Accounting

Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to gain a foundation in accounting, someone in another field looking to expand your financial management knowledge, or a current professional in need of additional courses to fulfill a CPA-licensing requirement, this program may be ideal for you.

The College of General Studies has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration to offer this 24 credit post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting. The program is designed for working adults, with courses offered part-time, in the evenings.

CGS Difference

Our certificate program draws on the resources and expertise of Pitt’s College of Business Administration, the undergraduate division of Katz Graduate School of Business.

This is a standalone certificate program and cannot be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree.

Who Should Participate

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.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree and a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average are required for admission to the program.
  • Students interested in the certificate should apply directly to the College of General Studies via its online portal.

Program Expectations

Upon completing the Accounting certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Apply substantial knowledge of accounting
  • Enhance their business careers
  • Meet many of the requirements to sit for the certified public accountant (CPA) examination in Pennsylvania.

Note: 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. Visit also the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants for details about becoming a CPA.

Credit Requirements

  • The post-baccalaureate Accounting certificate program requires 24 credits and a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.  
  • 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 follow the approved prerequisites for each course. 

Course Format

Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints.

Online courses are marked with an (●). Courses offered in both face-to-face and online formats are marked with an (#). Courses with no indicator are offered face-to-face only.

Required Courses: (21 Credits)

Catalog Number Title  Credits Description
CDACCT 6030 Financial Accounting 3 Helps students become informed users of firms' external financial reports. The basic structure and contents of such reports and the process by which they are prepared will be studied. Discussion will involve what items are included in the reports, how such items are measured, and how various economic events affect them. An understanding of what can be inferred from the reports about past performance, present position, and future prospect of the firm will be developed.
CDACCT 6040 Managerial Accounting 3 Introduces students to the basic terminology and concepts of cost accounting, and provides an introductory coverage of product costing, cost allocation, budgetary control, responsibility accounting, and the use of cost information in resource allocation and other managerial decisions. Textbook material and real world examples are used to engage students in extensive problem solving.
CDACCT 6204 Intermediate Financial Reporting 1 3 Introduces students to the basic terminology and concepts of cost accounting, and provides an introductory coverage of product costing, cost allocation, budgetary control, responsibility accounting, and the use of cost information in resource allocation and other managerial decisions. Textbook material and real world examples are used to engage students in extensive problem solving.
CDACCT 6205 Intermediate Financial Reporting 2 3 Topics covered include valuation of liabilities, owners equity, cash flow statements, and disclosure outside the primary financial statements. Like Intermediate Financial Reporting 1, this course also engages students as active participants in the learning process.
CDACCT 6236 Accounting Information Systems 3 Deals with both the design and implementation of accounting information systems and their ability to collect data on the activities of the organization, to accumulate and summarize it, and to make the information available to managers for analysis, decision making, and control. Special emphasis is placed on the problems inherent to this effort.
CDACCT 6238 Auditing 3 Introduces the auditing process and profession. Main topics include the nature and purpose of auditing, auditing standards, professional conduct, auditor legal liability, and approaches in financial statements. Emphasizes a risk-based approach to selecting appropriate auditing techniques. Examines auditor's decision process relating to internal control assessment, audit decision process relating to internal control assessment, audit sampling, and obtaining audit evidence about financial accounts. Also examines extent of auditor's responsibility to uncover fraud.
CDACCT 6242 Individual Tax Accounting & Planning 3 This course focuses on individual tax return preparation and planning. Students will learn how to calculate the taxes associated with a variety of personal, investment, property, and sole-proprietorship transactions. Concepts will be reinforced through the preparation of actual tax returns that reflect different combinations of such transactions. Students will develop tax planning skills by considering how various transactions can be restructured to minimize the current or future tax liability.

Elective: (3 Credits) 

Take a minimum of one (1) course from the following: 

Catalog Number Title Credits Description
BUSENV 1760 Business Law 3 Provides students with an exposure to the extensive laws and regulations that affect almost all major aspects of business operations. Topics covered are chosen on the basis of their importance to contemporary business.
CDACCT 6210 Financial Statement Analysis 3 Financial statement analysis focuses on the evaluation of publicly traded company financial statements and related note disclosures as well as the correlation of this historic financial performance to the company’s stock prices. This course will assist students’ development of a systematic approach to analyzing reported financial data and understanding the underlying risks and possible inconsistencies among comparative companies. Requirements of the course include interim exams and written and oral presentations of analysis.
CDACCT 6221 Strategic Cost Management 3 Topics covered include how product cost measurement affects resource allocation decisions; how to design modern cost systems; the strategic role of cost information and the relationship between process improvement and cost reduction; performance measurement and organizational transformation for value creation.
CDACCT 6216 Advanced Financial Accounting 3 Topics covered include how product cost measurement affects resource allocation decisions; how to design modern cost systems; the strategic role of cost information and the relationship between process improvement and cost reduction; performance measurement and organizational transformation for value creation.

Tip: Download our handy planning checklist to track your progress towards your CGS program requirements.

*All classes are offered on-campus and in the evening unless otherwise specificed.