Accounting Business

Undergraduate Certificate


Whether your goal is to sit for the CPA exam, deepen your accounting knowledge skills, or position yourself for a better job, Capella's online Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting can help you meet your aspirations. Gain the foundational knowledge you need to prepare for a career in the field of accounting.

This certificate provides an opportunity to earn an academic credential in less than 1.5 years, which can later be applied to a bachelor's degree.

When combined with an undergraduate degree in business, the credits from this certificate can help you meet the accounting-specific qualifications to sit for the CPA exam.

Our enrollment counselors specializing in accounting and business have a wealth of information about how this certificate can help you move forward in your career.

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At a Glance

  • Online
  • 8 Core courses

Classes Start April 11th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo WINTER).

By earning your Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting from Capella University, you will have already completed one-fourth of the credits toward earning a Bachelor’s in Business degree with the accounting specialization.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$411 per credit, 45 total quarter credits, 22 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

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Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also apply accounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS3061.

3 quarter credits
BUS4060 *
Financial Accounting Principles

Learners identify financial accounting principles and ways accounting information is used to assess an organization’s financial performance. Learners evaluate the relationship between business events and accounting systems and analyze an organization’s financial structure. Prerequisite(s): BUS3060 or BUS3061.

6 quarter credits
BUS4061 *
Managerial Accounting Principles

In this course, learners identify the role of accounting as it relates to managing an organization, then analyze accounting systems and financial statements. Learners also apply sound budgeting and time value of money principles from a managerial perspective. Prerequisite(s): BUS4060.

6 quarter credits
BUS4062 *
Intermediate Financial Accounting Topics and Trends

Learners in this course develop and exercise a working knowledge of financial accounting theory and practice using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) pronouncements. Learners acquire financial reporting skills and apply financial statement conceptual frameworks to prepare financial statements. Prerequisite(s): BUS4060.

6 quarter credits
BUS4063 *
Advanced Financial Accounting Topics and Trends

In this course, learners analyze and apply advanced financial accounting concepts and consolidated financial statement information. Learners also evaluate the influence of global money markets and demonstrate knowledge of partnership and corporate accounting issues and governmental entities. Prerequisite(s): BUS4062.

6 quarter credits
BUS4064 *
Cost Accounting for Planning and Control

This course emphasizes the role of cost and managerial accounting in the planning, control, and performance evaluation of business organizations. Learners examine the theory and practice of business control and identify strategic aspects within business decision cycles. Prerequisite(s): BUS4061.

6 quarter credits
BUS4065 *
Income Tax Concepts and Strategies

In this course, learners build and strengthen their knowledge of fundamental concepts of individual, partnership, and corporate income taxation and tax-related transactions. Learners examine events that affect tax decisions, apply tax guidelines, and analyze tax forms. Prerequisite(s): BUS4060.

6 quarter credits
BUS4068 *
Contemporary Auditing Using Investigative Accounting Practices

In this course, learners analyze the various types of financial and forensic audits, and the environment surrounding financial and forensic auditing. Learners also assess the background, practice and methods of conducting an audit, and ancillary services offered during an examination. Finally, learners use previously acquired accounting knowledge and investigative skills to render opinions and answer financial questions. Prerequisite(s): BUS4063.

6 quarter credits

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