Accounting Student on Diploma track

Accounting Diploma

Earn Professional Credentials to Accelerate Your Accounting Career

If you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current career, Stratford’s Accounting Diploma will provide you with the credentials you need to achieve your goals.  Our Diploma in Accounting program will prepare your for exams to obtain professional certifications such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) or Accredited Business Accountant (ABA).

Designed primarily for individuals with a bachelor or an advanced degree, this program will enable you to become proficient in accounting theories and principles that will elevate your accounting role in the workplace. The curriculum is based on core competencies outlined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and allows you to examine real-life accounting challenges in the business world.

Students who complete Stratford’s Accounting Diploma program also satisfy requirements for entry into the Master of Science in Professional 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 career. As a result, our alumni have secured exciting jobs in the DC metropolitan area and throughout the U.S. A number of leading businesses employ Stratford alumni, including Price Waterhouse Cooper, 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 steps to accelerate your accounting career. Contact us to learn how to get started.

Program Requirements and Online Options

You can complete your Accounting Diploma through classroom instruction at one of our Virginia campuses, through online instruction, or a combination of both online and classroom instruction. On average, students complete the program in six quarters on a part-time basis, assuming completion of 9.0 credit hours (two classes) per quarter.

Credits Required Number of Classes
Core Component 63 14
Total Required for Graduation 54 12

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 degree, Masters 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 Diploma 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.

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

Prerequisites: Introduction to Business, Financial Management, Principles of Economics. 

Code Name Credits
Principles of Accounting I
Principles of Accounting II
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Intermediate Accounting III
Taxation Principles
Cost Accounting
Accounting Information Systems
Non-Profit/Municipal Accounting
Advanced Accounting
Business Law: Business, Government & Soc