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Accounting Certificate: Pathway to CPA Licensure

The Accounting certificate is designed to provide students with the course content necessary for a Certified Public Accounting Exam Review Course. Upon the successful completion of the certificate and the review course, students will be prepared to obtain their Certified Public Accounting license. Additionally, it provides students with multiple career opportunities in accounting, as students can also choose coursework that will prepare them for careers as Certified Management Accountants, Certified Fraud Examiners and Certified Internal Auditors.

As an added perk, once you apply for a certificate, you are accepted into Ashland University's MBA program and can continue taking courses toward your MBA degree.

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Required Courses

Accounting Credit Hours Prerequisites
Dependent on previous Accounting background:    
MBAF 500B Accounting 3 None
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting 3 ACCT 201
ACCT 207 Intermediate Accounting I 3 ACCT 202 or MBAF 500B
ACCT 208 Intermediate Accounting II 3 ACCT 207 or MBAF 500B
ACCT 302 Cost Accounting 3 ACCT 202
ACCT 535 Fund & Non-Profit Accounting 3 ACCT 208
ACCT 538 Advanced Cost Management 3 ACCT 208
ACCT 540 Advanced Accounting 3 ACCT 208
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting 3 MBA 500B or equivalent
Credit for Prior Learning

Have you already earned credentials in your field of study? Credit for prior learning allows students to earn credit for previously earned, industry-recognized credentials, providing students with up to 9 credits toward their graduate business degree.

Grow Your Career with an Ashland Graduate Business Certificate

Whether you are a new student looking to start graduate coursework with a micro-credential or an MBA alumnus looking to enhance your marketability, a graduate business certificate is a great addition to your academic and professional development.

  • Pursue a standalone certificate or integrate it into a full MBA degree.

  • If you already have an MBA degree, a certificate program provides in-depth coursework in a specific business content area.

  • If you’re interested in completing professional development or continuing education hours, completing a certificate program is a short-term goal with immediate ROI.

Expert Faculty

You’ll learn from world-renowned faculty. Seventy percent of our full-time faculty have doctoral degrees. They also have an average of 17.5 years of service at AU and they lead more than 11 different student organizations.

They are members of 25 different professional organizations, from the American Institute of CPAs to the Accounting Program Leadership Group and everything in between!

Our faculty have earned a variety of specialized certifications, such as Certified Management Accountant and Certified Public Accountant.

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Career Support

The university offers placement support, internships and career-oriented services to students who complete a graduate business certificate through the Career Center for Life Calling.

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