Accounting Certificate

Accounting Certificate student at computer
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Credits: 54 minimum (60 required for admission)
  • Courses: Offered day, evening, and online
  • Tuition: $512.30/credit (resident); nonresident credit varies | Fees

Delve into basic and advanced accounting methods such as how to record, verify, and analyze financial information, prepare budget analyses, and create financial and investment strategies, as well as gain a critical understanding of economics, finance, communications, and management.

In addition, you'll learn about:

  • Financial reporting
  • Business law
  • Information systems
  • Business policy
  • Taxation
  • Auditing

This certificate will prepare you for the following examinations:


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.


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 15
Spring semester: November 15
Summer term: April 15

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements include:

  • 60 transferable semester credits completed;
  • a recommended minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.

Admission Benefits

You may take one or two courses in the program before applying for official admission, however, you should apply for admission as soon as possible.

As an admitted certificate student, you will:

  • be assured that all of your course work will count toward the certificate (unless requirements change)
  • receive updates about the program
  • have an opportunity to register earlier than a student who is not admitted
  • not be assessed the University of Minnesota Student Services fee

Certificate Completion

To be awarded the certificate, you should complete all required coursework within four years of admission, with a minimum grade of C- and a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

If you are completing an undergraduate degree as well as a certificate, there's no need to apply for graduation for your certificate. The credentials will be awarded simultaneously.

If you are completing a certificate only, you can apply for graduation online. After you've registered for your final course in the certificate, log in to and click on Student Center under key links, then My Academics and Apply for Graduation.


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 |

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

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

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