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Accounting, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)

Special requirements

Students cannot be accepted into a program until they have completed all the requirements for their bachelor’s degree and have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their undergraduate work.

After acceptance in the program, certificate candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of their program at VCU.
Academic regulations for School of Business post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificates

The following academic standards apply to students in the undergraduate certificate programs: http://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/bulletins/prog_search/?uid=10023&iid=31020&did=20406

The Post-baccalaureate Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting is designed for individuals who want an extensive knowledge of accounting and hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields. Additionally, graduates are well-qualified to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination in Virginia. Candidates for the certificate are required to complete 16 courses (48 credit hours). A maximum of eight courses (24 credit hours) may be waived if equivalent courses have been completed as part of a bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 24 credit hours of study must be taken at VCU after acceptance into the certificate program.

For additional information, please visit the School of Business website at business.vcu.edu/undergrad/postbac-accounting.html.

Degree requirements for Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program:

  • Graduates will be able to understand the role of information systems and information technology in the organization, especially as a source of information.
  • Graduates will be able to understand the value of, and be able to use, financial/accounting data to make decisions at both strategic and operating levels within the context of their discipline-specific knowledge.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Graduates will be able to understand the importance to themselves, their organization and the larger community of working effectively in teams.
  • Graduates will be able to use the appropriate quantitative/statistical analysis and reasoning to make business decisions.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to respond appropriately to ethical dilemmas in business. From a scenario (i.e., what is good for some consumers might not be good for society as a whole), the student will be required to identify both sides of the dilemma, state what action they would recommend and incorporate the marketing concept and the American Marketing Association Code of Ethics in developing their recommendation.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate ideas and analysis of accounting problems. Students can demonstrate this ability either in writing or in oral presentations (e.g., writing memos, thought papers or other types of business correspondence; presenting case analyses; etc.).
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the core business and strategic concepts involved in accounting. Specifically, students need to comprehend the impact of information systems on the profession and to leverage technology for decision-making.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively identify and communicate accounting ethical issues; evaluate information in a manner free of distortion, personal bias or conflicts of interest; recognize situations where professional ethical standards apply; respect confidentiality.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to use analytical reasoning to comprehend and communicate problems; evaluate the significance of evidence or facts; verify information for problem definition and solution; propose and evaluate alternative solutions.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a broad base of knowledge across accounting topics and be able to apply that knowledge in a variety of contexts.
Certificate requirements (48 credits) Credits
   
ACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 304 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 305 Intermediate Accounting III 3
ACCT 306 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 307 Accounting Systems 3
ACCT 405 Tax Accounting Principles 3
ACCT 406 Auditing 3
SCMA 323 Legal Environment of Business 3
Accounting elective (select one course from the list below) 3
Business electives 21
   
Total minimum requirement 48
   
Sample outline Credits
   
Fall semester  
ACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting I 3
Business electives 9
Total 12
   
Spring semester  
ACCT 304 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 306 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 405 Tax Accounting Principles 3
Business elective 3
Total 12
   
Fall semester  
ACCT 307 Accounting Systems 3
Accounting elective 3
Business electives 6
Total 12
   
Spring semester  
ACCT 305 Intermediate Accounting III 3
ACCT 406 Auditing 3
SCMA 323 Legal Environment of Business 3
Business elective 3
Total 12
   
Total minimum requirement 48

Electives

Accounting electives
Select one 3-credit course from the following.

ACCT 401 Governmental and Not-for-profit Accounting
ACCT 402 Advanced Cost Accounting
ACCT 403 Management Control Systems
ACCT 410 Advanced Tax Accounting
ACCT 513 Advanced Accounting

Business electives
Select seven non-accounting three-credit business courses; must be 300- or 400-level.

ECON 303 Managerial Economics
FIRE 309 Risk and Insurance
FIRE 311 Financial Management
FIRE 316 International Financial Management
FIRE 317 Investments
FIRE 321 Intermediate Financial Management
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior
MGMT 321 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
MGMT 331 Human Resource Management
MGMT 389 Managerial Skills Development
MGMT/INTL 418 International Management
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles
SCMA 320 Production/Operations Management
SCMA 325 Organizational Communication
SCMA 339 Quantitative Solutions for Management

 

 

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