Albers School of Business and Economics


  • This certificate will allow students to gain either general or specialized knowledge in accounting, to further their professional formation, and to work toward professional certification (CPA, CIA, CMA, etc.) or use their accounting knowledge to enhance their success in other related management roles. An in depth knowledge of accounting not only can lead to traditional jobs in the accounting field, but also could help the certificate holder function in corporate roles such as Controller or CFO. To facilitate this flexibility, we offer three tracks within the certificate, including general accounting, managerial accounting and decision making, or internal auditing. The Graduate Certificate in Accounting will provide the opportunity for the certificate holder to perform a wide variety of professional functions in the business community.

    from Seattle University's 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must have:

    1. A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
    2. A competitive GMAT score

    Course Requirements

    I. Prerequisites

    • Business Statistics (MBA 500 or equivalent)
    • Financial Accounting (MBA 503 or equivalent)
    • Managerial Accounting (MBA 504 or equivalent)

    Individual courses below may have additional prerequisites. Click here for details.

    II. Required Courses

    (9 credits)

    Course Credits
    ACCT 531: Intermediate Accounting I  3
    ACCT 532: Intermediate Accounting II 3
    ACCT 534: Cost Accounting 3

    III. Electives

    Choose 2 elective courses in one of three concentrations. (6 credits)

    General Accounting Credits
    ACCT 535: Auditing I 3
    ACCT 536: Federal Taxation I 3
    Managerial Accounting and Decision Making  
    ACCT 538: Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation 3
    ACCT 544: Strategic Cost Management 3
    Internal Auditing  
    ACCT 535: Auditing I 3
    ACCT 542: Internal Auditing 3

    Requirement for certificate: 15 credits

    Next Steps

    • You need to apply for the certificate program as a regular student via our Application page.  
    • Once you are accepted, you may start any term (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer). 
    • After being accepted, you must attend an advising orientation.
    • You can find schedules of classes on our website on our Resources page.  
    • Length of program depends on when classes are being offered and how many you wish to take per term.
    • Cost is $800 per credit plus fees. (Certificate requirement: 15 credits.)

    For more information, contact Jeff Millard at

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    Certificate in Accounting