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Graduate Certificate in Accounting Online

Gain advanced knowledge in financial and managerial accounting while preparing for leadership roles.

2/12/21 Apply by
3/15/21 Start classes


The Graduate Certificate in Accounting online program helps you develop highly specialized accounting skills with direct applications in a high-growth field. Specifically, you will study business ethics, emerging technology, auditing research techniques, international accounting issues, accounting information systems, and more.

$3,753 Total Tuition
As few as 5 months Program Duration
9 Credit Hours

Along with completion in as few as five months, this online accounting graduate certificate program provides an ideal stepping stone toward earning your Master of Business Administration in Accounting, which also is available 100% online. All 9 credit hours from the certificate program can be applied toward the MBA program. Whether you're looking to add to your expertise or start an MBA, this certificate complements any career goals.

Online courses are designed and taught by the same degreed Fitchburg State faculty who teach on campus, many of whom are working professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for financial managers nationwide is expected to grow by 16% through 2028.

International Accreditation Council for Business Education

Fitchburg State University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

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In this online program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of current trends and issues in financial accounting, auditing, and international accounting that affect business operations
  • Study the impact of current events on managerial structure and managerial accounting
  • Analyze and assess the impact of information systems on the accounting function—most specifically on internal controls

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Fitchburg State offers a variety of specialized graduate certificate options. Check out all of our online graduate certificates.

Tuition and Fees

Our online graduate certificate programs offer affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$417 Per Credit Hour
$3,753 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
Graduate Certificate in Accounting $417 $1,251 $3,753


Fitchburg State online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

2/12/21 Apply by
3/15/21 Start classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Intent to Enroll Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Drop For Non Pay Last class day
Spring A 2021 01/19/21 12/18/20 12/28/20 01/04/21 01/11/21 01/12/21 01/13/21 03/07/21
Spring B 2021 03/15/21 02/12/21 02/22/21 03/01/21 03/08/21 03/09/21 03/10/21 05/02/21
Summer A 2021 05/17/21 04/20/21 04/30/21 05/03/21 05/10/21 05/11/21 05/12/21 07/05/21
Summer B 2021 07/12/21 06/11/21 06/21/21 06/28/21 07/05/21 07/06/21 07/07/21 08/29/21
Fall A 2021 09/02/21 07/30/21 08/09/21 08/16/21 08/23/21 08/24/21 08/25/21 10/20/21
Fall B 2021 10/28/21 09/20/21 10/01/21 10/08/21 10/18/21 10/19/21 10/20/21 12/16/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Fitchburg State?


At Fitchburg State, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Accounting online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
GPA not less than 2.8 on undergrad coursework
Transcripts from all institutions previously attended

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You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission.

  • Submit graduate application and $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with official transcripts
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of not less than 2.8
  • Official transcripts of graduate-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)*
  • Professional resume
  • Students with undergraduate GPAs of less than 2.8 may also be considered for admission based on their professional work experience and a letter of recommendation
  • No GMAT is required

To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Fitchburg State University
Admissions Office
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

International Students:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores required for natives of non-English speaking countries
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended*
  • General Foreign Credit Evaluation
  • GPA of not less than 2.5
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose (300 word minimum)

*All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Graduate applicants are required to submit a "general" evaluation. Following are suggested organizations which provide foreign credential evaluation services:

You are encouraged to contact the Fitchburg State International Admissions department if additional information is needed at 978-665-4399 or

U.S. citizens with foreign education (from a non-English speaking country) will need to follow the international admission requirements (TOEFL excluded). Students with the following visa are not eligible for the program:

  • I-20
  • F1

TOEFL Code: 3518

IELTS Code: No code; please select Fitchburg State as a recipient.

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For the Graduate Certificate in Accounting online, the curriculum is comprised of 3 courses covering 9 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course affords students the opportunity to examine current issues including ethics, accounting and auditing research techniques, international accounting issues and other relevant current topics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students are introduced to issues in the current environment—such as international influences on U.S. management practices, business ethics and technology changes—and their impact on the managerial structure through a series of readings and cases.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates the accounting process into the total information system. Students analyze the problems involved in the design and installation of information systems, including computer feasibility studies and systematizing the clerical functions of an organization. Course material describes the inter-relationship of internal controls, classification of accounts and functions, and reporting to provide relevant information—and yet optimize—the control function.

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