Accounting & Finance

Certificate in Accounting

The Certificate in Accounting prepares individuals to assume greater responsibility for the accounting function. The 30-credit undergraduate accounting certificate (10 courses) provides a foundation in accounting, auditing, taxation, commercial law, and managerial finance.  The accounting certificate can be completed in 20 months by enrolling in 2 classes per term. The certificate is online, making it accessible from anywhere.

The accounting certificate program includes courses that are both required and recommended as preparation to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. The Virginia State Board of Accountancy requires CPA applicants to obtain at least 120 semester hours of education with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with 48 semester hours for an accounting concentration or equivalent as follows:

  • 24 semester hours in accounting courses to include auditing, financial accounting, management accounting, and taxation.*
  • 24 semester hours of business courses. As many as 6 hours of accounting courses (not included in the 24 hours of accounting courses) may be considered for the business course requirement.
*Introductory accounting courses cannot be considered in determining whether a person has obtained the 48 minimum number of semester hours required for an accounting concentration or equivalent.

Certificate in Certified Financial Planning

The Certificate in Certified Financial Planning is designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary for obtaining CFP® Certification. This noncredit program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and includes seven courses that address the core competencies in financial planning, insurance, investment planning, income tax planning, retirement planning, estate planning, and ethics. The certificate in financial planning can be completed in 18 months through coursework offered at the UVa Academic Center in Falls Church.