Program Overview

University of Maryland at University College offers a Certificate in Accounting and Information systems for students and professionals in business and information technology whose career opportunities can be augmented or improved with certification demonstrating their ability to apply technology to manage accounting activity and facilitate the practice of monitoring income and expenditures. Students will learn about advanced accounting practices and the development of skill in the utilization of accounting software and accounting information systems to facilitate the collection and analysis of accounting data.

Individuals in the program will learn about accepted accounting practices and the different roles of accounting and information systems within organizations. Those classes include orientation to graduate studies at UMUC, financial accounting, accounting information systems, information technology acquisitions management, and foundations of information security and assurance.  

Upon completing the program, students will have demonstrated the professional knowledge and qualifications necessary for roles of accountant or accounting information manager within organizations. Those qualifications include the ability to assess the impact of managerial decisions in organizational contexts using research techniques and results, to communicate effectively about accounting and business practices, demonstrating knowledge of and respect for a variety of audiences, to effectively employ quantitative and analytical skills essential in the accounting profession, to construct alternative solutions to unique accounting situations and challenges, to evaluate accounting and business practices from ethical, legal, and regulatory perspectives, considering diverse stakeholders and competing interests, to appraise the mission-critical role the accounting professional has as an active partner in supporting the goals and needs of the organization, and to evaluate opportunities accounting professionals have to promote sustainable, socially aware organizations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students must have an undergraduate minor in accounting (or 15 credits in undergraduate accounting) with a minimum grade of "C" in each course to enroll in this certificate program.

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 


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