The Post-baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting is designed for individuals who want an extensive knowledge of accounting and hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields. Additionally, graduates are well-qualified to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in Virginia. Candidates for the certificate are required to complete 16 courses (48 credit hours). A maximum of eight courses (24 credit hours) may be waived if equivalent courses have been completed as part of a bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 24 credit hours of study must be taken at VCU after acceptance into the certificate program.

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Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program:

  • Graduates will be able to understand the role of information systems and information technology in the organization, especially as a source of information.
  • Graduates will be able to understand the value of, and be able to use, financial/accounting data to make decisions at both strategic and operating levels within the context of their discipline-specific knowledge.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Graduates will be able to understand the importance to themselves, their organization and the larger community of working effectively in teams.
  • Graduates will be able to use the appropriate quantitative/statistical analysis and reasoning to make business decisions.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to respond appropriately to ethical dilemmas in business. From a scenario (i.e., what is good for some consumers might not be good for society as a whole), the student will be required to identify both sides of the dilemma, state what action they would recommend and incorporate the marketing concept and the American Marketing Association Code of Ethics in developing their recommendation.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate ideas and analysis of accounting problems. Students can demonstrate this ability either in writing or in oral presentations (e.g., writing memos, thought papers or other types of business correspondence; presenting case analyses, etc.).
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the core business and strategic concepts involved in accounting. Specifically, students need to comprehend the impact of information systems on the profession and to leverage technology for decision-making.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively identify and communicate accounting ethical issues; evaluate information in a manner free of distortion, personal bias or conflicts of interest; recognize situations where professional ethical standards apply; respect confidentiality.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to use analytical reasoning to comprehend and communicate problems; evaluate the significance of evidence or facts; verify information for problem definition and solution; propose and evaluate alternative solutions.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a broad base of knowledge across accounting topics and be able to apply that knowledge in a variety of contexts.

Special requirements

Students cannot be accepted into a program until they have completed all the requirements for their bachelor’s degree and have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their undergraduate work.

After acceptance in the program, certificate candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of their program at VCU. 

Academic regulations for School of Business post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificates can be found in the school’s Undergraduate information section of this bulletin.

Degree requirements for Certificate in Accounting

Certificate requirements

ACCT   303Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT   304Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT   305Intermediate Accounting III3
ACCT   306Cost Accounting3
ACCT   307Accounting Systems3
ACCT   405Tax Accounting Principles3
ACCT   406Auditing3
SCMA   323Legal Environment of Business3
Accounting elective (select one course from the list below)3
Business electives21
Total Hours48

Total minimum requirement 48 credits

Sample plan of study

Year one
Fall semesterHours
ACCT   303 Intermediate Accounting I 3
Business electives 9
 Term Hours: 12
Spring semester
ACCT   304 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT   306 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT   405 Tax Accounting Principles 3
Business elective 3
 Term Hours: 12
Year two
Fall semester
ACCT   307 Accounting Systems 3
Accounting elective 3
Business electives 6
 Term Hours: 12
Spring semester
ACCT   305 Intermediate Accounting III 3
ACCT   406 Auditing 3
SCMA   323 Legal Environment of Business 3
Business elective 3
 Term Hours: 12
 Total Hours: 48


Accounting electives
Select one of the following:3
Governmental and Not-for-profit Accounting
Advanced Cost Accounting
Management Control Systems
Accounting Decision Analytics
Advanced Tax Accounting
Advanced Accounting
Business electives
Select seven non-accounting three-credit business courses (must be 300- or 400-level) from the following:21
Managerial Economics
Risk and Insurance
Financial Management
International Financial Management
Intermediate Financial Management
Survey of Entrepreneurship
Human Resource Management
Managerial Skills Development
International Management
Marketing Principles
Production/Operations Management
Organizational Communication
Quantitative Solutions for Management