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Corporate Accounting Foundations

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Steven Huddart
354B Business Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-0041

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Accounting Foundations (CORAC-GCT) is a twelve-credit program for those seeking a solid foundation in accounting. Accounting systems collect and organize data about business transactions and activities. These systems also measure performance, communicate business plans and outcomes, and support decision-making. Topics covered include: (1) structure and content of financial reports, tax returns, and regulatory filings, (2) use of internal controls to protect an organization's resources and the integrity of its records, (3) purposes and procedures of auditing, (4) assembly and use of accounting information to plan and coordinate operations, and to make decisions. Prior knowledge of accounting is not required. Because the program covers the core topics of a baccalaureate accounting program and is delivered at a pace and depth appropriate to graduate students, the program is intensive. The program is not suitable for those having accounting as their baccalaureate major. 

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Penn State Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Applicants are generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.00 (B) on a 4.00 scale. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must accompany the application.

Additional Items - The following are also required:

  • a resume of work experience and skills acquired since the baccalaureate degree, and
  • two professional or academic letters of reference
  • A GMAT score is encouraged, but not required


List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

MBADM 811 - Financial Accounting (3)
ACCTG 812 - Taxation (3)
ACCTG 813 - Auditing (3)
ACCTG 814 - Managerial Accounting (3)


Effective Semester: Fall 2018
Expiration Semester: Fall 2023



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