Step Up to a Master's Degree

Information on how the Penn State Smeal College of Business Accounting Foundations graduate certificate can help you step up to a Master's degree.

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations courses may be applied to elective degree requirements for the following Penn State programs: 

  • Master of Accounting: Penn State Smeal College of Business offers a resident one-year Master of Accounting program designed to prepare students for CPA licensure and expanded career opportunities. Your Accounting Foundations Certificate fulfills the accounting prerequisites for the One-Year MAcc.
  • Master of Professional Accounting: Penn State World Campus offers an online Master of Professional Accounting degree. Three of the Accounting Foundations Certificate courses, ACCTG 812, ACCTG 813, and ACCTG 814, fulfill accounting prerequisites courses for the MPAcc. Additional coursework in financial accounting is needed to be considered for admission to this program. Contact World Campus for details.
  • Online MBA: If you are looking for a broader course of study to supplement your Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations, consider the Penn State Online MBA Program. MBA coursework covers the foundations of critical business areas such as accounting, supply chain management, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, team performance, and ethics. If you are accepted into the online MBA program, your Corporate Accounting Foundations Certificate satisfies the required Accounting core course and fulfills the 9-credit concentration requirement.
  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The online Master's in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship is designed for those who wish to develop groundbreaking products and services, manage high-performance organizations and teams, or possibly launch a startup company. The Accounting Foundations Certificate may be utilized as a concentration within this customizable program.
  • Taxation: With core course work in Federal Tax Policy & Procedure, Entity Taxation, Taxes in Alternative Jurisdictions, and The Estate & Gift Tax, this program will provide early to mid-career professionals currently in the tax field or looking to transition into a tax specialty, the skill set needed to advance their careers.