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The 25 Best Accounting Certificate Programs

March 9, 2021 | Staff Writers

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Stanly Community College

  • Albemarle, North Carolina
  • Graduation Rate: 48%

Stanly Community College in North Carolina takes the top spot on our list for its affordable tuition and high-quality education. Students can complete an accounting certificate online. This program only requires 18 credits and can be completed in only two semesters.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $2,673 in-state; $8,817 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
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Foothill College

  • Los Altos Hills, California
  • Graduation Rate: 63%

Foothill College offers the top online accounting certificate in California. This program requires 43 credits to complete. Students do not have to complete any general education courses as part of this program.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $1,563 in-state; $9,528 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 26:1
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3

Coastal Pines Technical College

  • Waycross, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

Coastal Pines Technical College is the first of several two-year institutions from Georgia on our list. Its Diploma in Accounting program can be completed in three semesters. It can be taken completely over the Internet. Students can also go on to complete an Associate’s in Accounting at Coastal Pines.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $2,759 in-state; $4,906 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
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Ogeechee Technical College

  • Statesboro, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 47%

Ogeechee Technical College, also in Georgia, offers 28 completely online programs. One of these programs is an accounting certificate online. This program takes four semesters to complete. Students can concentrate in payroll accounting, inventory management, accounts payable, or accounts receivable.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $3,140 in-state; $5,540 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
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5

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

  • Valdosta, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 45%

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is our third school in a row from this state. The accounting certificate can be completed on-campus or entirely over the Internet. Students can also go on to complete an Associate’s in Accounting over the Internet.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $3,152 in-state; $5,552 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
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Sheridan Technical College

  • Hollywood, Florida
  • Graduation Rate: 95%

Sheridan Technical College in Florida offers an online accounting certificate. This program can be completed in nine months of full-time study. Students must attend an in-person orientation in Hollywood, Florida.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $3,774
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
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Atlanta Technical College

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Atlanta Technical College has an innovative accounting certificate program. Like the other programs on this list, the accounting certificate program at Atlanta TC can be completed over the Internet. This certificate takes four semesters to complete.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $3,084 in-state; $5,484 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
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8

Casper College

  • Casper, Wyoming
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

Casper College in Wyoming is often ranked as one of the top community colleges in the country, and its excellent accounting certificate program contributes to this reputation. Its online accounting certificate trains students in accounting basics and commonly used software like Quickbooks. This program can be completed in two semesters.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $3,834 in-state; $9,774 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
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9

Lanier Technical College

  • Oakwood, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 39%

Lanier Technical College offers an Office Accounting Specialist certificate that can be completed online or on-location in Georgia. This program requires only 14 credits, so it can be completed in one semester. Lanier also offers an Associate’s in Accounting if students want to continue their educations.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $3,666 in-state; $6,666 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
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10

Shoreline Community College

  • Shoreline, Washington
  • Graduation Rate: 38%

Shoreline Community College is known as a leader in online education, and its accounting certificate is just one of many Internet-based programs at the school. The accounting certificate takes 55 credits to complete. These credits can be transferred toward a degree in accounting.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $3,981 in-state; $6,744 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
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11

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

  • Rome, Georgia
  • Graduation Rate: 44%

Georgia Northwestern Technical College has a flexible accounting certificate program that can be completed online. This program requires 42-43 credits, and students can complete it in three to four semesters. Georgia Northwestern also has an online Associate’s in Accounting.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $3,062 in-state; $5,462 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
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12

University of Alaska – Fairbanks

  • Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Graduation Rate: 29%

The University of Alaska – Fairbanks is one of only a few universities on this list, as certificate programs are usually offered by two-year schools. Alaska’s Accounting Technician Certificate takes roughly one year of full-time study to complete. Alaska makes it easy for students to apply credits earned in this program toward their Associate in Applied Accounting degree.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,080 in-state; $21,216 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
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13

Moraine Park Technical College

  • Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

Moraine Park Technical College offers the top online accounting certificate program in Wisconsin. This program can be completed in one year. Credits can be transferred to a four-year school if students want to further their educations.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $4,440 in-state; $5,885 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
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14

Florida State College at Jacksonville

  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers a wide variety of online programs, including an accounting certificate. This certificate requires only 12 credits to complete, which means it can be completed in one semester. Online students from other states do not have to pay an increased tuition rate.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $2,878
Student-to-faculty ratio: 25:1
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15

Snead State Community College

  • Boaz, Alabama
  • Graduation Rate: 48%

Snead State Community College offers a leading Accounting Technology certificate program. Students can complete the 27-credit program in two or three semesters of full-time study. There are multiple start dates throughout the year, so students will not have to wait to pursue their education.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $4,950 in-state; $8,880 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 21:1
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16

Thomas Edison State University

  • Trenton, New Jersey
  • Graduation Rate: 42%

Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey is the second university on this list. It is known for offering many excellent online programs, including its 18-credit accounting certificate. This program can be completed in less than one year.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,926 in-state; $9,856 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
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17

Kaskaskia College

  • Centralia, Illinois
  • Graduation Rate: 32%

Kaskaskia College in Illinois has a 32-credit accounting certificate program that can be completed on the Internet. This program is often completed in three semesters of full-time study, meaning it can be completed in one year if students take online classes. Online students from outside Illinois do not need to pay non-resident tuition.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,530
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
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18

Golden Gate University

  • San Francisco, California
  • Graduation Rate: 38%

Golden Gate University is a private institution in the San Francisco area. It offers an 18-credit accounting certificate that students can complete online. Online students can work on their own schedules.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $16,095
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
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Auburn University

  • Auburn, Alabama
  • Graduation Rate: 79%

Auburn University is one of the top public universities in the South, and it offers an elite accounting certificate program.This program is intended for professional accountants who already have a bachelor’s degree. It is intended to help them prepare for the rigorous CPA exam. The certificate can be completed in one year of full-time study.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $11,492 in-state; $31,124 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 20:1
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20

University of California – Irvine

  • Irvine, California
  • Graduation Rate: 87%

The University of California – Irvine’s continuing education school offers many programs targeted at working professionals, such as a certificate in Applied Accounting. This program can be completed in one to two years. Students can start any semester they want.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $13,727 in-state; $43,481 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
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21

University of Virginia

  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Graduation Rate: 94%

The University of Virginia offers a top-notch online accounting certificate. This program can be completed in 20 months. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and complete this program are eligible to take the CPA exam.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $17,798 in-state; $50,900 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
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University of California – Berkeley

  • Berkeley, California
  • Graduation Rate: 93%

The University of California – Berkeley’s extension school offers over 20 online certificate programs, including a certificate in accounting. This 24-unit certificate usually takes two years to complete. Courses start every month.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $14,253 in-state; $44,007 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
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Liberty University

  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Graduation Rate: 34%

Liberty University is a Christian institution, though students of all faiths can attend. It offers a 21-credit accounting certificate that can be completed entirely over the Internet. Students can complete this course in nine months of study.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $22,747
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
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Community Care College

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

Community Care College is a private community college in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It offers an accounting certificate that students can complete in 10 months of online study. Graduates may qualify to take the QuickBooks certification exam.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $17,891
Student-to-faculty ratio: 25:1
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Champlain College

  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Graduation Rate: 62%

Champlain College is a prestigious institution located in Vermont, though its certificate in accounting can be completed online. The certificate requires only 15 credits to complete, so students can finish it in under a year. The credits earned can count toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $41,828
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
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