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Online Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations

The online Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations helps you take the next step in your career.

Designed for graduate students who want to complement other graduate work, small business owners wanting additional accounting knowledge and employees needing to enhance current skills — all will benefit from this certificate program that does not require an undergraduate degree in accounting.

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Among The Top In The Nation

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Boise State’s online programs are specifically created for online learning and offer the same support as our traditional degree programs.

Our master’s in accounting online program is ranked #58 in the nation for Best Online Master’s in Business Programs by U.S. News and World Report.

AACSB Accreditation

Boise State’s College of Business and Economics and the Department of Accountancy are 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.

AACSB Accounting Accreditation

Boise State is also one of only 190 schools that hold AACSB Accounting Accreditation. This specialized accreditation signifies that our program meets rigorous criteria and standards for excellence in accounting education across engagement, innovation and impact.

Accounting Foundations Certificate at a Glance

What can I do with a Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations?

Certificate holders will gain knowledge in the foundations of accounting including financial statement preparation and analysis, tax procedures and planning, information technology and data analytics.

As a student, you will receive training in management, decision-making and business processes. You will learn how to research current accounting topics independently to stay up-to-date on new laws and technologies in your career field.

What classes will I take?

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations is offered online only with no in-person requirements. This 18-credit program includes six required courses. Review the following table for more details on course requirements.

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

This content is provided as a quick reference for planning your academic schedule. All official course descriptions and degree requirements are published on the graduate catalog site.

How much does it cost?

Boise State Online offers reasonably priced tuition, ongoing support, financial aid options and degree paths that help ensure you reach your goals quickly and efficiently. Review the following table for details on program costs.

Boise State Graduate Admissions Application Fee (non-refundable)$65
Courses (18 total credits @ $545 per credit*)$9,810
Books (estimate)$360
Graduation Application Fee$25
Approximate Total Investment$10,260
Other potential expenses may include a personal computer, webcam, headphones with mic, and internet access, which are all required for this program.Varies

*The per-credit fees listed above are for the 2023-24 academic year. Future academic year per-credit fees may vary slightly and are finalized each May.

**Costs for room, board and transportation are used to calculate financial aid and are included to disclose the full cost of attendance. These costs are not required for students pursuing a fully online program.

Note to Boise State and other Idaho higher education employees: Fee waivers do not apply to this program.

What support will I have?

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.

Contact the Accountancy Student Success Coach

What are the admission requirements?

To be considered for the online Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations, 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 student success coach can discuss the specific requirements for the program with you.

Standard Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.00 (4.00 scale)
  • C- or better in prerequisite courses

This content is provided as a quick reference for planning. All official admission standards are published on the graduate catalog site.

Priority Application Deadlines by Semester

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

SemesterApplication DeadlineCourses Begin
SpringNovember 30*Early January
SummerApril 15*Early May
FallJuly 15*Late August

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