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Accounting Certificate

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Please note that we are currently not accepting any new applications for admission.

If you are interested in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting, please refer to the Carlson School of Management

You can also take accounting and business courses as a nondegree student.

To learn more about the requirements to become a CPA in Minnesota, please refer to the MNCPA’s website.


Required Core Courses (25 credits)
Course Name Course Number Credits
Introduction to Financial Reporting ACCT 2050 4
Introduction to Management Accounting ACCT 3001 3
Intermediate Management Accounting ACCT 5201 2
Intermediate Accounting I ACCT 5101 4
Intermediate Accounting II ACCT 5102 4
Auditing Principles and Procedures ACCT 5125W 4
Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax ACCT 5135 4

Accounting Electives (6 credits)

Course Name Course Number Credits
Internal Auditing ACCT 5126 2
Financial Statement Analysis ACCT 5160 2
Consolidations and Advanced Reporting ACCT 5180 2
Introduction to Taxation of Business ACCT 5236 2
International Accounting ACCT 5310 2
Accounting Information Systems and IT Governance IDSC 4411 2
Required Business-related Courses (21 credits)
Course Name Course Number Credits
The Law of Contracts and Agency BLAW 3058 4
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 1101 4
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 1102 4
Finance Fundamentals FINA 3001 3
Information Systems for Business Processes and Management IDSC 3001 3
Business Communication MGMT 3033W 3
Communicating for Results (online) ABUS 4023W 3

Business Electives (3 credits)

Course Name Course Number Credits
Introduction to Quality Management (online) ABUS 3301 3
Strategic Decision Making and Problem Solving (online) ABUS 4012 3
Management in Organizations (online) ABUS 4022W 3
Introduction to Marketing (online) ABUS 4701 3
Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations HRIR 3021 3
Fundamentals of Management MGMT 3001 3
Understanding the International Environment of Firms MGMT 3040 2
Industry Analysis and Competitive Strategy MGMT 4031 3
Principles of Marketing MKTG 3001 3
Manufacturing Operations MM 4102 3
Introduction to Operations Management SCO 3001 3

Transferring Credits

With approval, transfer coursework can make up 40 percent of the certificate requirements, with at least 60 percent earned after admission and taken at the University of Minnesota.

Talk to an advisor if you're interested in transferring certificate courses toward an undergraduate degree.


To find out when you should register, consult the Registration Calendar.

  • If you are a U of M admitted student, register through MyU. Instructions can be found on One Stop. 
  • If you would like to take one of our courses but are an nondegree/guest student (not formally admitted to a degree or certificate program), follow the registration steps outlined on One Stop.

Contact Information

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | ccapsinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

Phone Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.−4:30 p.m.