Certificate in Accounting





Certificate programs demonstrate professional competency for specific skills in a shorter time frame than a traditional undergraduate degree. A professional certificate may:

  • Enhance expertise
  • Increase professional opportunities
  • Build reputation
  • Increase ability to deliver high-quality work.


An Accounting Certificate provides students with an understanding of accounting principles and their application. Certificate programs are non-degree and achieved after completing classes and training in a specific area or skill. Certificates are generally completed in approximately 5 months or two terms.


Back to Top

Program Goals


A professional certificate program should be completed with the following goals to enhance expertise, significantly increase earning power, reputation, and the ability to deliver high-quality work.


Students are provided with the opportunity to sharpen their skills and knowledge in the field of Business Administration. Courses for the Finance Certificate will focus on the following:

  • Understanding financial reporting and financial management.
  • Analyze financial statements to support capital market decisions.
  • Accounting for liabilities, equity, and corporate forms of ownership.
  • Responsibility accounting, budgets, cost control, and standard costing procedures and analysis of variances.

Back to Top

Program Requirements


The Certificate in Accounting program requires:

  • The completion of the required 9 credits, and all courses listed for the course requirements for the specific program.  
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all coursework attempted at UoPeople. 
  • Earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses taken. 
  • Complete all required exams.  


Certificate programs are non-degree and achieved after completing classes and training in a specific area or skill. Certificates are generally completed in under a year.    


Back to Top


Individual courses are the building blocks of each certificate program. Course requirements are structured to ensure that student study encompasses a broad range of topics and approaches, with an appropriate balance maintained to enhance career skills and knowledge.    


The Accounting Certificate is a 9-credit program establishing that the student has mastered the basic fundamentals of accounting. 


To view the list of courses in the Accounting certificate, click here.


Back to Top

Admission Requirements


If you would like to earn a non-degree certificate you must first take the usual steps to apply, including meeting basic admission requirements.

To meet admission requirements, applicants must:

  • Be 16 years old or older
  • Have English proficiency

To apply for admissions consideration to UoPeople, applicants must complete an online application, including payment of a $60 non-refundable Application Fee.


Non-Native English Speakers    

UoPeople’s online programs are American accredited and are taught in English. Therefore, non-native English speakers must demonstrate that they have a strong level of proficiency in English before beginning their program at UoPeople. Read more here.


Back to Top



To succeed in today’s evolving business world, it’s necessary to have a broad range of tools and skills at your disposal in every aspect of business – from accounting and marketing to management and economic theory.   


Students looking to sharpen and enhance their expertise in the field of accounting will explore areas related to accounting management, competitive financial analysis, and developing accounting techniques for real world application. Students will also receive vital practical skills to incorporate into their careers by earning their Accounting Certificate.  


Those who earn a Certificate in Accounting may go on to advance their careers in accounting and finance. They may also find work in the private sector offering their expertise as accounting consultants for businesses.  


Explore the many career opportunities available to you after earning your certificate here.


Back to Top


Credits earned during certificate studies can be transferred within UoPeople if a student is later accepted into a degree-seeking program.


The transferability of credits you earn at University of the People is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.


Back to Top

Technology Requirements

To complete a certificate at University of the People, students will need to have consistent access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. Most of the learning materials that students will be dealing with in their UoPeople courses are compatible with Adobe PDF or Microsoft Office. Read here to find out more. 


Back to Top


UoPeople is able to offer our students an online degree tuition-free because of our unique model of online higher education. Our minimal processing fees help to maintain our tuition-free online degree structure—allowing all qualified students to receive their online degree without educational instruction expenses, course material or annual enrollment fees. We ask for a non-refundable application fee of $60, and an assessment fee of $200 to be paid by the end of each course.


The estimated total fees for the Certificate in Accounting are $660.


For more details on cancellation and refund policies, click here.


Back to Top



Why earn a Certificate in Accounting?  

The UoPeople Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting is an excellent choice for working adults who want to learn more about financial reporting and management online. Perhaps you are interested in a career as an Accountant, Financial Analyst, or want to prove to your employer that you have a specific expertise in accounting. The Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting can also be completed much more quickly than a full degree program, making it an excellent option for those who don’t want to spend years working toward an undergraduate degree. 



How long will it take to earn my Certificate in Accounting?

The Certificate in Accounting is a 9-credit program that requires three 3-credit courses be completed. Students can take two courses per term, which means the certificate can be completed in as little as two terms, or approximately four months. Of course, students can choose to take a single course per term, in which case the certificate would be complete in three terms, or approximately seven months. 



What kinds of assignments will I complete to earn my Certificate in Accounting? 

Each course will have its own unique assignments. In general, students can expect a mix of writing assignments, discussion board posts, exams, and projects. Expect to spend about 15 hours per week on each course to complete readings, research, writing, and study. 


To find out more about our certificate programs, click here.


Back to Top