Certificate in Accounting and CPA Track Program

The certificate program in Accounting provides the student with thorough knowledge of accounting theory and practice. It is designed for those who hope to earn a degree but wish to acquire these marketable skills first, those who do not intend to work toward a degree but wish to improve their employment opportunities, and those who have already earned a college degree but need new competence for advancement or a career change. The credits earned may be applied toward accounting degree program requirements in the Center.

JOB OUTLOOK IN ACCOUNTING
Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation will have a very large number of new jobs arise, about 279,400 over the projections decade. An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations, and increased accountability for protecting an organization's stakeholders will drive job growth.

Job Prospects
Job opportunities should be favorable. Accountants and auditors who have earned professional recognition through certification or other designation, especially a CPA, should have the best job prospects. 

Certification and Advancement
Professional recognition through certification or other designation provides a distinct advantage in the job market. Certification can attest to professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors can seek credentials from a wide variety of professional societies.                                
- info provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics
 

CERTIFICATE IN ACCOUNTING / PROGRAM OF STUDY

Required Courses
• Introduction to Accounting I & II
• Intermediate Accounting I & II
• Taxes
• Cost Accounting
• Advanced Accounting

One Elective  (from the following courses)
• Accounting Information Systems
• Auditing
• Corporate and Partnership Taxes
• Fraud Examination

CERTIFICATE IN ACCOUNTING—CPA TRACK / PROGRAM OF STUDY
The certificate program in Accounting with a CPA Track is designed to prepare holder’s of a bachelor degree in
business to obtain the knowledge necessary to prepare to take the CPA exam. Students complete at least ten courses/30 credits beyond the bachelor degree, thereby meeting the 150-hour requirement in Massachusetts
(252 CMR), and cover recommended courses to prepare for the exam.

Students whose intent is to take the CPA exam should request the state eligibility requirements from
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants web site, MSCPAonline.org.

The program consists of ten required courses, at least seven of which must be taken at Assumption College.
Elective courses may be substituted for required courses already completed as part of a bachelor degree.

Required Courses  
• Introduction to Accounting I & II
• Intermediate Accounting I & II
• Cost Accounting
• Taxes
• Advanced Accounting
• Accounting Information Systems
• Auditing

Elective Options
• Corporate & Partnership Taxes
• Statistics
• Business Law
• Corporate Finance
• Quantitative Methods
• Professional Ethics