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Graduate Certificates in Accounting

1,089 Yearly Graduations
$51,500 Median Salary
$32,993 Median Debt
A graduate certificate in accounting is offered at 173 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 33% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 5.6% of accounting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Accounting Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,089 students earned their graduate certificate in accounting. This earns it the #4 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate programs in the nation.

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 Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in accounting is $51,500. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $51,500 and the high is $51,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in accounting is $32,993. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $32,993 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $32,993.

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The median monthly payment of a accounting graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $384.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in accounting. About 60.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 428
Women 661
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Accounting

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 104
Hispanic or Latino 152
White 503
International Students 61
Other Races/Ethnicities 203
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Accounting Graduate Certificate Students

There are 173 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in accounting. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

183 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for accounting students seekinga graduate certificate is University of Phoenix - Arizona. Each year, around 94,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 183 graduate certificates were handed out to accounting majors at UOPX - Arizona. Of these students, 74% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
122 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Missouri - Columbia. Roughly 30,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

The accounting program at University of Missouri - Columbia awarded 122 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#3

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California
88 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Clara University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in accounting. Each year, around 8,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,998 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,056 per year.

The accounting program at Santa Clara University awarded 88 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Universidad del Turabo

Gurabo, Puerto Rico
77 Yearly Graduations
53% Women

Universidad del Turabo is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in accounting. Each year, around 15,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $2,652 per year.

The accounting program at Universidad del Turabo awarded 77 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
63 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is George Mason University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,144 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 63 people received their graduate certificate in accounting from GMU. Of these students, 62% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
57 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Portland State University comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in accounting. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 graduate certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Portland State University. About 61% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
43 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in accounting. Each year, around 113,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 graduate certificates were handed out to accounting majors at SNHU. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 77% were women.

#8

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
39 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is DeVry University - Illinois. Roughly 18,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,663 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,072 per year.

The accounting program at DeVry University - Illinois awarded 39 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

#9

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
30 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Connecticut comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in accounting. Roughly 27,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,798 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,300 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 people received their graduate certificate in accounting from UCONN. About 33% of this group were women, and 23% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts
27 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bentley University is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in accounting. Roughly 5,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,060 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,400 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 people received their graduate certificate in accounting from Bentley. Of these students, 63% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
23 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in accounting. Roughly 29,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their graduate certificate in accounting from VCU. Of these students, 52% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma
17 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is University of Central Oklahoma. Each year, around 14,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,686 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,000 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their graduate certificate in accounting from UCO. About 53% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
15 Yearly Graduations
47% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American University comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in accounting. Each year, around 14,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,351 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 graduate certificates were handed out to accounting majors at The American University. About 47% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

15 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Linfield University - Online and Continuing Education comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in accounting. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The accounting program at Linfield University - Online and Continuing Education awarded 15 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
14 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Miami comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in accounting. Each year, around 17,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,400 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $37,800 per year.

The accounting program at University of Miami awarded 14 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 64% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

#16

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
12 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in accounting. Each year, around 48,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 graduate certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Walden University. Of these students, 58% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri
12 Yearly Graduations
58% Women

The 16th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Missouri State University - Springfield. Roughly 23,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,202 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their graduate certificate in accounting from Missouri State.

#16

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
12 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Seattle University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in accounting. Each year, around 7,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $45,765 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,280 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 graduate certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Seattle U. About 58% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Post University

Waterbury, Connecticut
11 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Post University. Roughly 10,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $15,258 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,500 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 graduate certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Post University. Of these students, 82% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
11 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for accounting majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Capella University. Roughly 37,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 graduate certificates were handed out to accounting majors at Capella University. Around 55% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

Accounting Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Accounting 931
Accounting Management 71
Accounting & Finance 51
Auditing 32
Other Accounting 4

Below are some popular majors that are similar to accounting that offer graduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 4,965
Human Resource Management 1,510
Management Sciences & Methods 1,451
Finance & Financial Management 631
Entrepreneurial Studies 584

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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