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Graduate Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals

The Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals is a graduate-level certificate conducted online. This certificate combines the material from five undergraduate accounting courses into a four course graduate sequence. Two courses are offered in the fall and two in the spring allowing students to complete the certificate in two to four semesters.


Applicants who have an undergraduate degree who were not accounting majors will be considered for admission. Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting courses will need to be completed prior to beginning the Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals. The two introductory courses are not available online through the University of Connecticut.

Graduates of the certificate who are interested in earning a Master of Science in Accounting degree will be able to transition in May pending satisfactory academic performance (3.0+) in the Accounting Fundamentals courses. Graduates of the Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals can transfer and apply two of the four certificate courses (6 credit hours) toward the MSA degree requirements.

Curriculum and Plan of Study

Our innovative, specially designed online accounting certificate program allows you to take full advantage of the quality courses for which UConn is so well known combined with the flexibility of a primarily asynchronous online education. While our program is primarily asynchronous there are synchronous activities in all Accounting Fundamental courses that require you to be online at specified times, examples of these are an exam that must be completed by all students in a class during a 3-hour window or required group meeting times, where you meet with your group during an agreed upon time during the week.

Fall Semester

  • ACCT 5122 Financial Reporting I, This is the first of a two course sequence covering Intermediate Accounting. Topics covered will include financial accounting theory and practical applications as related to the preparation and analysis of financial statements, particularly focusing on assets, liabilities, owners’ equity and income determination.
  • ACCT 5243 Assurance Services, An in-depth study of issues relevant to the public accounting profession, including legal liability and ethics, audit risk analysis, planning of audit engagements, auditor reports, and other assurance services and reports. Students will learn to think critically about issues facing the accounting profession primarily by analyzing cases and completing a number of individual and group research projects.

Spring Semester

  • ACCT 5124 Financial Reporting II, This is the second course of a two part sequence covering Intermediate Accounting. Topics include studying the accounting and disclosure of pensions, investments, current liabilities, bonds and long term notes, leases and intangibles.
  • ACCT 5260 Federal Income Tax, A study of the fundamentals of Federal income taxation for individuals and related issues of compliance, reporting, and planning. This course focuses on income and deduction recognition, character, and timing and includes the tax treatment of property, investments, compensation, retirement, and estates.




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