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Accounting Certificate

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College of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 55 to 56
  • Degree: Accounting Certificate
Accountants perform a wide range of vital financial and business services aimed at ensuring an organization runs effectively and efficiently. The interdisciplinary curriculum in this undergraduate-level certificate blends accounting principles with complementary business knowledge. Students delve into basic and advanced accounting methods such as how to record, verify, and analyze financial information, prepare budget analyses, and create financial and investment strategies. This certificate provides an interdisciplinary blend of principles designed to give a well-rounded education in accounting, business, and management. It is designed for students who want to enhance their accounting skills, prepare for a career move, or study for an upcoming CPA or CMA exam. This certificate will also prepare you for the following examinations: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (If you plan to pursue the CPA designation in Minnesota, in addition to meeting the necessary accounting and business-related course requirements, you must have earned an undergraduate degree and completed a total of 150 semester credits of course work.) Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Contact the following organizations for information about exam requirements: CPA: Minnesota Board of Accountancy CMA: The Institute of Management Accountants
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 60 credits before admission to the program.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.75 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.75 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.75 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
With approval of the program, up to 21 credits of transfer coursework may be used to satisfy requirements for this certificate.
Certificate Requirements
Core Accounting Requirements
ACCT 2050 - Introduction to Financial Reporting (4.0 cr)
ACCT 3001 - Introduction to Management Accounting (3.0 cr)
ACCT 5201 - Intermediate Management Accounting (2.0 cr)
ACCT 5101 - Intermediate Accounting I (4.0 cr)
ACCT 5102 - Intermediate Accounting II (4.0 cr)
ACCT 5125W - Auditing Principles and Procedures [WI] (4.0 cr)
ACCT 5135 - Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax (4.0 cr)
Accounting Electives
Choose 6 credits from the following Accounting courses.
ACCT 5126 - Internal Auditing (2.0 cr)
or ACCT 5160 - Financial Statement Analysis (2.0 cr)
or ACCT 5180 - Consolidations and Advanced Reporting (2.0 cr)
or ACCT 5236 - Introduction to Taxation of Business (2.0 cr)
or ACCT 5310 - International Accounting (2.0 cr)
or IDSC 4411 - Information Technology Governance and Assurance (2.0 cr)
Core Business Related Requirements
BLAW 3058 - The Law of Contracts and Agency (4.0 cr)
ECON 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
ECON 1102 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4.0 cr)
FINA 3001 - Finance Fundamentals (3.0 cr)
IDSC 3001 - Introduction to Information Technology in Business (3.0 cr)
Communication
ABUS 4023W - Communicating for Results [WI] (3.0 cr)
or MGMT 3033W - Business Communication [WI] (3.0 cr)
Business Related Electives
Choose 3 credits from the following business related courses.
ABUS 3301 - Introduction to Quality Management (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3040 - Understanding the International Environment of Firms: International Business (2.0 cr)
HRIR 3021 - Human Resource Management and Strategy (3.0 cr)
Management
MGMT 3001 - Fundamentals of Management (3.0 cr)
or ABUS 4022W - Management in Organizations [WI] (3.0 cr)
MKTG 3001 - Principles of Marketing (3.0 cr)
or ABUS 4701 - Introduction to Marketing (3.0 cr)
Operations
SCO 3001 - Supply Chain and Operations (3.0 cr)
or MM 4102 - Optimizing Operations Management (3.0 cr)
 
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ACCT 2050 - Introduction to Financial Reporting
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00458 - Acct 2050/ApEc 1251
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to financial accounting for U.S. organizations. Reading financial statements. prereq: Soph
ACCT 3001 - Introduction to Management Accounting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Costing techniques, including activity-based costing. Applying costing methods to determine costs of products, services, and production processes. Use of costs in operating/strategic decisions. prereq: 2050
ACCT 5201 - Intermediate Management Accounting
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is an in-action course. The course explores the topic of management accounting in greater depth. The course expands introductory course material via special emphasis on decision making, problem solving skills and exploration of accounting's role within overall management. The course is an in-action class. We will have a project working on a business case from a firm as the final assessment for the course. prereq: 3001, acct or finance major
ACCT 5101 - Intermediate Accounting I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Valuation, measurement, reporting issues related to selected assets/liabilities of firm. Theory underlying accounting issues. Applying accounting principles. prereq: Grade of at least B- in 2050, mgmt major or mgmt grad student, accounting certificate, select non mgmt students
