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College of Business

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

The profession of Accounting has an entry-level requirement of 5 years of course-work when the goal is achieving the status of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Many of our students are so inclined, and our two graduate certificates are well-designed to assist our students to obtain the most effective courses in the most efficient manner.

 

The Graduate Professional Accounting Certificate Program provides advanced CWU accounting students with the skills, knowledge, professional orientation and credit hours required to become CPA eligible and succeed on the CPA exam.  While this program will not be designed to teach the CPA exam, it will help better prepare those who are interested and capable of succeeding in it.

 

Additionally, the program is designed to further develop CPA-oriented students with computer, research, communications, critical thinking, and time (project) management skills.  The career prospects for students seeking one of the Certifications in Accounting are very strong and have not changed in many decades.  One reason this will likely continue for many more decades is the intense level and need for entry-level professionals.

 

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