Understanding the accounting and budgetary implications of business decisions is critical to both career and organizational success. With a certificate in accounting, you’ll be prepared to combine financial and business theory with the practice of financial, tax, managerial, and cost accounting in order to make a positive impact at your organization.

In the certificate program, you will learn to analyze financial statements and the accounting principles used to prepare them, as well as to understand external financial reporting requirements. Upon completion of the certificate, you’ll be able to incorporate the tax effects and cost classifications of business into the decision-making process, and prepare budgets in a variety of industries. 

Through a course schedule that can be completed through your preference of in-person and online coursework, you can complete your certificate in as little as 12 months. Options for scholarships and other financial aid help make your studies affordable—and all certificate courses can also be applied toward a degree if you choose to continue your studies at North Park University.

With small class sizes and respected professional faculty who will help you achieve your goals, our certificate programs are one of the options that the School of Business and Nonprofit Management offers to students committed to becoming successful, ethical business leaders.


The five classes listed below are required for the certificate in accounting. Click on a course title to read its description.

Review our semester schedules to see current course offerings, including online and on-campus classes.

SBNM 5110 – Financial Accounting
Financial accounting develops the ability to read and analyze a corporate financial statement. The course is oriented toward the user of financial accounting data and emphasizes the reconstruction of economic events from published accounting reports. It presents the accounting model, reviews accounting standards used for financial reporting, and considers their impact on managerial decisions. The role of accounting in planning, decision making, control, and performance evaluation is the managerial focus of this course. An examination of the ethical issues encountered when making accounting decisions is undertaken throughout the course. An online test of competency in financial accounting will be required as a part of the course.

SBNM 5111 – Managerial Accounting
Managerial accounting takes an internal decision-oriented approach and examines the information requirements of various techniques and planning models. The course emphasizes the solution of particular types of problems and the structural evolution of costing systems for management planning and control. It covers accounting data used by managers for several purposes: product cost and income determination, routine short-run decision making, fundamental policy formation, and control of various activities of the organization. Stress is placed on the design of accounting systems aimed at encouraging ethical behavior consistent with top-management goals.

SBNM 5120 – Cost Accounting
A study of the theory and practice of cost accounting. The course will focus on job cost and unit cost accounting; job order and standard costing systems; variance analysis; direct and indirect costs; and budgeting.

SBNM 5121 – Advanced Cost Accounting
Continuation of a study of the theory and practice of cost accounting. The course will focus on process costing systems; problems with cost accumulation and cost allocation; capital budgeting and cost analysis.

SBNM 5130 – Corporate Tax Accounting
A study of tax decisions related to various business organizations, specifically Sub Chapter C and Sub Chapter S corporations. Additionally, the course addresses tax issues for partnerships, estates, and trusts.

Gainful Employment Information

North Park University is required to provide detailed information about the gainful employment of our students who enroll in School of Business and Nonprofit Management certificate programs. These disclosures will assist students in making informed enrollment decisions with regards to the possible employment opportunities that accompany each of the certificate programs.

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