Financial Controllership, Certificate

Program Code: FINCTL_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Financial Controllership, a minimum of 15 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
ACCTG 340Cost Accounting3
ACCTG 422Accounting Systems3
ACCTG 426Financial Statement Analysis3
FIN 420Investment and Portfolio Analysis3
FIN 461Portfolio Management and Analysis3

Prerequisites

14 credits of prerequisites are required.

ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
ACCTG 305Financial Statements and Management Decisions4
or ACCTG 371 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCTG 312Accounting Technology Lab3
FIN 301Corporation Finance3

Certificate Learning Objectives

This certificate will provide students the ability to:

  1. Think critically, solve problems, and make decisions. Graduates are able to objectively identify and prioritize accounting problems. Graduates are able to develop alternative solutions to an accounting problem. Graduates demonstrate sufficient skills to read, reason logically, and draw relevant conclusions.
  2. Recognize ethical issues in business and know how to deal with them. Graduates will recognize ethical issues in business situations. Graduates will apply ethical frameworks to business problems. Graduates will describe the ethical consequences of decision alternatives.
  3. Maintain technical competency in accounting. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in accounting skills in Cost Accounting. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in accounting skills in Accounting Systems. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in accounting skills in Financial Statement Analysis. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in Investment and Portfolio Analysis. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in Portfolio Management and Analysis.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

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Erie

Ash Deshmukh, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting and MIS
286 Burke
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6438
avd1@psu.edu

Career Paths

The certificate in Financial Controllership can be pursued by students in most Black School of Business undergraduate degree programs. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

Course work in the certificate for Financial Controllership is aligned with topics covered by the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination. CMA certification demonstrates expertise in financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A CERTIFICATE IN FINANCIAL CONTROLLERSHIP

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Adding a certificate to your major degree program demonstrates to graduate school admissions committees your commitment to interdisciplinary thinking.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

Erie

BLACK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
281 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6107
behrend-business@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-business