ACCT 5102 - Intermediate Accounting II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic valuation problems encountered in financial reporting. Focuses on valuation of liabilities. Accounting for leases, pensions, and deferred taxes. Introduces consolidated financial statements. prereq: 5101[ mgmt or grad mgmt student]
ACCT 5125W - Auditing Principles and Procedures (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Concepts of auditing internal control/financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing/professional standards established by Public Company Oversight Board (PCAOB) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Writing Intensive course. prereq: [3101 or 5101 or 5100 or 6100], [acct major or grad mgmt student]
ACCT 5135 - Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
U.S. federal system of taxation. Concepts of gross income, deductions, credits. Analysis of structure of Internal Revenue Code, its provisions with respect to specific areas of law. Interrelationships between legislative, judicial, and administrative authority. Methods, tools, and techniques to conduct tax research. prereq: [2050 or MBA 6030], [mgmt or grad mgmt student]
ACCT 5126 - Internal Auditing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Financial/operational auditing. Standards. Managing the function. prereq: 2050
ACCT 5160 - Financial Statement Analysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Interpretation/analysis of financial statements. Introduces basic techniques of financial statement analysis and applies them in different settings (e.g., in investment/credit decisions). prereq: [5100/6100 or 3101/5101], [accounting or finance major]
ACCT 5180 - Consolidations and Advanced Reporting
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02432 - Acct 5180/Acct 6160
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Theory underlying preparation of consolidated financial statements, as well as mechanical computations needed to prepare statements. prereq: 5101, 5102 recommended, or MBA 6030. MBA students must register A/F grade base.
ACCT 5236 - Introduction to Taxation of Business
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the income tax laws governing the taxation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and S corporations. Students will also increase their knowledge and skills related to tax research by writing research memorandums. prereq: 5135, acct major
ACCT 5310 - International Accounting
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Causes/history of international differences in design of financial accounting/reporting systems, efforts to harmonize them into worldwide system. Role/impact of currency translation on financial statements. International Accounting Standards, conceptual framework. prereq: 5101; [5102 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 5102] recommended
IDSC 4411 - Information Technology Governance and Assurance
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Information technology audit function, internal control, audit process, smart operations, network security, systems development life cycle, enterprise resource planning risk, compliance issues. IT governance, business continuity, frameworks/methodologies. Lectures, case studies, real-world examples. prereq: 3001
BLAW 3058 - The Law of Contracts and Agency
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Origin of law, its place in and effect on society; history and development of law; system of courts; legal procedure. Law of contracts as the basic law affecting business transaction. Laws affecting the sale of goods and contracts and the law of agency.
ECON 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Econ 1101/1104/1111/ApEc 1101
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Microeconomic behavior of consumers, firms, and markets in domestic and world economy. Demand and supply. Competition and monopoly. Distribution of income. Economic interdependencies in the global economy. Effects of global linkages on individual decisions. prereq: knowledge of plane geometry and advanced algebra
ECON 1102 - Principles of Macroeconomics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00020 - ApEc 1102/Econ 1102/1105/1112
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Aggregate consumption, saving, investment, and national income. Role of money, banking, and business cycles in domestic and world economy. International trade, growth, and development. U.S. economy and its role in the world economy. International interdependencies among nations. prereq: [1101 or equiv], knowledge of plane geometry and advanced algebra
FINA 3001 - Finance Fundamentals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00196
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Financial management principles. Money/capital markets, risk/return/valuation triad, capital budgeting. Capital structure, financial leverage. Cost of capital, financial performance measures, dividend policy, working capital management, international financial management/derivatives. prereq: ACCT 2050, SCO 2550 or equivalent statistics course
IDSC 3001 - Introduction to Information Technology in Business
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Developing/using IS to support business processes, managerial decision making, and organizational strategy. Technology components of IS. Impact on organizations. Creation/change processes. Managerial issues. Techniques for designing, developing, and implementing IS. Databases and user interfaces. Computer/communications network platforms. Internet, e-business, and e-commerce applications.
