May 30, 2023  
2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog

Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting

Al Case, Advisor

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting is for students with a baccalaureate degree who wish to complete coursework to prepare to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or work in accounting.

This certificate is unique in that it is reserved for candidates who already possess a bachelor’s degree or are working towards one concurrently. Students pursuing the BA in Accounting cannot also get this certificate.  The program does not require any graduate coursework, nor does it result in a degree being conferred. If being completed concurrently, the certificate will not be issued until the bachelor’s degree is completed and all certificate requirements are met.

To be admitted to the program, students must:

  1. hold a baccalaureate degree;
  2. be admitted to SOU; and
  3. have completed Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting (BA 211 , 213 )

Students who do not meet all of the requirements before applying, will be admitted upon completion of the above.

Students must have their transcripts reviewed for admission to the Certificate in Accounting program. Applications for admission must be accompanied by proper documentation, including transcripts of all college credits.

See the SOU School of Business Brochure for this Certificate.

Course Requirements

(48 credits)

Elective Courses (20 credits)

8 credits must be accounting courses.


Students must complete 20 of the final credits of the certificate at SOU. Candidates must achieve a minimum grade of C in each course completed for the certificate and an average GPA of 2.5 or higher for all courses required for the certificate. All coursework from schools other than SOU must be from accredited colleges or universities.

Students working toward the certificate in accounting should choose a faculty advisor from the accounting area for assistance with program planning.

Oregon currently requires at least 225 quarter credits, including at least 36 quarter credits in upper division accounting plus 36 quarter credits in business, economics, and communication.