2015-2016 Graduate Academic Catalogue 
    Jun 06, 2023  
2015-2016 Graduate Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting Certificate

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Office: Timonium Campus, Suite 8
Telephone: 410‑617‑5067
Website: www.loyola.edu/sellinger

Associate Academic Dean: Marianne Ward-Peradoza

The Accounting Certificate Program is an accelerated, 12-week summer program. It consists of four concurrently taught, three-credit courses that are designed to build on the undergraduate accounting major's coursework to provide graduate-level competence in the more advanced aspects of the field. The program also provides an opportunity for recent graduates or new accounting professionals to obtain 12 graduate credit hours (counted as 18 credit hours in Maryland) that can be applied toward the 150-credit-hour educational requirement of most state Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensing authorities.

The Accounting Certificate Program is applicable to those pursuing public accounting careers or accounting careers in private or governmental organizations. The program was developed in consultation with key accounting employers and is designed to provide increased technical and professional skills that enhance career opportunities. For information about the estimated costs, related standard occupations, and normal completion time for this program, visit www.loyola.edu/department/consumer-information.

Admission Criteria

Detailed admission information (application procedures, required documents, deadlines, etc.) can be found under Admission.

GMAT Waiver Policy

Applicants to the Accounting Certificate Program who satisfy certain conditions can request consideration for admission without submitting a GMAT score. If, upon review by the Committee on Admission and Retention, the applicant is considered admissible without a GMAT score, the requirement will be waived.

The GMAT may be waived with a GPA of 3.200 or higher in accounting courses and an overall GPA of 3.400 or higher. Such a waiver is available only for accounting graduates of Loyola University Maryland and other AACSB-accredited accounting programs. The Committee on Admission and Retention reserves the right to require a GMAT score from an applicant even if the basic conditions are met.

Program of Study

The integrated curriculum is tailored to those new to the accounting profession. The accelerated, cohesive format allows faculty to coordinate topics for a quality learning experience. The program consists of four concurrently taught, three-credit courses that address four key areas: advanced topics in financial reporting, financial instruments, and other key current issues in accounting (AC 702 ); advanced topics in auditing and professionalism (AC 706 ); tax research (AC 704 ); and advanced accounting information systems (AC 705 ).

For specific policy information on non-Loyola coursework considered for advanced standing or transfer, as well as Loyola coursework eligible for application from one Loyola business program to another, see Transfer Credit under Academic Regulations and Policies .

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