ABUS 4023W - Communicating for Results (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Aspects of communication essential for being persuasive/influential. Organizing/presenting ideas effectively, strategies for audience analysis, choosing communication methods, making appropriate use of informal influence methods, handling dissent. Processes for intercultural communication. prereq: 45 cr completed
MGMT 3033W - Business Communication (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01482
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication skills for effective participation in contempory organizations. From basic principles to communication strategy. Communication technology. Cases, simulations of "real-world" situations. Student small groups meet with instructor three times for presentation coaching/feedback. Recitation times are arranged with instructor at start of semester. prereq: Fr composition, CSOM upper-div, at least 60 cr
ABUS 3301 - Introduction to Quality Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles/concepts of managing quality in business applications. Improving business processes with six sigma method. Implementing/leading process improvement. Baldrige Award, ISO 9000. prereq: Introductory statistics
MGMT 3040 - Understanding the International Environment of Firms: International Business
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories, frameworks, tools, and facts for understanding the environment of firms in international competition. Main world-level economic flows (trade, investment, finance). How country-/industry-level economic, political, and sociocultural factors influence behavior/functions of firms in international competition. prereq: 1001 or 1001H or 3001
HRIR 3021 - Human Resource Management and Strategy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00064
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will focus on the people side of business. We will look at how, through managing and leading people, we can create an engaged, productive workforce in order to achieve organizational strategic objectives. The content of this course is complementary to any major or minor. Major topics in this course: - Managing people in an ethical, legal way that is aligned with corporate strategy and helps organizations reach their goals; - Successfully attracting, recruiting, and selecting talented people; - Creating interesting, engaging jobs and giving meaningful feedback in order to retain great employees; - Rewarding and motivating people through intrinsic and extrinsic methods to encourage the most effective and "right" kind of employee behaviors to create an engaged, productive workforce through people strategies and practices. prereq: ECON 1101, ECON 1102, PSY 1001
MGMT 3001 - Fundamentals of Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Aspects/characteristics of organizations, their members. Why people/groups feel/behave as they do. Processes/methods that improve behavior/attitudes/effectiveness of members. Member/manager skills. Guest speakers, group presentations, films.
ABUS 4022W - Management in Organizations (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Demands on today's managers, with a focus on small to medium-sized organizations. Techniques/ideas beyond traditional studies. Applying management theory at all levels. Managing in a global workplace. Organizational planning and decision making. Organizing resources. Leading/motivating people. Controlling/evaluating organizational activities. This writing intensive designated course will spend significant time focusing on the writing process. Writing is crucial to this discipline because clear, accurate, and professional communication is essential to organization management. The ability to write effectively in terms of specified audiences ensures, in the professional world, successful communication between team members as well as the success of the projects, companies, and employees they represent. prereq: 45 semester credits recommended
MKTG 3001 - Principles of Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to terms, concepts, and skills for analyzing marketing problems. Factors outside the organization affecting its product, pricing, promotion, and distribution decisions. Cases from actual organizations. prereq: ECON 1101
ABUS 4701 - Introduction to Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conceptual tools for creating a marketing plan. How marketing relates to other functional areas of business. Importance of an ethical, global view. prereq: [Macroeconomics or microeconomics], 45 cr
SCO 3001 - Supply Chain and Operations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Managing the operations function within manufacturing and service organizations, and across the supply chains of these organizations. The supply chain is the set of organizations and the work that they complete to collectively create customer-valued goods and services. Course emphasizes decision making in work processes, including decision related to managing processes, quality, capacity, inventory, and supply chain activities. Quantitative and qualitative methods are used for improving management of operations.
MM 4102 - Optimizing Operations Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
In this course, students learn how to put the pieces of the manufacturing puzzle together--they delve into the details of an organization's operations strategy and develop an understanding of how the system works, from product concept to finished reality. Emphasis is placed on learning valuable techniques for improving organizational performance, which include computer-enhanced problem solving and decision making. You will develop critical thinking skills that allow you to think holistically about how to create order out of chaos in an operations unit. Through weekly online group work assignments; opportunities to give dynamic multimedia group presentations; interviewing a real-world operations manager; and mastering the stages of forming, storming, norming, and performing, you will leave feeling prepared to take on whatever operations management challenges come your way. prerequisite: None.