Graduate Certificate in Accounting

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is available to students who seek additional hours of accounting coursework to enhance their professional work or to prepare to take the CPA exam.

A degree format that works for you

Courses are offered either online or at the Denton campus. All accounting courses will have a duration of the full semester.

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree from Accredited University
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • There are no GMAT or GRE requirements.
  • Apply to the University
  • Email resume to


While a student pursuing this program does not need to have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting, it is expected that the following TWU courses (or their equivalent) will have been satisfactorily completed prior to enrollment in the graduate accounting courses required in this program:

  • BUS 2043 Fundamentals of Accounting I
  • BUS 2053 Fundamentals of Accounting II
  • BUS 3023 Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUS 3043 Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUS 3063 Income Tax Accounting I
  • BUS 4163 Income Tax Accounting II
  • BUS 4423 Auditing


A student may take the courses in any sequence, except for BUS 5493 which serves as the Capstone course in this certificate program. A student must satisfactorily complete at least four of the other courses prior to enrollment in BUS 5493.

Semester Credit Hours Required

18 semester credit hours.

Required Courses  
BUS 5423 Advanced Auditing 3
BUS 5473 Financial Statement Analysis 3
BUS 5483 Accounting for Management Control 3
BUS 5563 Accounting Ethics 3
BUS 5583 Accounting Regulations 3
BUS 5493 Accounting Theory (taken in last semester of enrollment) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 18

BUS 5493, Accounting Theory, is the Capstone course for the certificate.  It must be taken after completion of at least 4 other required courses.

TWU may offer additional graduate accounting courses. If offered, such courses may be substituted for the above courses, with the consent of your faculty advisor.

The TWU School of Management attempts to ensure that all accounting and non-accounting business classes offered are accepted by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for CPA Exam credit.  The combination of the TWU BBA/Accounting and TWU MBA/Accounting degrees is designed to provide all courses needed under current requirements. However, the State Board can and does make changes in course requirements / course acceptance as the Board deems appropriate. In addition, TWU may offer elective courses from time to time that do not meet any specific requirements set forth by the Board.  Students are subject to all Board changes until the student receives an official letter from the State Board indicating that the student has fulfilled all requirements. Each individual interested in becoming qualified to sit for the CPA Exam must work with the State Board to determine her/his full eligibility for the CPA Exam.

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