Dec 07, 2022  
2019-2020 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2019-2020 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting Certificate

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Program Description

Saint Mary’s University developed the Accounting Certificate program to provide those who already have an undergraduate degree with a foundation for the CMA and CPA exams. The certificate program consists of 36 credits, including 24 upper-division accounting credits and courses in Managerial Ethics and Business Law. Certificate students who transfer in AC301  and AC302  can complete the certificate program with 30 credits.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Accounting Certificate program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Record, analyze, interpret, and report financial information using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  2. Analyze and interpret financial and non-financial information to aid decision makers within an organization.
  3. Understand and follow the laws and regulations applicable to accounting practice.
  4. Apply internal control procedures based on auditing principles and risk analysis.
  5. Prepare tax returns based on accurate understanding of tax laws.
  6. Understand the global and economic business environment in which an organization operates.
  7. Incorporate an ethical perspective into the accounting environment.
  8. Use appropriate technology to maintain systems, analyze data, and communicate results.

Degree Requirements

Required Accounting or Transfer Courses    6 cr.
Required Accounting Courses  21 cr.
Required Elective Course    3 cr.
Required Management Courses    6 cr.
Total  36 cr. *

(*students who transfer in AC301  and AC302  can complete the program with 30 program credits)


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful completion of undergraduate coursework. Applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admissions process.

Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission, or veterans and active military personnel) and,
  2. Evidence of a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

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