Graduate Certificate in Accounting




Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s) are in high demand, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts future employment to grow even further in the next few years. The call for highly skilled, multifaceted CPAs comes from the evolving global economy and advancing complex business technology. In this program, learn advanced auditing, global production and operations, systems management, as well as approaches to different cultures and ethical boundaries within the world of business.

Our online accounting certificate program is designed for students who intend to become CPA’s and are seeking to fulfill the credit hour requirements necessary to sit for the national CPA exam. At Concordia University Online, you will receive the benefit of worldwide practitioner instructors, individualized programs that start at your convenience, and an international student body.

Earn your MBA in Accounting by adding an additional 24 credits. Within 5 years of beginning the certificate program, students have the option to earn their MBA by applying to the program and completing the 24-credit core requirement.

Area of Study Business
Next Start Date Start Anytime




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The thing I enjoy the most about Concordia’s MBA program, and all Concordia classes as well, is the Christian based education. In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly more important. The instructors are highly qualified and the entire staff goes above and beyond to make the student successful!”
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Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to create and implement ethical decision-making frameworks
  • Deep understanding of financial analysis, decision-making, capital acquisition, and strategic planning
  • Familiarity with the differing financial and accounting characteristics of governmental and nonprofit organizations
  • Skills to forecast financial performance, cost-profit relationships, break-even analysis, and management planning and control
  • Practical approach to database creation and administration, and the various steps required to create data models

Career Outlook

  • Public Accounting
  • Internal Audit
  • Taxation
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Government and Nonprofit Finance
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Consulting

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Advanced Auditing (MBA 525/825) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course builds on the audit theory, concepts and techniques that was gained by the student in completing Principles of Auditing (ACCT 420). Covers integrated audits of public companies, advanced topics concerning complex auditing judgments, and the auditor’s responsibility for detecting fraud in a financial statement audit. Case studies will be used to enable students to apply audit theory to actual situations. Infused throughout of this course is the application of Ethical Decision-Making Frameworks. Not available to students who have completed ACCT 425. 3 credits.
Global Production and Operations (MIB 530/830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Global Production and Operations studies the structure and functioning of production systems within a manufacturing context. The complexity of international business operations is also studied. Topics include: plant location and operation, inventory control, transportation, technology acquisition (CAD/CAM), work flow planning, JIT concepts and statistical quality control. Also covered is how each of the above topics generally relates to the global service environment.
Fraud Management (MBA 576/876) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Fraud Management is designed to provide students with a basis understanding of the principles of occupational fraud, emphasizing circumstances with which any management team may ultimately be confronted . The course covers fraud in the areas of skimming, cash larceny, check fraud, register schemes, and misappropriation of cash and assets. A brief overview of corruption and interviewing of employees when a fraud is suspected is also included.
Database Management (MBA 529/829) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Database Management covers the processes used in making creative decisions and effectively solving problems . An extensive coverage of decision-making theory is presented. A strong emphasis is placed on application and use of decision support systems (DSS). Several mini-cases are treated in detail. Topics covered include data mining, data warehousing architectures and technologies, expert systems, artificial intelligence systems, and executive information systems.
Government/not-for-profit accounting (ACCT 432EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

GOVERNMENTAL AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ACCOUNTING emphasizes the different characteristics of governmental and not-for-profit organizations. Topics include accounting for state and local government entities and the role of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB); the accountability for public funds; and accounting and financial reporting in the not-for-profit sector. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in ACCT 311.
Public Speaking: Professional Reports and Presentations (MMC 540/840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Public Speaking: Professional Reports and Presentations is a five-unit course that addresses the development of proficiency in organizing, researching, structuring, editing and presenting oral presentations, covering a diverse range of topics from delivery, visual aids, nonverbal communication, and voice, to argumentation, evidence, and emotional appeal. For those doing this course at a distance, speeches will be videotaped by the student and analyzed for areas of potential improvement.
Systems Analysis and Design (MBA 524/824) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Systems Analysis and Design presents a short overview of information systems followed by a comprehensive treatment of modern techniques of systems analysis and design. Each of the five steps in the Systems Design Life Cycle (SDLC) is discussed in detail. A variety of case studies are considered and tools for systems analysis and design are presented. Extensive use is made of pertinent web sites.
Statutory Accounting (MBA 623/923) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Statutory Accounting deals with the unique accounting system for insurance, pension, and institutional decisions.
Mergers and Acquisitions Accounting (MBA 541/841) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course builds on the broad spectrum of accounting knowledge gained in Intermediate Accounting, by exploring more advanced accounting issues related to intercorporate investments with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. This course will enable the students to apply U. S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”) for equity accounting, purchase accounting, intercompany transactions and transfer pricing, variable interest entities, consolidation of majority owned subsidiaries, and disposition of subsidiaries. This course will also further develop the student’s ability to prepare financial statements in accordance with U. S. GAAP. In this class the instructor will further engage the students in discussing U. S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards convergence issues and will cover the newest FASB and IASB pronouncements. Students in the MBA program will expand their research and written and oral presentation abilities in a project teamwork environment. 3cr. Not available to students that have taken ACCT 541.
Internship (MBA 545/845) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The Internship experience is meant to give students a real world perspective in a business related area, while working toward completion of the MBA degree. An Internship can be taken by any student in any concentration. Curricular emphasis is placed on student use of learned skills and exposure to hands-on business techniques. Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of clock time at their internship site. This is a 3 credit course.

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