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Accounting Foundations Graduate Certificate

Accounting Foundations Certificate at a Glance

About the Program

Boise State’s Online Accounting Foundations Graduate Certificate will help you take the next step in your career. Those who want an added emphasis area (to complement other graduate work), small business owners wanting additional accounting knowledge and employees needing to enhance current skills will all benefit from this certificate program that does not require an undergraduate degree in accounting.


Boise State’s College of Business and Economics (COBE) AND the Department of Accountancy are both accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), putting them in the top tier of business schools and accountancy programs worldwide. Only 874 business institutions in 56 territories and countries have earned AACSB accreditation.

Boise State is also one of only 190 schools who hold the additional, specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting program. This specialized AACSB accounting accreditation assures you that our program meets rigorous criteria and standards for excellence in accounting education across three main themes: engagement, innovation, and impact.

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What can you do with an Accounting Foundations Graduate Certificate?

Certificate holders will gain knowledge in the foundations of accounting. They will be versed in financial statement preparation and analysis, tax procedures and planning, and information technology and data analytics. Program participants will receive training in management decision making and business processes. They will learn how to research current accounting topics independently to stay up-to-date on new laws and technologies in their field.

What are the admission requirements?

Accounting Foundations Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the Online Accounting Foundations Graduate Certificate, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Prerequisite Courses (or courses deemed equivalent)

  • ACCT 205 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • FINAN 303 Principles of Finance
  • Math 254 Intro to Statistics/BUSSTAT 207 Introduction to Business Analytics*

*Students should be comfortable with and have experience using Excel. Your success coach can discuss the specific requirements for the program with you.

Standard Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.00 (4.00 scale)
  • C- or better in prerequisite courses

Priority Application Deadlines by Semester

Applications may be accepted after the deadline if space is available in courses. Reach out to the success coaches for more information on the application process and timelines.

SemesterApplication DeadlineCourses Begin
SpringNovember 30*Early January
SummerApril 15*Early May
FallJuly 15*Late August
*Students interested in financial aid are encouraged to apply 1 month prior to these posted deadlines.

How much does it cost?

Boise State University’s online program offers reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently.

Boise State Graduate Admissions Application Fee (non-refundable)$65
Courses (18 total credits @ $495 per credit*)$8,910
Books (estimate)$360
Graduation Application Fee$25
Approximate Total Investment$9,360
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access, which are all required for this program.varies

What classes will I take?

This program is offered online only with no in-person requirements. The below online certificate curriculum shows the courses required for the program.

Course NumberTitleCredits
Required Accounting Foundations courses
ACCT 500Foundations of Financial Reporting I3
ACCT 501Foundations of Financial Reporting II3
ACCT 504Foundations of Financial Statement Auditing3
ACCT 513Foundations of Cost Accounting3
ACCT 529Foundations of Federal Income Taxation3
ACCT 549Foundations of Accounting Information Systems3

Need more information?

We’re here to help! From deciding if an online certificate is right for you to figuring out what credits transfer from previous schools, talking to a Student Success Coach is the best place to start.

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How do I apply?

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