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Certificate Program in Accounting
Learn accounting fundamentals in this 6 course certificate. Courses can be used to fulfill the undergraduate coursework requirements of UMass Lowell's Master of Science Degree in Accounting.
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An accounting certificate is one way for non-accountants to begin a future in accounting at a reasonable cost. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022... As the number of organizations increases, more bookkeepers will be needed to keep these organizations' books. In addition, in response to the recent financial crisis, investors will pay increased attention to the accuracy of corporate books. Stricter regulation in the financial sector will create demand for accounting services, creating opportunities for accounting clerks."1 These entry-level accounting positions can reasonably be served by employees with the skills obtained in the Accounting Certificate program.
Designed for students who already have earned their Bachelor's degree in another discipline, this certificate has been developed to provide the required undergraduate-level courses in Accounting that one needs before they can apply to most graduate-level programs in Accounting.
All of the courses in this certificate program can be used to fulfill the prerequisite courses requirement for UMass Lowell's Master of Science Degree in Accounting, which is available entirely online.
1 [http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/bookkeeping-accounting-and-auditing-clerks.htm#tab-6 accessed July 28, 2014.]
Note: Accounting/Financial (ACCT.2010) and Accounting/Managerial (ACCT.2020) are prerequisite courses and should have already been taken as part of your undergraduate degree program. If you have not already taken these two courses, you are required to take them before you can take any of the following ACCT.3000/4000 level Accounting courses.
Students enrolled in UMass Lowell certificate programs must complete all courses, generally consisting of both required courses and electives. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace, enrolling in one or two courses each semester. Courses are available throughout the year, during the Fall (September-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (May-August) semesters.
Online students typically log into their online courses through UMass Lowell's Blackboard portal at https://uml.umassonline.net/webapps/login/ one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. Online students are able to access their online courses on the first day of each semester. For more information on online courses, or to test drive an online course, visit our online program home page.
Courses offered on campus typically meet one night per week, three hours each night during the Fall and Spring semesters, and M/W or T/Th nights with alternating Friday night classes during the six-week Summer Session I and Summer Session II semesters. A limited selection of on-campus courses are also available during a two-week Winter Intersession. All students should anticipate at least two hours of preparation for every hour of classroom instruction. Students are required to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better to receive the certificate.
Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students must submit a completed Certificate Petition Form to Online and Continuing Education. Upon verification, students will be mailed their certificates. Receipt of the certificate will be noted formally on the student's transcript with an award date of October, February, or June.
The University has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.
At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.
- For additional information on any of our programs, call Online and Continuing Education at (978) 934-2474 or email
- For information on Financial Aid, call the Financial Aid Office at (978) 934-4220.
Examines the generally accepted accounting principles relating to the preparation of financial statements. The student will study, in depth, the valuation and disclosure problems associated with the assets of the enterprise. The accounting framework and pronouncements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board are emphasized. 3 credits.
Presents the in-depth study of the valuation and disclosure issues associated with corporate liabilities and stockholders' equity. Emphasis is placed on the statements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. 3 credits.
ACCT.3 ( 'C' or above) pre-req
Presents accounting as a system designed to meet the needs of external and internal users. Accounting information system concepts are emphasized. Topics include accounting transaction cycles, internal controls, and systems development processes. 3 credits.
An examination of the manufacturing function from the view of the cost accountant. Managerial control of the elements of product costs will be studied with an emphasis on cost accumulation systems both historical and estimated. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Quantitative Literacy (QL). 3 credits.
ACCT.30 with 'C' or above pre-
An examination of the purposes of financial statement audits. The following topics will be examined in depth: auditing standards, professional ethics, legal responsibilities, internal control, audit evidence, financial statement disclosures and audit reports. 3 credits.
ACCT.3030 with ('C' or above)
Deals with the basic rules and regulations of the Internal Revenue Code as it affects the individual and the corporation. An understanding of the code is developed through lectures, assigned readings, research, and the solution to a wide variety of problems. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Information Literacy (IL). 3 credits.
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Tuition for UMass Lowell Online and Continuing Education students is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.
|Per credit-contact hr.|
|Undergraduate Face-to-Face Courses and Audit||$340.00|
|Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online courses and Audit)||$380.00|
|Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit||$385.00|
|Graduate Online, On-Campus, and Off-Campus Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Online, MBA in Haverhill, MSIT, Masters in Engineering Management, and Education Courses)||$575.00|
|Graduate Education Courses||$470.00||MSIT and Masters in Engineering Management** Online Courses||$590.00|
|Manning School of Business* Graduate Online Courses||$655.00|
|MBA Graduate Courses in Haverhill||$835.00|
|Registration Fee per Term (non-refundable)||$30.00|
|Late Fee for Non Payment||$50.00|
|Fee for Undergraduate Degree Application||$60.00|
You may take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet the particular course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.
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Please refer to our tuition and fees page for up-to-date pricing information or refer to the Online & Continuing Education Course Bulletin that is published each semester.
With the program coordinator's approval, one course may be transferred from another accredited institution to satisfy undergraduate certificate program requirements. The course should be equivalent to UMass Lowell instruction, applicable to the intended program, and the student must have received a grade equivalent to a C- (1.70 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
Program Coordinators and Faculty and Student Support Specialists are available by appointment to help students determine appropriate course loads, discuss admission requirements, and review the transferability of courses. For online advising, email us at Continuing_Education@uml.edu. To schedule an appointment with a Program Coordinator or Faculty and Student Support Specialist, please call Online and Continuing Education at (978) 934-2474. General academic advising is also available at the Faculty and Student Support Center on a drop-in basis, located in Southwick Hall, Room 203 on UMass Lowell North. Call (978) 934-2474 or stop by the office Monday through Thursday between 8:30am-8:00pm and on Friday between 8:30am-5:00pm.
In addition to completing the Application for Admission, students interested in this program must contact their prior institution of higher education and have their
official college transcripts forwarded directly from that institution to UMass Lowell at the address below.
Apply to an undergraduate certificate program using the Online Application Form or by printing and completing the Undergraduate Certificate Application Form in .pdf file format. Applicants will be required to have either their official high school transcript, HiSET®, GED® or their most recent college transcript if applicable, sent to Continuing Education at the address below. Applications, transcripts, and other correspondence should be sent to:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Online & Continuing Education
OCE Admissions - Southwick Hall, Rm 203
1 University Avenue
Lowell, MA, 01854
Undergraduate certificate applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and there is no fee to apply. Upon acceptance, notification will be sent to students.
Email OCE_Admissions@uml.edu or call (978) 934-2474.
Call the Online and Continuing Education Student Support Center at (978) 934-2474 or (800) 480-3190. Our team of Student Support Specialists are here to help!