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Basic Certificate in Accounting

12,037 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 48% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.4% of accounting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Accounting Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12,037 students earned their basic certificate in accounting. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in accounting at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 53,997
Master’s Degree 20,770
Associate’s Degree 12,300
Basic Certificate 12,037
Undergraduate Certificate 4,885
Graduate Certificate 1,089
Doctor’s Degree 45

Earnings of Accounting Majors With Basic Certificate

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for accounting majors with their basic certificate due to lack of data.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for accounting majors who have their basic certificate is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in accounting. About 72.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,345
Women 8,692
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificate in Accounting

The racial-ethnic distribution of accounting basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,225
Black or African American 1,383
Hispanic or Latino 2,750
White 5,421
International Students 414
Other Races/Ethnicities 844
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Accounting Basic Certificate Students

Accounting Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Accounting Technology/Bookkeeping 9,551
General Accounting 1,613
Accounting & Finance 560
Accounting Management 155
Other Accounting 153

Below are some popular majors that are similar to accounting that offer basic certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 34,964
Business Support & Assistance 10,337
Entrepreneurial Studies 3,572
Finance & Financial Management 2,713
Business & Commerce 2,657


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

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