Accounting Certificate

The Accounting certificate prepares today’s graduate student with a deeper understanding of practical accounting skills valued by management. If you have ever considered a career in accounting or want to supplement your current accounting knowledge or credits toward certification, this is an opportunity to explore this integral area of business.

At Plymouth State, you can take up to 12 credits before being admitted—so, you don’t need to apply in order to complete the Accounting certificate, however there are minimum requirements that must be met in order for your certificate to be awarded. No admissions tests are required.

    • Required Courses
    • 3
      A complete corporate financial management course. Content covers the classic areas of valuation, capital structure and budgeting as well as more specialized financial topics. Online version incorporates online course materials and exercises. Prerequisite: BU 5190 and Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Business Finance.
    • 3
      Budgetary accounting and cost accounting including profit planning and control systems, budget process, cost systems, and their managerial applications. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Accounting.

Plus choose two courses from the following:

  • 3
    This course provides an understanding of budgeting and fund accounting concepts appropriate for governmental entities, not-for-profits, school systems, and colleges and universities. The course objective is to enable students to understand different ways of constructing accounting information to be used by the various entities for reporting, planning and control. The use of accounting in decision-making will be the focus of attention. Prerequisite: BU 5190.
  • 3
    Tax laws and their effect on management planning and decision-making, as well as on personal financial transactions are of interest to managers and accountants. Representative topics include: tax aspects of selecting a business form; tax factors in acquiring, using and disposing of land, buildings, equipment; capital gains and losses; nontaxable transactions; individual income tax; family tax planning; common tax traps. Prerequisite: BU 5190.
  • 3
    A study of contemporary accounting issues as they influence the business manager and the public. The interaction of accounting and the total business environment is discussed. Some areas which may be covered include: segment reporting, social responsibility accounting, the SEC today, current value accounting, the impact of governmental regulations on various industries, management advisory services by accounting firms, current cost issues in our society. Written research reports and oral reports are required from all students.
  • 3
    Theory and procedures underlying auditors' responsibilities in examining and reporting on financial statements of a business enterprise are discussed including professional ethics, auditing standards, reports, internal control and the selection, scope and application of auditing procedures. Prerequisite: BU 5190.
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • Total for Accounting Certificate – 12 credits

Did you know that you can apply your Accounting certificate credits toward your MBA?

By completing an additional six MBA courses, you can roll your Accounting courses into a full 30-credit MBA. No admissions tests are required and financial aid is available for qualified students.

  • Additional MBA Core Courses – 18 credits
  • 3
    A review of theory and research findings in the field of organizational behavior, with emphasis on applications by practicing managers. Topics to be covered include perception, motivation, leadership, communication, group dynamics, conflict management and organization theory. Pedagogical techniques include case analysis, presentations, role plays and other experiential activities. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics, Business Policies, and Legal Environment.
  • 3
    Today's business climate demands managers who can make decisions involving the best use of an organization's scarce resources under conditions that change rapidly. This course demonstrates the power of problem-solving insights and uses a cross-functional approach. Topics to be covered include strategic pricing using game theory, forecasting techniques and demand estimation, cost analysis, linear programming and optimization under various market structures. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Economics and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    A basic understanding of legal problems is expanded, analytical ability is developed, and an awareness of the presence of legal problems that surround the businessperson is explored. Freedom of choice, taxation, stockholder status, acquisitions and divisions, antitrust, employment, administrative law, and bankruptcy are covered as time allows. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Legal Environment.
  • 3
    Examination of the nature and structure of decision-making in the midst of uncertainty. Formal techniques for measurement of risks and rewards are applied to case studies based chiefly on production systems. Concludes with a survey of current techniques for operations analysis, planning and control. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    The objective of this course is to help students develop a broad understanding of marketing techniques, strategies and tactics employed by the marketing manager. This course will cover the use of the 'marketing mix' elements as they pertain to the planning and implementation of the marketing plan. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Marketing.
  • 3
    From a decision-makers point of view, students will participate in a seminar involving middle and upper-level managerial responsibilities, as well as discussions concerning 'state-of-the-art' methodologies appropriate to all levels of management. Case studies and group projects will be combined with informal lectures and discussions involving such areas as strategic planning, action planning techniques, policy-making, managerial ethics, decision-making methods, control systems and the integration of all resources for optimum performance. Prerequisites: BU 5190, BU 5120, BU 5210 and Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Economics.
  • Total for MBA in General Management with a certificate in Accounting – 30 credits minimum

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