Certificate programs allow students to learn specific career skills in order to obtain a job or specialize in their careers. Some students choose to obtain certification instead of obtaining a degree, while others take certificate programs to transfer the credits into a degree program.

Certificate Program Application

Accounting Professional Certificate – 16-17 Credits/22-23 Credits

This certificate is for students who wish to upgrade their basic accounting skills and provides necessary knowledge for many accounting fields including the CPA exam. Required courses are listed below:

Prerequisites: 6 Credits

ACC225 Principles of Accounting I (3)
ACC226 Principles of Accounting II (3)

Required Core: 10 Credits

ACC325 Intermediate Accounting I (4)
ACC317 Cost Management (3)
ACC304 Individual Income Tax (3)

Elective Core: 6 Credits

ACC326 Intermediate Accounting II (4)
ACC250 Computerized Accounting (2)
ACC404 Organizational Tax (3)
ACC425 Advanced Accounting (3)
ACC426 Auditing (3)

Accounting Specialist Certificate – 12 Credits

This certificate is for students new to accounting and will prepare them to enter the field of bookkeeping for a for-profit organization. Required courses include the following:

ACC225 Principles of Accounting I (3)
ACC226 Principles of Accounting II (3)
ACC250 Computerized Accounting (2)
ACC325 Intermediate Accounting I (4)

Business Certificate – 12 Credits

This certificate gives students a broad foundation of business fundamentals. Upon completion of certificate requirements, students will apply foundational principles to real-world business issues and challenges. Required courses are listed below:

Required Core: 12 Credits

ACC225 Principles of Accounting I (3)
BUS210 Principles of Management (3)
BUS420 Leadership in Organizations (3)
BUS427 Strategic Management (3)

Elective Core: 3 Credits

ACC226 Principles of Accounting II (3)
BUS320 Business Law (3)
BUS351 Organizational Behavior (3)
ECO212 Principles of Microeconomics (3) OR
ECO213 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

*A minimum of 12 credits must be completed through the University of Sioux Falls to receive a certificate.