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Accounting Certificate

Gain the Knowledge to Enter the Robust Accounting Field

The growing demand for support staff and accounting professionals makes today the perfect time to obtain the skills you need to enter the accounting field. By earning an Accounting Certificate from Stratford University, you will be prepared for a variety of positions, including accounting clerk, bookkeeper, payroll clerk, or other entry-level accounting functions.

Through Stratford’s certificate program, you will receive basic theoretical and practical preparation to land an accounting position in the business, government or non-profit sector. For individuals with a business or computer background, Stratford’s Accounting Certificate is a perfect compliment to your current skill sets and will help position you for senior management positions.

Students who complete our Accounting Certificate program may continue on to Stratford’s Diploma in Accounting program and/or to the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting program.

A Rewarding Career is Waiting For You

Our talented Career Services staff has an excellent track record in helping students overcome barriers to landing their dream job. As a result, our alumni have secured exciting jobs in the DC metropolitan area and throughout the U.S. Between 2011 and 2012, 100% of our alumni with an Accounting Certificate were employed in their field or a related field. Many of our alumni have been hired by some of the nation’s leading corporations, including Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, American Systems, Verizon Wireless, Capital One Bank, BAE Systems, FritoLay, Geico, Liberty Mutual.

Here is a sampling of the rewarding career paths waiting for you:

  • Tax Preparer
  • Brokerage Clerk
  • Statistical Assistant
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerk

Take the next step towards landing a job in the accounting field. Contact us to learn how to get started.

Program Requirements and Online Options

You can complete your masters in accounting through classroom instruction at one of our Virginia campuses, through online instruction, or a combination of both online and classroom instruction. Students who take an average of two classes per quarter may earn their Accounting Certificate in 30 weeks.

Credits Required Number of Classes
Core Component 63 14
Total Required for Graduation 27 6


Best-in-Class Faculty

Stratford’s faculty is comprised of the some of the top leaders in business, both in the private and public sectors. All members of our faculty have earned a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, J.D, or a Ph.D. In addition to leading instruction at Stratford, our faculty is comprised of entrepreneurs who run their own business; managers in government; practicing CPAs and attorneys; and experts in the field of information technology. With their expertise, they are equipped to teach underlying business theories, and are in tune with the skill sets and competencies required in the business community as well as the government market.

State-of the-Art Learning Environments

Stratford offers state-of-the-art learning facilities that provide the perfect environment for examining and analyzing timely business topics. Our small class sizes allow you to enjoy low student-to-teacher ratios, which encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between instructors and students. In addition, all classrooms are equipped with computers and are ideal for hands-on lab activities.

A Certificate Program that Fits Your Busy Schedule

Stratford offers the convenience of flexible course schedules as well as full and part-time programs. Residential classes are offered day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. All residential classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or 10 weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September). The accelerated programs at Stratford University allow students to finish a Bachelor’s degree in 30 months or a Master’s degree in 15 months.

Scheduling flexibility contributes tremendously to student success as 100% of part-time students who graduated with an Accounting Certificate between 2011 and 2012 completed the program on time.

Visit Student Disclosures to obtain tuition & fees for this program, graduation and employment rates, and other student consumer information on Stratford’s Accounting Certificate.

Code Name Credits
Principles of Accounting I
Principles of Accounting II
Intermediate Accounting I
Taxation Principles
Cost Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Business Law: Business, Government & Soc