Develop a practical and theoretical foundation in accounting while earning a certificate. Offered by the College of General Studies and the College of Business Administration, the 24-credit part-time evening program enables students to take the same subjects required for accounting majors in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program offered by the College of Business Administration.
Participants benefit from the academic instruction of the College of Business Administration and the nontraditional student services available through the College of General Studies. Credits earned may be counted toward certain state licensure requirements.
Professionals who already have earned a bachelor’s degree in any field and wish to develop careers in accounting or another business field in which substantial knowledge of accounting is an asset.
This certificate is applicable to fields such as public accounting, auditing, taxation, corporate accounting, governmental accounting, and other careers in business that require a substantial knowledge of financial and/or managerial accounting.
A bachelor’s degree and a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average are required for admission to the program. A certificate application must be completed online. For an application and additional information on admissions guidelines, see admissions Web page. Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions will be evaluated for transfer. However, a minimum of 15 credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all University accounting courses.
Becoming a CPA in the state of Pennsylvania will require 150 credit hours of coursework, 36 credits of which must be in accounting, auditing, finance, tax, and business law. At that time, completing the certificate program will no longer be sufficient preparation to sit for the CPA exam. Please contact Melvin Watkins, CGS Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options for meeting these requirements while enrolled in the College of General Studies.
To learn about becoming a CPA in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Web site at www.picpa.org. You can also contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy for more information at 717-783-1404 or by E-mail at email@example.com.
To receive the certificate, you must fill out an application with your academic advisor prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with your academic advisor for the application filing form and deadline, and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.
Students must complete their required courses and a minimum of one elective course for a total of 24 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the program. Students must follow the approved prerequisites for each course. All courses are three credits, and all courses are offered in the evenings.
CDACCT 6030 Financial Accounting
CDACCT 6040 Managerial Accounting
CDACCT 6204 Intermediate Financial Reporting 1
CDACCT 6205 Intermediate Financial Reporting 2
CDACCT 6236 Accounting Information Systems
CDACCT 6238 Auditing
CDACCT 6242 Individual Tax Accounting and Planning
Take a minimum of one course
CDACCT 6210 Financial Statement Analysis
CDACCT 6221 Strategic Cost Management
CDACCT 6216 Advanced Financial Accounting
BUSENV 1760 Business Law
Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.
If you have further questions about the Certificate in Accounting, please contact Melvin Watkins, CGS Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Business Administration is the undergraduate division of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. The college offers full- and part-time programs with majors in accounting, business information systems, finance, global management, human resources management, marketing, and supply chain management. The faculty are drawn from the Katz School, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.