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Certificate in Accounting

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Sometimes individuals find themselves proceeding along a career path that involves work in the field of accounting even though they may have earned a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than accounting.

Similarly, others may decide to pursue a career in accounting even though they have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than accounting. Several avenues for obtaining additional knowledge in the area of accounting are open to these individuals: pursue an undergraduate degree in accounting, pursue a graduate degree in accounting, or obtain a Certificate in Accounting. Since each of these options has its own merits, the Accounting faculty recommends students consult with the department chair to discuss the pros and cons of each alternative.

The Certificate in Accounting is a non-degree option designed to give students a strong foundation in accounting. It bypasses much of the coursework required for the BSBA degree, but it does not result in a degree. The program has four options, as described below:

  • General Accounting Option–For individuals with a career interest in accounting who do not plan to sit for professional certification examinations.
  • Management Accounting Option–For individuals with a career interest in management accounting who plan to sit for the Certified Management Accountant examination.
  •  Public Accounting Option–For individuals with a career interest in public accounting who plan to sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination.
  •  Federal Contract Accounting Option: For individuals with a career interest in federal contract accounting, planning to work for the federal government, federal government contractors, or CPA firms that audit government contractors.

Admission and Academic Standards for Accounting Certificate Candidates

Admission to the certificate in accounting program requires that the student hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution. The student must seek counsel from the College’s Office of Academic Assistance and be admitted to UAH as a regular student before enrolling in the certificate in accounting program.

To receive a Certificate in Accounting, a student must complete the curriculum shown below for the applicable option. Credit for work done on a prior degree may be accepted for any course in any option. However, a minimum of 18 hours must be taken at UAH for the General Accounting Option and a minimum of 24 hours must be taken at UAH for the Management Accounting, Public Accounting, and Federal Contract Accounting Options. At least 12 hours of the required UAH hours for any option must be in accounting courses. If necessary to meet the 18 or 24 hour requirement, electives may be selected from any 300 or 400 level course in the College of Business Administration or may be selected from outside the College with the approval of the department chair.

Accounting Faculty

 

 For additional information about the Accounting Certificate program at the UAH College of Business Administration, please call or contact:

Office of Academic Assistance
Phone: 256.824.6024



Certificate Options

 

General Accounting Option

Course Number Title Semester Hours
ACC 211 Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
ACC 212 Management Accounting 3 hrs.
BLS 211 Legal Environment of Business 3 hrs.
ECN 143 Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs.
IS 146 Computer Applications in Business 3 hrs.
MSC 287 Business Statistics 3 hrs.
Total Business Curriculum 18 hrs.
ACC 307 Accounting Information Systems 3 hrs.
ACC 310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3 hrs.
ACC 311 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3 hrs.
ACC 313 Individual and Small Business Income Taxes 3 hrs.
ACC 414 Cost Accounting 3 hrs.
ACC 431 Principles of Auditing 3 hrs.
Total General Accounting Curriculum
 
36 hrs.

 

Management Accounting Option

Course Number Title Semester Hours
  Total General Accounting Curriculum 36 hrs.
FIN 301 Principles of Finance 3 hrs.
MGT 301 Managing Organizations 3 hrs.
  Electives * 6 hrs.
Total Hours Required   48 hrs.

   *Electives may be selected from any 300 or 400 level course in the college of Business Administration or may be selected from outside the College with the approval of the department chair.

 

Public Accounting Option

Course Number Title Semester Hours
  Total General Accounting Curriculum 36 hrs.
FIN 301 Principles of Finance 3 hrs.
MGT 301 Managing Organizations 3 hrs.
ACC 413 Corporate, Partnership, and Estate Taxes 3 hrs.
ACC 415 Advanced Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
ACC 417 Accounting for State & Local Governments and Non-Profits 3 hrs.
ACC 432 Advanced Auditing 3 hrs.
ACC Elective   3 hrs.
BLS 411 Business Law for Accountants 3 hrs.
  Electives* 9 hrs.
Total Hours Required   69 hrs.

*Electives may be selected from any 300 or 400 level course in the College of Business Administration other than accounting.

 

Federal Contract Accounting Option

Students may wish to concentrate in the area of Federal Contract Accounting. In areas of the country with a high concentration of federal government contractors, accountants are frequently required to understand and comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulations. This knowledge is covered in the Federal Contract Accounting Option. This option is oriented toward individuals who wish to work in areas of the country with a heavy concentration of federal government contractors. It can be useful for those working for the federal government or federal government contractors.

Course Number Title Semester Hours
  Total General Accounting Curriculum 36 hrs.
ACC 440 Basic Government Contract Accounting 3 hrs.
   Electives* 9 hrs.
Total Hours Required   48 hrs.

* Electives may be selected from MGT 401 (Introduction to Contract Management),  MGT 402 (Contract Evaluation & Reward), MGT 403 (Contract Pricing and Cost Analysis), and BLS 406 (Government Contract Law).