Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Accounting, Certificate

A Certificate in Accounting permits students interested in a career as a Certified Public Accountant who have a non-accounting bachelor’s degree or are currently enrolled in a non-accounting bachelor degree program, to pursue a program of study that will prepare them for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. Students are required to have 150 hours of college credit to receive CPA certification and licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. All candidates completing this program are eligible to sit for the Uniformed Certified Public Accountant Examination. 

Program Requirement

The Certificate in Accounting will be awarded upon successful completion of approved coursework with a 2.0 GPA for all courses taken at SRU. Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of coursework at SRU.

CPA exam candidates will design a program of study to include the following courses.

To access Certificate Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.

Related Links

Accounting, Certificate Program Page

Accounting, Economics and Finance Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher

This certificate permits students interested in a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who have a non-accounting bachelor's degree or are currently enrolled in a non-accounting bachelor's degree program to pursue a program of study that will prepare them for the uniform CPA exam.

Certificate Requirements

Required Related Business Courses
CPSC 210Productivity Software3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 219Business Analytics I3
FIN 320Managerial Finance3
MGMT 351Organizational Behavior3
Required Accounting Courses
Select 10 Credits from the courses listed below:30
Financial Accounting
Accounting Information Systems
Federal Individual Income Tax
Cost Accounting
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Business Analysis and Decision Making
Auditing Theory and Practice
Advanced Accounting
Legal Environment of Business
Select 3 credits from the following:3
300 level ACCT elective
400 level ACCT elective
300 level FIN elective
400 level FIN elective
Total Hours48

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Additional Certificate Requirement

Students must complete at least 12 credit hours from SRU

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Certificate in Accounting (234C)
Effective Spring 2009
Revised 10.28.2021
UCC 3.26.2019