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Advanced Certificate in Accounting

The Advanced Certificate in Accounting prepares professionals for public accounting, managerial accounting and internal auditing roles in private, non-profit and government sectors.  The 30 credit curriculum provides a sound education in both accounting theory and application.  The Accounting program is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Students who complete the certificate program will take courses in areas that are required for sitting for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations. Other requirements for these exams may apply.  Individuals who hold these professional certifications enjoy significant advantages in the job market.

A maximum of two three-credit courses completed during the last ten years may be applied toward the Certificate in lieu of equivalent required courses. 

Course Requirements*

ACCT 101             Principles of Accounting I (non-business majors only)

ACCT 102             Principles of Accounting II (non-business majors only)

ACCT 201             Intermediate Accounting I (offered fall semester only)

ACCT 202             Intermediate Accounting II (offered spring semester only)

ACCT 230             Tax Accounting (offered fall semester only)

ACCT 335             Corporate Tax Accounting (offered spring semester only)

ACCT 340             Cost Accounting (offered spring semester only)

ACCT 401             Advanced Accounting (offered fall semester only)

ACCT 410             Auditing (offered spring semester only)

BADM 310           Business Law    

*Descriptions are available in the Course Catalog

Cost and Career Information

In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students.  You can view this information by clicking here.

Admissions Requirements

B.A. or B.S. degree with an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Admissions Procedures

Applying is easy! Fill out your FREE Online Applicaiton. Questions regarding this advanced certificate program may be directed to Paul Hirsch, enrollment counselor in the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education, at or (814) 824-2985.You can send your official college transcripts to the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education at:

Mercyhurst University
Attn: Paul Hirsch
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546