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Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Dr. Thomas Amlie
E355 Olmsted Building
777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Penn State Harrisburg
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6441
Fax: 717-948-6456

The 12-credit graduate certificate program supplements the body of knowledge and educational credit requirements necessary for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in most states.  The 12-credit curriculum is intended for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting (or equivalent course work).  All candidates are required to take ACCT 504 Auditing Theory and Practice (3) and three additional 3-credit courses from a list of elective courses.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the 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.

Ordinarily, an entering student will have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree in accounting or comparable accounting coursework.  If the undergraduate major was not accounting, an applicant should have completed the following minimum core of accounting coursework (or equivalent): financial and managerial accounting principles, intermediate financial accounting I and II, cost accounting, federal taxation, and auditing.

With program approval, all four courses in the certificate may be applied to the online Master of Professional Accounting degree. Certificate program students who wish to have the certificate courses applied to the master's degree program must formally be admitted to the master's degree program. Admission into the master's degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.  Upon admittance to the master's degree program, certificate courses completed with a grade of B or better will be transferred into the program.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:


ACCT 504 Auditing Theory and Practice (3)

ELECTIVE COURSES (9 credits) (Choose 3 from the following 7 courses)

ACCT 510 Business Tax Planning Theory and Practice (3)

ACCT 532 Accounting Information and Decision Systems (3)

ACCT 545 Strategic Cost Management (3)

ACCT 550 Professional Responsibilities and Ethics in Accounting (3)

ACCT 561 Financial Statement Analysis II (3)

ACCT 572 Financial Reporting I (3)

P ADM 523 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting (3)


Effective Semester:  Summer 2016
Expiration Semester: Spring 2021




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