Are you a working professional or a student who wants to sharpen your Accounting skills? Study at Centenary University!

The Accounting certificate prepares students for a career in public or managerial accounting. It includes the required course credits to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. Students will be well-positioned for both the CPA and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams.

Note: This program is ineligible for Federal Financial Aid. Other financial aid options may be available. Ask your admissions advisor.

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Program Overview:

  • Credits: 32
  • Class Format: Classes are online and in-person.
  • Flexibility: Each course is 8-weeks long, rolling start dates, completion time 1 year.
  • Competitive Internship Program: Accounting skills are highly requested in our career center with many paid internships available.

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What You Will Learn:


Introduction to the structure of accounting through an understanding of the accounting cycle, asset, liability and equity accounts. Develop the ability to prepare and understand basic financial statements.

4 credits


This course builds on ACC-2101 with further study of reporting and analysis of financial statements and understanding accounting for various business forms. The student will be exposed to managerial accounting, including job and process costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, operational expense and capital budgeting, and decision-making methods including time value of money.

4 credits | prerequisite: ACC-2101


This first course in financial accounting focuses on the concepts relating to accounting for assets, short-term and long-term investments, inventory, property, plant, equipment, and intangibles. The course discusses the communication of financial information by means of an analysis of the balance sheet and income statement.

4 credits | prerequisites: ACC-2101, ACC-2102


This second course in financial accounting continues the in-depth analysis of the measurement and reporting requirements necessary for the preparation of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. The effect of accounting for incomes taxes, pensions, leases, and accounting changes on financial statements are examined. Earnings per share, segmental information, and analytical review of financial statements are also covered.

4 credits | prerequisites: ACC-2101, 2102, ACC-3301


This intensive course examines specialized areas such as partnerships, joint ventures, branches, consolidated statements, segment reporting interim statements, multinational companies, bankruptcy and reorganizations, government entities, not for profit entities, and estates and trusts.

4 credits | prerequisites: ACC-3301


This course studies cost accumulated techniques for manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies. The emphasis is cost concepts and procedures, use of cost information for decision making, cost systems and system design, and cost analysis.

4 credits | prerequisite ACC-2102


Ethics, theory practice and diversified techniques of public auditing are integrated through class discussion, professional publications, and CPA exam auditing questions. Topics include current development, independent auditors' report and its relationship to auditing standards and accounting principles, the importance of independence and other aspects of the code of professional ethics, legal liability as it relates to issuing opinions, internal controls, types of evidence, the auditing environment and auditing objectives.

4 credits | prerequisites: ACC-2102, ACC-3301, and ACC-4201


This course will provide the student with the basic concepts of tax law as applied to individuals and business entities. The student will be exposed to how tax laws are developed and the structure of our court system, and the ethics of tax practice.

4 credits | prerequisite: 2102.

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