Accounting Certificate Program
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Accounting Certificate Program

The Barney School of Business offers an Accounting Certificate Program to students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than accounting. If you are seeking to obtain foundational accounting education to improve your knowledge of accounting, this program is right for you!

This is the perfect option for those with an undergraduate degree in a business discipline other than accounting or a nonbusiness major who wish to become a CPA.

For those with an undergraduate degree in business, completing the MSAT after the accounting certificate will give you all of the required credits necessary to become a CPA in Connecticut and many other states.

For those without an undergraduate degree in business, completing the Dual MSAT/MBA after the accounting certificate will give you all of the required credits necessary to become a CPA in Connecticut and many other states.

Upon completion of the Accounting Certificate Program, you can request admission to the MSAT or the Dual MSAT/MBA program by contacting the program director. You will not be required to reapply.

Please make sure to check the education requirements in your state before starting any education program. The Barney School of Business is also an AACSB accredited business school. In some states, like Massachusetts, this can be a significant advantage when trying to meet the educational requirements.

Prior to taking other accounting courses, students must successfully complete AC 210 and AC 211 OR MSM 640 OR the equivalent introductory financial and managerial accounting classes.

Online Accounting Certificate

Beginning in the Fall of 2018, you have the option to complete a 4-course, postgraduate accounting certificate 100% online. This certificate is designed to be completed in two semesters and prepare students to begin the MSAT program the following summer. Each course is 7 weeks, allowing busy working adults to focus on one course at a time but still finish the program in 9-months. At present, students will only be admitted in the Fall of each year. 

The following courses are required for the online certificate program:

  • AC 625 Financial Reporting Standards and Practice I
  • AC 626 Financial Reporting Standards and Practice II
  • AC 627 Individual Income Tax
  • AC 628 Auditing Standards and Practices

On-Campus Accounting Certificate

For students who wish to take classes on-campus or have more options for completing the certificate, we offer the on-campus accounting certificate. This certificate utilizes our undergraduate accounting courses. Students looking to apply to the MSAT program must take all six courses. Students who are looking for some accounting knowledge to further their career can finish in as few as four classes. 

The following two courses are required of all students completing the Accounting Certificate.

  • AC 320 – Financial Reporting Theory I
  • AC 321 – Financial Reporting Theory II

Students then select a minimum of two courses (up to a maximum of four courses) from the following list:

  • AC 322 – Financial Reporting Theory III
  • AC 332 – Cost Management
  • AC 425 – Federal Income Tax Concepts
  • AC 430 – Auditing Concepts and Problems

Applying to the Accounting Certificate Program

Students interested in either Accounting Certificate may apply online by clicking the link below and selecting the Accounting Certificate option. The following information is required to apply to the Accounting Certificate Program:

  1. Complete an on-line application.
  2. Pay a $50 application fee.
  3. Send official transcripts for all previous high education institutions including community colleges, 4-year institutions, and graduate programs. Transcripts can be sent to: Center for Adult and Graduate Academic Services, CC23, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117 USA or emailed from the institution to You cannot email the copies yourself.
  4. Submit at least two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources. You may enter the email addresses of the people who will be recommending you to the program and we will send them a short form to fill out online. It may be wise to seek more than two recommendations as sometimes recommenders take longer than you anticipate to complete the recommendation.
  5. Submit a letter of intent.
  6. Submit your most current résumé.

If you have the letter of intent and your most current resume, the entire application should take less than 25 minutes to complete. If you are unable to complete the entire process in one sitting, please make sure to request your transcripts as the first step. Domestic transcripts can sometimes take a week or more to arrive.

Please note that a successful completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the MSAT program. Direct any questions to Kristin Ingram at