The Accounting Certificate Program is designed to provide students who hold a baccalaureate from an accredited college or university the appropriate course work and course credit hours to sit for the CPA exam.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in this program should consider the Master of Professional Accounting currently under development. In addition to the general graduate admission requirements of The University of Texas at Tyler, students applying for admission to this certificate program are expected to submit a portfolio for evaluation consisting of the following.

  1. Baccalaureate from a nationally accredited college
  2. Completion of an application
  3. Submission of official transcripts and two references
  4. Consideration for admission is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study; socioeconomic background; and involvement and level of responsibility related to other factors, including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, first generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program, family responsibility for raising children, multilingual proficiency, or geographic region of residence.

Each certificate candidate's academic record will be evaluated to ascertain what deficiencies, if any, must be satisfied.

Certificate Requirements

18 Semester Credit Hours

Leveling courses:

ACCT 5300: Accounting Concepts and Processes*

ECON 5300: Economic Concepts and Processes*

Required courses:

ACCT 5320: Accounting for Management Control

ACCT 5360: Advanced Problems in Accounting

ACCT 5310: Income Tax Research

BLAW 5340: Business and Professional Ethics

*Students with six (6) hours of undergraduate accounting or economics may not receive credit for the 5300 courses. These students must substitute another graduate course (with advisor's approval) to satisfy the requirement.

Completion of the Certificate

The successful completion of 18 semester credit hours is required to complete the certification program (see courses listed above). Additional semester hours may be required before the candidate can sit for the CPA exam. If so, the student may enroll in undergraduate or graduate accounting classes as advised by the graduate advisor until all CPA exam requirements are met. Individuals receive college credit for each course completed. These courses will be listed on an official university transcript and a certificate of completion will be awarded.

Academic Standing

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Credits earned in the fulfillment of the Accounting Certificate Program may be applied to the Masters of Business Administration degree program. All other graduate degree requirements and policies are applicable to the certificate program.