Graduate Certificate in Accounting

This GWSB graduate certificate program provides students with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of accounting. It is essentially an in-depth accounting program for non-accountants. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to clearly understand and analyze accounting information, and put it to practical use in their business careers. The program is of particular value to students or professionals in related fields such as analytics, ISTM, finance or management.

Certificate Requirements

  • Complete 12 credits of the coursework listed below.
  • Achieve at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of completion.
  • Complete all requirements within five (5) years.

In addition, students should be aware of the following course application limitations:

  • Students may only apply a course towards two program requirements (ie MBAD 6224 may only be applied towards the MBA and one graduate certificate – the course cannot be applied towards the requirements of any other degree or certificate program beyond the two programs).
  • Students who opt to complete two graduate certificates may only double count up to six credits between the two. All remaining requirements (typically 18 credits for two certificates) must be unique to each certificate.

Required Courses

  • ACCY 6101 | Financial Accounting (or equivalent course/experience)    
    MBAD 6211 | Financial Accounting
  • ACCY 6104 | Intermediate Accounting I    
    ACCY 6106 | Financial Statement Analysis


6 credits in elective courses from the following:

  • SMPP 6215 | Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • ACCY 6104 | Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCY 6105 | Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCY 6106 | Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCY 6110 | International Reporting and Control
  • ACCY 6112 | International Financial Reporting Standards
  • ACCY 6201 | Cases in Management Accounting I
  • ACCY 6202 | Cases in Management Accounting II
  • ACCY 6203 | Controls, Alignment and the Organization
  • ACCY 6302 | Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting
  • ACCY 6401 | Federal Income Taxation
  • ACCY 6402 | Federal Income Taxation of Partnerships
  • ACCY 6501 | Accounting Information Systems and EDP
  • ACCY 6701 | Government and Nonprofit Accounting and Auditing
  • ACCY 6900 | Special Topics (Nonprofit Accounting)
  • ACCY 6900 | Special Topics (Management Accounting: Government and Nonprofit)
  • ACCY 6900 | Special Topics (Taxation for Financial Instruments)