses may be also offered in the summer sessions. Course prerequisites must be met prior to registration, and are charged at the standard undergraduate rate. Students may retake one course without additional charge. Other electives are available on-campus.


Course Descriptions


ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting
Prerequisite: ACT math score of 25 or an SAT1 Math Sub-score of 580 or completion of MATH 111. The course focuses on the relevance and interpretation of accounting information for decision making. Preparation of financial statements is also covered.


ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting
Prerequisite: ACCT 201. The course focuses on the information needed by management, where this information can be obtained, and how it can be used to carry out management's responsibilities within an organization.


ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
Prerequisite: ACCT 201 or ACCT 205. The first of two courses dealing with financial reporting as reflected in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The course will discuss the theoretical underpinnings and the practical applications of income determination and balance sheet valuations. Intermediate Accounting I will focus on the accounting cycle and the nature of the financial statements.


ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II
Prerequisite: Grade of “B” or better in ACCT 301 or permission of the School of Accountancy Director. A continuation of the study of income determination and balance sheet valuations which was begun in ACCT 301.


ACCT 310 Introduction to Accounting Information Systems
Prerequisite: ACCT 302 (or concurrently). An introduction to Accounting Information Systems covering systems and control concepts, procedures and technologies as well as systems development processes and software applications.


ACCT 315 Introduction to Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 202 or ACCT 205. An introduction to the laws and regulations relating to federal taxation. The course covers individual and general business tax problems from the point of view of the accountant. Tax research methodology is also introduced.


ACCT 320 Managerial Cost Accounting
Prerequisite: ACCT 202 or ACCT 205. Accumulating, reporting, and analyzing costs from the point of view of the management accountant. Emphasis is placed on the determination of costs relevant to a specific purpose, whether inventory valuation, control of current operation or special decisions.


ACCT 430 Auditing Theory and Practice
Prerequisite: ACCT 302 and ACCT 310. A survey of the role of the certified public accountant as independent auditor of financial statements. Topics include professional ethics, generally accepted auditing standards, legal liability, statistical sampling, audits of EDP systems, internal control, audit work programs and the auditor's opinion.


ACCT 401 Advanced Accounting Problems
Prerequisite: ACCT 302. A study of partnerships, business combinations, consolidated financial statements and accounting for multinational enterprises.


ACCT 415 Advanced Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 302 (or concurrently) and ACCT 315. A study in detail of the Federal taxation problems relating to partnerships, corporations, estates and trusts. Text material is supplemented by tax return preparation and research case studies.






    • Is the Certificate in Accounting Program a prep course for the CPA exam?

      Yes and no. This program is not designed or delivered specifically as a prep course for the CPA exam. However, our certificate program does provide much of the knowledge and the 27 hours of accounting coursework (21 hours of program courses + 6 hours of prerequisites) required by Kentucky to sit for the CPA exam.

      Many students choose to complete a CPA review course (such as the Becker or Gleim CPA review courses) to prepare for the CPA exam. Additional fees apply.

      Please note that Kentucky requires an additional 12 credit hours of business courses to qualify for the CPA exam.

    • What career opportunities does a Certificate in Accounting offer?

      The certificate can prepare you for a career in public accounting (CPA), as well as for entry-level accounting roles in for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations. These roles include, but aren’t limited to staff accountant, auditor, tax accountant, and budget analyst.

      Additionally, many individuals begin their careers in accounting, but eventually pursue executive and managerial leadership roles, because accountants often have a strong understanding of the “language of business.”

    • What are the benefits of online learning at University of Louisville?

      The UofL online program allows you to earn your certificate from any location, as long as you have an Internet connection. This flexible learning format is perfect if you are balancing your full-time career, school, and personal life. You will also have opportunities to network with students from a broad range of business backgrounds, and be included in UofL’s network of alumni.

    • Can I complete the Certificate in Accounting completely online?

      Yes, the program is available 100% online.

    • How does the online certificate program differ from the on-campus program?

      The online and on-campus programs are the same or very similar. The curriculum between the two is identical, and the online courses are led by the same faculty as on-campus courses. Additionally, you will use the same book and do many of the same assignments as on-campus students. The only significant difference is the online delivery method, which allows you to obtain your certificate in a way that better suits your lifestyle and schedule.

    • Can I transfer credits from another college or university?

      Students may transfer up to six credit hours from an accredited college or university.

    • Are scholarships available for the Certificate in Accounting program?

      At this time, no scholarships are available. However, some employers may provide support through tuition reimbursement programs.