Certificate in Accounting

Get Up to Speed With Accounting Fundamentals


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 10 weeks or 9 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $8,060

Next start date:

June 2019

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About this Program

Earning your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license is a key step in becoming a successful accounting professional. This certificate program, offered in partnership with the UW Foster School of Business, helps prepare you for the CPA exam and provides you with a solid foundation in the areas of financial accounting, accounting information systems, audit, cost accounting and federal taxation.

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Designed for

Anyone seeking to become a professional accountant, including those preparing to take the CPA exam and those planning to apply to the UW Master of Professional Accounting program.

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Video Overview

An instructor and students from the Certificate in Accounting talk about the unique curriculum and how the program can help graduates advance in their careers.

Duration: 03:45

What You'll Learn

  • How to prepare financial statements in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles 
  • Methods to set up and maintain accounting systems 
  • Federal income tax rules and their impact on business decisions 
  • How to audit financial statements 
  • Techniques for analyzing costs to help make sound business decisions  

Qualify to Sit for the CPA Exam

This program offers 26 quarter credits of upper-level accounting study. When combined with 10 quarter credits of prerequisite accounting courses — such as Introduction to Accounting & Financial Reporting and Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting, or their equivalents — this provides the 36 quarter credits of accounting required to sit for the CPA exam in Washington state. 

Note that there are additional requirements beyond the accounting credits that you must meet to sit for the CPA exam. Additionally, students planning to work in a different state should check that state’s CPA exam requirements.

Prepare for Your master's degree

Completing this certificate enables you to apply to the Master of Professional Accounting program offered by the UW Foster School of Business. This full-time program offers tracks in Auditing & Assurance and Taxation.

Connect With Employers

As part of the program, you’ll attend an alumni panel offering career tips and job-search advice. You’ll also receive presentations by recruiters and representatives from local public accounting firms, companies and government agencies.

Program Overview

We offer this program in two formats: three part-time courses over three quarters, and a full-time intensive course over one quarter (summer). Both formats cover the same curriculum and fulfill the same CPA educational requirements.

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Program Sessions


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