Graduate Certificate in Government and Nonprofit Accounting

The Graduate Certificate in Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting offers an in-depth understanding of accounting in the government and non-profit sectors. Located at the unique intersection of federal government agencies, international NGOs, and domestic non-profits, the GW School of Business is based in a major center of accounting needs for these prevalent organizations.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.


Certificate Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits in selected courses.

Prerequisite coursework
ACCY 2001Introduction to Financial Accounting
or ACCY 6101 Financial Accounting
6 credits from the following courses:
ACCY 6204Managerial Accounting for Government and Nonprofits
ACCY 6701Government Accounting
ACCY 6705Nonprofit Accounting
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Governmental Auditing)
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Case Studies: Governmental Accounting & Auditing)
6 credits from the following courses:
ACCY 6302Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting
PPPA 6031Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6032Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy
PPPA 6048Financing State and Local Government
PPPA 6051Governmental Budgeting
PPPA 6053Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6054Issues in Federal Budgeting


Please note: Course offerings are dependent on a number of factors, and course availability may change. Students will be notified of any changes by their academic advisor before the start of the semester.