Accounting certificate programs: Serving the needs of students while benefiting your university and accounting department

Janet A. Samuels, David Lowe, Catherine A. Finger

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Abstract

The supply of accounting majors has not kept pace with the increasing demand for accounting graduates. One way of increasing the number of qualified accountants, while maintaining desired quality, is through a non-degree program such as the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accountancy. A certificate program addresses the needs of students who already have a bachelor's degree in another discipline and want to gain accounting knowledge. The purpose of this chapter is to assist accounting administrators and faculty in deciding whether a similar program would be feasible and beneficial for their school. We describe the benefits of a certificate program, which include the potential for increased enrollments and an enhanced learning environment. We discuss design alternatives andimplementation issues in terms of our program and other certificate programs in the United States. We also discuss the needs and characteristics of certificate students currently enrolled in our program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Accounting Education
Subtitle of host publicationTeaching and Curriculum Innovations
EditorsBill N. Schwartz, Anthony H. Catanach
Pages131-149
Number of pages19
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

Publication series

NameAdvances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations
Volume10
ISSN (Print)1085-4622

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education

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    Samuels, J. A., Lowe, D., & Finger, C. A. (2009). Accounting certificate programs: Serving the needs of students while benefiting your university and accounting department. In B. N. Schwartz, & A. H. Catanach (Eds.), Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations (pp. 131-149). (Advances in Accounting Education: Teaching and Curriculum Innovations; Vol. 10). https://doi.org/10.1108/S1085-4622(2009)0000010009