Accounting: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
How can I use this?
Albright College’s program allows adults to complete a professional post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting for career advancement.
How many courses do I need to take? How long does this take?
The accounting post-baccalaureate certificate or minor is 12 courses (units) in duration. Each class lasts 7.5 weeks.
Can I take these courses online?
Yes, courses are available in online asynchronous and synchronous format. You may also take the program face-to-face, if that is your preference, once COVID-19 restrictions pass.
How much does the program cost?
The price per course (unit) is $1500. This cost is inclusive; there are no additional fees. Books will be a separate cost.
When can I start?
There are multiple opportunities throughout the year to begin certificate/minor programs in the School of Professional Studies: Fall 1 and 2, Spring 1 and 2, and Summer 1 and 2.
What should I know about the accounting certificate program or minor?
According to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Educational Advisor Board, the need for accounting professionals continues to grow in Pennsylvania. In fact, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 10% (faster than average) increase in accounting related positions across the nation, between 2016 and 2026.
Be ready with Albright’s accelerated post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting, designed to help students prepare for all four sections of the CPA exam.
Albright’s certificate program provides 12 courses (48 credits) in accounting, auditing, financial or tax subjects required to pursue a CPA license. And the program’s evening classes afford students to complete 1,600 hours of qualified work experience also required for the CPA exam during regular work hours. (Required CPA work experience should be completed separately from the Albright certificate.)
The learning objectives for the post-baccalaureate certificate program are aligned to sections of the CPA examination. The Uniform CPA Examination is comprised of four section: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and Regulation (REG). The learning outcomes are listed below and connected to relevant domains of the CPA Exam:
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting and Financial Reporting Standards. (FAR)
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). (AUD)
- Interpret, infer and apply the income tax codifications to individual and business entities. (REG)
- Employ strong conceptual skills for solving business and accounting problems. (BEC)
- Communicate effectively at a professional level through reading, Writing and speaking from a pedagogical level to an appropriate professional (BEC)
- Demonstrate an understanding of relevant professional standards and codes of conduct by recognizing the importance of the ethical decision-making process. (AUD)
- Understand the impact of globalization by identifying the effect of internal financial reporting standards on the accounting profession and business. (FAR)
- Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that are considered unbiased and promote the well0being of individuals and society. (AUD)
- Demonstrate an understanding of internal controls and analyze their effectiveness to safeguard company assets and ensure the reliable financial reporting. (AUD)